Education event

Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
Cultivating Continuity

October 15 – 17, 2012
Sacramento, CA


Conference Update — New Session Added on Hospital’s Response to Aurora Movie Theater Shootings

CHA is pleased to announce that Comilla Sasson, MD, MS, the ER doctor on duty at the University of Colorado Hospital the night of the movie theater shootings in Colorado, will address CHA’s Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference on Oct. 17. A general session has been added to the Wednesday afternoon program.

Calling it “one of the most horrific nights I have ever worked,” Sasson stated that the hospital received the call at about 1 a.m. on July 20, and “we immediately activated our disaster protocol.” With a completely full ER, the hospital received 23 patients, ranging from 3 months to 45 years of age, some with multiple gunshot wounds.

“We had just an amazing response from the entire hospital. The reason we were actually able to coordinate such an amazing response was because we had a disaster plan in place,” Sasson said in an interview with CBS News.

Sasson will be joined by colleague Patrick Conroy, the safety officer for UCH, to talk about the hospital’s response to the surge of trauma patients. Both Sasson and Conroy are experienced disaster planners who serve on the hospital’s Incident Command team.

With this change, some breakout sessions were moved to alternate times. Please review the agenda for updates.

Register today! The discounted deadline has been extended to Oct. 1!

No matter what your role — clinician, physician, emergency preparedness coordinator or facilities management — you have a part in ensuring continuity at your hospital. Cultivate new skills, connect with colleagues and suppliers, and take your plans to the next level at the largest gathering of hospital emergency preparedness coordinators in California.

This conference promises something for everyone. And, we deliver.

Conference topics include:

  • The Joplin Recovery: One Year Later
  • Public/Private Partnerships: Keep the Resources Coming
  • California National Guard — Always Ready, Always There
  • FEMA Update
  • Crisis Standards of Care 
  • Hospital Code Triage: The Reno Air Race Crash
  • Energizing Clinicians and Physicians
  • MassCATT: Beyond Color Coding
  • Trauma, Pediatric and Burn Surge Planning
  • A Crisis in Leadership: What You Need to Know BEFORE Disaster Hits
  • Raising the Bar on Your Facilities Department
  • Seeing Through the Dark — Continuing Care During Loss of Power
  • Best Practices poster sessions, 70+ booth exhibit show
  • And much more!

Conference Meeting Location: Sacramento Convention Center

The conference and the exhibit show will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, located just across the street from the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. The pre-conference workshop on Monday, October 15, will be held at the Hyatt Regency.

Co-sponsored by:

California Department of Public Health
California Emergency Management Agency
Emergency Medical Services Authority


Pre-Conference Agenda

Monday, October 15

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Registration

 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop: 
Continuity Planning for Hospitals — A Holistic Approach

Angela Devlen, Managing Partner, Wakefield Brunswick, Inc.; Ryan Burgess, RN, MSN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, California Hospital Association; Brandon Bond, MS, EMT, CBCP, Director, Office of Emergency Management, Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; Tracy Robles, Director, Environmental Risk, Sutter Health; Jeremy Stacy, Director of Support Services and Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles; Ray Bonilla, Jr., MBA, CBCP, MBCI, Manager, Crisis Management and Business Continuity, Kaiser Permanente; and Cheryl LaTouche, CBCP, Business Continuity Manager, Healthcare Continuity Management, Kaiser Permanente

This pre-conference session will provide hospital emergency planners with an understanding of continuity planning principals including risk assessment, conducting a business impact analysis (BIA), continuity plan development and testing of the plan. The role that the emergency planner may have in their hospital’s continuity planning, and the challenges this presents, will be discussed. Participants will hear from health care continuity expert, Angela Devlen, as well as a panel of leading planners from California hospitals.

Course materials and tools will be available for participants to take back to their facilities and utilize in planning. This presentation will also provide value to senior leadership, IT specialists, risk managers and other hospital personnel involved in continuity planning.


Tuesday Agenda

 Tuesday Tuese
Tuesday, October 16

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibits and Best Practices

8:30 a.m. – Noon | Opening Keynotes

The Joplin Recovery: One Year Later
Robert Patterson, Administrative Director, Mercy Emergency Medical Services, Joplin;

Leslie Porth, RN, MPH, Vice President, Health Planning, Missouri Hospital Association; and

Regina Thomas, CBCP, Disaster Recovery Coordinator, Freeman Health System

One of the deadliest tornadoes in the nation’s history struck Joplin, Missouri last year leaving the town and the hospital in shambles. Hear about the regional and statewide response including the use of partnership agreements and mutual aid agreements during response. One year later, learn about the rebuilding efforts and enhancements in hospital and regional health care response planning.

Public/Private Partnerships: Keep the Resources Coming
Bill Avery, Vice President, Sales, Western Region, Stericycle, Inc.; Kim Bedwell, Director, Compliance Administration, Owens & Minor, Inc.; Edward Daniels, Vice President, Ethics and Compliance, Cardinal Health; and Rob Bergbower, Manager, Western Region Operations, Interline Brands, Inc.
How do medical suppliers and other private companies approach continuity planning and what impact will their plans have on hospitals during a disaster? Hear about the challenges they have faced getting supplies to those in need and learn how you can strengthen your partnerships with suppliers.

FEMA Update
Nancy Ward, Regional Administrator, Region IX, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Support from the federal government during and after a disaster is critical. Hear specifics about what type of assistance is available to hospitals and what to expect from the federal agency.

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

Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Lunch

California National Guard: Always Ready, Always There
Colonel Robert A. Spano, Director, Joint Staff, California National Guard
The California Military Department organizes resources and trains forces with unique capabilities. Learn about their role during a disaster and the assistance available to communities and hospitals.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions
(Choose one.) 

Business Continuity Lessons Learned
Brandon Bond, MS, EMT, CBCP, Director, Office of Emergency Management, Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; and Sharon L. Carlson, Director of Emergency Preparedness, Sharp HealthCare
In this session, two experts will share the lessons they have learned in business continuity from initial response through full recovery. Attendees will gain an understanding of complex recovery operations including crisis management, vulnerability assessments, leadership succession, HICS, command center operations, and unified command. Assess your facility’s risk and plan for interruption of services with tools and other takeaways.

Seeing Through the Dark — Continuing Care During Loss of Power
Karen Trapane, Safety Officer, and Cathy Faulkner, Manager, Patient Care, Scripps Health; and Dale White, Senior Safety Management Specialist, Sharp HealthCare
Whether from an area-wide blackout or a localized construction accident, a power outage can happen any time at any facility. In this practical presentation, two San Diego facilities will share how they successfully navigated through dark hallways to maintain critical services and ensure the safety of visitors and patients. Learn about emergency generators, cost-effective portable lighting options and how one simple tool could have made a huge difference. Take away ideas to improve your existing prevention program and understand the necessary steps for full recovery if a loss of power event does occur. 

Energizing Clinicians and Physicians — The Road to Disaster Readiness
Thérèse Rymer, RN, C.FNP, COHN-S, MAS, Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response; and Monique Imroth, BA, Analyst, Emergency Preparedness and Response, UC San Diego Health System
Do you know how to promote critical thinking and prepare your team for decision making in disasters? By participating in a short exercise during this session, you will learn how to facilitate a fun and engaging training on emergency preparedness and response skills. Multiple learning tools such as multimedia, hands-on games, short facilitated drills and envelope exercises will be presented. 

Pediatric Surge Planning: Who’s Minding the Kids?
Kathryn Koelemay, MD, MPH, Medical Epidemiologist and Clinical Planner, King County Healthcare Coalition and Public Health – Seattle and King County, Washington; Bridget Berg, MPH, Administrative Manager, Pediatric Disaster Resource & Training Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; and Millicent Wilson, MD, Disaster Training Specialist, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services Agency
In a large-scale medical emergency, pediatric specialty hospitals may be inaccessible or overwhelmed. Critically ill or injured children may present to any and all hospitals in a region so planning for such an event is critical. In this interactive session, two groups will discuss how they developed a pediatric disaster surge response plan and share their processes and outcomes. Conference attendees will take away planning tools, training resources, recommended supplies, lessons learned and other practical information to get started on creating or updating a pediatric surge plan. 

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Exhibit Show and Best Practices

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions
(Choose one.) 

Raising the Bar on Your Facilities Department
Cameron Bruce, PE, CSP, Principal, and Sheila Hennessey, Principal, Cameron Bruce Associates
This session will help you increase the preparedness of your engineering and maintenance staff. Learn how to conduct a facilities department-focused hazard vulnerability analysis and how to assess your current emergency response plans, resources and assets. View examples of quick response tools and other emergency preparedness training ideas to aid staff.

Trauma and Burn Surge Plan Development
Vivian Reyes, MD, FACEP, Emergency Medicine Physician, Kaiser Permanente – San Francisco, The Permanente Medical Group; Kristina Spurgeon, MPH, Emergency Management Consultant, Kaiser Permanente Program Offices; Kathleen Egan, HPP Grant Specialist, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services Agency

How do you develop a trauma or burn surge plan based on your needs and capabilities? Representatives from Northern California Kaiser Permanente and Los Angeles County EMS Agency will share their plans and the steps they took to leverage resources and increase surge capacity for their areas. Attendees will be provided models to start developing their own surge plans tailored to their own facilities. Tools, processes and strategies needed to implement and support a program will also be shared. 

Hospital Code Triage: The Reno Air Race Crash
Michael J. Munda, JD, M.Ed., CPHRM, Director of Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance/Emergency Plan Manager, and Kris Gaw, Chief Operating Officer/Liaison Officer, Renown Regional Medical Center
On September 16, 2011, a plane crashed into a crowd of spectators at the Reno Air Races, killing 11 people and injuring at least 69. Renown Health received the first call, but it truly was a communitywide effort. Learn how multiple agencies worked together in response to a hospital code triage multi-casualty event. The session will cover how to achieve a seamless workflow taking into consideration bed capacity, external response agency coordination and communication, media management, mental health support, security, incident command systems and more.

Business Continuity Lessons Learned (repeated)

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Exhibit Show Reception and Best Practices


Wednesday Agenda

Wednesday, October 17

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

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. | General Session

Crisis Standards of Care 
Eric A. Weiss, MD, FACEP, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, and Medical Director, Office of Emergency Management, Stanford University Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital;

Christy Sandborg, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics;

Ann Weinacker, MD, Chief of Staff, Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Associate Professor Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Associate Director of the Intensive Care Unit; and

Howard Backer, MD, MPH, Director, Emergency Medical Services Authority

Some of the most difficult issues facing physicians and staff are the medical, legal and ethical decisions in allocation and delivery of care in a scarce resource environment. It is a challenge that hospitals must approach carefully and consider before disaster strikes. In this thought-provoking session, a panel of experts including physicians, an ethicist, and a critical care specialist will outline a process that hospitals can use to lay the groundwork for the development of a crisis care plan. The panel will draw parallels to current practices and describe how evidence-based criteria can help guide operational aspects and the decision-making process. The role and legal authority of the state will also be addressed.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. | Exhibit Show and Grand Prize Drawing

10:30 a.m. – Noon | Concurrent Breakout Sessions
(Choose one.)

Managing Staff Resources in Surge Treatment Areas
Robin Varela, RN, MSN, and Lisa Blair, Communications Officer, Scripps Health
Safe and effective surge treatment scene management in a hospital setting can minimize the chaos and other impacts of a disaster. Appointing an accountability officer and assigning a location for a designated administrative hub in surge treatment areas will help maximize the efficiency of staffing resources, facilitate greater operational communication and complement the hospital incident command system (HICS). Learn valuable strategies and make plans now to manage staff resources during these stressful and uncertain times. 

Soup to Nuts, OB to IT, Business Continuity for Small Hospitals
Barbara L. Dodge, BA, ED, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, Center of Bioterrorism Preparedness, University of Nebraska Medical Center
This interactive workshop will focus on the unique needs and resources of small hospitals as they prepare for, respond to, and continue to offer services after extreme stress or damage to their facility.  We will consider lessons learned and search for best practices to aid in development of plans to provide services, retain employees and recover with strength and dignity.

A  Crisis in Leadership — What You Need to Know BEFORE Disaster Hits
Regina Phelps, RN, BSN, CEM, MPA, President and CEO, EMS Solutions Inc.
Leadership during good times can be difficult enough; during a disaster, it can be a matter of life or death. When a major emergency occurs, will your leaders provide clear direction and instill confidence in the patients and employees? This session explores the most common failures during an incident and peels back what you can do to avoid these pitfalls. Learn what you can do to improve leadership, minimize fatigue and ensure that better decisions are made.

MassCATT: Beyond Color Coding
Suzy Fitzgerald, MD, FAEM, Emergency Physician, Kaiser Permanente – Diablo Service Area; Emergency Preparedness, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Mass casualty triage — it’s not enough to just know who is a “red” or a “yellow.” The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mass Casualty Advanced Triage and Treatment Algorithm (MassCATT) is a hospital-based advanced triage and treatment algorithm designed to go beyond color coding. Learn how to take disaster triage to the next level by making the secondary/advanced assessment, become familiar with supporting protocols that facilitate hospital flow in a disaster and understand how the algorithm can be used at any facility. 

Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Lunch

CDPH and EMSA Updates

Betsy Lyman, Deputy Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness
California Department of Public Health

Howard Backer, MD, MPH, Director, Emergency Medical Services Authority

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | General Session 

Aurora Theater Shootings

Comilla Sasson, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine; and

 Patrick Conroy, Manager of Support Services and Safety Officer, University of Colorado Hospital

Hear the first-hand account of how the University of Colorado Hospital responded to the tragic mass shootings at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado on July 20. With a completely full ER, the hospital received 23 patients, ranging from 3 months to 45 years of age, some with multiple gunshot wounds. With patients arriving via police cars, private automobiles and ambulances, the hospital immediately activated their disaster protocol. Learn how the hospitals preparedness plans helped the hospital respond to the surge of trauma patients. 

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. | General Session

2012 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise and a Quick Look at the 2013 Program Exercise
Susan Fanelli, Assistant Deputy Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, California Department of Public Health; Dan Kotyk, MBA, FACHCA, Chief, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Branch, Licensing and Certification Program, California Department of Public Health; and Mary Massey, BSN, PHN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, California Hospital Association
This session will provide information on the upcoming 2012 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise including the objectives, accreditation, regulatory and grant compliance. It will also include a brief look at the State’s 2013 Exercise Program.

The conference ends at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17.



Speaker Biographies

Bill Avery
Vice President, Sales, Western Region
Stericycle, Inc.

Bill Avery is the vice presidents of sales, west region for Stericycle, Inc. Bill’s roles include implementation, hospital staff education and management of Stericycle’s programs, including the Pharmaceutical Waste Compliance Program and Integrated Waste Stream Solution. Bill is knowledgeable in the characterization, segregation, transport and proper disposal of pharmaceutical waste, including comprehensive training for hospital staff and in-depth knowledge of relevant EPA, US DOT and state-specific regulations, as well as Joint Commission standards. Bill has been in the healthcare industry for 13 years.

Howard Backer, MD, MPH
Emergency Medical Services Authority

Dr. Howard Backer is the director of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, where he leads the department in establishing and enforcing standards for EMS personnel, coordinating with local EMS systems, overseeing the development of statewide specialty care systems, and preparing for and responding to disasters. Dr. Backer previously served for ten years at the California Department of Public Health where he held a variety of assignments, including chief of the immunization branch and interim director and interim state health officer. From 2008 to 2011, Backer was associate secretary for emergency preparedness at the California Health and Human Services Agency where he worked closely with EMSA, CDPH, the Department of Social Services and other CHHS departments on plans to coordinate public health and medical disaster response, as well as mass care and shelter issues. Dr. Backer is board certified in emergency medicine, preventive medicine and public health and practiced emergency medicine for 25 years.

Kim Bedwell
Director, Compliance Administration
Owens & Minor, Inc.

Kim Bedwell is the director of compliance administration for Owens & Minor with a focus on global regulatory compliance, safety, security and emergency response. She has created curricula for all aspects of the operation, including safety and disaster planning for the Owens & Minor operation as the assistant dean for the College of Operations. Kim has over 28 years of experience in supply chain management practices within manufacturing and distribution, including 12 years focusing on the healthcare supply chain. Recently, Kim accepted the award for Excellence in Launching certification programs on behalf of Owens & Minor College of Operations.

Bridget M. Berg, MPH
Administrative Manager
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Bridget Berg is responsible for operations at the CHLA Pediatric Disaster Resource and Training Center, which includes overseeing program deliverables, training, and contributing to and supporting research efforts. She is also responsible for the hospital’s trauma and burn surge planning efforts and supports trauma program administration. Bridget led the operations of a $5 million HHS Healthcare Facilities Emergency Care Partnership Program Grant that allowed CHLA and the Los Angeles EMS Agency to address gaps in pediatric disaster planning and response. Bridget is currently leading a grant from the Emergency Network Los Angeles on resilience in faith-based organizations.

Rob Bergbower
Manager, Western Region Operations
Interline Brands, Inc.

Rob Bergbower has a diverse background in operations, transportations, facilities, purchasing and customer service. Rob serves as the western region operations manager for Interline Brands, where he is responsible for all operational aspects of 15 locations in the West including Texas, Arizona, Nevada, California, Washington and Oregon. Rob works closely with various hospitals at Interline Brands.

Lisa Blair
Communications Officer
Scripps Health

Lisa Blair manages the wireless communication system at Scripps Health. She is an active member of Scripps Encinitas’ emergency response team, Scripps’ decontamination response team, and holds the role of communications officer for the emergency response team during disaster drills and unplanned events. She participates in the development of best practices in disaster planning and has been instrumental in developing the concept of the administrative tent, as well as the role of the administrative and accountability officers.

Brandon Bond, MS, EMT, CBCP
Director, Office of Emergency Management
Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Brandon Bond is the director of the Office of Emergency Management at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. He also serves as the safety officer and emergency medical technician on the U.S. Public Health Services, Bay Area Disaster Medical Assistance Team. Brandon has responded to Haiti, Hurricanes Gustav, Ike, and Katrina, and several other disasters. Brandon was the recipient of the 2007 Private & Public Business Inc. Best Practices Award for outstanding achievement in the field of business continuity and has been recognized by the Center for Domestic Preparedness for outstanding achievement in delivery of first responder WMD training.

Ray Bonilla, Jr., MBA, CBCP, MBCI
Manager, Crisis Management and Business Continuity
Kaiser Permanente

Ray Bonilla leads the IT Resiliency Management organization at Kaiser Permanente. Previously, Ray served as a senior business continuity consultant with Kaiser Permanente’s Program Offices, where he managed over 2,000 business continuity plans. He has also developed preparedness and training programs as a regional project manager for T-Mobile, USA. Ray serves on numerous business continuity boards, committees and focus groups throughout California and is a certified business continuity professional.

Cameron Bruce, PE, CSP
Cameron Bruce Associates, LLC

Cameron Bruce is a health care consultant with expertise in compliance, safety management and emergency management. Cameron holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Tufts University and is a Registered Professional Engineer and Certified Safety Professional. He is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, the California Society for Healthcare Engineering, and the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Ryan Burgess, RN, MSN
Hospital Preparedness Coordinator
California Hospital Association

Ryan is the regional hospital surge planning coordinator for Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties for Hospital Association of Southern California. He has worked previously with UCLA Medical Center as the disaster resource center manager, emergency department clinical manager, and prehospital care coordinator. Ryan was an emergency department nurse for many years as well as a flight nurse with Mercy Air and Life Flight Southern California. He received his MSN from California State University, Long Beach in the Trauma/Emergency Clinical Nurse Specialist program.

Sharon Carlson
Director, Emergency Preparedness
Sharp HealthCare

Sharon Carlson has been a nurse for 34 years with ICU and Emergency Department experience. She served as the disaster coordinator for Sharp Grossmont Hospital Emergency Department before being promoted to director of emergency disaster preparedness for Sharp HealthCare in 2009. Sharon is a member of various San Diego County disaster preparedness workgroups and is a member of the Statewide Medical Health Exercise design team. She was a member of the San Diego County workgroup that assisted in designing the County’s EMS Departmental Operations Center (DOC)/Medical Operations Center (MOC) and worked in the San Diego County EMS DOC/MOC during the 2007 wildfires.

Patrick Conroy
Manager of Support Services and Safety Officer
University of Colorado Hospital

Patrick Conroy has 32 years of experience working in public safety and emergency services in the public and private sectors. For the past 30 years, he has worked as a certified paramedic and firefighter in the Denver-metro area. At the University of Colorado Hospital, Patrick is the manager of support services, the hospital safety officer, and has program responsibility for emergency preparedness.  He is also the planning section coordinator for the Colorado Team 1 Incident Management Team. Patrick has a certificate in emergency management from FEMA and is qualified as an all-hazards incident commander and planning section chief at the type 3 level. Patrick served as the hospital incident commander during the Aurora shootings and was ultimately responsible for the preparation of the detailed After Action Review.

Edward Daniels
Vice President, Ethics and Compliance
Cardinal Health

Edward Daniels is the vice president of ethics and compliance for Cardinal Health, a pharmaceutical and medical products services company. In his role, Ed is responsible for global business continuity planning and crisis management. He also oversees the company’s privacy compliance efforts and all corporate-wide investigations. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Ed worked for Abbott Laboratories in information technology and security roles.

Angela Devlen
Managing Partner
Wakefield Brunswick, Inc.

Angela Devlen is the managing partner of Wakefield Brunswick, Inc. where she has worked with several health care clients on educational, strategic and programmatic needs related to organizational strategy, disaster management and business continuity. Angela has been involved with response efforts to many crises, including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, and Haiti; floods in Mozambique; rail accidents; and other weather emergencies. Angela has worked with numerous organizations, including educational institutions and governmental agencies, to develop disaster preparedness efforts. She began her career in emergency medical services in Canada and has been awarded the James Watson Award for her contributions to emergency services. She is also a Certified Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) instructor.

Barbara L. Dodge, BA, ED
Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, Center of Bioterrorism Preparedness
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Barbara Dodge is the director of hospital preparedness programs for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she assists Nebraska hospitals in preparedness planning and education. She designs curriculum specific to hospital needs, trains instructors and coordinates mass trainings. Barbara specializes in preparedness and response for small hospitals. She and her workgroup developed HICS for Small Hospitals, a model that is now being used across the country. Barbara serves on the National HICS Workgroup and as national faculty with the HICS Center Advisory Board.

Kathleen Egan, RN, MSN, MICN
Senior Nurse Instructor
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services Agency

Kathy Egan is a senior nursing instructor and HPP grant specialist for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services at the Emergency Medical Services Agency. Her responsibilities include working with hospitals and other health care agencies in disaster preparedness. In addition to her duties with the EMS Agency, she is a core adjunct professor of health education with National University. She has worked as a nurse in small rural hospitals and in large urban settings.

Susan Fanelli
Assistant Deputy Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness
California Department of Public Health

Susan Fanelli serves as the assistant deputy director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). She is responsible for day-to-day operations related to CDPH’s emergency preparedness and response to all hazards. Ms. Fanelli has collaborated 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. Ms. Fanelli has been responsible for managing $100 million in public health emergency preparedness funds, as well as monitoring grant allocations to hospitals, clinics and other health care entities.

Cathy Faulkner
Manager, Patient Care
Scripps Health

Cathleen Faulkner has worked with Scripps Health since 1983 as a staff nurse, trauma nurse, lead and supervisor, and manager of urgent care. She has been instrumental in bringing disaster awareness to the clinic and redesigning the hospital’s emergency department to a more patient-centered experience. Cathy is also part of the Scripps medical response team.

Suzy Fitzgerald, MD, FAEM
Emergency Physician
Kaiser Permanente-Diablo Service Area
Emergency Preparedness
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

 Dr. Suzy Fitzgerald is an emergency physician who works in emergency medicine, emergency management and global health. She is the physician lead for emergency preparedness at Kaiser Walnut Creek and Antioch and also works at the regional level with the KP NCAL Regional Emergency Management Committee. Her current projects include the KP NCAL Mass Casualty Advanced Triage and Treatment Algorithm, the KP NCAL Emergency Management Regional Drill/Training Program, the ED Disaster Response Team Program, and the KP NCAL Pediatric Disaster Surge Plan. Suzy is involved in international and disaster medicine, with recent deployments to Haiti and Sri Lanka. She is the Cambodia coordinator for the Kaiser Global Health Program and an assistant team medical director for the Bay Area federal DMAT CA-6 team. Suzy has also served as an emergency response coordinator and consultant for Relief International.

Kris Gaw
Chief Operating Officer and Liaison Officer
Renown Regional Medical Center

Kris Gaw is the chief operating officer for Renown Regional Medical Center. In this role, Kris provides strategic leadership to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies relating to operations. She has experience in emergency services, accounts receivable management, health insurance product design, customer relationship management, human resources and operational management. Kris has served in many capacities of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS), primarily as incident commander and liaison officer and was the administrator on call during the Reno Air Races crash in 2011.

Sheila Hennessy
Cameron Bruce Associates, LLC

Sheila Hennessey has over 25 years of experience in health care communications, plan development and emergency management. She has authored and managed emergency plans for numerous hospitals and public health departments. Sheila has an extensive background in planning, designing, conducting and evaluating hospital exercises. Sheila’s work also includes preparing orientation, education and training programs and workshops. Previously, Sheila has served as director of marketing and communication for the California division of the American Cancer Society.

Monique Imroth, BA
Analyst, Emergency Preparedness and Response
UC San Diego Health System

Monique Imroth is an analyst in the department of Emergency Preparedness and Response for UC San Diego Medical Center. She comes to the field after more than 20 years of clinical experience as a paramedic and telemetry specialist. An experienced trainer, Monique is involved in numerous planning committees and operational groups related to preparedness and response.

Kathryn Koelemay, MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist and Clinical Planner
King County Healthcare Coalition
Public Health
Seattle & King County

Dr. Kay Koelemay is a pediatrician and medical epidemiologist with Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization, Public Health – Seattle & King County and an affiliate assistant professor for the department of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Dr. Koelemay focuses on educating health care providers on preparedness for biological and other public health emergencies. She also serves as clinical planner for the King County Healthcare Coalition to strengthen emergency preparedness and response. Prior to joining Public Health in 2006, Kay worked briefly with PATH on the Japanese Encephalitis Project and was in Cambodia when Hurricane Katrina flooded her home town of New Orleans. She has practiced clinical pediatrics for over 20 years.

Dan Kotyk, MBA, FACHCA
Chief, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Branch
Licensing and Certification Program
California Department of Public Health


Cheryl LaTouche, CBCP
Business Continuity Manager, Healthcare Continuity Management
Kaiser Permanente

As the business continuity manager for Kaiser Permanente, Cheryl LaTouche is responsible for national oversight of the Kaiser Permanente business continuity planning program. In 2000, Cheryl was a member of the business continuity planning team responsible for the implementation of a formal healthcare continuity management program throughout Kaiser Permanente, which includes all Kaiser Permanente facilities located in nine states and Washington, D.C.  She is a certified business continuity planner (CBCP).

Elisabeth (Betsy) H. Lyman
Deputy Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness
California Department of Public Health

Elisabeth (Betsey) H. Lyman is the deputy director of public health emergency preparedness for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the program manager for federal bioterrorism preparedness grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources Services Administration. Ms. Lyman has over 30 years experience at CDPH, including the areas of family health, Children’s Medical Services, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition program, Medi-Cal, and vital records. Prior to coming to California, Ms. Lyman worked for the New York Medicaid program and conducted managerial studies in community health centers in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mary Massey, BSN, PHN
Hospital Preparedness Coordinator
California Hospital Association

Mary Massey has over 20 years of experience in clinical and administrative management of hospital emergency services. She participates in multi-agency taskforces, including MMRS, UASI, SUASI and is a member of the HICS IV National Workgroup. Mary authored bioterrorism policies addressing the medical response to weapons of mass destruction, mass decontamination, mass prophylaxis and pandemic response for hospitals. She has deployed with DMAT CA-1 to multiple wildfire responses and Hurricanes Ike and Katrina. She has worked on projects with the CDC and numerous Homeland Security Full Scale Exercises across the country. Mary has trained with the DOD and DOJ and is a DOJ WMD general instructor and HSEEP instructor.

Michael J. Munda, JD, M.Ed, CPHRM
Director, Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance/Emergency Plan Manager
Renown Regional Medical Center

Michael Munda is the director of accreditation and regulatory compliance and emergency management planner for Renown Health. He has served as incident commander for many code triages, including the Reno Air Races crash on September 16, 2011, and chairs the Emergency Management Committee, is a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, and has chaired the Inter-Hospital Coordinating Council of Northern Nevada. He has eight years of experience in health care compliance, operations, property, acquisitions and emergency management planning. 

Robert Patterson
Administrative Director
Mercy Emergency Medical Services

Bob Patterson is the EMS director for Mercy Health System’s North Central region in Missouri. He oversees EMS operations in 14 counties in Missouri and Arkansas with a command and field staff of 300 personnel. Bob is the chair of the Missouri Southwest Regional EMS Committee, the immediate past president and current board member of the Missouri Ambulance Association, and an active member of the Missouri Hospital Association’s Statewide Disaster Steering Committee. He has over 30 years experience in emergency medical services in a variety of positions and system configurations.

Regina Phelps, RN, BSN, CEM, MPA
President and CEO
EMS Solutions Inc.

Regina Phelps is the founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, a consulting and training firm. Her expertise includes incident management team development, pandemic planning, emergency operations center design, and the development of emergency exercises for large global companies. She has also designed college-level courses in exercise design. Regina has advised Merck, Visa, the World Bank, American Express, Northern Trust, Triton, IFC, Duke University, Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, IMF, Bank of Canada, and International Paper.

Leslie Porth, RN, MPH
Vice President, Health Planning
Missouri Hospital Association

Leslie Porth is vice president of the Missouri Hospital Association, where she is responsible for the federal Hospital Preparedness Program and leads many of the strategic initiatives to develop a sustainable emergency preparedness program for Missouri’s hospitals and health care community. Prior to joining MHA in 1999, she worked as a nurse and administrator in critical care and emergency care. Leslie also serves as part-time faculty for the University of Missouri – Columbia where she teaches principles of emergency preparedness for the masters in public health program. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in public policy and administration with an emphasis in homeland security policy and coordination through Walden University.

Vivian Reyes, MD, FACEP
Emergency Medicine Physician – Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco
The Permanente Medical Group

Dr. Vivian Reyes is an emergency physician at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco. She is the lead physician for emergency management at her local facility and co-chairs the KP Emergency Management Peer Group Committee in Northern California. Dr. Reyes also works in disaster response and has deployed with DMAT, Doctors Without Borders, and Relief International to crises including the San Diego fires, post-election tribal violence in Kenya, the Haiti earthquake, and a cholera outbreak in Nigeria. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Tracy Robles
Director, Environmental Risk
Sutter Health

As the director of environmental risk, Tracy Robles manages programs to minimize the risk of environmental hazards for Sutter Health. She is also responsible for the development and implementation of a system-wide business continuity/recovery plan. Tracy is a certified instructor of hazardous materials courses with the Office of Emergency Services, California Specialized Training Institute. She also has served on several statewide emergency planning committees. She is a certified Healthcare Environment Manager (HEM) and Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), and has received an Advanced Safety Certificate and Certificate in Environmental, Health and Safety Law. 

Thérèse Rymer, RN, C.FNP, COHN-S, MAS
Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response
UC San Diego Health System

Thérèse is the director of Emergency Preparedness and Response for UC San Diego Medical Center and deputy commander of the UCSD-sponsored Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT San Diego CA-4). She has participated in numerous deployments including Katrina and several other hurricanes, the Northridge Earthquake, and Ground Zero in New York City following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Thérèse is an expert on developing and coordinating hospital and regional disaster plans and leading preparedness efforts to position hospitals and communities to respond to natural and man-made disasters and pandemics.

Christy Sandborg, MD
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

Dr. Christy Sandborg is the vice president of medical affairs for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and Associate Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Her practice focuses on academic pediatrics, pediatric rheumatology and the development of new models of care for children with complex chronic illness. Dr. Sandborg has also taken interest in health care delivery, including the most complex and highest cost children across all diagnoses.

Comilla Sasson, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Comilla Sasson is an assistant professor for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is currently working with the Centers for Disease Control and the American Heart Association to create targeted, community-level CPR educational interventions and public health programs focusing on high-opportunity areas. Dr. Sasson’s previous work has focused on conducting qualitative research and creating evidence-based guidelines for prehospital providers. She also completed a meta-analysis of the predictors of survival for cardiac arrest and the temporal trends in survival over the last 30 years. She was one of two Emergency Medicine physicians working in the Emergency Department the night of the Aurora shootings.

Colonel Robert A. Spano
Director, Joint Staff
California National Guard

Colonel Robert A. Spano currently serves as the director of joint staff for the California National Guard. His military career includes roles as a second lieutenant, fire direction control officer and fire support team chief to the 1-143rd Field Artillery, California Army National Guard. As a rated pilot, he has also been involved with medical rescue operations. Colonel Spano has participated in the response to a multitude of emergencies in California, including fires, floods, earthquakes and riots. He has deployed to Iraq as the deputy chief of staff, G5, Gulf Region Division with the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Colonel Spano is a joint qualified officer.

Kristina Spurgeon, MPH
Emergency Management Consultant 
Kaiser Permanente Program Office

Kristina Spurgeon has been working in health care emergency management since 2004. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 2007 and works to improve emergency preparedness programs in all 21 of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Medical Centers, including assisting with Joint Commission readiness for Emergency Management. She also supports Kaiser’s Northern California emergency preparedness programs, including regional emergency operations plans, a regional command center, and a regional hospital emergency preparedness planners’ peer group.

Jeremy Stacy
Director of Support Services and Disaster Preparedness Coordinator
Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles

Jeremy is the director of support services for Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles. He oversees the hospital’s environment of care and emergency management programs including business continuity planning. He is a CSTI-certified hazardous materials outreach instructor and teaches, writes, and lectures about hospital disaster preparedness. Jeremy has served on the Los Angeles County EMS planning committees for evacuation and shelter-in-place and the Statewide Medical Health Exercise.

Regina Thomas, CBCP
Disaster Recovery Coordinator
Freeman Health System

Regina Thomas is the disaster recovery coordinator for Freeman Health System in Joplin, Missouri, where she develops information technology procedures and plans for disaster and business interruption response. A certified business continuity professional, Regina serves as a member of the Missouri Hospital Association Coordinating Council, secretary for the Jasper County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and as a liaison officer for Freeman Health System. Prior to joining Freeman in 2006, she served as a network and systems administrator for a national photography and publishing company.

Karen Trapane, MS
Safety Officer
Scripps Health

In 2003, Karen became a safety officer for Scripps Green Hospital and currently manages both the safety and emergency preparedness programs. She is co-chair of the emergency management team and was instrumental in rewriting the hospital’s Emergency Operations Plan in 2010. Karen began her career in the environmental health and safety field in 1992. As safety manager for a sprinkler manufacturer, she helped design jigs and fixtures for the assembly lines with regards to ergonomics and safety features. She instituted a safety incentive program which was highlighted in Occupational Hazards. She continued her career at an orthopedic bracing company as the safety manager where she wrote and implemented the company’s first emergency management plan and successfully ran their first full evacuation.

Robin Varela, RN, MSN
Scripps Health
Robin Varela is currently employed at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas in Encinitas, California. She is an active member of her organization’s emergency response team and a participant in the Golden Guardian 2012 disaster drill held in Sacramento in June. During her professional career as a staff nurse, supervisor, and emergency department manager, she has collaborated with multi-disciplinary entities to coordinate emergency preparedness within the community. Robin is also the author of a number of web based continuing education courses for nurses.

Nancy Ward
Regional Administrator, Region IX
Federal Emergency Management Agency

In a disaster management career spanning more than 25 years, Nancy Ward has held increasingly responsible state and federal management positions in which she led disaster response and recovery activities. She is currently the regional administrator of Region IX for the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where she is responsible for coordinating FEMA mitigation, preparedness, disaster response, and recovery activities. She has also worked two details at FEMA headquarters as the deputy director of the Recovery Directorate during FEMA’s response and recovery operations for both the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. Ms. Ward was appointed FEMA’s senior transition official during the presidential transition and served as the Agency’s acting administrator from January 2009 to May 2009.

Ann Weinacker, MD
Chief of Staff
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Associate Director of the Intensive Care Unit
Stanford Hospital and Clinics

Dr. Ann Weinacker is the chief of staff for Stanford Hospital and Clinics. She has extensive experience in clinical and administrative leadership and is a faculty member at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is currently associate professor of medicine, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, and associate director of the intensive care unit. Ann began her career as a nurse and nurse anesthetist before completing her MD at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile. She is the winner of numerous national and local honors including the Denise O’Leary Award for Clinical Excellence.

Eric A. Weiss, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor
Emergency Medicine Medical Director
Office of Emergency Management
Stanford University Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Dr. Eric Weiss is the associate professor of emergency medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and the medical director for the Office of Emergency Management at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. He is also the director of the Stanford University Wilderness Medicine Fellowship, co-director of the Stanford Disaster/EMS Fellowship, and co-chair of the Stanford/LPCH Senior Physician Disaster Management Committee. He is the author of “A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine” and a medical consultant for National Geographic.

Dale White, CSO
Lead Senior Safety Management Specialist
Sharp HealthCare

Dale White is involved in the preparation of disaster response, safety, occupational safety, and environment of care issues for the Sharp Metro Campus. He has been in the field of hospital safety, engineering, and disaster preparedness for the past 30 years. Dale’s career began at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, where he worked with the first team that developed HEICS, now known as HICS. He has spoken at several different conferences including OR Managers, the American Society of Healthcare Engineering, and the Environment of Care Newsletter.

Millicent Wilson, MD
Disaster Training Specialist
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services Agency

Dr. Millicent Wilson is an emergency medicine physician, disaster training specialist and Medical Alert Center (MAC) supervisor with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency. She serves on numerous local and national committees including the Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Planning Committee and the state’s Catastrophic Earthquake Planning committee. Dr. Wilson is also the lead point person for Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Surge Program.


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.

Poster displays will be showcased in the exhibit hall and representatives from the hospitals will be on hand to discuss their best practice with attendees.

Congratulations to the selected best practice displays for this year’s conference:

  • California Primary Care Association — Cultivating Continuity of Care
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — Hospital Emergency Management Response to a Planned Large Community Event
  • Contra Costa EMS — California Neonatal and Pediatric Disaster Coalition
  • Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital — Implementing Standardized Emergency Codes
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital — TRAIN: Triaging Resource Allocation for Inpatient Movement (TRAIN)
  • Philadelphia University and Norwalk Hospital — Hospital Disaster Codes: To Standardize Or Not To Standardize … Toward A National Recommendation
  • Providence Holy Cross Medical Center — Interoperable Communications Van
  • Scripps Health — Disaster Preparedness Partnership – Countywide Decontamination Training
  • Veterans Health Administration — Comprehensive Emergency Management Program

Viewing Schedule

Set-up – Monday, October 15, noon – 5:00 pm

Please bring your poster to the Sacramento Convention Center, West Lobby
anytime between noon – 5 p.m.

Poster & Exhibit Viewing – Tuesday, October 16
7:30 am–8:30 pm Continental Breakfast
10:00 am–10:45 am Morning Break
3:00 pm–3:30 pm Afternoon Break

Exhibit Show and Poster Reception
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Poster & Exhibit Viewing – Wednesday, October 17
7:30 am–8:30 am Continental Breakfast
9:45 am–10:20 am Morning Break & Prize Drawing

Tear down
Wednesday, October 17, 10:30 – 1:00 pm

*Times are approximate and subject to change.

Deadline to Participate

All hospital staff are invited to submit entries. Multiple entries per hospital are welcome, however only 20 total entries will be selected to participate and limited slots are available. The deadline to submit entries is October 1.

Click here to complete and submit your entry form.

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.

Tuition— Discounted deadline extended to Oct. 1

Full conference plus pre-conference workshop:
Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday…………………………………$595

Full conference: Tuesday AND Wednesday…………………..$495

Pre-conference only: Monday…………………………………….$125

One day conference only: Tuesday OR Wednesday….….$295

Registrations received after October 1 are subject to an additional $100 tuition.

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 e-mailed to all registrants.

Cancellation Policy

A $75 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation received in writing by September 17. No refunds will be made after this date. Substitutions are encouraged. Cancellation and substitution notification may be faxed to (916) 552-7506, or e-mailed to


Continuing Education

CE will be offered and attendees must sign in at each session at the conference and include their professional license number, if required.

Compliance — Compliance Certification Board (CCB) has approved
this program for 4. 2 pre-conference hours and up to 12 conference hours of  CCB Continuing Education Units in one or more of the following areas: Application of Management Practices for the Compliance Professional; Application of Personal and Business Ethics in Compliance; Written Compliance Policies and Procedures; Designation of Compliance Officers and Committees; Compliance Training and Education; Communication and Reporting Mechanisms in Compliance; Enforcement of Compliance Standards and Discipline; Auditing and Monitoring for Compliance; Response to Compliance Violations and Corrective Actions; and HIPAA Privacy Implementation. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of the program content or the program sponsor.

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 3.5 pre-conference hours and up to 8 conference hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit (non-ACHE) for this program toward the advancement, or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 11924, for 4.2 pre-conference contact hours and up to 10.2 conference contact hours.

Risk Management — This meeting has been approved for the following contact hours of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal: pre-conference workshop 3.5 contact hours; conference – up to 10.0 contact hours (5.75 day one and 4.25 day two).


Host Hotel: Hyatt Regency Sacramento

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
Parking Information and Driving Directions

The Hyatt Regency has SOLD OUT of rooms at the discounted rate. 

If a reservation is needed, we suggest you contact one of the following hotels, which are located within one to three blocks of the Convention Center:

Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J Street (13th and J Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 447-1700

Residence Inn by Marriott Sacramento at Capitol Park
1121 15th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-0500

CHA has been advised that CDPH EPO will allow reimbursement for lodging at the conference at actual cost, up to the CHA-negotiated rate of $170 per night.


Sponsors & Exhibitors

Exhibit Show – SOLD OUT

On behalf of the California Hospital Association, we would like to thank our corporate sponsors for their support of the 2012 Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference.

2012 Platinum Sponsor:

2012 Gold Sponsors:


2012 Silver Sponsor:


2012 Exhibitors to Date Include:

  • 3M Occupational Health & Environmental Safety
  • Agility Recovery
  • Air Exchange, Inc.
  • Airgas USA, LLC
  • American Innotek/Brief Relief
  • API Healthcare
  • ARC Products, LLC
  • Ascenttra Training and Exercise Specialists
  • Banyan International Corporation
  • California Department of Public Health
  • California Emergency Management Agency
  • California Emergency Medical Services Authority
  • California Poison Control
  • Cameron Bruce Associates
  • Chart Inc.
  • Dairy King Food Service
  • DeLong Industries Group, Inc.
  • Delta Wireless, Inc.
  • Disaster Management Systems
  • DQE
  • DHS Systems LLC (DRASH)
  • ETC Building & Design, Inc.
  • Fisher Safety
  • Guest Communications Corporation
  • HDT Global
  • HeaterMeals
  • Image Sales, Inc
  • ImageTrend, Inc.
  • Industrial Emergency Council (IEC)
  • Intermedix EMSystems
  • International Safetyware
  • LiveProcess
  • Ludlum Measurements, Inc.
  • MASA Group, Inc.
  • MAXAIR Systems by Bio-Medical Devices Intl.
  • Moulage Concepts
  • Mortuary Response Solutions
  • Pelican Products
  • QuakeHold Industrial – Emergency Response Trailer 
  • Rapid
  • ReadyPoint Systems
  • ReddiNet/Hospital Association of Southern California
  • Simpler Life Emergency Provisions
  • Smiths Detection
  • SOS Survival Products
  • StopTech, Ltd.
  • Survivor Industries
  • Sydion LLC
  • Sysco Sacramento, Inc.
  • TSI Incorporated
  • US HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
  • VeriCor, LLC
  • Wavetech Industries
  • Western Shelter Systems

Conference Committee

This program was developed with the advice and input from the conference committee members who gave generously of their time.


Cheri Hummel, Vice President, Disaster Preparedness, California Hospital Association

Committee Members

Lisa Angell, Prehospital Care Coordinator, Pediatric Liaison Nurse and Staff Nurse IV, Watsonville Community Hospital and Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, California Hospital Association

Ryan Burgess, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, California Hospital Association

Bernadette Burnes-Line, Administrative Director, Office of Emergency Management, Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Sharon Carlson, Director, Emergency Preparedness, Sharp HealthCare

Barb Ellis, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Oroville Hospital

Kristina Freas, Director, Emergency Preparedness, Dignity Health

Hernando Garzon, MD, Emergency Medicine Physician, The Permanente Medical Group, Sacramento

Loni Howard, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Medical Center and Hospital Preparedness Educator, California Hospital Association

AJ Johnson, Director, Quality and Accreditation, Shriners Northern California

Connie Lackey, Manager, Emergency Preparedness, Providence Saint Joseph & Holy Cross Medical Centers

Claudia Marroquin-Frometa, Emergency Management Coordinator, Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Prime Healthcare System 

Calen McEldowney, Manager of Security, Environmental & Van Services, Saint Frances Memorial Hospital

Kathy Nacey, EMS & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Methodist Hospital

Mary Jo Quintero, Pre Hospital Coordinator, Children’s Hospital Central California

Mark Shirley, Manager, Environment of Care, California Pacific Medical Center

Nancy Sumner, Disaster Coordinator, Glendale Memorial Hospital

Soraya Sutherlin, Disaster Planner, UCLA Health System

Wendi Thomas, Nurse Manager, Emergency Department, Petaluma Valley Hospital

Dale Thompson, National Threat Assessment Manager, Kaiser Permanente

Caryn Thornburg, Emergency Preparedness and HAZMAT, ValleyCare Health System