Education event

Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
Now accepting submisssions for presentation abstracts and best practices posters

September 24 – 26, 2018
Sacramento, CA


CHA is now accepting submissions for presentations and best practices posters for the 2018 CHA Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference. The conference is a unique opportunity for your organization to showcase and share its emergency preparedness knowledge and expertise with a cross-section of peers. Submissions must be received by April 30.

The conference is expected to draw more than 700 hospital emergency preparedness coordinators, hospital administrators, CNOs, EMS personnel and public health officials. The conference will take place in Sacramento on September 24–26.

Conference Meeting Locations

The conference and exhibit show will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, located just across the street from the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, the host hotel. The pre-conference workshop on Monday, Sept. 24, will be held at the Hyatt Regency.


Presenters who wish to be consider for both plenary and breakout sessions should submit an abstract for review. Presentations must be hospital-focused. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Lessons learned from the 2017 California wildfires
  • Patient movement
  • Business continuity/recovery planning
  • Disaster planning for small/rural hospitals
  • Radiological/nuclear contamination planning and response
  • CMS emergency preparedness requirements — lessons learned from our survey
  • Hurricane response (Harvey, Irma, Maria, etc.)
  • Health care lessons learned in response to mass shootings (e.g., Las Vegas)
  • Situation reporting/information sharing in a disaster
  • Patient reunification and repatriation
  • Lessons learned from supply and pharmaceutical shortages
  • Financial and operational lessons learned post-disaster
  • Critical incident stress management and staff recovery

Click here to submit your presentation abstract.

    Best Practices Posters

    The Best Practices Poster Showcase was conceived as a way for members to share innovative ideas and model programs that can be replicated by other hospitals. Poster displays will be showcased in the exhibit hall along with more than 50 sponsor/exhibitor booths. Hospital representatives should be available during exhibit and poster viewing sessions to discuss their best practices with attendees.

    Click here to submit your best practices poster entry form.


    The Hyatt Regency Sacramento is the host hotel for the conference. Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento and directly across the street from the State Capitol, the Hyatt is close to numerous dining options, shopping and parks.

    Hyatt Regency Sacramento
    1209 L Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (888) 421-1442 (reservations)
    (916) 443-1234

    Discounted rooms are available at a rate of $195 nightly, single and double occupancy. To make a reservation, call (888) 421-1442 and mention the California Hospital Association or reserve a room online.

    Sponsor & Exhibit

    Be front and center at the only disaster planning conference targeted to California hospitals. Showcase your products to hundreds of leading health care decision makers, including hospital preparedness coordinators, disaster planning teams, and key state and federal officials. With dedicated exhibit viewing time to network, you will not be disappointed!

    For more information, contact Lisa Hartzell at

    Conference Committee


    Cheri Hummel, CHEP, Vice President, Emergency Management & Facilities, California Hospital Association

    Committee Members

    Tony Barker, MSHS, Area Emergency Manager, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Office of Emergency Management

    Ryan Burgess, RN, MSN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, Hospital Association of Southern California, and Prehospital Care Coordinator Administrative Nurse II, UCLA Medical Center

    Maryann Codeglia, Director, Clinical Quality Improvement, San Ramon Regional Medical Center

    Susan M. Fitzgerald, MD, Emergency Management Physician Lead, Santa Rosa Medical Center

    Loni Howard, RN, MSN, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

    Jeffery Hudson-Covolo, DNP, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nurse Executive, Sierra View Medical Center

    Lois Husted, Emergency Preparedness Officer, Queen of the Valley Medical Center

    Monique Imroth, MEP, Director, Emergency Management, UC San Diego Health System

    Connie Lackey, RN, Director, Emergency Preparedness/Safety/Security, Providence Saint Joseph, Holy Cross and Tarzana Medical Centers

    Valerie Lakey, Director, Public Relations/PIO/Safety Disaster Co-Coordinator, Mayers Memorial Hospital District

    Claudia Marroquin-Frometa, Emergency Management Consultant, Healthcare Continuity Management, Kaiser Permanente

    Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Hospital Preparedness Consultant, California Hospital Association

    Laurie Nash, Charge Nurse/ER, Highland Hospital

    Tracy Norwood, IP/OH Specialist, Banner Lassen Medical Center

    Mitch Saruwatari, Director, Emergency Management, Kaiser Permanente

    Mark Shirley, MS, CSP, CHMM, Environmental Risk Consultant, Sutter Health Risk Services

    Caryn Thornburg, LVN, BAIS, MS, Safety, Emergency Management & Sustainability Officer, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare

    Ryan Tuchmayer, Manager, Disaster Preparedness/Response, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    Matthew Washburn, Disaster Coordinator & Safety Officer, Orchard Hospital