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Health System CEO Brings First-Hand Experience to CHA’s Disaster Planning Conference

CHA is pleased to announce that Leslie D. Hirsch, president and chief executive officer of Saint Clare’s Health System and former president/CEO of Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, will discuss the role of leadership in disaster situations at the upcoming Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference in Sacramento.

Hirsch will tell the story of how he experienced firsthand Hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Sandy and how he led his hospitals and health system through all phases of response and recovery. Participants will hear about the decisions that led to a full hospital evacuation and gain an understanding of the complexity of business issues during the recovery period.

The conference is the largest gathering of hospital preparedness staff in California, and several of this year’s conference presentations are based on events that hospitals have experienced during the past year. More than 600 people are expected to attend the three-day event, being held Sept. 23-25.

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