CHA News Article

Hospital Responses to Ebola, Napa Earthquake Added to Disaster Planning Conference

Two new timely presentations have been added to CHA’s upcoming Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference agenda, highlighting hospital responses to a patient with suspected Ebola virus disease, as well as the recent 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Napa.

Representatives from Kaiser Permanente will recount their recent experience with a patient at their Sacramento hospital who was suspected of having been exposed to the Ebola virus. Presenters will discuss their patient management protocols, specimen collection and handling, proper levels of personal protective equipment and communication — both internal and external — in managing fear and heightened media attention. The session will be presented Tuesday morning, Sept. 23.

In addition, representatives from Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa will join staff from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to share their response to the recent earthquake. This breakout session is scheduled for the afternoon of Sept. 23.

The three-day conference takes place Sept. 22–24 in Sacramento. Registration and hotel information are available at www.calhospital.org/disaster-planning. The deadline for discounts on registration has been extended to Sept. 4.

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