Education event

Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
Powering readiness through partnerships

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September 18 – 20, 2017
Sacramento, CA


In a disaster, no one should have to go it alone. From planning to execution, working together with other hospitals, health care providers, community partners and government agencies can only strengthen a disaster response and ensure a smoother recovery. And with every new partnership formed, we become more resilient than ever.

Build the partnerships that will power your readiness. Plan now to join us for the largest gathering of hospital emergency preparedness coordinators in California.

Conference highlights include:

  • The Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Shooting
  • 2017 Oroville Dam evacuation
  • Leadership insight on disaster preparedness
  • Emergency Management Requirements — A Roadmap for Successful Compliance (a pre-conference workshop)
  • New tools to enhance your Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
  • Health care coalitions — the benefits of working together
  • Optimizing electronic health records for emergency management and response
  • Pediatric emergency transport in disasters
  • Planning for a water outage
  • Integrating the needs of individuals with access and functional needs into emergency planning
  • Disaster recovery funding essentials
  • Rural challenges in disaster management
  • 2017 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise
  • Best Practices Poster Showcase
  • Exhibit show featuring more than 50 vendors
  • Learning from your peers, experts and more!

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. 18, will be held at the Hyatt Regency.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday, September 18

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Emergency Management Requirements — A Roadmap for Successful Compliance

Beginning Nov. 15, health care providers must comply with an entirely new set of standards for emergency preparedness — the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness Conditions of Participation. These new requirements affect all 17 provider and supplier types eligible for participation in Medicare. How can hospitals navigate compliance with these new conditions while continuing to satisfy existing requirements?

This workshop will help make compliance more manageable by identifying opportunities to fulfill the requirements of multiple agencies at once. Representatives from CMS, The Joint Commission and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response will define their requisites of health care providers. A panel of California hospital representatives will share how they are working to implement the requirements in their facilities.

Pre-Conference Workshop Agenda

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. | CMS CoPs: New Emergency Preparedness Requirements
David Lum, MS, Commander, United States Public Health Service, Health Insurance Specialist, State Oversight Branch,​ and Karen Fuller, MPA, CLIA & State Oversight Branch Manager & Emergency Preparedness Response Lead, Western Division of Survey & Certification, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. | Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | The Joint Commission
John D. Maurer, SASHE, CHFM, CHSP, Engineer, Department of Engineering, The Joint Commission

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Hospital Preparedness Program
Donna Sasenick, MS, BSN, RN, CHEP, Senior Advisor, Division of National Healthcare Preparedness Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. | Break

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. | Panel: Implementing the New Regulations — Successes and Challenges
Sharon Carlson, RN, Director, Emergency Preparedness, Sharp HealthCare; Kristina Spurgeon, MPH, Practice Specialist, Emergency Management, Kaiser Permanente Northern California; David Whittington, Environment of Care, Safety & Security Manager, Sierra View Medical Center; Adam Wojciehowski, MA, CEM, CPP, MEP, HEM, Environmental Risk Consultant, Office of General Counsel, Sutter Health; and Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Hospital Preparedness Consultant, CHA Hospital Preparedness Program (moderator)

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks
Cheri Hummel, CHEP, Vice President, Emergency Management & Facilities, California Hospital Association

Tuesday Agenda

Tuesday, September 19

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Show and Best Practices Poster Showcase

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Opening Keynote

Leadership Insight on Disaster Preparedness
Michael Anderson, MD, MBA, FAAP, President, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, and Senior Vice President, Children’s Services, UCSF Health
Physician, hospital CEO and nationally regarded authority in pediatric disaster preparedness, Dr. Michael Anderson will discuss the current state of readiness. Learn about the progress made to date and opportunities to advance preparedness for vulnerable populations, such as pediatrics and neonates. Strategies for engaging leadership and physicians in preparedness efforts will also be presented.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. | Exhibit Show and Best Practices Poster Showcase

10:45 a.m. – Noon | General Session

From Horror to Heroism: The Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Shooting
Sridhar S. Chilimuri, MD, FACP, AGAF, Physician-in-Chief & Chairman, Department of Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
On June 30, a disgruntled former employee entered a busy New York hospital and proceeded to shoot at random. In less than 10 minutes, two people were dead and five others grievously injured. Hospital staff performed heroically under duress, saving all six of the wounded. This firsthand account will highlight the unique challenges of this incident, including with communication systems, evacuation and rescue procedures, and the complexities of a hospital lockdown.

Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Lunch

1:20 – 2:20 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

HVA 2.0: Using Past Incidents to Drive Future Planning and Meet New Requirements
Philip Lo, Director, Environmental Health & Safety; and Mitch Saruwatari, Director, Emergency Management, Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente has developed a new tool that uses automated calculations to align risks identified in a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) with actual incidents in real-time. Learn how this tool works and how it can improve community risk assessment, identify where to focus limited emergency management resources and assist all provider types in meeting new CMS Emergency Preparedness requirements.

Rural Challenges in Disaster Management
Valerie Lakey, Director, Public Relations & PIO/Safety Disaster
Co-Coordinator, Mayers Memorial Hospital District

Emergency management plans are not one-size-fits-all, which is especially true for rural hospitals. This interactive session will explore challenges rural facilities face in disaster planning, methods of collaboration, resource sharing and effective communication during a disaster.

Health Care Coalitions: The Benefits of Working Together
Sharon Carlson, RN, Director, Emergency Preparedness, Sharp HealthCare, and Kelly M. Cheffet, CHSP, HEM, TLO, Environmental Health & Safety Manager, Emergency Management, Kaiser Permanente San Diego
A robust health care coalition is a valuable resource for addressing community emergency management needs. This session will share strategies for building and maintaining sustainable and resilient health care coalitions. Presenters will share proven approaches for bolstering relationships and ways to improve your own coalition.

2:40 – 3:40 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

Making the Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Work for You
Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Hospital Preparedness Consultant, CHA Hospital Preparedness Program
Practice makes perfect! Presenter will review the annual exercise and explain how to tailor it to meet regional, local and individual facility needs. Ways to meet the accreditation, regulatory and grant requirements will also be addressed.

Pediatric Emergency Transport in Disasters
Patricia Frost, RN, MS, PNP, Director, Emergency Medical Services, Contra Costa Health Services; Susan Aitkens, Consultant, Patient Movement Plan, Emergency Medical Services Authority; and Kelly Coleman, EMT-P, Regional Disaster Medical Health Specialist, Region II, Alameda Emergency Medical Services
Are your local and regional emergency medical transportation assets ready to accommodate pediatric patients? This session will describe current capabilities and gaps, as well as lessons learned from previous disaster evacuations. Learn how to plan for and respond to pediatric mass transportation issues.

Leveraging Internal Partnerships and Resources for Cybersecurity
Kristina Freas, MS, RN, EMT-P, CEM, Emergency Management Professional/CEO, Freas Emergency Management Group, and Stephanie Cervantes, CISSP & CIPT, Director, Technology Solutions, HF Tech Services, Inc.
Cyberattacks are a growing threat to hospitals. To minimize risk, IT security and emergency management teams must work together. Learn strategies to overcome cultural differences and create efficiencies between these disciplines. Presenters will also highlight resources from the Department of Homeland Security for protecting critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.

Using Technology to Improve Exercises — Infusing the Old with the New
Jordan Cathey, Emergency Exercises and Training Manager, UCSF Health, and Jennifer Pilecki, Disaster Planning Specialist, UCLA Health
Incorporating social media and emergency notification systems into trainings and exercises can improve design, facilitation and experience. See a live demonstration of how two organizations use Twitter, Everbridge and Hootsuite to streamline their training exercises. Presenters will describe pitfalls to avoid, as well as lessons learned.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

Emergency Department Decompression During Mass Casualty Incidents
Stacey Gustafson, MA, PMP, MBCP, Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator, Environmental Health & Safety, and Joleen Lonigan, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Executive Director, Patient Care Services, UC Davis Medical Center
Adding a mass casualty response to an already overcrowded emergency department presents major challenges. This presentation will describe a rapid inpatient admission process for decompressing the ED during a mass casualty incident. Learn about the systems, strategies and resources used to manage patient identification and movement from the ED to the hospital and how the ED, inpatient administration and hospitalists work together to support this effort.

Optimizing EHR for Emergency Management and Response
Adam Landsdorf, MD, Co-Chair, NCAL Emergency Management Peer Group, and Kristina Spurgeon, MPH, Practice Specialist, Emergency Management and Co-Chair, NCAL Regional Emergency Management Committee, Kaiser Permanente Northern California; and Eric Dilda, MD, Medical/Legal Risk Director, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect Northern California
Electronic health records are key to maintaining safe patient care during disasters. Hear how one system developed disaster tools within its EPIC-based EHR system to manage a response, as well as an EHR disaster training environment to maximize learning.

Improving Emergency Communications Through the Use of Plain Language
Caryn Thornburg, LVN, BAIS, MS, Safety, Emergency Management & Sustainability Officer, Stanford Health Care — ValleyCare (moderator); Mark Shirley, MS, CSP, CHMM, Environmental Risk Consultant, Sutter Health Risk Services; Kathryn Harris, Manager, Office of Emergency Management, Stanford Health Care/Stanford Children’s Health; and Sharon Carlson, RN, Director, Emergency Preparedness, Sharp HealthCare
In emergencies, it is imperative that communications are clear and staff know how to respond appropriately. Hear from three organizations about their journey to using plain language, including why they chose to adopt it and challenges they had to overcome. Tools you can use to enhance your facility’s emergency communications will be provided.

New HPP Coalition Surge Test — Lessons Learned from One County’s Exercise
Kevin Rose, Emergency Preparedness Specialist/Deputy MHOAC, San Mateo County EMS Agency; Jerry Glotzer, MS, CHEC, Regional Director, Environmental Health & Safety/Emergency Preparedness, Palo Alto Medical Foundation & Sutter Health Care, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center; and Kevin Sheehan, MPH, MBA, CIH, CSP, REHS, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Health care coalitions and participating hospitals are now required to conduct the Coalition Surge Test (CST) for the 2017-22 HPP grant cycle. The CST is a low- to no-notice, two-phased table top/facilitated exercise that tests a hospital’s ability to evacuate and the coalition’s ability to assist in locating beds and transportation resources. Learn more about the CST and how San Mateo County conducted its own exercise in the Spring of 2017.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Exhibit Show Reception and Best Practices Poster Showcase
Mingle with colleagues, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and learn about useful products and services that can help you with disaster preparedness and response.

Wednesday Agenda

Wednesday, September 20

7:45 – 8:45 a.m. | Exhibit Show, Best Practices Poster Showcase and Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 10:15 a.m. | General Session

2017 Oroville Dam Crisis: A Tale of a High-Stakes Evacuation and Response
Steve Stark, MHA, MSOP, ACHE, Chief Executive Officer, and Matt Washburn, Disaster Coordinator & Safety Officer, Orchard Hospital; Kevin Brown, MD, Hospitalist, and Stacey Vincent, RN, CEN, MICN, Manager, Quality Management, Enloe Medical Center; and Kory Honea, Sheriff-Coroner, Butte County
In February, a combination of record rainfall, two damaged spillways and erosion at Oroville Dam spurred the call for the immediate evacuation of nearly 180,000 people. The impact on residents and responders was enormous and significant coordination was required to manage the fallout. Hear firsthand accounts of the call to evacuate, as well as the evacuation and transfer of patients between two hospitals.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. | Exhibit Show and Grand Prize Drawing

11:00 a.m. – Noon | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

After Action Reporting and Improvement Plans Made Simple
Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Hospital Preparedness Consultant, CHA Hospital Preparedness Program
Tired of looking at the pile of evaluations, hot wash materials and player’s comments on your desk while waiting to write your After Action Report? This course shows you how to quickly and easily complete your After Action Report and Improvement Plan, and hone your disaster preparedness capabilities while meeting new regulatory requirements.

Integrating the Needs of Individuals with Disabilities, and Access and Functional Needs into Hospital Emergency Planning
Steve Storbakken, MBA, CHPA, CHEP, HACP, CHEM, CHSP, Director, Emergency Preparedness & Environmental Safety, and Kevin Muszynski, Manager, Support Services, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center; and L. Vance Taylor, Chief, AFN Division, California Office of Emergency Services
Approximately 20 percent of Californians have a registered disability, and at least another 20 percent have an Access and Functional Need (AFN). This population has an incredibly diverse and unique set of needs — particularly so in a disaster. Panelists will offer techniques and resources for integrating AFNs into your plans, including a sample AFN Liaison Officer Job Action Sheet for use in HICS. Participants will be provided with a comprehensive, adaptable tool for assessing risk to the AFN community, and identifying the hospital’s current capability to respond.

Securing the Paper Trail — Disaster Recovery Funding Essentials
Margaret Larson, Manager, and Jill Powell, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young, LLP
Obtaining disaster recovery funds isn’t easy and often requires a significant amount of recordkeeping, time and supporting information. This session will outline the most stringent cost substantiation requirements for insurance and assistance programs in a health care context, as well as the types of information and documentation needed when submitting claims. A checklist of key items to gather and maintain will be provided.

Tests and Triumphs of a Mandatory Evacuation
Dale White, Emergency Preparedness Plan Manager, Sutter Health Care, Home Care
Sutter Care at Home was forced to evacuate during the Oroville Dam crisis, which inevitably affected both staff and patients. Attendees will hear what worked and what didn’t, how staff and patients were accounted for, how patient care continued and lessons learned during their recovery.

Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Lunch

California Department of Public Health Update
Susan Fanelli, Assistant Director, California Department of Public Health

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

Preparing Together: Health Care Coalitions and the New CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements
Marina Zamarron, Health Planning Specialist III, Santa Clara County Public Health; Richard Filippuzzi, MEP, Safety Specialist, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center; Steve Weirauch, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, El Camino Hospital; and Cassandra Ramirez, Safety Specialist, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Coalitions can play a critical role in building health care emergency capabilities — and helping members comply with new requirements. Members of the Santa Clara Valley Emergency Preparedness Healthcare Coalition will share their experience in boosting awareness of the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rules and creating a framework for a standardized, countywide emergency preparedness program. Learn how a coalition can provide peer support for compliance and create an environment to develop local leadership.

The ABCs of an Emergency Management Program
Loni Howard, RN, MSN, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
Designed for those new to emergency preparedness, this session outlines the fundamentals of an effective emergency management program. Learn ways to develop your Emergency Operations Plan and prepare for a Joint Commission or CMS survey. Take home resources and tools to shore up your facility’s program.

Business Continuity and Emergency Preparedness to Meet New CMS Requirements
Elena Ceja, Director, Business Continuity Management, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, and Kristina Spurgeon, MPH, Practice Specialist, Emergency Management, and Co-Chair, NCAL Regional Emergency Management Committee, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Many hospitals are impacted by CMS’ business continuity and emergency preparedness requirements. In this session, learn how one system developed a plan to comply with the regulation and how to tailor it for your organization. Take home a sample project plan, timeline and other resources to help achieve compliance.

The Water Will Rise Again!
Jim Tritten, MBA, CBCP, CHEP, CHSP, Program Manager, Environment of Care; Chris La Due, CHSP, Program Manager, Environment of Care, and Tom Cinko, Manager, Facilities Engineering, Swedish Medical Center; and Henry Biggs, Project Manager, University Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
An emergent need to replace water risers left Swedish Cherry Hill with less than two weeks to plan for and initiate work on a tower with 152 high-acuity beds. This presentation will detail how the concern was identified, rapid planning among multiple stakeholders, the 40-hour water shutdown, service restoration and the final performance improvement action items. Takeaways include staffing and assignment lists, and department checklists.

2:45 – 4:00 p.m. | Closing Session

The Power of Partnerships: Managing Emerging Infectious Diseases
Peter Brewster, BS, Program Manager, Strategic Planning/Quality, Office of Emergency Management, Veterans Health Administration; Carter Mecher, MD, Senior Medical Advisor, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Public Health; and Sharon Vanairsdale, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, CEN, Program Director, Serious Communicable Diseases, Emory University Hospital
In the past two decades, the U.S. has experienced a wide variety of biological incidents, both naturally occurring and man-caused. Hear perspectives from a physician, a nurse and an emergency manager on lessons learned, and the importance of interdisciplinary, interagency and intergovernmental partnerships in successfully managing these events.


Susan Aitkens
Consultant, Patient Movement Plan
Emergency Medical Services Authority

Susan Aitkens is the President of Emerge Technologies, a consulting firm working in emergency planning, disaster medical services, public health and environmental health. Emerge Technologies recently completed the development of the California Patient Movement Plan for the Emergency Medical Services Authority and completely revised the Nursing Home Incident Command System for the California Department of Public Health. Susan is the author of the California Public Health and Medical Emergency Operations Manual (EOM) that guides the response of California’s health and medical system during unusual events and emergencies. She is currently revising and updating the EOM to include additional topics such as disaster behavioral health, BioWatch, and a chapter on the emergency powers of health officials. Susan is also leading the development of a state-level Nuclear Detonation Response Plan on behalf of Cal OES. Susan always brings passion, knowledge and a team spirit to any project.

Michael Anderson, MD, MBA, FAAP
President, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals
Senior Vice President, Children’s Services, UCSF Health

Dr. Michael R. Anderson was named president of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and senior vice president of children’s services for UCSF Health in December 2016. Dr. Anderson is a nationally sought-after authority on children’s health policy and pediatric disaster preparedness. As an appointee of President George W. Bush, he served as vice chair of the National Commission on Children and Disasters. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the president’s commission on bioethics, and has chaired an Institute of Medicine committee on pediatric disaster response and recovery. He is currently a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System. In 2014 Anderson was appointed by the Obama administration to chair the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters at HHS. He has served on three national committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics and chaired its Committee on Pediatric Workforce. Previous to his appointment at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, Anderson was vice president and chief medical officer for University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, and a professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.

Henry Biggs
Project Manager
University Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Henry Biggs’ extensive knowledge of mechanical systems, construction practices, and patient safety propelled him from an owner of a family-owned plumbing repair business to overseeing large hospital project teams. Henry is involved in every facet of the building’s critical systems, from conceptual estimate and design intention through turning over the built-environment and the continuous maintenance of the building’s systems. Early on in his career with UMC, Henry became involved in the training programs on mechanical system design and installation. Today, Henry trains UMC project and maintenance teams on critical system design and installation, and he is involved in every aspect of system turnover and operations training with owners and their in-house building engineering staff.

Peter W. Brewster, BS
Program Manager, Strategic Planning/Quality
Office of Emergency Management
Veterans Health Administration

Peter W. Brewster, BS, serves as the program manager of strategic planning/quality for the Office of Emergency Management, Veterans Health Administration (VHA). He participates on several National Fire Protection Association technical committees and supports the Emergency Management Accreditation Program as an assessor and member of the Program Review Committee. From 2011-12, Mr. Brewster was detailed to the Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response as the acting director, national disaster medical system. His experience prior to joining VHA includes work as an emergency management coordinator for the Consolidated City of Indianapolis/Marion County, and with the National Park Service at Grand Teton National Park and the U.S. Forest Service in Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming.

Kevin Brown, MD
Enloe Medical Center

Dr. Kevin Brown is a hospitalist at Enloe Medical Center and has been part of the Chico Hospitalist Group for the past nine years. He is board certified in family medicine and was a primary care physician for seven years before joining the local hospitalist service. He graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1998.

Sharon Carlson, RN
Director, Emergency Preparedness
Sharp HealthCare

Sharon Carlson has worked in the emergency preparedness field for nearly 20 years and currently leads Sharp HealthCare’s emergency preparedness program. Also an educator, she provides HICS training and has developed an active shooter education program. She is a member of the California Statewide Medical and Health Exercise design team and the California Department of Health Joint Advisory Committee on Emergency Preparedness. Sharon is also chair of the San Diego County Emergency Medical Care Disaster Operations Committee.

Jordan Cathey
Emergency Exercises & Training Manager
UCSF Health

Jordan Cathey — the emergency exercises and training manager at UCSF Health — has been working in emergency management, response and recovery since 2009. Jordan oversees and manages all emergency exercises and trainings at UCSF Health, including the 2015 Helicopter Emergency Drill, Active Shooter exercises and a 2016 Code Triage MCI drill resulting from a Coordinated Terrorist Attack. Prior to coming to UCSF Health, Jordan spent three years as a private-sector disaster consultant and was deployed in recovery efforts in Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, the 2013 floods in Boulder, Colorado and the 2014 Napa Earthquake. Jordan has Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics, an Associate’s degree in Fire Technology and is a graduate of a California State Fire Marshal’s Firefighter 1 Academy, and currently a candidate for FEMA’s Master Exercise Practitioner program. Jordan is certified in the state of California as an Operational Hazardous Materials First Responder, a Confined Space Rescue Technician and Wildland Firefighter.

Elena Ceja, MHA
Director of Business Continuity Management
Kaiser Permanente

Elena Ceja has served as the business continuity management director for Kaiser Permanente since 2015, where she supports the national business continuity functions — including the creation, validation and testing of more than 5,000 critical and non-critical department business continuity plans — for all of Kaiser Permanente’s medical centers, regions and national program offices. She is the lead representative during regulatory and employer group audits, as well as interviews regarding Kaiser Permanente’s business continuity and recovery strategies, and plans. Previously, she was the senior consultant for emergency management for the Southern California Medical Centers. Elena holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Southern California.

Stephanie Cervantes, CISSP & CIPT
Director, Technology Solutions
HF Tech Services, Inc.

Stephanie Cervantes is the director of Technology Solutions at HF Tech Services where she utilizes her 20+ years of experience in the security and privacy realms to assist clients with their needs. After a distinguished career in California government she joined HF Tech Services and sits on the Advisory Board to a start-up company in the Silicon Valley. She has been a Chief Information Security Officer and served on many state and federal level security policy development groups and advisory boards, currently serving on the California Cyber Security Task Force. She is a founding member and current Board Member of the Sacramento Chapter of InfraGard, a public/private sector alliance between the FBI and critical infrastructure. Through her work with InfraGard she received an FBI Director’s Award for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest from FBI Director Robert Mueller in 2011. Stephanie received an Information Security Leadership Award in 2014 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the State of California Information Security Community. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) certifications.

Kelly M. Cheffet, CHSP, HEM, TLO
Environmental Health & Safety Manager
Emergency Management
Kaiser Permanente San Diego

Kelly Cheffet has worked extensively in the Emergency Management field for 15 years in both the public and private sectors. For the past 10 years, he has held the position of Emergency Manager for Kaiser Permanente San Diego, leading emergency preparedness for two medical centers, three ambulatory surgery centers and 23 medical office buildings. Kelly serves as co-chair for the San Diego Healthcare Disaster Coalition and sits on various other emergency preparedness working groups and committees. Kelly was involved in the responses to the 2003 Southern California Firestorms, Hurricane Katrina, 2009 H1N1 Pandemic, 2011 Southern California Blackout, and San Diego Firestorms of 2007 and 2014.

Sridhar S. Chilimuri, MD, FACP, AGAF
Chairman, Department of Medicine
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center

As physician-in-chief and chairman, Department of Medicine, Dr. Sridhar Chilimuri’s responsibilities are wide ranging and multi-faceted. Dr. Chilimuri sees both of these leadership positions as being complementary, building on each other in achieving high quality care, as well as patient safety and satisfaction. Medical Education is a priority for Dr. Chilimuri. Bronx-Lebanon’s Internal Medicine residency is highly regarded by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and was recently selected as a pilot program for its new accreditation process. Dr. Chilimuri first came to Bronx-Lebanon as an intern in 1988, following his graduation from the ANDHRA Medical College in India. He subsequently completed his residency, as well as fellowship in gastroenterology, and then served in positions of increasing responsibility, prior to becoming chairman and program director of the Department of Medicine in 1999, and physician-in-chief in 2013.

Kelly Coleman, EMT-P
Regional Disaster Medical Health Specialist, Region II
Alameda Emergency Medical Services

Kelly Coleman has been the Regional Disaster Medical Health Specialist (RDMHS) for California Region II since April 2013 and currently works as a prehospital care coordinator at the Alameda EMS Agency. Kelly got his start in EMS in 2001 and became a paramedic in 2004, working full-time in Fresno and Contra Costa counties and promoting to operations supervisor and ambulance strike team leader in 2010. Since becoming RDMHS, Kelly has helped to coordinate several large disasters, including the 2013 Asiana Airbus crash at SFO, the 2014 South Napa 6.0 Earthquake, the 2015 Valley Fire, and the 2016 Clayton Fire. Kelly completed his bachelor’s degree at California State University, Sacramento and his Associate of Science in Paramedics at American River College.

Eric Dilda, MD
Medical/Legal Risk Director
Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect Northern California

Susan Fanelli
Assistant Director
California Department of Public Health

Susan Fanelli is assistant director for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) where she provides high-level management and coordination of projects involving intra-departmental collaboration on health care reform, state and local governmental relations, public/private partnerships and other projects relating to public health. She had been deputy director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness for CDPH since 2013. Susan was a key collaborator with public and private stakeholders to develop the comprehensive statewide survey of hospitals, Statewide Public Health and Medical Care Surge Plan, and the Standards and Guidelines for Healthcare Delivery during Surge. Fanelli’s previous positions at the California Department of Health Services included chief of the Program Support Section where she managed the financial aspects of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Office and oversaw the Hospital Preparedness Program.

Richard Filippuzzi, MEP
Safety Specialist
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center

Rick is a safety specialist with Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara and led Kaiser’s three-year preparedness program for Super Bowl 50. Rick has served as a Planning Section Chief for FEMA on the Region IX IMAT -1 and has been deployed to several major disasters. His background includes service with the County of Santa Clara Office of Emergency Services, Marin County Sheriff’s Office and as a Specialist on a FEMA Type 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team, California Task Force 3. Rick has also worked as a 911 dispatcher and EMT. Rick serves as chair for the Santa Clara Valley Emergency Preparedness Healthcare Coalition and he is a board member of the Santa Clara County Emergency Managers Association. A Terrorism Liaison Officer, Rick is pursuing a Master Exercise Practitioner certification at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.

Kristina Freas, MS, RN, EMT-P, CEM
Emergency Management Professional/CEO
Freas Emergency Management Group

Kristina Freas has worked extensively within the health care environment in both clinical and administrative positions. Over the past six years, she worked as the corporate director of Emergency Management providing emergency management oversight for 39 hospitals in California, Nevada and Arizona. With more than 25 years of emergency management experience, Kristina has worked for organizations such as Dignity Health, Sacramento Metro Fire Protection District, American Medical Response and Los Rios College District. Kristina is a licensed paramedic and has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. To advance her career as a professional emergency manager, she obtained a master’s in Public Safety specializing in Emergency Management with a focus in Homeland Security and the distinction of Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).

Patricia Frost, RN, MS, PNP
Director, Emergency Medical Services
Contra Costa Health Services

Patricia Frost is the director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Contra Costa County. She is vice chair of the National Pediatric Disaster Coalition and founder of the California Neonatal/Pediatric/Perinatal Disaster Preparedness Coalition, linking novice to expert to support local disaster preparedness for infants and children. Ms. Frost is an experienced clinician, program and project manager with more than 30 years of pediatric and neonatal critical care and ambulatory experience in a variety of roles, including faculty at major universities, medical relief work in Ecuador and Vietnam, hospital staff development, patient care, and advanced practice nursing. Over the last 10 years she has been actively involved in supporting local, regional and statewide emergency and medical health pediatric disaster and surge preparedness. Pat was on the curriculum development team for FEMA 439 Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness Course, serves as adjunct faculty for TEEX and is a subject matter expert on Pediatric Disaster Preparedness for TRACIE.

Karen Fuller, MPA
CLIA & State Oversight Branch Manager & Emergency Preparedness Response Lead
Western Division of Survey & Certification
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Since 2002, Ms. Fuller has been Clinical Laboratory Amendments (CLIA) and State Oversight Branch manager (WDSC-SF). In this role, she manages numerous program areas including CLIA (all aspects including enforcement), State Performance Standards Review, budgets (both federal and state agency) and training. Ms. Fuller also serves as the WDSC Emergency Preparedness and Response lead for three regional offices (Denver, Seattle and San Francisco) and 14 states. She has held a variety of positions in CMS relating to Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicare health plans. In 2012 she was awarded the national Serving Communities CMS Administrator’s Award. She has a master’s of Public Administration from the Golden Gate University and is an active American Red Cross volunteer.

Jerry Glotzer, MS, CHEC
Regional Director, Environmental Health & Safety/
Emergency Preparedness, Palo Alto Medical Foundation & Sutter Healthcare
Mills-Peninsula Medical Center

Jerry is a dynamic leader with over 27 years of experience in health care safety management, regulatory compliance, injury prevention, emergency preparedness, health care construction and lean/process improvement. As a consultant, Jerry has partnered with large general contractor construction firms doing renovations and new hospital construction on areas of life and interim life safety measures, infection control assessments and the implementation of environmental controls to mitigate and patient and life safety risks. During 2016 and 2017 Jerry worked with his local and county hospitals, EMS and law enforcement to plan and execute a number of large-scale, multi-agency disaster exercises.

Stacey Gustafson, MA, PMP, MBCP
Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator, Environmental Health & Safety
UC Davis Medical Center

Stacey is the emergency preparedness coordinator for UC Davis Medical Center where she provides guidance in emergency preparedness, risk assessment, business impact analysis, business continuity strategies, incident response, plan development and implementation, awareness and training programs, exercise design, assessment and maintenance, crisis communications, and coordination with external agencies. She participates in the Sacramento County Health Care Coalition and was a member of the 2016 California Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Planning Team for Sacramento County. Stacey received her certification as a Master Business Continuity Professional in 2014, has a master’s degree in Communication Studies, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP).

Kathryn Harris
Manager, Office of Emergency Management
Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health

Kathy Harris is an Emergency Manager for Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. She supports the health system clinics, outpatient surgery centers and offices where her activities include developing Emergency Response Teams, coordinating drills and exercises, and serving on the hospitals’ Incident Management Team. Her interest in emergency management began while volunteering in Waveland, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, and has since included professional experiences with San Francisco, Stanford University, the University of Oregon, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a master’s degree in planning from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Emory University.

Kory L. Honea
Butte County

Kory L. Honea became the 31st Sheriff of Butte County in May 2014, having previously served as the Undersheriff for nearly four years. He began his career with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office in 1993 as a deputy sheriff. Prior to that, he worked with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office. Throughout his law enforcement career, Sheriff Honea has held assignments in corrections, patrol and investigations. In 2000, he transferred to the District Attorney’s Office as an investigator. While there, he was promoted to Chief Investigator in 2008 and held that position until his return to the Sheriff’s Office in 2010. Sheriff Honea holds a Juris Doctorate from Taft School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of California. He also holds an Associate of Arts degree from Butte College.

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

For 35 years, Loni Howard has served as an emergency department nurse for Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. She has been the emergency preparedness coordinator for the past 20 years and has participated in several committees and workgroups over the years. Loni was a member of the HICS revision national workgroup and was a HICS Center for Education and Training Advisory Board member from 2005 to 2017. For five years, she served as CHA’s HPP coordinator. A puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, she is currently raising her ninth puppy.

Chris La Due
Program Manager, Environment of Care
Swedish Medical Center

Chris has been in health care for over 10 years, providing strategic and operational expertise for highly complex projects and initiatives. Previous military and EMT experience assisted Chris’ transition into his environment of care program manager role with Swedish Health Services. During his tenure, Chris led teams to plan, develop and implement processes to certify the hospital with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as an Ebola assessment center and to effectively plan for various power and water disruptions impacting patient care. Currently, Chris is the manager of safety and environment of care for MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Washington.

Valerie Lakey
Director, Public Relations & PIO and Safety/Disaster
Mayers Memorial Hospital District

Valerie L. Lakey is the director of public relations and legislation at Mayers Memorial Hospital District. She also serves as the public information officer and safety/disaster co-coordinator. Valerie has completed a number of emergency management training programs, including the Advanced Public Information Officer Training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama. She has planned and facilitated hospital-wide trainings and coordinated educational materials for staff. During two wildfire disasters, she was instrumental in keeping patients, families and the community informed. Valerie has specialized training in health care marketing, emergency management, special districts and public relations. Spending her professional life in a rural community has allowed for diversification of skills and unlimited “hands-on” experience.

Adam Landsdorf, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Kaiser Permanente

Adam Landsdorf, MD, is an emergency physician at Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City. He co-chairs the Emergency Preparedness Committee and Emergency Management Operations Committee, and facilitates emergency management planning and education. Adam is also co-chair of Kaiser Permanente, Northern California’s Emergency Management Peer Group and a member of the Regional Emergency Management Team. He leads the planning efforts on MCI surge and emergency management in HealthConnect. In 2016, Adam was the assistant medical director for Kaiser Permanente’s medical care at Super Bowl City and NFL Experience.

Margaret Larson
Ernst & Young, LLP

Philip Lo
Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Kaiser Permanente

Philip Lo has been with Kaiser Permanente for 10 years. Philip currently serves as director of Environmental Health and Safety. Previously, Philip served as a business continuity management consultant for the Southern California region, supporting 14 medical centers with their business continuity planning efforts.

Joleen Lonigan, RN, MSN, NE-BC
Executive Director, Patient Care Services
UC Davis Medical Center

Joleen Lonigan is executive director of patient care services for UC Davis Medical Center, where she has responsibility for nursing, patient movement, emergency preparedness, transfer center and clinical case management. Previously, Joleen has worked in Pediatrics in patient nursing. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives and California Association of Healthcare Leaders. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Dominican College of San Rafael and her master of science in nursing degree from Holy Names University in Oakland. Joleen attended the Wharton Nursing Leaders Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and FEMA Health Care Leadership Training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness.

David Lum, MS
Commander, United States Public Health Service
Health Insurance Specialist, State Oversight Branch
Western Division of Survey and Certification
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Commander David Lum is a health services officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and has been part of the Emergency Preparedness and Response team within the State Oversight Branch of the Western Consortium Division of Survey & Certification – San Francisco Regional Office since 2007. In this role, he has served as a liaison between state and other federal agencies during emergency events, provided CMS 1135 waiver training to state and federal agencies and health care provider association groups, and participated with California Department of Public Health’s Local Capabilities Work Group. Within the USPHS, Commander Lum is part of an Applied Public Health Team, whose main function during a disaster or emergency event is to provide resources and assistance to local health authorities throughout the U.S. He has been deployed to numerous disasters and emergencies, including Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in Louisiana and flooding in Minot, North Dakota. Commander Lum has also served previously with the Food and Drug Administration within the Office of Regulatory Affairs.

Mary Massey, BSN, MA, PHN, MEP
Hospital Preparedness Consultant
California Hospital Association Hospital Preparedness Program

Mary Massey has more than 25 years of experience in hospital emergency services and county health disaster management. She participates in multi-agency, state and federal coalitions and deploys with the CA-1 DMAT Team to multiple wildfires and hurricanes, including Hurricanes Ike and Katrina. Massey is a member of the HICS National Workgroup, and has worked on projects with CDC, United Nations, and numerous Homeland Security Exercises across the country. She is a Department of Justice WMD, HSEEP Instructor and Master Exercise Practitioner. Mary graduated from Naval Postgraduate School with a master’s in Homeland Security and Defense and currently is the Hospital Preparedness Program Coordinator for CHA.

John D. Maurer, SASHE, CHFM, CHSP
Engineer, Department of Engineering
The Joint Commission

John Maurer is an engineer in the Department of Engineering at The Joint Commission where he provides support for environment of care, emergency management and life safety code standards. His work includes interpretation of the standards, review of survey reports, Intracycle Monitoring conference calls, serving as faculty for educational programs and survey activity. He is also a member of the emergency management team, which provides relevant information to the health care community, and works closely with the Joint Commission’s Office of Quality and Patient Safety. John has more than 20 years of experience in facilities management and is a Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager, a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional and member of the National Fire Protection Association.

Carter Mecher, MD
Senior Medical Advisor
Office of Public Health
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Mecher is the senior medical advisor for the Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Public Health where he also serves as VA liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to joining VA, Dr. Mecher worked as a critical care physician. He started his VA career at the North Chicago VA Medical Center where he later served as chief of staff. He relocated in 1996 to serve as the chief medical officer for VISN 7 in Atlanta, Georgia. He subsequently served as the director of medical preparedness policy at the White House Homeland Security Council and the National Security Staff from 2005-11.

Kevin Muszynski
Manager, Support Services
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

Kevin Muszynski is a project manager in support services at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. He has worked there for nearly 15 years, beginning as a facilities manager in 2003. His current responsibilities include integrating the unique needs of disabled individuals, and those with access and functional needs, into the hospital’s Emergency Operations Plan. Following a brief exposure to minor league baseball that ended abruptly due to injury, he began a career in health care facilities management that has lasted four decades. Kevin worked as a district manager for a national service organization for 15 years, and has been responsible for facilities operations at over 300 locations in eight different states. In 2009, Kevin was diagnosed with an uncommon form of multiple sclerosis, and shortly thereafter transitioned from his facilities management position to his current role. He has devoted his time and energy toward helping others who struggle with their disabilities.

Jennifer Pilecki
Disaster Planning Specialist
UCLA Health

Jenny is the disaster planning specialist for UCLA Health where she provides guidance on plan development, exercise design and facilitation, emergency preparedness training, and ongoing assessment and maintenance of emergency management plans for the UCLA Health system. Jenny graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in public health. Her introduction to emergency management was through her service with an AmeriCorps Emergency Response Team, during which time she responded to several declared disasters across the United States. Prior to UCLA Health, Jenny worked for a county Public Health Department in Cincinnati, Ohio where she led the Point of Dispensing program and Medical Reserve Corps Unit.

Jill Powell
Senior Manager
Ernst & Young, LLP

Jill Powell is a senior manager in Ernst & Young’s Insurance and Federal Claims Services practice in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Powell’s practice covers complex insurance claims and dispute-related services. She has experience in managing complex insurance and litigation claims, and the quantum of financial and economic damages as a result of business interruption, property damage and catastrophic loss. Ms. Powell is a frequent speaker and has delivered a multitude of presentations and published articles on complex business interruption and property damage claims, business continuity and disaster recovery.

Cassandra Ramirez
Safety Specialist
Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Cassandra Ramirez is a Safety Specialist with Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), an affiliate of Sutter Health. She began her Safety work with PAMF in their Ambulatory Surgical Centers before transitioning to the regional Environmental Health and Safety department. As a safety specialist, she supports PAMF clinics and surgical centers throughout the Bay Area, including Fremont, Dublin, Danville, Daly City, San Francisco, Watsonville, Santa Cruz and its smaller surrounding cities. Cassandra serves as the co-chair for the Santa Clara Valley Emergency Preparedness Healthcare Coalition and additionally is a member of the Coalition for Health and Medical Preparedness of Santa Cruz.

Kevin Rose
Emergency Preparedness Specialist
San Mateo County EMS Agency

Kevin Rose is the emergency preparedness specialist for the San Mateo County EMS Agency. He has been working for the Agency since 2006 and currently serves as the Deputy Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC) for San Mateo County as well as HPP Coordinator, LEMSA Coordinator and Local Partnership Coordinator. He also served as Interim MHOAC for the July 6, 2013 Asiana Air Flight 214 Plane Crash at SFO and as the Deputy MHOAC for the Sept. 9, 2010 San Bruno Gas Pipeline Explosion. Prior to the EMS Agency, Kevin worked as a legislative aide for the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for five years and as a field representative for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo for two years. He has also worked in political consulting and public relations. Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a Minor in Mathematics and a Minor in Public Administration from the University of Puget Sound.

Mitch Saruwatari
Director, Emergency Management
Kaiser Permanente

Mitch Saruwatari is a member of Kaiser Permanente’s Healthcare Continuity Management & Support Services. He currently serves as director of Emergency Management. Mitch helps the organization plan, respond and recover from any adverse event impacting health care services or operations. This includes ongoing risk assessment and coordination of local, regional and national command centers. Mitch serves on several state and national emergency management committees and is an adjunct faculty member at Cal Baptist University and the U.S. Center for Domestic Preparedness.

Donna Sasenick, MS, BSN, RN, CHEP
Senior Advisor, Division of National Healthcare Preparedness Programs
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Donna Sasenick serves as a senior advisor in the Division of National Healthcare Preparedness Programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to joining HHS, Donna served as the emergency management specialist at Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine where she was responsible for planning, administering, evaluating, and coordinating existing and proposed emergency related plans and policies. During that time she also served as chairperson for the Maryland MIEMSS Region V Emergency Preparedness Coalition, where duties included oversight for development, implementation and monitoring of regional health care coalition projects and emergency preparedness response/recovery activities. Donna has retired from the United States Navy Reserve after serving 20 years as a nurse corps officer. During her military career, she served in a variety of positions to include clinical, education leadership, medical readiness planning and emergency management. Donna holds a bachelor of science in Nursing, a master’s degree in Emergency Health Services and maintains her clinical credentials in emergency nursing and certification as a Certified Emergency Healthcare Professional (CHEP).

Kevin Sheehan, MPH, MBA, CIH, CSP, REHS
Captain, U.S. Public Health Service
Office of Emergency Management

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Captain Kevin Sheehan is an Environmental Health officer in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, currently assigned to the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) as the Field Project Officer for HHS Region IX. He has been in this position since April 2015. Before his current assignment, Captain Sheehan was assigned as the regional emergency coordinator, field supervisor under the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Captain Sheehan has deployed to numerous disasters including Superstorm Sandy, the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, California Wildfires and the Gulf oil spill. Captain Sheehan has served previously for the Coast Guard’s Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific, as a Naval Officer and also spent time working at the Department of Energy’s former nuclear weapons facility in Colorado. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Safety Professional, and a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.

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

Mark Shirley is an environmental risk consultant for the Office of the General Counsel at Sutter Health, where he provides consultative services to all Sutter affiliates and manages services to meet various regulatory compliance and accreditation requirements. He also provides support for many aspects of their environmental health, safety and emergency management programs. Mark has more than 15 years of experience in health care environmental, safety and facilities management. He previously served as director of plant operations and safety officer for Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital, safety officer for Sutter Medical Center Santa Rosa and most recently as the environment of care manager for California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Mark received his master’s degree in environmental management from the University of San Francisco and his bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a board-certified Safety Professional, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, a CSTI Certified Outreach Instructor and an ECRI-Certified Healthcare Environmental Manager.

Kristina Spurgeon, MPH
Emergency Management Consultant
Kaiser Permanente

Kristina Spurgeon has been working in health care emergency management for 13 years and has been part of Kaiser Permanente’s (KP) emergency management team for the last 10 years. She manages the Northern California Regional Emergency Management Program and Command Center, assists the 21 KP medical centers in Northern California with their emergency management programs and works across the KP Northern California Region for response readiness. Implementing and exercising disaster preparedness initiatives such as trauma and pediatric surge programs are some of her exciting side projects. Her current words to live by: “Working in EM is far more interesting when your Command Center is under construction.” Kristina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Public Health from San Francisco State University.

Steve Stark, MHA, MSOP, ACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Orchard Hospital

Steve Stark serves as chief executive officer at Orchard Hospital, where he is responsible for aligning the hospital mission and vision with physicians, the board of directors and communities in Butte County. Steve works closely with the CFO, COO/CNO and managers to create a health care delivery system that is safer and more efficient for patients. He has spoken to groups across the country about integrating continuous process improvement and technology into daily workflow to provide better patient care. Today, Steve is considered a leader in organizational strategy and has a black belt in Lean and Six Sigma. He is also a Studer Group® Champion. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and two master’s degrees from Bellevue University in hospital administration and organizational performance.

Steve Storbakken, MBA, CHPA, CHEP, HACP, CHEM, CHSP
Director, Emergency Preparedness & Environmental Safety
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

Steven Storbakken is a published, nationally recognized expert in emergency management and preparedness. Mr. Storbakken is an HDMT instructor for Los Angeles County and has volunteered with the Red Cross for over 20 years. He is a founding member of the “Shakeout” earthquake preparedness concept. In March 2013, he was a facilitator of one of the largest active shooter simulations/trainings ever conducted with the Hospital Association of Southern California. He was a recipient of Providence’s Stewardship, Red Cross’s Golden Bear and California Institute of Technology’s Shoemaker Awards. He has an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a health care undergraduate degree from University of La Verne. He is a certified in Hospital Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Safety, Protection Administration, and Hospital Regulatory Compliance.

L. Vance Taylor
Chief, AFN Division
California Office of Emergency Services

Luis “Vance” Taylor is the chief of the Office of Access and Functional Needs at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Vance is responsible for ensuring the needs of individuals with disabilities and persons with access and functional needs are identified before, during and after disasters and integrated within the state’s emergency management systems. Vance was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child and uses a power chair. He has worked in Washington, D.C. as an advisor for two different members of Congress, directed security policy at a national association and been a principal at a top-ranked homeland security and emergency management consulting firm, Catalyst Partners, LLC. Vance is a nationally recognized public speaker and advocate for individuals with disabilities. Vance has a Master’s degree in homeland security from the University of Connecticut and an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in communications.

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

Caryn Thornburg is the safety, emergency management and security officer for Stanford Health Care — ValleyCare. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing employee safety, environment of care, emergency management, hazardous materials, workplace violence and security. Ms. Thornburg is also part of the California Hospital Association’s advisory board that worked with Cal/OSHA to develop standards on workplace violence prevention in health care.

Jim Tritten, MBA, CBCP, CHEP, CHSP
Program Manager, Environment of Care
Swedish Medical Center

Jim has more than 35 years of experience working in health care in various roles, both clinical and administrative. He spent many years working as a paramedic and in nursing before taking on emergency preparedness for the last 15 years. Currently, Jim works as the environment of care program manager for the Swedish Health System in Seattle, where his role as a campus safety officer includes the responsibility for hospital-based emergency management programs.

Sharon Vanairsdale, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, CEN
Program Director, Serious Communicable Diseases
Emory University Hospital

Sharon Vanairsdale is the program director for the Serious Communicable Diseases Unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. She was involved in the care and management of patients with Ebola virus disease and Lass fever and now oversees preparedness for serious communicable diseases at Emory Healthcare. In addition, Ms. Vanairsdale is a lead for the education division within the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC). Prior to the 2014 Ebola outbreak, she was the clinical nurses specialist in the emergency department at Emory University Hospital and has more than 10 years of emergency nursing experience. She holds certifications as an Emergency Nurse from the Board Certification of Emergency Nursing (BCEN), Adult CNS from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and Adult Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Ms. Vanairsdale is the President for the Georgia Emergency Nurses Association and serves as an Adult CNS Content Expert for the ANCC. In 2016, Ms. Vanairsdale was awarded the ANCC National Magnet Nurse of the Year for Exemplary Professional Practice and Georgia Chapter March of Dime Nurse of the Year for Nursing Administration.

Stacey Vincent, RN, CEN, MICN
Manager, Quality Management
Enloe Medical Center

Stacey Vincent is manager of quality management at Enloe Medical Center. She has worked for Enloe in various roles since 1993, including as an emergency department technician. She served as a paramedic for eight years and a flight paramedic for four years before finishing her nursing degree. Stacy moved into the emergency department where she worked as a nurse, charge nurse, assistant nurse manager and nurse manager. She participated in the Feather River Hospital evacuation, Orland Bus Crash and Oroville Dam Disaster, and participated in numerous local and county disaster drills. She has been trained in Healthcare Leadership for Mass Causality Incidents at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, and is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Nursing with an emphasis on nursing leadership.

Matt Washburn
Disaster Coordinator & Safety Officer
Orchard Hospital

Matt Washburn serves as the safety officer, and emergency and disaster coordinator for Orchard Hospital in Gridley, Calif. He is certified in hazardous materials operations through the Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission, and furthered his emergency/first responder education by way of the framework for health care in emergency management, advanced public information officer, and technical emergency response for CBRNE Incidents through the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. His goal is to better prepare the population and facility he serves for prevention and management of a variety of emergent situations, and to support Orchard Hospital’s mission and vision.

Steve Weirauch
Environmental, Health & Safety Manager/
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator​
El Camino Hospital

Steve Weirauch began his career as a process engineer in the semiconductor industry. Steve’s interest in safety and emergency preparedness altered his career path to become a safety engineer within the industry. He now serves as the environmental, health and safety manager and emergency preparedness coordinator for both the Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses of El Camino Hospital. In his role, Steve chairs the hospital’s Central Safety Committee, which oversees all environment of care, life safety and emergency preparedness programs for the hospital. He also chairs the Emergency Management Work Group and is the lead person for the hospital’s Workplace Violence Prevention Plan development and implementation. In addition to his duties at the hospital Steve is an active member of the Santa Clara County Hospital Emergency Preparedness Partnership, a coalition of the 11 hospitals in the county, public health and EMS agencies. Steve is also a member of the Santa Clara Valley Emergency Preparedness Healthcare Coalition which expands many of the elements of the hospital partnership to all health care agencies within the county.

Dale White
Emergency Preparedness Program Manager
Sutter Care at Home

Dale White is the emergency preparedness program manager for Sutter Health’s Home Care division and covers 24 sites including, Home Care, Hospice, AIM, PACE, Timberlake and Pharmacy. He previously served as co-chair of the San Diego Healthcare Disaster Council and lead senior safety management specialist for Sharp Healthcare. He has served in the health care safety, engineering and disaster preparedness fields for more than 35 years.

David Whittington
Environment of Care, Safety & Security Manager
Sierra View Medical Center

David Whittington is the Environment of Care/Safety and Security manager at Sierra View Medical Center, a 167-bed acute care facility located in Porterville. David has been with the facility for 10 years, where he has also previously served as an engineer specializing in life safety. He now oversees emergency management, life safety, the environment of care and security at the hospital.

Adam Wojciehowski, MA, CEM, CPP, MEP, HEM
Environmental Risk Consultant, Office of General Counsel
Sutter Health

Adam Wojciehowski is an environmental risk consultant in the Office of General Counsel for Sutter Health. His emergency management career includes international program development and supervision in the United States and Canada. He has over 15 years’ experience as a law enforcement officer, 20 years as an active EMS clinician and 10 years in Emergency Management. With the support of his employers he has testified in front of state legislatures and successfully changed laws to increase safety. He is an adjunct instructor for several colleges and universities and holds certifications as a Certified Emergency Manager, Certified Protection Professional and Master Exercise Practitioner.

Marina Zamarron
Health Planning Specialist III
Santa Clara County Public Health

Marina Zamarron has been in the health care field for more than 15 years. She started her career with the United Farmworkers, where she learned grassroots organizing, community building strategies, and how to work with marginalized and isolated communities. While working with Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties she gained strong knowledge in designing programs for Latino and migrant farmworker communities in an effort to bridge the gap in health care disparities through prevention and community education and access to services. Currently Marina manages the Santa Clara Valley Emergency Preparedness Coalition and works closely with members and health care leaders. Ms. Zamarron has a master’s in Public Administration.

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. By recognizing and highlighting the excellent work and unique contributions of our members, we celebrate our successes and support our ability to learn from each other.

Congratulations to the Best Practices Poster Showcase Winners!

  • Adventist Health Sonora — Plan, Do, Act and Check for Emergencies
  • Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency — California Children’s Disaster CONOPs: Leveraging Partner Momentum to Strengthen & Sustain State/Local Medical Surge Capability
  • California Department of Public Health, LRN-C — Deadly Mushrooms in California: A New Clinical Test May Save Lives
  • California Department of Public Health — Radiation Incident Preparedness: Patient Handling
  • Colombian Red Cross — Hospital Effective Response to a Disaster: What Made the Difference? The Mocoa, Colombia, South America Case, March 31, 2017
  • Kaiser Permanente — Mobile Application for Disaster Preparedness for Health Care Providers
  • Mier Consulting Group, Inc. — The Question is When, Not If … Expertise to Support Hospital & Health Care Partner Disaster Preparedness
  • San Francisco VA Health Care System — Emergency Preparedness Project (Initiation Phase)
  • San Gabriel Valley Medical Center — System Failure & Basic Response // Hazard Vulnerability
  • Several Federal and Private California Hospitals — Earthquake Business Continuity Tools for Hospitals
  • Sutter Roseville Medical Center — Active Violence: Evolving Hospital Response Beyond Just Active Shooters
  • UC Davis Health — Utilizing Technology in an Innovative Way to Facilitate Mass Registration
  • UC San Diego Health — Disaster Bag
  • UCSF Health — Patient/Visitor Emergency Instructional Videos

Best practices posters will be showcased in the exhibit hall.


Contact Lisa Hartzell at (916) 552-7502 or


Hospitals may use federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant monies to help cover tuition and travel costs. Check with your HPP grant administrator (either the local health department or Emergency Medical Services agency) for details.


Full conference plus pre-conference workshop (Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday): Members* $810, Nonmembers** $1010

Full conference (Tuesday AND Wednesday):
Members $670, Nonmembers $860

One day only (Monday OR Tuesday OR Wednesday):
Members $410, Nonmembers $520

*Members are CHA member hospitals, CHA associate members and government agencies. **Nonmembers are limited to non-hospital health care providers, clinics, post-acute facilities, and consultants, insurance companies, law firms and other entities that serve hospitals. Education programs and publications are a membership benefit and are not available to eligible non-member California hospitals.

Tuition includes continental breakfasts, lunches, education sessions, exhibit show and reception, and continuing education. Onsite registrations and any unpaid registrations as of the date of the meeting will be charged an additional 10% fee.


A confirmation will be emailed to all registrants.

Cancellation Policy

A $75 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven or more days prior to the scheduled event and faxed to (916) 552-7506. No refunds will be given after these dates. Substitutions are encouraged. Cancellation and substitution notification may be emailed to In the unlikely event that the program is cancelled, refunds will be issued to paid registrants within 30 days.

Photo Release

CHA will photograph this event. If you prefer not to be photographed, please email CHA at

Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations pursuant to the American’s with Disabilities Act please call (916) 552-7637.

Continuing Education

Full attendance at the educational sessions is a prerequisite for receiving continuing education. Attendees must sign in at each session at the conference and include their professional license number, if required.

Compliance — The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 6.0 pre-conference CCB CEUs and up to 12.6 conference CCB CEUs. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this event content or of the event sponsor.

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 5 pre-conference hours and up to 10.5 conference hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education Credit for this program toward advancement, or recertification, in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation. To self-report, participants must log into their MyACHE account and select ACHE Qualified Education Credit.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP #11924, for 6 pre-conference contact hours and up to 12.6 conference contact hours.

Risk Management — This meeting has been approved for a total of 15.5 contact hours (pre-conference 5.0; conference 10.5) of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal.


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

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 click here or contact Lisa Hartzell at

We would like to thank our corporate sponsors and exhibitors for their support of the 2017 Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference.

Gold Sponsor to Date:

Silver Sponsors to Date:


Exhibitors to Date:

  • 3M
  • American Red Cross
  • American Technologies, Inc.
  • BELFOR PropertyRestoration
  • BSI EHS Services and Solutions
  • California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF)
  • CDPH Center for Environmental Health
  • California Primary Care Association (CPCA)
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Disaster Management Systems
  • DQE, Inc.
  • Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Evacusled
  • Everbridge
  • FORTS Medical
  • Globalstar
  • Grainger
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Guest Communications Corporation
  • HARBRO Emergency Services and Restoration
  • HSS Emergency Management Solutions
  • ILC Dover
  • Image Sales, Inc.
  • Intermedix
  • International Enviroguard
  • Kappler, Inc.
  • Kinemetrics, Inc.
  • Knowledge Center Enterprises, LLC
  • LiveProcess
  • Ludlum Measurement Inc.
  • MAXAIR Systems By Bio-Medical Devices Intl
  • Meals for All
  • Med Sled Evacuation
  • Moulage Concepts
  • Mortuary Response Solutions
  • PODS
  • Practical Hospital Services
  • ReddiNet
  • Response Technologies Ltd.
  • RESTOP, a Division of American Innotek
  • RexEMS
  • RRS Patient Decontamination
  • Safety Center of America
  • Simpler Life Emergency Provisions
  • Slice
  • SOS Survival Products
  • ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM)
  • State Terrorism Threat Assessment Center (STAC)
  • Teleira
  • UCSF California Poison Control
  • U.S. Water Services
  • United States Geological Survey
  • VAS Security Systems, Inc.
  • VeriCor, LLC
  • X2nSat

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

Tim Beringer, Director, Safety, Security & Emergency Management, Eisenhower Medical Center

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

Elena Ceja, Director, Business Continuity Management, Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Steven Chin, MD, Disaster Medical Director, PIH Health Hospital – Whittier

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

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

Vanessa King, Assistant Nurse Manager, Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District

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

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

Kathy Nacey, RN, MS, MICN, CEN, CPEN, EMS & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Methodist Hospital of Sacramento

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

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

Kristina Spurgeon, MPH, Practice Specialist, Emergency Management, Kaiser Permanente

Wendi Thomas, RN, MSN, Nursing Director, Emergency Services, Critical Care & Nursing Administration, Petaluma Valley Hospital

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

Chau H. Vu, MEP, Director, Emergency Management, UCSF Medical Center