Education event

Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
Planning for today, tomorrow and beyond

September 28 – 30, 2015
Sacramento, CA


We’ve come a long way, baby! Our 10th annual conference is a time to celebrate the relationships we have fostered and recognize the lessons we have learned and the plans we have developed — and also continue to prepare for the future. With each new day, we learn about potential risks we might never have imagined. Whatever tomorrow brings, we must and will be ready.

Join us to celebrate and elevate your readiness — planning for today, tomorrow and beyond!

Conference highlights include:

  • NEW! Unprecedented burn surge event at Taiwan water park
  • California’s earthquake risk, extreme weather and the drought
  • Crisis standards of care
  • Superstorm Sandy: Building Back Better
  • Emerging infectious diseases and lessons learned from Ebola (pre-conference workshop)
  • Palliative care model for triage
  • When your EHR system goes down
  • Oso mudslide and preparing for a mass casualty incident
  • Financial oversight practices and checklist
  • Emergency nutrition plans
  • Hospital closures and moves; patient evacuation and relocation
  • 20 different breakout sessions
  • Best Practices Poster Showcase
  • Exhibit show featuring more than 50 vendors
  • 10th annual conference celebration and more!

Conference Meeting Locations

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, September 28 will be held at the Hyatt Regency. IMPORTANT: The Hyatt has SOLD OUT of discounted rooms.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday, September 28

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Pre-Conference Workshop
Infectious Diseases: Preparing for the Next Outbreak, What We Learned from Ebola

The outbreak of Ebola virus has shifted the way hospitals plan and prepare for emerging infectious diseases. What did we learn, and how can we apply that knowledge to the next infectious disease outbreak? Attendees will hear from a physician from the University of Nebraska Medical Center who will share a firsthand account of the procedures and protocols employed during the treatment of confirmed Ebola patients. In addition, a panel comprised of California hospitals that treated patients suspected of having Ebola along with key partners will review their experiences, including what went well, opportunities for improvement and practical guidance as hospitals plan for the next emerging disease. Other topics include an overview of emerging infectious diseases and a look at how government agencies work to protect against and prevent emerging threats.

Join us and learn how you can improve your plans to better respond to emerging infectious diseases.

Workshop Agenda

10:00 – 10:05 a.m.
Cheri Hummel, Vice President, Emergency Management and Facilities

10:05 – 11:15 a.m.
Preparing and Caring for Patients with Ebola Virus Disease
Daniel W. Johnson, MD, Division Chief, Critical Care, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. | Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Emerging Infectious Diseases
Robert T. Schooley, MD, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases & Academic Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Ebola Virus Disease: Preparedness, Response and Lessons Learned At the State and Local Level
James P. Watt, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of Communicable Disease Control, Center for Infectious Diseases, California Department of Public Health

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
A Path to Staff Preparedness for Ebola and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Karrin Dunbar, RN, BSN, MSc, Clinical Professional Development Specialist, University of California, Davis, Medical Center

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. | Break

3:15 – 4:55 p.m.
Ebola Response in Sacramento County: Challenges, Successes and Readiness for the Next Threat

Olivia Kasirye, MD
Public Health Officer
Sacramento County Department of Public Health

Ben Merin
Acting EMS Coordinator
Sacramento County EMS Agency

Susan Eisberg
Safety Operations Leader
Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center


John Belko, MD
Chief, Infectious Disease
Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center


Jennifer Brown, MD
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Internal Medicine
University of California, Davis, Medical Center

Cheryl Starling, RN
Nurse Consultant and Project Manager
Center for Infectious Diseases
California Department of Public Health (moderator)

4:55 – 5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Cheri Hummel, Vice President, Emergency Management and Facilities

Tuesday Agenda

Tuesday, September 29

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

8:30 – 10:15 a.m. | Opening Keynotes

Shifting Focus: A Look at California’s Earthquake Risk
David P. Schwartz, PhD, Earthquake Geologist, San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake Hazards Project, U.S. Geological Survey
Recent activity is shaking up our awareness of earthquake risk. Following the Napa earthquake, we have an advanced understanding of California’s geology — including threats previously unidentified. Hear the latest along with projections for seismic activity across the state. Beyond the known hot spots — all California communities must expect the unexpected.

Crisis Standards of Care
Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services, and Contributing Member, Institute of Medicine Committee on Guidance for Establishing Standards of Care for Use in Disaster Situations
This presentation will help you take Crisis Standards of Care from theory to practice. Learn how you can develop a Crisis Standards of Care framework and about resources available to engage the public — and how existing tools can be adapted to increase engagement within your organization.

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. | Exhibit Show and Best Practices Showcase

11:00 a.m. – Noon | General Session

Extreme Weather: The Drought and What’s Next
Kelly Redmond, PhD, Regional Climatologist & Deputy Director, Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institute
Extreme weather conditions are being felt throughout the world and California is no exception. Amid the state’s historic drought, California is experiencing both wildfires and flooding. What can we expect next? Hear current and projected weather trends, as well as what hospitals and health care providers should consider when adapting to and planning for the changing climate.

Noon – 1:00 p.m. | Hosted Lunch

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

A Palliative Care Approach to Triage
Terry Stone, Safety Officer/Emergency Preparedness Manager; and Lisa Frost, DNP, ACNS-BC, RN, Palliative Care Program Manager, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
In a crisis, tough decisions have to be made to provide appropriate care for the greatest number of patients. This session will illustrate a palliative care approach to improve the provision of care for the body, mind and spirit of patients who may not survive. Participants will take home a toolkit on how to identify an appropriate triage location, equipment, supplies, procedures, competent staff and staff support for the expectant/palliative care triage area.

Business Continuity and Ensuring Quality Patient Care
Robert C. Vance, III, CPP, CHEP, Safety, Emergency Management & Business Continuity Officer, Keck Medical Center of USC
What if you knew in advance of an event that could disrupt the provision of quality care for your patients? In this presentation, the importance of Business Continuity (BC) planning and the ways in which BC differs from disaster preparedness will be explained. Components of an effective BC plan will be outlined as a means to achieve higher patient satisfaction scores and prepare participants to advocate for improved BC plans with health care executives.

Developing An Interdisciplinary Team for Emerging Infectious Diseases
Kristine Taylor, RN, Nurse Quality Manager, Stanford Children’s Health; Gabe Gammon, Logistics Coordinator – OEM, and Martha Berrier, RN, Patient Care Manager, Stanford Health Care
Planning for emerging infectious diseases is becoming an essential component of a robust emergency management program. In the wake of the Ebola crisis, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health hospitals’ two separate organizations created an interdisciplinary team, including leadership, physicians and nurses, to train and prepare staff in the event of such an emergency. Attendees will explore ways to involve diverse team members in the development of infectious disease protocols and in developing the appropriate environment for housing infectious patients.

Shots Fired — How to Maximize Videos in Active Shooter Drills
Chau Vu, MEP, Director, Emergency Management, UCSF Medical Center/UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital; and Threse Barnes, RN, Administrative Nurse; and Elizabeth Clifton, MSN, RN, CNS, CEN, Clinical Nurse IV, Emergency Department, UCSF Medical Center
Active Shooter Drills are just that — active. This session focuses on the planning process and strategies for working with a videography professional to maximize the effectiveness of the active shooter drill as an operations-based exercise and in future discussion-based tabletop exercises. Presenters will provide background on the influences and challenges associated with working in partnership with myriad internal and external entities in a new facility, and ways to maximize Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program protocols. Participants will see how utilizing engaging, empowering and authentic discourse captured on film can enhance future drills, training and exercises.

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

Evacuation and Relocation of a Locked Psychiatric Unit
Mary Kay Shibley, RN, MSN, Behavioral Health Clinical Informaticist & Clinical Coordinator, Sharp Mesa Vista Expansion & Improvement Project, Sharp HealthCare
Evacuation and relocation planning is never a simple process. Compounding this challenge with youth patients in a locked psychiatric unit increases the complexity and opportunity for learning. This session will outline the preparation, staff training, execution of an evacuation and return to normal operations at a hospital and adolescent program building. Emergency protocols for staffing requirements, security, coordination of ancillary services such as food service, patient tracking and communication between stakeholders will be discussed.

Creating a Value Stream-Based Business Impact Analysis
Karl Matzke, Business Continuity Manager, Stanford Health Care
The complexity of hospital operations makes the creation of a Business Impact Analysis particularly daunting. This presentation will describe how to overcome challenges to create a useful, value stream-based analysis. Learn how to use network analysis tools to map dependencies in your hospital.

The SR 530 Mudslide Near Oso, Washington: Response and Recovery
Therese Quinn, Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness, Snohomish Health District; and Dr. Rebecca Gervasi, PsyD, MFTI, Volunteer, Porterville Medical Reserve Corps
This session will recount the 2014 mass casualty incident and its devastating impact on the community. Presenters will explain many factors involved in the response, including patient tracking, connecting with area hospitals, coordinating with key agencies, providing mental health support for responders and long-term recovery.

Using Past Incidents to Drive Future Planning: Introducing a New Incident Tracking Tool
Philip Lo, Emergency Management Consultant; and Kristina Spurgeon, MPH, Emergency Management Consultant, Kaiser Permanente
Tracking incidents, analyzing data and identifying trends can guide emergency management teams in evaluating response efforts and determining areas of improvement. In this session, Kaiser Permanente’s Incident Log tracking tool will be demonstrated, including ways it can be used to adjust Hazard Vulnerability Analysis and planning assumptions, drive incident communication and assist with After-Action Reporting. Presenters will share how this tool was developed, how it is used today and how it can be retroactively applied to past events to gain a better understanding of where to focus future efforts. Attendees will be provided with the incident tracking tool to take back to their facilities.

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

Reducing the Surge of Non-Emergent Dialysis Patients After Disasters
Alexis Garcia, Director, DaVita Village Emergency Response Team (DaVERT); and Vince Hancock, Director, Communications, DaVita HealthCare Partners
When a disaster disrupts key utilities such as water and power, dialysis patients are among the most vulnerable special-needs patients. Previous disasters have revealed the need for increased collaboration between hospitals and dialysis providers to create contingency plans. Expert service providers will showcase innovative solutions used during recent events to successfully manage dialysis patients and reduce surge.

The Road to Recovery: Demobilization and Recovery Planning
Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Preparedness Program & Grant Manager, Orange County Health Care Agency
It’s over! Not quite. Demobilization and recovery planning are key steps in getting hospitals back on track and operating normally. This presentation will provide information, resources and tools to assist hospitals with developing demobilization and recovery plans to expedite the return to day-to-day functions. Key concepts to be discussed include the decision to demobilize, announcement of demobilization, transition to baseline operations, document preservation and how to utilize HICS in the process.

Averting a Second Disaster: Leading Financial Oversight Practices Following Disasters
Bob Lastrico, CGFM, CHS IV, Subject Matter Expert/Consultant; and Jill E. Powell, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young, LLP
Careful financial oversight after a disaster — managing federal grants and protecting the hospital from a retroactive loss of funds several years post-closeout — is critical to business continuity. The presenters will provide an overview of the current state of federal disaster grants, including the financial oversight requirements applicable to disaster and mitigation programs of the Stafford Act and FEMA regulations, and other regulatory policies and procedures. Attendees will take away a checklist of activities to determine preparedness for the financial management requirements of federal disaster grants.

Update on The Joint Commission Emergency Management Standards
John D. Maurer, SASHE, CHFM, CHSP, Engineer, Department of Engineering, The Joint Commission
This session will review the latest changes to The Joint Commission’s standards for emergency management and leadership. Learn the top vulnerabilities surveyors are finding at hospitals and what you can do to meet accreditation standards.

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

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

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. | General Session

Building Back Better After Superstorm Sandy
Marg Verbeek, MA (DEM), CEM, MEP, Director, Emergency Preparedness; and Kimberly Glassman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services/CNO, NYU Langone Medical Center
One of the most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history, Superstorm Sandy left a trail of unprecedented damage. Executives from NYU Langone Medical Center will share their response to Sandy, and how recovery was taken to the next level by enhancing infrastructure protection, revitalizing the emergency management department, and developing and testing a new hurricane plan. Presenters will also review the patient tracking system that was implemented in New York state post-Sandy.

9:45 – 10:20 a.m. | Exhibit Show and Grand Prize Drawing

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

From Anxiety to Action — A Glimpse Into Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Ebola Super Trainer Program
Suzy Fitzgerald, MD, Emergency Physician/KPNC Regional Ebola Training Lead, Kaiser Permanente Northern California; Adam Landsdorf, MD, Emergency Physician, Kaiser Permanente; and Lisa Roberts, MAEd, Clinical Education Practice Leader, The Permanente Medical Group Physician Education & Development
The 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus disease ignited the need for comprehensive education and tightened protocols for treating and managing patients with, or suspected of having, the disease. Critical to the response was developing personal protective equipment (PPE) training for providers on the front lines of care. This session will showcase how Kaiser Permanente Northern California created and refined their PPE training program to cultivate high-competency “super trainers” to deliver training to medical center response teams.

Building a Regulatory-Compliant Emergency Nutrition Plan
Jo Ann Leigh Miller, RDN, MPH, Emergency Nutrition Consultant, Nutricopia; and Marlia Braun, PhD, RD, Patient Services Manager, Food & Nutrition Services; Chamayo Yniguez, Purchasing Manager, Food & Nutrition Services; and Glynis Foulk, CIH, Emergency Preparedness & Security Administrator, Environmental Health & Safety, UC Davis Health System
Is your hospital prepared with adequate amounts of nutritious meals for patients who depend on you during a disaster? Learn the latest in federal and state regulations, food service trends, best practices, and emergency meal and water storage options to bolster your facility’s emergency nutrition plan. Hear how hospitals can work with key partners to ensure plans will meet the needs of patients.

Operation Move: A Blueprint for the Safe Transport of Patients and Evacuation Planning
Michelle Cathcart, RN, BSN, MS, Clinical Manager, Children’s Services, Asante; Chau Vu, MEP, Director, Emergency Management; and Scott Soifer, MD, MS, Executive Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, UCSF Medical Center & UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Opening a new medical facility requires vast resources and extensive planning. The successful transport of patients from two facilities to a new one further complicates the process and can potentially put patients at risk. Attendees will learn how two hospitals planned and carried out the safe transport of 131 patients from throughout San Francisco to a new Mission Bay facility without compromising patient care, and how these lessons can be applied to evacuation planning.

Workplace Violence Prevention: Cal/OSHA’s Impending Regulations
Caryn Thornburg, LVN, BAIS, MS, Safety, Emergency Management and Sustainability Officer, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare; Connie Lackey, RN, Director, Emergency Preparedness/Safety/Security, Providence St. Joseph, Holy Cross & Tarzana Medical Centers; and Gail Blanchard-Saiger, JD, Vice President, Labor & Employment, California Hospital Association
Cal/OSHA is developing health care workplace violence prevention regulations that are broad in scope and cover all health care providers including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, medical offices, mental health and others. Presenters will review the most current version of the proposed regulations as well as the regulatory process. In addition, presenters will review steps that hospitals and health care systems should take now to prepare for the final regulations.

Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Lunch

Update on EMSA Initiatives
Howard Backer, MD, MPH, FACEP, Director, Emergency Medical Services Authority

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

Anatomy of a Large Hospital Closure: Assessing Threats and Managing Impact
Patricia Frost, RN, MS, PNP, Contra Costa EMS Director & MHOAC, Contra Costa Health Services; John Morehouse, MD, Site Chief, Emergency Department, Kaiser Medical Center Richmond; and Fred Claridge, EMS Director, and Michelle Voos, Prehospital Care Coordinator, Alameda County EMS
A hospital closure can have a devastating and widespread effect on a community’s emergency and critical care — particularly during a disaster. When Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo closed in April, patients from more than four counties lost a vital source of emergency care. Learn how to work with regional partners to mitigate the impact of a hospital closure and prepare nearby hospitals for surge.

Bug Out Isolation: Preparing for Emerging Pathogens
Christine Poblete, Program Support Assistant; Margaret Neff, MD, MS, Director of Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit; and Kevin Storm, MSHS, Emergency Manager, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Rapid response is essential to successfully managing the emergence of infectious diseases. Find out how a health system created an alternate care site to respond to infectious disease patients with minimal impact on day-to-day hospital operations. Learn how to incorporate isolation capabilities and tailor environment-specific personal protective equipment to maximize resources for continual preparedness.

The EHR is Down … What’s Next!
Petra Fritz, Inpatient Emergency Preparedness Coordinator; and Colleen Norton, Information Services Clinical IT Analyst, UCLA Health
This presentation will describe how to form a multidisciplinary team to prepare and practice downtime policies and procedures. Learn how to minimize interruptions to patient care when your electronic health record system goes down, and how to manage transitions seamlessly.

Essentials of an Emergency Management Program
Loni Howard, RN, MSN, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Medical Center
Designed for those new to emergency preparedness, this session provides a “how to” approach on effective documentation of your Emergency Management Program and preparing for Joint Commission survey. Learn ways to utilize the CHA Emergency Management Program Checklist to write your Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Management Program description. Bring your table of contents to compare and evaluate.

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. | Closing Keynote

The Taiwan Water Park Inferno
Christina Catlett, MD, FACEP, Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR); Director, Johns Hopkins Go Team; Senior Medical Officer, MD-1 DMAT; and Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine
In June 2015, a plume of colored powder accidently ignited at a festival in New Taipei City, forming a rapidly spreading fireball. More than 500 people, mostly young adults, suffered severe burns following this unprecedented incident. Forty hospitals were besieged with patients, many of whom had burns on more than 50 percent of their bodies. Hear the unimaginable story of this burn surge event from Dr. Catlett, who traveled with a medical team from the Johns Hopkins Burn Center to assist with the needs assessment of patients.


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

Howard Backer is 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, regulating the development of statewide specialty care systems (including Trauma, Stroke and STEMI), and preparing for and responding to the medical and health needs from 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, interim director and 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. Prior to government service, Dr. Backer practiced emergency medicine for 25 years and is board-certified in emergency medicine, preventive medicine and public health.

Threse Barnes, RN
Administrative Nurse
UCSF Medical Center

Threse has more than 11 years of experience working in an emergency department (ED) setting. She has practiced in three different EDs including the Southland and Canterbury District Health Boards in New Zealand and the University of California in San Francisco. From 2010 to 2015, she worked as an administrative nurse and was part of the UCSF Emergency Management Committee and San Francisco Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee. She acquired disaster preparedness knowledge and training from numerous facility drills, Center for Domestic Preparedness classes and the California Hospital Association Disaster Planning conference.

John Belko, MD
Chief, Infectious Disease
Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center

John Belko is currently the chief of Infectious Disease at Kaiser South Sacramento. He received a BA in Biology at New York University, attended medical school at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn and completed a pediatric internship and residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He the pursued and completed an Infectious Disease fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Upon completion of fellowship, John eventually returned to New York where he worked in private practice as Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease and Pediatric hospital epidemiologist for two years before being hired by the Permanente Medical Group to bring his pediatric expertise to Kaiser South Sacramento and the North Valley. John has been with Kaiser for the last 11 years and became Chief of ID at Kaiser South Sacramento and Chair of the Infection Control Committee two years ago. He has also been chairing the infection control committees for Kaiser Sacramento and Kaiser Roseville facilities for the last 4 years. John has an interest in the immunology of herpesvirus infections and deficiencies in toll-like receptor function.

Martha Berrier, RN
Patient Care Manager
Stanford Health Care

Martha Berrier is the patient care manager for the coronary care unit and cardiac surveillance unit (the unit chosen to house potential Ebola patients) at Stanford Health Care. She has 18 years of experience as a nurse, with 15 years in the ICU environment. Martha’s units have been recognized as having some of the highest nursing and patient satisfaction scores at Stanford. Her experience in management positions in Stanford’s pulmonary, cardiology and pain clinics give Martha a keen understanding of staffing, resource allocation, and patient and staff safety. Martha graduates in December with a master’s degree in nursing. She is an active member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders and current recipient of the Isaac Stein Award for Compassionate Care.

Gail Blanchard-Saiger
Vice President, Labor and Employment
California Hospital Association

Gail Blanchard-Saiger is the vice president of labor and employment for the California Hospital Association. In this role, she provides leadership for state and federal legislative and regulatory issues related to hospital human resources and labor relations. Ms. Blanchard-Saiger has more than 15 years of experience as a labor and employment law attorney representing hospitals and health care systems. She is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and serves on its Advocacy Committee. She is a frequent speaker and author on health care workplace law issues.

Marlia Braun, PhD, RD
Patient Services Manager, Food & Nutrition Services
UC Davis Health System

Marlia Braun is principal dietitian supervisor in food and nutrition services at UC Davis Medical Center. As the patient services manager, she oversees the food service operations as it relates to patient services. Marlia also served as the outpatient senior dietitian for eight years with the UC Davis Health System and rotated through several clinics, including internal medicine, family practice, sports medicine, weight management, metabolic clinic, ALS multidisciplinary clinic and Wound Board. Marlia earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a doctorate in nutritional biology, and she completed her dietetic internship through the University of California, Davis.

Jennifer Brown, MD
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine
University of California, Davis, Medical Center

Dr. Jennifer Brown is a faculty member in the Infectious Diseases Division at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center. She completed an Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of California, Davis and an Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. She is one of the medical directors of the Department of Hospital Epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Davis and serves on the Ebola Task Force Committee.

Michelle Cathcart, RN, BSN, MS
Clinical Manager, Children’s Services
Asante Rogue Medical Center

Michelle Cathcart is the manager for Children’s Services, including the neonatal intensive care unit and pediatric acute care unit, at Asante Rogue Medical Center in Medford, Oregon. She has 18 years of experience as an RN at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Michelle previously served as manager of the neonatal intensive care unit and director of pediatric critical care at UCSF. As director, Michelle worked closely with UCSF’s emergency management director to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to move more than 130 patients across San Francisco.

Christina Catlett, MD, FACEP
Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR)
Director, Johns Hopkins Go Team
Senior Medical Officer, MD-1 DMAT
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Christina Catlett is an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2001, Dr. Catlett became the associate director of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), created in the wake of the terrorist attacks. At CEPAR, she has coordinated disaster planning and response within the Hopkins health system and integrated those activities with federal, state and local plans. She has created detailed response strategies for terrorist attacks, hazmat events, contagious disease outbreaks and mass casualty events requiring surge capacity. Dr. Catlett serves as the director of the Johns Hopkins Go Team (Hopkins’ deployable disaster medical team) and is a member of Maryland’s new Disaster Medical Assistance Team (MD-1 DMAT). Dr. Catlett has led disaster response teams to Hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, and Rita, and most recently, to the Haiti earthquake. She has also led humanitarian missions to Central and South America and Southeast Asia through the Go Team’s cooperation with the U.S. Navy.

Fred Claridge
EMS Director
Alameda County Emergency Medical Services

Fred Claridge has served as EMS Director for Alameda County Emergency Medical Services since 2012, and has been involved in emergency medical services for more than thirty years as both a field provider and at the administrative level. He worked as a paramedic in North Carolina and California, and has worked at both county and state levels for several EMS agencies. He has served as an EMS educator, as well as director of a paramedic training program. In addition, he spent five years working for the Calaveras County Public Health Department where he contributed to the writing of several emergency preparedness plans and the conduct of many exercises.

Elizabeth Clifton, MSN, RN, CNS, CEN
Clinical Nurse IV, Emergency Department
UCSF Medical Center

Liz Clifton, a clinical nurse IV in the emergency department at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF), works as a clinical leader in emergency preparedness, education, professional development and evidence-based nursing practice. Liz earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Movement Science with a minor in biology from the University of Oregon in 2001. In 2005, she earned a Master of Science in Nursing as a clinical nurse specialist. Liz has sought extensive training in emergency preparedness and serves as a subject matter expert in medical surge, WMD clinical care and MCI triage. Her emergency preparedness expertise has garnered such awards as the 2011 Emergency Nurse of the Year at UCSF, recognition of her work in patient care and within HICS during the 2013 Asiana Airlines plane crash and the Distinguished Honor in Emergency Management from the UCSF Emergency Preparedness Executive Council.

Karrin Dunbar, RN, BSN, MSc
Clinical Professional Development Specialist
University of California, Davis, Medical Center

Karrin Dunbar is a clinical professional development specialist in the Center for Professional Practice of Nursing at UC Davis Health System. Karrin has extensive clinical experience throughout the health care system and currently is the coordinator for the Nursing Simulation Program. As the lead educator for the Ebola Response Team at University of California, Davis, Medical Center, Karrin brought her expertise in simulation to the team. She developed a succession of comprehensive educational experiences that are representative of patient care, to ensure competency, proficiency and safety for the team.

Susan Eisberg
Safety Operations Leader
Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center

Sue Eisberg is the safety operations leader for Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, where she is responsible for the strategic development, planning and oversight of the integrated workplace safety and environmental safety programs. Sue has worked in the health care setting for 30 years, with 25 of those years in health and safety. Her areas of expertise include injury prevention, hazardous materials and toxicology, employee health, and regulatory compliance. Sue earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Davis. She is a Certified Safety Professional, Certified Patient Safety Officer and Healthcare Environmental Manager.

Suzy Fitzgerald
Emergency Physician/KPNC Regional Ebola Training Lead
Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Suzy Fitzgerald is an emergency physician for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. She graduated from UCSF in 2000 and completed her emergency medicine residency at Alameda County Medical Center-Highland Hospital in 2004. She currently works in the Kaiser Walnut Creek, Antioch and Santa Rosa emergency departments, and is the Diablo Service Area Physician Lead for Emergency Management. She also works at the regional level with Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) as the pediatric surge planning chair for the KPNC Emergency Management Committee and as the KPNC Regional Emergency Management drill and training director. Dr. Fitzgerald is also involved in international and disaster medicine. She led a medical team to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 for Relief International, and has also deployed with Doctors Without Borders to Sri Lanka post-civil war in 2009, and to pre-earthquake Haiti in 2007. She is a former member of the Bay Area federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT CA-6) and has served as one of their assistant team medical directors. In 2012, she deployed with DMAT to the NATO Summit in Chicago and Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast.

Glynis Foulk, CIH
Emergency Preparedness & Security Administrator
Environmental, Health & Safety
UC Davis Health System

Glynis Foulk has served as UC Davis Health System’s emergency preparedness and security administrator for nine years. In this role, Glynis is responsible for the emergency management program and compliance with The Joint Commission and other regulatory requirements. Glynis is active in Sacramento county emergency preparedness efforts and is one of the chairs for the Sacramento County Healthcare Coalition. She has a master’s degree in occupational safety and health.

Petra Fritz
Inpatient Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
UCLA Health

Petra Fritz is the emergency preparedness coordinator for the nursing department at UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital. Petra developed downtime policies that are used at all UCLA hospital facilities. She is based at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center where she develops emergency preparedness inpatient nursing drills, including evacuation and downtime. She is CERT-certified and an active member of the decontamination team at UCLA. Apart from emergency preparedness, Petra is the Ronald Reagan nursing house supervisor, and has more than 25 years of clinical expertise in neurotrauma critical care. Petra received her nursing degree in Germany.

Lisa Frost, DNP, ACNS-BC, RN
Palliative Care Program Manager
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital

Dr. Lisa Frost is a board-certified adult health clinical nurse specialist who started and continues to lead a palliative care program at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Southern California. Prior to her work in palliative care, Lisa was a registered nurse in an intensive care unit for Los Angeles County. Lisa completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus on identifying patients with palliative care needs upon admission to the hospital. In 2014, she was recognized by the National Health Foundation as a Health Care Hero for her work in the palliative care field. Lisa is widely recognized as an excellent clinician and patient advocate who provides clinical leadership and expertise.

Patricia Frost, RN, MS, PNP
Contra Costa EMS Director & MHOAC
Contra Costa Health Services

Patricia Frost is the director of Emergency Medical Services and medical health operational area coordinator for Contra Costa County. She is an experienced clinician, program manager and accomplished educator with more than 38 years of emergency medical services, pediatric and neonatal critical care, and ambulatory experience in a variety of roles including faculty positions at major universities, medical relief work in Ecuador and Vietnam, staff development, patient care, transport nurse and advanced practice nursing. She has extensive experience in implementing EMS systems or care within organizations and communities, and serves on several state and national advisory workgroups that support regional emergency and disaster preparedness for special populations. She serves as adjunct faculty for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center for the new FEMA/DHS national curriculum on pediatric disaster response and emergency preparedness.

Gabe Gammon
Logistics Coordinator – OEM
Stanford Health Care

Gabe Gammon is a logistics coordinator for the Office of Emergency Management at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. At Stanford since 2004, he has worked in both patient care and manager roles in operating rooms and in the emergency department. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management at San Jose State University in 2008, and has attended various trainings at the Center for Domestic Preparedness. Throughout his years of service, he has taken part in responses to H1N1 drive-through triage, the Asiana 214 accident and preparation for Ebola virus disease. He is currently a member of the hospitals’ Incident Management Team, educates staff on disaster preparedness, and maintains and tracks disaster supplies for both hospitals.

Alexis Garcia
Director, DaVita Village Emergency Response Team (DaVERT)
DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc.

Alexis Garcia is a director for the DaVita Village Emergency Response Team (DaVERT) and has been with DaVita since 2013. In this role, he helps DaVita’s dialysis facilities prepare for and respond to manmade and natural disasters. In 2015, Alexis has been active in reaching out to numerous California county and regional health authorities to help inform them about the special needs of dialysis patients and providers. Alexis has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Dr. Rebecca Gervasi, PsyD, MFTI
Porterville Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer

Dr. Rebecca Gervasi served as a volunteer disaster response worker in the Oso, Washington mudslide to provide peer support counseling to families impacted by the event and shared her experiences as a keynote speaker for the June 2015 Building Bridges conference in Sacramento. Dr. Gervasi is currently working in a private counseling setting in San Luis Obispo as a psychological assistant to Dr. Beverly Ford. Rebecca received her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College in Los Angeles and her master’s degree in counseling psychology through National University at Fresno. Dr. Gervasi has worked as a social worker and as a volunteer crisis counselor.

Kimberly Glassman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services/CNO
NYU Langone Medical Center

Kimberly S. Glassman is senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Glassman joined the Medical Center in 1978 as a senior staff nurse in critical care and has held many leadership positions in nursing over her career at the medical center. She has conducted research on the patient experience and leadership development, and has written chapters for textbooks and peer-reviewed journal articles. She received her RN diploma from the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing and her BSN from Hunter College. She holds a master’s degree in nursing administration and a doctorate in theory and research development from the NYU College of Nursing. Dr. Glassman was the administrator for the emergency management team leadership at NYU Hospitals Center from 2008-2012 and served as planning chief in the hospital’s incident command system. She was a key leader in the evacuation of patients at NYU Langone during Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.

Vince Hancock
Director, Communications
DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc.

Vince is the communications director for DaVita Kidney Care where he oversees reactive communications for one of the country’s largest kidney care providers, with more than 60,000 teammates and more than 170,000 patients. Vince has nearly 15 years of crisis communications experience, primarily in health care and telecommunications. Prior to joining DaVita in 2010, Vince served in corporate communications roles for Level 3 Communications and Qwest Communications.

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

Loni has worked for Sutter General Hospital for over 30 years as an emergency department nurse. For the past 17 years she has been the emergency preparedness coordinator for Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. Loni was a member of the Hospital Incidence Command System (HICS) revision national workgroup and continues as a HICS Center for Education and Training Advisory Board member. Loni worked for five years as a CHA Hospital Preparedness Program Coordinator. Loni is an instructor for HICS and Incident Action Planning courses.

Daniel W. Johnson, MD
Division Chief, Critical Care
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Daniel Johnson is the associate medical director of the Cardiovascular ICU, program director for a critical care anesthesiology fellowship and division chief of critical care for the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Dr. Johnson was the admitting critical care physician for two of the patients transferred to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit (NBU). He worked with NBU directors to prepare hospital personnel for patients with Ebola and developed protocols for the safe performance of invasive procedures. Dr. Johnson was a member of the task force to establish norms for laboratory testing in the NBU and was co-creator of an intensivist coverage model for the NBU. He also participated in multiple conference calls with the WHO, CDC, NIH, and academic medical centers to design optimal care for Ebola virus disease. He has authored two recent book chapters and four peer-reviewed manuscripts in leading academic journals on critical care for patients with Ebola.

Olivia Kasirye, MD
Public Health Officer
Sacramento County Department of Public Health

Dr. Olivia Kasirye received her medical degree in Uganda and subsequently moved to the U.S. She completed a master’s degree in epidemiology at UC Davis and a residency in public health and preventive medicine through the California Department of Public Health. Dr. Kasirye worked for Sacramento County Public Health and held several positions, including disease controller and maternal and child health medical director. She was appointed as public health officer for El Dorado County and worked on several initiatives. She currently serves as the public health officer for Sacramento County where she provides medical expertise and public health oversight on a variety of community-wide public health issues impacting county residents. She works with local healthcare providers and community stakeholders on public health program and policy issues. Dr. Kasirye believes that community engagement is crucial to successful public health programs and is involved in several community initiatives addressing chronic disease, STD control and health disparities. Dr. Kasirye is board-certified in public health and preventive medicine.

Connie Lackey, RN
Director, Emergency Preparedness/Safety/Security
Providence St. Joseph, Holy Cross & Tarzana Medical Centers

Connie Lackey is a registered nurse working for Providence Saint Joseph, Holy Cross and Tarzana Medical Centers. She has worked in most medical, surgical and critical care areas of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. She served as a nursing supervisor from 1990–2007, as disaster preparedness Coordinator from 1996–2007, Valley Service Area manager of emergency preparedness from 2007–2010. She currently serves as the Valley Service Area director of emergency preparedness, safety and security. Connie participates in disaster planning as a member of the Los Angeles County Disaster Coalition Advisory Committee, is a Los Angeles County Terrorism Early Warning Group, Medical Liaison Officer and serves on national, state and local expert panels and committees.

Adam Landsdorf, MD
Emergency Physician
Kaiser Permanente

Adam Landsdorf is an emergency physician at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California (KPNC). He completed medical school and emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 2000. He currently works in the emergency department at Kaiser Redwood City, and co-chairs the emergency preparedness and Ebola steering committees. He also works at the regional level with KPNC as co-chair of the emergency management peer group. His current projects include KPNC surge planning, Emergency Management & Health Connect, and Super Bowl 50 MCI planning. He continues to teach Ebola PPE and workflows as a core supertrainer.

Bob Lastrico, CGFM, CHS IV
Subject Matter Expert/Consultant
Ernst & Young, LLP

Bob Lastrico joined Ernst & Young in 2014 after 38 years of public service with the federal government, with the last 11 years directly related to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As western district audit manager for FEMA Office of Inspector General (OIG) and director, Western Regional Office of Emergency Management Oversight for the Department of Homeland Security OIG, Bob managed compliance and performance audits of disaster‑related activities and disaster grant funds. He issued hundreds of grant and subgrant audit reports identifying hundreds of millions of dollars in ineligible and disallowed expenses, and noncompliance with laws and regulations, including significant violations of federal procurement regulations, internal control weaknesses and project accounting issues. Bob’s FEMA experience includes managing audits of FEMA public assistance and hazard mitigation grants and subgrants, a programmatic review of FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, and several Homeland Security Grant Program and Urban Area Security Initiative audits.

Philip Lo
Emergency Management Consultant
Kaiser Permanente

Philip Lo has been with Kaiser Permanente for eight years. Philip currently serves as an emergency management consultant for the Southern California region. Previously, Philip served as a business continuity management consultant for the same region, supporting 14 medical centers with their business continuity planning efforts.

Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN
Preparedness Program & Grant Manager
Orange County Health Care Agency

Mary Massey has more than twenty years of experience in acute care hospital emergency services. She participates in multi-agency, state and federal coalitions and taskforces and has authored policies addressing WMD, mass decon, prophylaxis, fatality management and pandemic response. She was the Anaheim Fire paramedic coordinator for more than 15 years and has deployed with the California CA-1 DMAT Team to multiple wildfire responses and hurricanes, including Ike and Katrina. She is a member of the HICS National Workgroup and has worked on projects with the CDC, United Nations and numerous Homeland Security exercises across the country. Ms. Massey is a Department of Justice WMD, HSEEP Instructor, Master Exercise Practitioner and Homeland Security Center for Domestic Preparedness Instructor. She graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with her master’s in Homeland Security and Defense.

Karl Matzke
Business Continuity Manager
Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health

Karl Matzke is the business continuity manager for Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health where he leads the development of disaster planning for nearly 300 business units across the two hospital systems. Karl also provides disaster planning and management for the Red Cross, and has served in leadership roles for many local and national disaster response efforts. Karl has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Math, Engineering and Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed the executive program at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a management board member and past chair of the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team program that provides pro bono consulting to nonprofits.

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.

Ben Merin
Acting EMS Coordinator
Sacramento County EMS Agency

Ben Merin has been involved in emergency medical services and emergency preparedness and operations since 1998, and has served in clinician, field training officer, manager and oversight positions. He has developed and implemented training, policy and procedure, and personnel improvement initiatives, as well as emergency preparedness practices. He is currently the Acting EMS Coordinator with the Sacramento County EMS Agency, a government EMS oversight agency responsible for monitoring several aspects of emergency medical services within the county. He also serves as the alternate medical health operational area coordinator (MHOAC).

Jo Ann Leigh Miller, RDN, MPH
Emergency Nutrition Consultant

Jo Miller uses her graduate degrees in public health and nutrition to help health care facilities prepare for uninterrupted nutritious meals during disaster events. She presents at many national and regional conferences on the latest requirements for practical disaster meal preparedness. A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the California Dietetic Association and Dietitians in Health Care Communities, Jo has been appointed as a public policy representative. This role allows her to help influence the direction of future health care regulations, especially as it relates to her passion of saving lives in an unexpected emergency or disaster. Ms. Miller has assisted more than 300 health care facilities in transforming their disaster meal plan from costly, labor intensive, fragmented and unworkable, to a streamlined system that is regulatory-friendly, easily managed and cost effective.

John Morehouse, MD
Site Chief, Emergency Department
Kaiser Medical Center Richmond

John Morehouse, MD, FACEP, is an emergency physician at Kaiser Permanente (KP) in the Richmond and Oakland hospitals. He is site chief for the Richmond ED, regional clinical lead for sepsis performance improvement and regional medical director of inpatient quality for Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Dr. Morehouse is a member of the KP CREST research collaborative and is author of several peer-reviewed articles and presentations. His professional interests include ED efficiency and operations optimization, quality and patient safety, optimizing outcomes through highly reliable systems, and technology-driven clinical decision support.

Margaret Neff, MD, MSc
Director, Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Dr. Margaret Neff is the medical director of the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She is responsible for the team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and other support staff who would respond to a biologic threat, such as Ebola or other pathogens. During the recent international Ebola crisis, she worked with infectious disease, emergency management and other colleagues to assess VA Palo Alto’s resources and determine options for a local response. In addition to her 15 years as an intensive care physician, she also worked with the King County Public Health Department and led a regional collaborative in Seattle during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic that centralized knowledge and resources for the ICU community in King County, Wash.

Colleen Norton
Information Services Clinical IT Analyst
UCLA Health

Colleen has more than 42 years of nursing service with half of those years served at UCLA Medical Center. She began as a critical care nurse and transitioned into information technology when the hospital where she worked changed ownership. She was instrumental in converting the existing computer system to a new one. Due to extensive damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake, UCLA was forced to rebuild two new hospitals within five years, which afforded Colleen an opportunity to be a part of the transition team in building and fitting up the new facilities. UCLA transitioned to the EPIC Electronic Health System in 2013 and Colleen began managing the EPIC Downtime Application. She now actively works with emergency preparedness, planning and response for UCLA Inpatient Nursing Departments.

Christine Poblete
Program Support Assistant
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Christine Poblete is a program support assistant for the Office of the Chief of Staff at VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). In addition to supporting emerging pathogens preparedness efforts at VAPAHCS, she is a team member in the Executive Office where she reviews and analyzes correspondence, trends consult management performance and facilitates various projects for leadership staff. Christine is also a veteran and served eight years with the U.S. Army Reserves as a military intelligence analyst, and served a tour in Afghanistan. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and is currently working toward a Master of Public Administration at San Jose State University.

Jill E. Powell
Senior Manager, Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services
Ernst & Young, LLP

Jill Powell is a senior manager in Ernst & Young’s Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services practice in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Powell’s practice covers global complex insurance and federal claims, and dispute-related services as a member of the Insurance and Federal Claims Services team. She has experience in managing complex insurance, federal 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.

Therese Quinn
Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness
Snohomish Health District

Therese Quinn is the medical reserve corps coordinator for Snohomish County in Washington and has participated in responses to floods, H1N1, winter storms, pertussis and the SR530 mudslide near Oso, Washington. Therese previously served as the Dignity & Diversity program director for the Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington and she continues to be committed to working on diversity and inclusion in emergency management and in her community. She will earn a bachelor’s degree in emergency management in June 2016 and will continue to work in the field.

Kelly Redmond, PhD
Regional Climatologist & Deputy Director
Western Regional Climate Center
Desert Research Institute

Dr. Kelly Redmond is the regional climatologist at the Western Regional Climate Center located at the Desert Research Institute, and also serves as deputy director. His research and professional interests span every facet of climate and climate behavior, its physical causes and variability, how climate interacts with other human and natural processes, and how such information is acquired, used, communicated, and perceived. His work has included topics such as climate variability, drought frequency and characterization, trends and variability in climate properties, flood frequency analysis, El Niño/Southern Oscillation, heavy precipitation and landslides, climate prediction and wildfire. Previously, Dr. Redmond has served as state climatologist for Oregon and as president of the American Association of State Climatologists (1989-90).

Lisa Roberts
Clinical Education Practice Leader
The Permanente Medical Group Physician Education & Development

Lisa O. Roberts is a clinical education practice leader with The Permanente Medical Group Physician Education & Development. Combining her technology expertise and love of adult education, she has been involved in physician education and development, and has worked with physician planners and committees on a variety of clinical programs. Managing several multi-interventional programs each year, Lisa is an expert in moving planners in progressive ways toward more effective methods that yield practice change. She currently leads a team of senior education consultants to ensure that education meets the organization’s needs by designing effective, evidence-based, practice-changing continuing medical education.

Robert T. Schooley, MD
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Academic Vice Chair, Department of Medicine
University of California, San Diego

Dr. Robert T. Schooley is the division head and professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Schooley received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1974 and completed his medical house staff training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1976. He completed fellowships in infectious diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and at the Massachusetts General Hospital before joining the faculty of Harvard Medical School in 1981. Dr. Schooley began his research career studying the immunopathogenesis of herpesvirus infections in immunocompromised patients but shifted his focus to AIDS in 1981 when the first cases of this syndrome began to appear in Boston. He was recruited to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1990 to serve as head of the Division of Infectious Diseases. While at Colorado he was elected to serve as Chair of the NIAID’s AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) which he headed from 1995 – 2002. During his tenure as Group Chair the ACTG expanded to include research sites in Latin America, the Caribbean, South Asia and Africa and is now the largest and most productive multinational clinical and translational research organization focusing on the pathogenesis and therapy of HIV and its complications. 

David P. Schwartz, PhD
Earthquake Geologist
San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake Hazards Project
U.S. Geological Survey

David Schwartz is a leading earthquake geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey and is credited with having pushed forward the fields of earthquake geology and paleoseismology. He headed the San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake Hazards Project, co-chaired the Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities that issued the 2003 Bay Area 30-year earthquake forecast, and was a member of the Science Review Panel for the 2008 and 2013 Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecasts. In addition, he served as regional coordinator for the USGS Northern California Earthquake Hazard Program and has traveled extensively outside the U.S. studying faults that have produced large, historical earthquakes. His current research focuses on active faults and seismic hazards in the Bay Area, Alaska and the Intermountain West.

Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH
Executive Director
Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services
Contributing Member
Institute of Medicine Committee on Guidance for Establishing Standards of Care for Use in Disaster Situations

Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, is executive director of Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services and a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Guidance for Establishing Standards of Care for Use in Disaster Situations. Dr. Shah has participated in a number of national initiatives involving the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. With IOM, Dr. Shah has been particularly involved in catastrophic disaster planning as well as community/public engagement initiatives related to emergencies. His numerous large-scale emergency response roles have included responses to Tropical Storm Allison; Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike; novel H1N1 influenza pandemic; Ebola response in Texas and earthquakes in Kashmir and Haiti.

Mary Kay Shibley, RN, MSN
Behavioral Health Clinical Informaticist & Clinical Coordinator
Sharp Mesa Vista Expansion & Improvement Project
Sharp HealthCare

Mary Kay Shibley has been an RN with Sharp HealthCare in San Diego for more than 20 years and has served as clinical informaticist at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital since 2010. Having garnered project management experience by implementing Sharp Mesa Vista’s electronic medical record in 2010, she also serves as clinical coordinator for Sharp Mesa Vista’s Expansion and Improvement project. In this role, she gained expertise in coordination and communication as the project moved through various phases, including unit closings, hospital wing closures, unit relocations, parking lot closures, front lobby relocation and a total building evacuation.

Scott Soifer, MD, MS
Executive Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs
UCSF Medical Center & UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Dr. Scott J. Soifer is a professor and vice chairman in the department of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He received his master’s degree in healthcare management from Harvard University. Dr. Soifer has had extensive experience in healthcare renovations and construction projects. He was the lead physician for the new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission project and the only physician involved in all phases of the project. He was also one of the physician leads for Operation Move.

Kristina Spurgeon, MPH
Emergency Management Consultant
Kaiser Permanente

Kristina Spurgeon has been working in health care emergency management for more than 10 years, and has been part of Kaiser Permanente’s (KP) Healthcare Continuity Management team for the last eight years. She assists the 21 KP medical centers in Northern California with their emergency management programs, conducts internal surveys for Joint Commission compliance and works with the KP Northern California region to implement and exercise disaster preparedness initiatives such as trauma and pediatric surge programs. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Public Health from San Francisco State University.

Cheryl Starling, RN
Nurse Consultant and Project Manager
Center for Infectious Diseases
California Department of Public Health

Cheryl Starling has more than 25 years of leadership experience in health care and public health, and emergency management preparedness, planning and response. As a registered nurse and director of emergency departments and trauma centers across California for many years, Cheryl has broad experience in health care delivery, emergency medical services, ambulatory care services and disaster preparedness. Cheryl has worked in government emergency management with the California Emergency Medical Services Authority and the Office of Homeland Security. Since 2005, she has been with the California Department of Public Health in the Center for Infectious Diseases as a Nurse Consultant and Program Director where she oversees and administers multiple infectious disease programs, manages grants and conducts emergency preparedness activities. Cheryl is also the Ebola Coordinator for CDPH, and works closely with local health departments, health care providers and facilities and other partners to prepare for and respond to the threat of Ebola virus disease and management of travelers from Ebola-affected countries.

Terry Stone
Safety Officer/Emergency Preparedness Manager
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital

Terry Stone is the safety officer and emergency preparedness manager of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia. Terry is a registered nurse, has a master’s degree in health care administration and is certified in health care quality and emergency management. The majority of her career has been in nursing and administrative leadership positions, and in emergency management in an acute care hospital setting.

Kevin Storm, MSHS
Emergency Manager
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Kevin Storm has more than 20 years of experience in emergency medical services. He received an associate degree in emergency medical services from Greenville Technical College in South Carolina, a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Services from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Health Science in Emergency Management at Trident University International in California. He worked as a paramedic in both urban and rural systems before becoming an instructor. He has taught Department of Homeland Security courses at the Texas Engineering Extension/Emergency Services Training Institute in Texas before moving on to the Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. He has also taught WMD-EMS, emergency medical services and combat life saver courses, and worked on developing online projects regarding viral hemorrhagic fever viruses, special needs populations, avian influenza, state hospital operations center plan and disaster mortuary planning. He has been associated with the U.S. Army for 33 years and has served tours in Iraq, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. He is currently a chief warrant officer with a CERFP Engineer Battalion in the California National Guard, which is also charged with mass decontamination in the event of a disaster.

Kristine Taylor, RN
Nurse Quality Manager
Stanford Children’s Health

Kristine Taylor is a nurse quality manager at Stanford Children’s Health. She is a planning chief for the hospital and recently helped develop the Ebola plan for infectious patients. Kristine has always had a passion for disaster preparedness and has responded to both national and international incidents. She has more than eight years of pediatric nursing experience focused in cardiac and quality improvement. Kristine has a master’s degree as a pediatric clinical nurse specialist and she is currently enrolled in a dual-degree program at the University of Colorado where she is working to earn a Doctorate in Nurse Practice and Master of Public Health.

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

Caryn Thornburg has been in the health care industry since 1976 and is a member of the State Mission Support Team and Secondary Workgroup for the HICS IV Revision project. She is also an instructor for CHA’s Active Shooter, IAP and HICS trainings. Caryn was elected to serve in the Alameda County Disaster Preparedness Healthcare Coalition and has participated as a member of the Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Workgroup, the CDPH Surge Capacity project, the Emergency Food Advisory Group and the Cal/OSHA Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Advisory. Caryn worked with the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative Medical and Public Health projects to sustain and improve the region’s capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist incidents and catastrophic events. She is a retired U.S. Army combat veteran, having served in third-world countries in field hospitals and on medical response teams in austere conditions following disasters. She also worked for U.S. Army at the Regional Training Site – Medical as a training supervisor and exercise planner for field hospitals, aviation, transportation and logistical supporting units.

Robert C. Vance III, CPP, CHEP
Safety, Emergency Management & Business Continuity Officer
Keck Medical Center of USC

Robert C. Vance III is the safety, emergency management & business continuity officer with Keck Medical Center of USC. He is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading experts in his field. Robert has more than 25 years of multidiscipline corporate experience and is a sought-after subject matter expert in emergency and disaster management, safety, business continuity and the environment of care.

Marg Verbeek, MA (DEM), CEM, MEP
Director, Emergency Preparedness
NYU Langone Medical Center

Marg Verbeek is the director of emergency preparedness at NYU Langone Medical Center and president of Global Emergency Management Consulting Corporation. She has more than 25 years of professional emergency management practice including international, federal and local expertise, program development and management, disaster relief deployment, mentorship, facilitation of emergency response, training course development and instruction, board and association leadership, contingency and crisis planning, and business continuity. Marg has presented at numerous conferences and workshops around the world. She received her Certified Emergency Manager® designation in 1994 and a master’s degree in disaster and emergency management in 2009 from Royal Roads University in British Columbia, Canada.

Michelle Voos
Prehospital Care Coordinator
Alameda County Emergency Medical Services

Michelle Voos is a California-licensed paramedic with extensive experience in prehospital emergency care and management. She is a trauma program manager and hospital liaison for Alameda County EMS with a focus on disaster planning and management. Michelle also serves as Reddinet Coordinator for Alameda County and has worked vigorously to ensure all stakeholders including hospitals, ambulance providers, fire departments and clinics are ready to communicate in the event of a disaster. Prior to joining Alameda County EMS, Michelle worked as a paramedic, field training officer, preceptor and skills instructor. She was also a clinical manager over a large workforce of EMTs and paramedics.

Chau Vu, MEP
Director, Emergency Management
UCSF Medical Center & UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Chau (pronounced “Joe”) Vu is director of emergency management for UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He previously worked in the Commissioner’s Office at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene where he worked on a number of health and mental issues, including emergency management. He received his Master Exercise Practitioner certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute and continued his emergency management career with FEMA as a contracted instructor. He moved on to NYU Medical Center as their emergency preparedness coordinator and subsequently worked with the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Human Resources in managing the City’s Disaster Service Worker Program. Chau has participated in response efforts for a number of New York City emergency incidents/events including the September 11 terrorist attacks, anthrax attacks of 2001 and plane crash of 2006.

James Watt, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of Communicable Disease Control
Center for Infectious Diseases
California Department of Public Health
Dr. James Watt has been chief of the Division of Communicable Disease Control at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) since 2011. He has more than 10 years of experience at CDPH where he has served as chief of the Tuberculosis Control Branch and as a medical epidemiologist in the Tuberculosis Control and Immunization Branches. He is also Director of the California Emerging Infections Program, a cooperative project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDPH, the University of California, Berkeley and local health departments in California.

Chamayo Yniguez
Purchasing Manager, Food & Nutrition Services
UC Davis Health System

Chamayo Yniguez is manager of the food and nutrition services department at University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Health System, where he manages all food service contracts and agreements, and is responsible for purchasing, accounting and safety. He also assists with patient services and retail areas. Chamayo serves on several committees at UC Davis Health System, including emergency preparedness, sustainability, safety, strategy and food service. He previously worked as executive chef of food and nutrtion services for Sutter Medical Center. He earned an associate’s degree from Sacramento City College and participated in the American Culinary Federation Chef Apprentice program.


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* $695, Nonmembers** $895

Full conference (Tuesday AND Wednesday): Members $545, Nonmembers $725

Pre-conference only (Monday): Members $265, Nonmembers $375

One day conference only (Tuesday OR Wednesday): Members $295, Nonmembers $405

Registrations received after Sept. 2 are subject to an additional $100 tuition increase.

* 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.

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 professional license number, if required.

Compliance — The Compliance Certification Board (CCB) has approved this event for 6.6 pre-conference CCB CEUs and up to 12.9 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 program content or of the program sponsor.

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 5.5 pre-conference hours and up to 10.75 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 6.6 pre-conference contact hours and up to 12.9 conference contact hours.

Risk Management — This meeting has been approved for a total of 16.25 contact hours (Pre-conference 5.5; Conference 10.75) 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 Convention Center and the State Capitol, the Hyatt is close to numerous dining options, shopping and parks.

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-1234

The Hyatt Regency Sacramento has sold out of discounted rooms.

The Sheraton Grand Sacramento has a limited number of rooms available. Call (800) 325-3535 and ask for the best available rate.

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

The Sheraton is conveniently located across the street from the Sacramento Convention Center. For directions and parking information, click here.

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!

  • Multifacility Study in Colombia (South America) — The Experience in the Adoption of the HICS Model in a Developing Country (Colombia, South America)
  • Multifacility Study in Colombia (South America) — A Proposed Methodology For an Integral Evaluation of Hospital Risk Management
  • Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital — Acute Care Hospital Dialysis Surge
  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals — Preparing for Ebola and Other Highly Infectious Diseases in a Legacy Hospital
  • Kaiser Permanente — Ebola Readiness
  • Saint Agnes Medical Center — 24/7 Solutions to Patient Decontamination
  • Sharp Coronado Hospital — Isolation Unit Development and Implementation with Limited Resources
  • University of California, Davis, Medical Center — Managing Violence and Aggression in the Hospital — What Staff Need to Know
  • UCSF Medical Center — Best Practices: Ebola Virus Disease
  • UCSF Medical Center — Hospital First Receivers Best Practices
  • UCSF Medical Center — Managing and Organizing the Labor Pool
  • UCSF Medical Center — Optimizing HICS Form 254 for the Electronic Medical Record
  • University of California San Diego Health — Train/Emergency Evacuation
  • Victor Valley Global Medical Center — Emergency Water Solutions

Poster displays will be showcased in the exhibit hall.


Contact Lisa Hartzell at (916) 552-7502 or

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!

Click here for more information or contact Lisa Hartzell at


We would like to thank our corporate sponsors and exhibitors for their support of the 2015 Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference.

Silver Sponsors:


Exhibitors to Date:

3M Company

Adaptconn, Inc.

American Red Cross

American Technologies, Inc.

ARC Products, LLC


Beantown Bedding LLC

BELFOR Property Restoration

Bell Signs — Custom Printed Dry Erase

Brief Relief

California Air National Guard

California Department of Public Health, Emergency Preparedness Office

California Emergency Medical Services Authority

Constant and Associates, Inc.


Disaster Management Systems

DQE, Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc.

ETC Building & Design


Global Star

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services


Guest Communications Corporation


ICL Dover, LP

Image Sales, Inc.


Intricare, LLC


Ludlum Measurements

Luxfer Magtech HeaterMeals

MAXAIR Systems By Bio-Medical Devices Intl

Meals for All, Inc.

Mortuary Response Solutions

Moulage Concepts

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center – K9 Demo

Practical Hospital Service

QuakeHOLD! Industrial / Ready America

Recovery Resolution Specialists


Rescue 42, Inc.

Response Technologies, Ltd.

Save the Water Campaign

ServiceMaster Recovery Management

SOS Survival Products



University of San Francisco

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — Dual Use Bus

USGS, Earthquake Science Center

VeriCor, Inc.

Western Shelter Systems


Conference Committee


Cheri Hummel, Vice President, Emergency Management and Facilities, California Hospital Association

Committee Members

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

Tony Barker, MSHS, Area Emergency Manager, U.S. Department of Veterans, Office of Emergency Management, VHA VISN 21, FEMA Region IX

Brandon Bond, Administrative Director, Stanford Health Care

Ryan Burgess, Prehospital Care Coordinator, UCLA Medical Center

Elena Ceja, Director, Business Continuity Management, Kaiser Permanente

Barb Ellis, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Oroville Hospital

Hernando Garzon, MD, Director, Emergency Management, The Permanente Medical Group

Michele Heckle, CHEP, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, UCSF Police Department

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

Monique Imroth, MEP, Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response, UC San Diego Health

Bob Kiuttu, Manager, EMS Communications and Emergency Preparedness, Enloe Medical Center

Connie Lackey, RN, VSA Director, Emergency Preparedness/Safety/Security, Providence St. Joseph Tarzana Medical Center

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

Shannon McDougall, Director, Emergency Preparedness, St. Jude Medical Center

Grady Murphy, Emergency Coordinator, UCLA Health System and David Geffen School of Medicine

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

Christopher Riccardi, CHSP, CHEP, CHCM-SEC, Emergency Management and Project Coordinator, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance

Janet Seebert, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Catalina Island Medical Center

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

Kristina Spurgeon, Emergency Management Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

Wendi Thomas, RN, CEN, Nursing Director/Emergency Services, Family Birthing Center, Administrative Supervisors and Disaster Planning, Petaluma Valley Hospital

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


Click here for a list of attendees.

Conference App

The Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference app is now available for registrants!

This interactive app will allow you to:

  • View the complete event schedule, explore all of the offered sessions and get detailed speaker information.
  • Keep your finger on the pulse of the most popular sessions and events by accessing the app’s activity feed, which highlights useful comments, photos, ratings and more.
  • Create your own personal agenda.
  • Complete evaluations.
  • Receive notifications and obtain the most up-to-date event information.
  • Unlock badges for visiting exhibitors — win great prizes!
  • Expand your professional network and have fun

Check your email for instructions on accessing and downloading the app, and join the #DP2015 conversation today! The app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and HTML5 for Blackberry.