Education event

Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
Driving readiness in dynamic times

September 19 – 21, 2016
Sacramento, CA


You know the drill — get ready, stay ready. Hospitals face the formidable challenge of preparing for the unexpected. With the global increase in dangerous threats — as well as the impending release of new regulations — what you must prepare for is constantly evolving. As our world continues to change, so will our planning, processes and tools.

Drive readiness in these dynamic times. Plan now to attend the largest gathering of hospital emergency preparedness coordinators in California.

Conference highlights include:

  • Hospital and community response to the San Bernardino terrorist attack
  • New ideas to improve health care delivery during disasters
  • 2015 Northern California wildfires
  • Violent Threats: Preparing Your Workforce and Workplace (a pre-conference workshop)
  • Planning for mass gathering events
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • EHR downtime and IT triage
  • Social media in emergency management
  • Decontamination and SALT triage
  • 2016 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise
  • Best Practices Poster Showcase
  • Exhibit show featuring more than 50 vendors
  • Learning from your peers, experts and more!

Conference Meeting Locations

The conference and exhibit show will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, located just across the street from the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. The pre-conference workshop on Monday, Sept. 19 will be held at the Hyatt Regency.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday, September 19

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Violent Threats: Preparing Your Workforce and Workplace

The hospital environment is a magnified image of both the joys and troubles of our society. Sadly, the violence that is prevalent in today’s world often spills over into our hospitals. Hospitals have worked hard to plan and drill for a multitude of violent threats, including an active shooter. This workshop will further enhance efforts to protect employees and the workplace from harm.

Workshop Agenda

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Responding to America’s Deadliest Shooting — The Physician Perspective

Michael Cheatham, MD, Chief Surgical Quality Officer, Orlando Regional Medical Center
On June 12, an active shooter opened fire inside an Orlando nightclub — leading to the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history. Hear a firsthand account of how the team at Orlando Regional Medical Center responded to an influx of 44 victims, as well as lessons learned from the tragic event.

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. | Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
National Perspective on Responding to Terrorist Actions

Dan Hanfling, MD, Co-Chair, Forum on Medical & Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine
Bullets and explosives remain the weapon of choice used in most terrorist actions perpetrated over the past year, from Paris to Orlando and all points between. This presentation will highlight the paradigm shift that now governs the law enforcement approach to the tactical management of such events. It will describe the continuum of care that extends from field management provided by EMS responders to definitive measures employed at receiving hospitals. And it will emphasize the importance of developing trauma and burn surge capability, even in non-trauma/burn designated centers.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Joining Forces: Collaborating with Law Enforcement to Boost Resilience

Jan Merrick, Director, Environmental Safety/Security/Emergency Preparedness; and Pat Brown, Chief Nursing Officer, San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital; and Alejandro Diaz, Chief of Police, City of Banning
Disaster planners understand the importance of collaboration and building relationships with key partners. In this session, hospital representatives will describe how they partnered with law enforcement to identify potential threats and build community resilience.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Cal/OSHA’s Impending Workplace Violence Prevention Regulations
Gail Blanchard-Saiger, JD, Vice President, Labor & Employment, California Hospital Association; and Caryn Thornburg, LVN, BAIS, MS, Safety, Emergency Management & Sustainability Officer, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare
As Cal/OSHA prepares to soon release its new workplace violence prevention regulations, learn how to develop and enhance your facility’s plans to remain compliant and bolster workforce protection.

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. | Break

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Workforce Resilience — People Recovery
Gerald Lewis, PhD, International Consultant/Trainer & President, Gerald Lewis, PhD & Associates
For health care workers, demands are increasing every day. Stays are shorter and acuity is higher, placing greater stress on staff at all levels. On top of the day-to-day pressures of serving a diverse population, hospitals are subject to responding to large-scale tragedies, critical incidents and violent threats. This presentation will offer strategies for strengthening staff resiliency in this unpredictable environment. From the C-suite to the clinical floors, all must be on board to maintain a healthy, highly functioning staff.

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

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

Tuesday Agenda

Tuesday, September 20

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

8:30 – 9:40 a.m. | Opening Keynote

New Ideas to Improve Health Care Delivery in Disasters
David Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP, Director, Population Health & Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
This thought-provoking presentation will introduce new concepts to health care delivery during disasters and asks the question, “How prepared is our health care system?” Designed to challenge “traditional” preparedness approaches, expect to leave this session with new ideas to promote sustainable preparedness and increase health resilience at the patient and population health levels. Having served in the federal government as a senior leader on health delivery, emergency care and emergency preparedness, Dr. Marcozzi will describe how health reform and preparedness efforts can be linked.

9:40 – 10:30 a.m. | Exhibit Show and Best Practices Showcase

10:30 a.m. – Noon | General Session

Hospital and Community Response to the San Bernardino Terrorist Attack
Kerry Heinrich, JD, Chief Executive Officer/Administrator; James Parnell, RN, MSNc, MICN, Director, Patient Care Services, Emergency Department; and Joe Bruno, Emergency Management Specialist, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Carly Crews, RN, BSN, MICN, Emergency Medical Services Nurse Educator, San Bernardino County Fire District; Jarrod Burguan, Chief of Police, San Bernardino Police Department; and Dianne McCallister, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Administration, The Medical Center of Aurora
We plan for the worst. On Dec. 2, 2015, that is what happened — a terrorist attack left 14 dead and 21 wounded in San Bernardino County. Area hospitals were besieged by an influx of victims, distressed families seeking their loved ones, and intense law enforcement and media presence. In this panel presentation, hospital and community partners will recount their response and recovery from this horrific event.

Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Lunch

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

Developing Crisis Communication Frameworks for Strategic Response
Marjorie Smallwood, MPH, Workplace Violence Prevention Program Manager; and Francine Sneddon, IT Service Continuity Process Manager, UCSF Health
Creating strategic protocols to manage your communications can help prevent communications failure during a time of crisis. This presentation will demonstrate simple techniques to enhance emergency communication frameworks within health care settings. Attendees will learn how to streamline internal crisis communications to staff, patients and visitors, and take back lessons for using targeted notifications.

Ten Steps for Success in Emergency Management
Claudia Marroquin-Frometa, Emergency Management Coordinator & Prime Emergency Management Committee Chair, Centinela Hospital Medical Center; Kurt Kainsinger, MPH, Director, Office of Emergency Preparedness, UCLA Health; and Ryan Tuchmayer, MPH, EMT, CEM, Disaster Resource Center Manager, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
This session offers an enthusiastic and practical road map for those new to emergency management. Seasoned professionals will share foundational basics, best practices and lessons learned, and join participants for hands-on activities and discussion.

What’s Your Plan B? Emergency Management Principles in Managing Staff Shortages
Saba Mirza, Human Resources Project Manager; and Chau Vu, MEP, Director, Emergency Management, UCSF Health
Contingency planning for labor strikes involves collaboration with many partners. Hear how one system planned for impending labor action using the Points of Distribution Model, as well as HICS, Labor Pool Management and the Hospital Command Center. Utilizing technology to manage participants and information, and lessons learned will also be presented.

Who’s on First: FEMA or Insurance? Disaster Recovery Funding Essentials
Jill Powell, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young, LLP
Financial recovery following a disaster is a complex process. Insurance and federal disaster assistance programs are aimed at helping organizations recover quickly, but can bring onerous regulation and complicated requirements. Learn about FEMA’s assistance programs for not-for-profits and local governments, how they interact with existing insurance policies and the process for submitting claims.

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

Fifteen Minutes ‘til 50 Patients — Rapid Response to Mass Casualty Incidents
Christopher Riccardi, CHSP, CHEP, CHCM-SEC, Emergency Management Officer & Disaster Preparedness & Project Coordinator, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance; and Terry Stone, Safety Officer/Emergency Preparedness Manager, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
Failure is not an option. Mass casualty incidents must be managed swiftly and efficiently — lives are at stake. “Fifteen Minutes ‘til 50 Patients” is an award-winning “plug and play” rapid deployment response model designed to ensure that hospital personnel know their roles and responsibilities in response to MCIs. Attendees will be provided with customizable resources to implement the model in their own facilities.

Customizing HICS for Everyone
Kristina Spurgeon, MPH, Emergency Management Consultant; and Philip Lo, Emergency Management Consultant, Kaiser Permanente
This is Incident Command in its simplest, adaptable form — suitable for any health care setting. Presenters will review how they developed a customized 30-minute training program to improve efficiency and coordination of the command center, and how this program can be applied to other facilities.

Are We Ready? Measuring Preparedness and Resiliency
Tony Barker, MSHS, Area Emergency Manager, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Office of Emergency Management; Mark Shirley, MS, CSP, CHMM, Environmental Risk Consultant, Sutter Health Risk Services; and Dennis Olson, Emergency Management Capability Assessment Program Manager, Veterans Health Administration Office of Emergency Management
In a complicated and ever-changing world, how do emergency managers determine if their hospital is ready for the next disaster? This session will explain how two organizations developed programs to assess readiness and resiliency. Attendees will learn what criteria are used and how results drive process improvement efforts.

Personal Preparedness — Be Red Cross Ready
Tracy McBroom, Division Director, Disaster State Relations, American Red Cross
This session will help you become “Red Cross Ready.” A leader in personal preparedness, the Red Cross course follows three simple steps: make a plan, get a kit, and be informed and trained. You’ll also find out how you can offer this course to staff at your hospital and others in the community, and how the Red Cross can help reconnect families during a disaster. 

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

Incorporating New Technology to Your Emergency Management
Bridget Berg, MPH, FACHE, Manager, Pediatric Disaster Resource & Training Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Steven Storbakken, MBA, CHPA, CHEP, HACP, CHEM, CHSP, Director, Safety & Emergency Preparedness, Pomona Valley Hospital; and Laurie Lee-Brown, RN, BSN, MICN, Disaster Program Manager, Los Angeles County EMS Agency
There’s an app for that! This session introduces two tools: SurgeWorld — a web-based platform that can be used to teach triage methods and resource management during a patient surge by immersing you in a virtual emergency department, and Incident Command — a leadership command center iOS App that immerses five players in a high-tempo disaster scenario focused on increasing communication, decisionmaking and prioritization of efforts in command center operations. Learn about these innovative technological approaches to engage your staff in emergency management and support existing training.

Palliative Care for Imminently Dying Pediatric Patients During a Disaster
Amy Hyams, Manager, Patient Relations; Maggie Hake, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC, CHPPN, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Integrated Pediatric Pain & Palliative Care; and Rev. Peter Yuichi Clark, PhD, BCC, Director, Spiritual Care Services, UCSF Health
Given the human tendency to protect children, it’s important to delineate the guidelines for caring for children triaged as imminently dying in a disaster scenario. This session will describe how one hospital developed these guidelines, identify clinical and ethical considerations for imminently dying pediatric patients, and highlight the importance of emotional support for children, families and staff when developing a model of care.

Breaking News: PIO and Social Media Roles in Emergency Management and Response
Valerie Lakey, Director, Public Relations & PIO/Safety Disaster Coordinator, Mayers Memorial Hospital District
The public information officer is a vital part of the incident command team, charged with delivering accurate information to the right people at the right time. This session will review the role of the PIO and present attendees with strategies for utilizing social media for emergency communications.

Personal Preparedness — Be Red Cross Ready (repeated)
Tracy McBroom, Division Director, Disaster State Relations, American Red Cross
This session will help you become “Red Cross Ready.” A leader in personal preparedness, the Red Cross course follows three simple steps: make a plan, get a kit, and be informed and trained. You’ll also find out how you can offer this course to staff at your hospital and others in the community, and how the Red Cross can help reconnect families during a disaster. 

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 21

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

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. | General Session

When Disaster Strikes: 2015 Butte and Valley Wildfires
Tracy Robles, ARM, CHSP, HEM, Director, Environmental Risk, Sutter Health; Dale White, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, Sutter Care at Home; La’Sandra Brown, HEM, Safety/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Amador Hospital & Sutter Center for Psychiatry; and William Ringer, Safety/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Lakeside Hospital
September 2015 brought with it two of the most destructive wildfires in California’s history. Hear from one system who will recount how the fire impacted two hospitals and home care providers, their collaboration with community partners and key suppliers, and lessons learned.

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

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

EHR Downtime and IT Triage — Strategies for Response and Recovery
Stacey Gustafson, MA, PMP, MBCP, Emergency Preparedness & Security Program Coordinator, UC Davis Health System; Mandy Williams, RN-C, BSN, Assistant Nurse Manager, Labor & Delivery; and David Buettner, MS, RN, MICN, Prehospital Care Coordinator/Control Facility Supervisor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center; Crystal Walsh, BSN, MICN, Base Station, Disaster Response & Infectious Diseases Coordinator, Mercy Medical Center Redding; and Jeffrey Ennen, North State IT Operations Manager, Dignity Health
Having a plan when access to IT systems is impeded is critical to sustaining operations. This session will detail a Level I Trauma Center’s strategies for managing EHR downtime, including use of alternate systems and a two-phase recovery process. Attendees will also learn about how one hospital developed a database post-network outage for everyday use and during disasters.

California’s Neonatal, Pediatric and Perinatal Disaster Preparedness in Action
Patricia Frost, RN, MS, PNP, Emergency Medical Services Director, Contra Costa Health Services; Cynthia Frankel, RN, MN, Prehospital, Emergency Medical Services for Children & HPP Coordinator, Alameda County Emergency Medical Services; Kay Daniels, MD, Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Stanford University School of Medicine; Jason Silvas, RN, Pediatric Program Coordinator, San Joaquin Community Hospital; and Bridget Berg, MPH, FACHE, Manager, Pediatric Disaster Resource & Training Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
California has made significant progress in making disaster preparedness for infants, children and pregnant women a priority. Panelists from the California Neonatal Pediatric and Perinatal Disaster Preparedness Coalition will present a summary of their efforts and how they are contributing to building capability on a local, regional and national level.

Maintaining Readiness for Emerging Infectious Diseases
Kelly Anderson, Emergency Preparedness Planner, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center​; and Karrin Dunbar, RN, MS, Clinical Professional Development Specialist, UC Davis Medical Center
Two facilities will share how they are maintaining preparedness for the next emerging infectious disease. A representative from Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center will describe how her facility developed standing monthly drills to support their Emerging Infectious Diseases Mobile Response Team and engage community partners. Attendees will also hear about the formation and training of UC Davis Medical Center’s Emerging Infectious Disease Response Team.

The American Red Cross and Community Response to the 2015 NorCal Wildfires
Eleanor Guzik, RN, NP, Pacific Division Disaster Disability Integration Coordinator; and Anne Reynolds, MS, Division Disaster Director, American Red Cross; Wendi Thomas, RN, MSN, Nursing Director, Emergency Services, Critical Care & Nursing Administration, Petaluma Valley Hospital; Brian Martin, Sheriff/Coroner and Emergency Services Director, County of Lake; and Todd Derum, Division Chief, CAL FIRE
As fires raged across Northern California, many homes, possessions and services were destroyed, and thousands were forced to evacuate. This session will describe the successes, shortfalls and lessons learned as the American Red Cross, a community hospital, CAL FIRE and other responding agencies worked tirelessly to meet the needs of evacuees.

Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Lunch

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


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

Making the 2016 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Work for Your Facility
Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Health Disaster Management Division Manager, Orange County Healthcare Agency
Get ready for the 2016 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise! Presenter will describe how to tailor the exercise to meet regional, local and individual facility needs while enhancing participants’ ability to respond to a mass casualty incident. How to meet the varying accreditation, regulatory and grant requirements will also be addressed.

Leading Practices in Decontamination and Triage
Jordan Cathey, Emergency Exercises & Training Manager; and Liz Clifton, MSN, RN, CNS, CEN, Clinical Nurse IV, Emergency Department, UCSF Health
Presenters will describe how to train first receivers for decontamination and offer triage leading practices, including the creation of an overarching guide for unifying mass-casualty triage and SALT triage (Sort, Assess, Lifesaving interventions, Treatment/Transport). Participants will have the opportunity to apply SALT triage protocols through an interactive simulation.

Back to Basics: Emergency Hemorrhage Control — A Skill for Life
Steven Chin, MD, Disaster Medical Director, PIH Health Hospital – Whittier
In a trauma incident, the ability to rapidly control hemorrhages is critical to survival. Learn lifesaving techniques to treat hemorrhages using commonly available materials. Take home training aids, skill sheets and other materials to share with staff, friends and family. This skill could save a life, and that life may be your own or a loved one’s.

The Evolution of Health Care Business Continuity — A Panel Discussion
Angela Devlen, MBCP, CHPCP, International Healthcare Disaster Management & Business Continuity Advisor/Managing Partner, Wakefield Brunswick; Tracy Robles, ARM, CHSP, HEM, Director, Environmental Risk, Sutter Health; Ryan Tuchmayer, MPH, CEM, Manager, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; and Dave McGraw, Director, Emergency Preparedness & Response, Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center
This session will explore three organizations’ approaches to continuity planning. Panelists will discuss lessons learned, executive engagement, and integration with emergency management and IT disaster recovery. Take back to your facility customizable resources and information on the latest requirements and national trends.

2:45 – 4:00 p.m. | Closing Session


Planning for Mass Gathering Events
Aaron Rubin, MD, Medical Director, Special Olympics World Games, Los Angeles; Adam Landsdorf, MD, Co-Chair, NCAL Emergency Management Peer Group; Kristina Spurgeon, MPH, Emergency Management Consultant; and Mitch Saruwatari, National Director, Emergency Management, Kaiser Permanente
Large-scale events require an extraordinary amount of coordination, collaboration and planning. Hear how Kaiser Permanente physicians used emergency management principles to plan for and provide medical care for Super Bowl 50 and the 2015 Special Olympics, as well as ways to use highly publicized mass gathering events to prepare your hospital system for a mass casualty incident.


Kelly Anderson
Emergency Preparedness Planner
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center

Kelly Anderson has 20 years of experience in developing teams; managing direct and indirect employees internally and for clients; developing policies and procedures; designing and implementing initiatives; and developing and managing systems in fast-growth, high-performing organizations. For the past six years, Ms. Anderson has focused on emergency preparedness, disaster response, disaster recovery and business continuity plans. She is presently in an emergency management role for Kaiser Permanente’s Los Angeles Medical Center — an Ebola & Highly Infectious Diseases treatment facility with a Mobile Response Team — as well as its Mental Health Center and medical office buildings in Los Angeles.

Tony Barker, MSHS
Area Emergency Manager
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Office of Emergency Management

Tony Barker is an area emergency manager with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Emergency Management, where his responsibilities include oversight of the U.S. Veterans hospitals’ capability to carry out the VA’s fourth mission of emergency management, primarily in the Pacific region. Tony has more than 30 years of combined federal and private sector experience in safety and hospital emergency management, and has disaster experience in response to natural disasters and manmade incidents. Tony has served as chairperson for the Northwest Hospitals Emergency Management Committee in Portland, Oregon and is currently a member of CHA’s Emergency Management Advisory Committee. A proud retired veteran of the United States Air Force, Tony holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Emergency Management and a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education and Development.

Bridget Berg, MPH, FACHE
Manager, Pediatric Disaster Resource & Training Center
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Bridget Berg is the manager for the Pediatric Disaster Resource Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she is responsible for Emergency Management activities at the hospital. Ms. Berg participates actively in the Los Angeles County coalition and is a member of the National Pediatric Disaster Executive Committee. Bridget was instrumental in developing the regional plan for pediatric surge for 80+ hospitals in Los Angeles County. Bridget received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Health Care/ Social Issues at the University of California, San Diego and her Master’s in Public Health, Health Care Policy and Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Gail Blanchard-Saiger, JD
Vice President, Labor & 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.

La’Sandra Brown, HEM
Safety/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Sutter Amador Hospital & Sutter Center for Psychiatry

La’Sandra Brown is a safety/emergency preparedness coordinator at Sutter Health. Having served in the San Francisco, Roseville and Auburn facilities, she has experience managing safety, emergency preparedness and HazMat waste programs. La’Sandra currently supports the Sutter Center for Psychiatry and Sutter Amador Hospital. During the 2015 Butte County wildfires, she managed the emergency preparedness response and rotated the Incident Commander position with the hospital’s CEO. She graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in health science and a concentration in safety.

Pat Brown
Chief Nursing Officer
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital

Pat is the chief nursing officer at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital (SGMH), a 77-bed district hospital in Riverside County. She has been with SGMH for over 20 years and has managed nearly every clinical department at one time or another. She is not only a pillar within the organization but is an active member of a variety of Hospital Association of Southern California programs, coalitions and community organizations. Pat was instrumental in the building and May 2013 opening of a new ED/ICU, which increased bed capacities from 10 to 23 in the ED and from 6 to 16 in the ICU. Pat has always been a huge advocate in SGMH’s environmental safety, security and emergency preparedness programs.

Joe Bruno
Emergency Management Specialist
Loma Linda University Medical Center

David Buettner, MS, RN, MICN
Prehospital Care Coordinator/Control Facility Supervisor
Department of Emergency Medicine
UC Davis Medical Center

David Buettner has 26 years of emergency department experience in both academic and rural hospitals. He is a former adjunct faculty professor for the paramedicine program at American River College in Sacramento, Calif., and has been a nursing supervisor on DMAT CA-11, a national disaster medical system (NDMS) disaster medical assistance team based in Sacramento. David was involved in the initial NDMS EHR implementation team for Hurricane Ike in Houston, Texas.

Jarrod Burguan
Chief of Police
San Bernardino Police Department​

Jarrod Burguan joined the San Bernardino Police Department in 1992 and was appointed as Police Chief by Mayor R. Carey Davis in March 2014. As a police officer, he served the City of San Bernardino in a number of different assignments including Patrol, Community Policing, Bicycle Enforcement, Traffic and Field Training Officer. On Dec. 2, 2015, San Bernardino was the site of a terrorist act that killed 14 people and wounded 22. Within hours, members of the San Bernardino Police Department located the attackers and local law enforcement engaged the attackers in a gun battle that wounded two officers and killed both suspects. Chief Burguan has been recognized for his leadership in that incident and for his ability to communicate information to the public in the many press conferences associated with the investigation and local response. Chief Burguan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business as well as a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Redlands. He is a graduate of the POST California Command College and the Senior Management Institute for Police held at Boston University through the Police Executive Research Forum. Chief Burguan is the current president of the San Bernardino County Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association. He is also a member of the California Police Officers Association, the California Police Chief’s Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Executive Research Forum.

Jordan Cathey
Emergency Exercises & Training Manager
UCSF Health

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

Michael Cheatham, MD
Chief Surgical Quality Officer
Orlando Regional Medical Center

Dr. Michael Cheatham is the chief surgical quality officer for Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he also serves as program director of the General Surgery Residency and chairman for the Department of Surgical Education. Dr. Cheatham is active in medical missions and international disaster relief through Samaritan’s Purse and World Medical Mission, Inc., where he has served on the board of directors since 2008. He has volunteered his time as a short-term missionary in Africa, Asia and South America since 1986. Dr. Cheatham earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, and completed his general surgery residency training and a two-year surgical critical care fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He currently holds faculty appointments at the University of Florida, Florida State University and University of Central Florida. Dr. Cheatham is board certified in both general surgery and surgical critical care.

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

Dr. Steven Chin is a residency-trained, board-certified emergency physician. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honor from Caltech and earned his Doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and has since been an attending emergency physician at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, California where he serves as the medical staff disaster chairman and the decontamination team medical director. Previously, he served as the paramedic base hospital medical director for fifteen years. Dr. Chin is a medical team manager for& FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force based with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, CA TF-2, and a flight physician for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Air Rescue 5. Dr. Chin’s disaster deployments include the Oklahoma City Bombing, Atlanta Olympics, South-East Asia Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti, New Zealand and Japan Earthquakes. Dr. Chin teaches Los Angeles County’s Hospital Disaster Management Training course and is one of the authors of the County’s Multi-Agency Radiologic Response Plan. He is also a FEMA Lead Instructor for the USAR Medical Team Training and a frequent community disaster preparedness lecturer.

Rev. Peter Yuichi Clark, PhD, BCC
Director, Spiritual Care Services
UCSF Health

Rev. Peter Yuichi Clark is director of spiritual care services at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco. He is an ordained minister with the American Baptist Churches, a certified supervisor with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, and has served in psychiatric hospitals, community hospitals, geriatric care facilities, academic medical centers and the United States Air Force Reserve. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, a MDiv degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctoral degree from Emory University. In addition to his duties at UCSF, Peter is also professor of pastoral care at the American Baptist Seminary of the West.

Liz Clifton, MSN, RN, CNS, CEN
Clinical Nurse IV, Emergency Department
UCSF Health

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.

Carly Crews, RN, BSN, MICN
Emergency Medical Services Nurse Educator
San Bernardino County Fire District

Carly Crews served as the emergency medical services coordinator at San Bernardino City Fire Department during the Dec. 2, 2015 terrorist attack. Carly is currently the Emergency Medical Services nurse educator with the fire district. Carly has worked as an emergency nurse and mobile intensive care nurse (MICN) prior to her position with the fire department and instructed the clinical portion of her local community college’s paramedic program and the MICN program. Carly is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Emergency Service Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Carly was second on scene to the Dec. 2, 2015 incident alongside a medic engine and worked through the treatment and transport areas during patient assessment portions of the incident. Once all patients were transported off-scene, Carly worked alongside the incident commander and within the command post on logistical and operation procedures.

Kay Daniels, MD
Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Kay Daniels is a clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed her medical training at the University of Colorado followed by an internship and residency at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Oakland. Dr. Daniels has been a faculty member at Stanford University since 1994. She presently is the Co-Director of Disaster Planning for the Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and Co-Director of the OB simulation program at Stanford.

Todd Derum
Division Chief
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Todd started his career with CAL FIRE  as a firefighter in the Lake-Napa Unit. During his tenure, he was promoted to fire apparatus engineer and later to fire captain. In 2005, Todd served as division chief assigned to the Napa-Solano Operational Division, which included the Napa County Fire Department, and later became the unit’s Pre-Fire/Law Enforcement division chief. In 2013, Todd transferred to Sonoma County Operations. He began his incident management team experience in 1997 when assigned to CAL FIRE’s IMT-5, where he worked in the Plans Section and as an operation section chief. He served as the Deputy Incident Commander for CAL FIRE IMT-3 and was then profiled as the team’s Incident Commander. In 2013, Todd was selected to serve as the Incident Commander for CAL FIRE’s newly formed Statewide IMT-4, where he has commanded a number of deployments.

Angela Devlen, MBCP, CHPCP
International Healthcare Disaster Management and Business Continuity Advisor/Managing Partner
Wakefield Brunswick

Angela began her career in EMS and has more than 20 years of international experience in healthcare, operations and disaster management with several years leading emergency management & business continuity in large health care systems. More recently, she coordinated response and recovery initiatives following Superstorm Sandy and the catastrophic earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal. Angela has served several hospital associations, coalitions and leading healthcare organizations, including Ascension, the California and Colorado Hospital Associations, Sutter Health, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Seattle Children’s and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Angela is also recognized for her international work on gender, health and disasters, and serves as President of Mahila Partnership.

Alejandro Diaz
Chief of Police
City of Banning

Chief Diaz began his law enforcement career as a probation officer for the San Diego County Probation Department in 1997. In December 2005, Chief Diaz moved to the Hemet Valley and became a police officer with the Banning Police Department. As an officer, detective and sergeant, he held various assignments within the agency. Chief Diaz holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the California Baptist University in Criminal Justice, Leadership and Administration. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and holds an advanced POST certificate. Chief Diaz is involved in several areas outside the operations of the police department. He is a member of the San Gorgonio Pass Knights of the Round Table, the San Gorgonio Pass Rotary Club and is a director and coordinator of the Banning Police Activities League.

Karrin Dunbar, RN, MS
Clinical Professional Development Specialist
UC 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.

Jeffrey Ennen
North State IT Operations Manager
Dignity Health

Jeff Ennen is Dignity Health’s North State IT operations manager with more than 30 years of experience in health care and higher education information technology. He oversees IT operations for hospitals in Redding, Red Bluff and Mt. Shasta, as well as more than 30 ambulatory sites throughout the region. He has spoken before two sitting California governors and represented the state at international technology conferences. Jeff has written, developed and overseen health care disaster response planning, testing, implementation and evaluation. He previously served as a senior-level manager of a large medical facility data center and managed IT infrastructure for a 425-bed hospital.

Susan Fanelli
Assistant Director
California Department of Public Health

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

Cynthia Frankel, RN, MN
Prehospital, Emergency Medical Services for Children & HPP Coordinator
Alameda County Emergency Medical Services

Cynthia Frankel is the co-chair of the California Neonatal/Pediatric Disaster Coalition and Workgroup on the California EMSC Technical Advisory Committee. For the past 25 years, she has worked for Alameda County Emergency Medical Services as the Pediatric Medical Surge, Emergency Medical Services for Children and Hospital Preparedness Program Emergency Medical Services Authority coordinator. Ms. Frankel was the president of Global Vision Consortium, a Strategic Emergency Management firm in Northern California which provided disaster planning resiliency solutions and training to state/local governments, hospitals, clinics, schools, Port Authorities, and community-based organizations. Following Hurricane Katrina, she was deployed with the Special Needs Assessment for Katrina Evacuees (SNAKE) Team. Cynthia has a bachelor of science in Nursing and master’s degree in Nursing from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Seattle, Washington with a specialization in emergency management.

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

Patricia Frost is the director of Emergency Medical Servicesfor Contra Costa County. She is vice chair of the newly formed National Pediatric Disaster Coalition and founder of the California Neonatal/Pediatric/Perinatal Disaster Preparedness Coalition, linking novice to expert to support local disaster preparedness for infants and children. Ms. Frost is an experienced clinician, program and project manager with more than 30 years of pediatric and neonatal critical care and ambulatory experience in a variety of roles, including faculty at major universities, medical relief work in Ecuador and Vietnam, hospital staff development, patient care, and advanced practice nursing. Over the last 8 years she has been actively involved in support local, regional and statewide emergency and medical health pediatric disaster and surge preparedness. Pat was on the curriculum development team for the new Department of Homeland Security TEEX Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness Course and now serves as adjunct faculty for the program.

Stacey Gustafson, MA, PMP, MBCP
Emergency Preparedness & Security Program Coordinator
UC Davis Health System

Stacey Gustafson began her career at UC Davis Health System with their first implementation of the EPIC electronic health system in 2005. She then managed the EPIC business continuity procedures with each subsequent implementation and developed processes for clinicians and staff to successfully manage system outages. Stacey has actively worked to utilize the electronic medical record in emergency preparedness planning and response efforts and participated in several disaster exercises. Now part of the emergency preparedness department, Stacey received her certification as a Master Business Continuity Professional in 2014, has a master’s degree in communication studies and is a Certified Organizational Resilience Manager.

Eleanor Guzik, RN, NP
Pacific Division Disaster Disability Integration Coordinator
American Red Cross

Eleanor Guzik is a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. She has worked in critical care and outpatient internal medicine. Eleanor’s services as a volunteer for the American Red Cross began when she helped disaster victims following Hurricane Katrina. Eleanor now serves as Pacific Division disaster disability integration coordinator and advanced DCS training instructor for the American Red Cross, among other roles. She also has responsibilities related to psychological first aid, frontline supervision during disasters and in health services response.

Maggie Hake, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC, CHPPN
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Integrated Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care
UCSF Health

Maggie (Hake) Root is a nurse practitioner with the Integrated Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care team at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco. She is an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner with specialty certification in pediatric hospice and palliative care. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Maggie served as a bedside nurse in pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant at two major academic medical centers. She also served as a national disaster volunteer for the American Red Cross. Maggie holds a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, a BSN degree from Marymount University and an MSN degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dan Hanfling, MD
Co-Chair, Forum on Medical & Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine

Dr. Dan Hanfling is a consultant on emergency preparedness, response and crisis management. He is a contributing scholar at the UPMC Center for Health Security, clinical professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University and adjunct faculty at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Institute of Medicine (National Academies) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events, and is a Special Advisor within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), focused chiefly on the National Hospital Preparedness Program. Dr. Hanfling spent 18 years as principal consultant to the Inova Health System on matters related to emergency preparedness and response. He continues to practice emergency medicine at Inova Fairfax Regional Trauma Center, and is an operational medical director for a regional helicopter EMS service. He was instrumental in founding one of the nation’s first healthcare coalitions, the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance, created in October 2002. In addition to his hospital and EMS clinical responsibilities, he serves as a Medical Team Manager for the Fairfax County-based FEMA and USAID sanctioned international urban search and rescue team (VATF-1, USA-1), and has responded to catastrophic disaster events across the globe. Dr. Hanfling received his undergraduate degree in political science from Duke University, including a General Course at the London School of Economics, and completed his medical degree at Brown University. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Brown University and his emergency medicine training at the combined George Washington and Georgetown University residency program. He has been Board Certified in Emergency Medicine since 1997.

Kerry Heinrich, JD
Chief Executive Officer/Administrator
Loma Linda University Medical Center

Kerry Heinrich serves as chief executive officer for Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta, Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center, Loma Linda University East Campus and Loma Linda University Surgical Hospital. In addition, he serves as executive vice president for Hospital Affairs of Loma Linda University Health. Prior to serving as CEO, Mr. Heinrich served on the legal counsel team. Since joining the organization in 1984, he has conducted contract negotiations and negotiated financial acquisitions and complex corporate restructures. He has also led major initiatives to improve reimbursement for the health care entities. Mr. Heinrich received his bachelor’s degree in history from Walla Walla University in Washington State and his juris doctor degree from the University of Oregon’s School of Law, and has specialized in health care law.

Amy Hyams
Manager, Patient Relations
UCSF Health

Amy Hyams is manager of patient relations at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco. Amy has worn many hats in her 30-year career, including project manager, event producer, start-up consultant, birth doula, patient advocate and patient relations analyst and manager. For the past 16 years, she has been dedicated to improving the experience of patients who are managing health transitions. She has expertise in areas of patient rights, regulatory matters associated with the death of a patient, the needs of patients and families in times of change and loss, and communication about partnership between staff, physicians and patients.

Kurt Kainsinger, MPH
Director, Office of Emergency Preparedness
UCLA Health

Kurt Kainsinger has been the director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness at UCLA Health since 2012. Prior to this position, Kurt served in the role of Disaster Resource Center manager since 2007. Before UCLA Health, Kurt worked for the UCLA Police Department where he was an emergency medical technician for the campus 9-1-1 ambulance and the emergency medical services manager from. Kurt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Sciences and a Master of Public Health degree in Health Services Management, both from UCLA. He is also a graduate of the UCLA-Daniel Freeman Paramedic Education Program. Kurt is currently a member of the Los Angeles County Disaster Coalition Advisory Committee, the California Hospital Association Emergency Management Advisory Committee, and the Los Angeles County Healthcare Continuity & Recovery Workgroup. He has served on numerous past workgroups and committees to support health care emergency preparedness at the local, regional and state levels.

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

Valerie Lakey is the director of public relations and legislation at Mayers Memorial Hospital. She additionally serves as the public information officer and safety/disaster co-coordinator, and has more than 25 years of communications experience. In her roles, Valerie works closely with all facility departments, local schools, media and local law enforcement agencies. She has planned and facilitated hospital-wide trainings, and coordinated educational materials for staff. During two wildfire disasters, she was instrumental in keeping the patients, families and community informed. Valerie has specialized training in healthcare marketing, emergency management, special districts and public relations. Spending her professional life in a rural community has allowed for diversification of skills and unlimited “hands-on” experience.

Adam Landsdorf, MD
Co-Chair, NCAL Emergency Management Peer Group
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. Adam 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 and Emergency Management & Health Connect, and he participated in Super Bowl 50 MCI planning. He continues to teach Ebola PPE and workflows as a core supertrainer.

Laurie Lee-Brown, RN, BSN, MICN
Disaster Program Manager
Los Angeles County EMS Agency

Laurie is a disaster program manager with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, Disaster Services Section. Her responsibilities include the management of key programs and deliverables for the Hospital Preparedness Program grant, which directly funds 81 participating hospitals. Additional responsibilities include oversight/maintenance of disaster resource centers, pediatric/trauma/burn surge programs, health care recovery/business continuity planning and most recently involvement with the Pediatric Readiness Project. Laurie has over 25 years of nursing experience in clinical, educational and administrative positions with a focus on emergency nursing and prehospital care. She has been a mobile intensive care nurse (MICN) for 22 years and was employed by a local emergency medical services provider for 12 years providing education and quality improvement.

Gerald Lewis, PhD
International Consultant/Trainer & President
Gerald Lewis, PhD & Associates

Dr. Gerald Lewis has worked with national and international government agencies, health care facilities, educational institutions and private businesses on a wide range of behavioral health and organizational issues with a focus on facilitating organizational recovery and resiliency, particularly “people-recovery.” He has authored four books: Critical Incident Stress and Trauma in the Workplace (1994), Workplace Hostility: Myth & Reality (co-author, 1998), Organizational Crisis Management: The Human Factor (2006) and Resilience in law Enforcement: Peer Support Teams (2013). He is on the faculties of Boston University, Clark University and Framingham State University and teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level. Dr. Lewis also provides litigation consultation/expert testimony in the areas including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexual harassment and workplace violence.

Philip Lo
Emergency Management Consultant
Kaiser Permanente

Philip has more than 12 years of health care experience in environmental health & safety, emergency management and business continuity management. Since 2015, Philip has supported a national response program and is currently an emergency management consultant for Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California Region, which includes 14 area medical centers and multiple medical office and regional buildings. Serving as the response catalyst, Philip works closely with leadership teams to assess, organize and implement strategies to minimize service impacts. Previously, Philip was lead consultant for Kaiser Permanente’s National Business Continuity Management Program, where had direct oversight and led the maintenance of roughly 1,200 business continuity plans. Philip has spoken at various conferences, including CHA’s annual disaster conference and the Preparedness, Emergency Response and Recovery Consortium. A Certified Business Continuity Professional, Philip holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and is pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration.

David Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP
Director, Population Health & Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. David Marcozzi, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, is an associate professor and director of Population Health within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Prior to this academic role, Dr. Marcozzi held positions within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House. Serving last as the senior advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Acute Care within the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dr. Marcozzi was involved with health delivery reform efforts, clinical quality standard and measure development. Dr. Marcozzi has also served as director of the National Healthcare Preparedness Programs within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). Dr. Marcozzi has also completed a three-year detail to the White House National Security Council, where he served as director of All-Hazards Medical Preparedness Policy. A Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Dr. Marcozzi has been mobilized four times since 2001 and is now assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command as a Deputy Surgeon. As a prior member of the National Disaster Medical System, Dr. Marcozzi responded to multiple disasters including the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

Claudia Marroquin-Frometa
Emergency Management Coordinator & Prime Emergency Management Committee Chair
Centinela Hospital Medical Center

Claudia has a combined 20 years of experience in all areas of communications, crisis communications, emergency management, public relations and motivational public speaking. She has been responsible for Centinela Hospital’s Emergency Management Program since 2007, where her responsibilities include training the hospital’s leadership and staff on effective disaster management and response strategies, conducting multi-agency drills and exercises and training on HICS. Claudia also oversees the facility’s bio-decontamination program and maintains compliance with all county, state and federal regulatory agencies on hospital preparedness grants, environment of care and safety. Claudia is a member of CHA’s Emergency Management Advisory Committee and serves as a Hospital Disaster Management Training instructor with the Hospital Association of Southern California and Los Angeles County EMS, educating hospital leaders across Southern California on disaster preparedness and management. Claudia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Communications with a concentration in Mass Media. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Emergency Management and is a candidate for Certification in Emergency Management through the International Association of Emergency Managers (iAEM).

Brian L. Martin
Sheriff/Coroner and Emergency Services Director
County of Lake

Sheriff Brian Martin began his law enforcement career with the U.S. Army in 1992 as a Military Police Soldier, where he deployed to Florida to assist with humanitarian service efforts in response to Hurricane Andrew. Honorably discharged in 1997 at the rank of Sergeant, Sheriff Martin worked for the City of Pismo Beach Police Department for several years. Having grown up in Lake County, he returned there in 2005 to serve as a Deputy Sheriff, and was subsequently promoted to Sergeant and later to Lieutenant. Sheriff Martin also worked for the California Department of Justice as a Special Agent in the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. He was elected Sheriff of Lake County and took office in January 2015. Sheriff Martin has a bachelor’s degree in public administration with a concentration in criminal justice.

Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN
Health Disaster Management Division Manager
Orange County Healthcare 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.

Tracy L. McBroom
Division Director, Disaster State Relations
American Red Cross

Tracy McBroom is the disaster state relations director in the Pacific Division of the America Red Cross, primarily supporting California. Prior to her time at the Red Cross, Tracy served nearly 16 years for the California state government supporting, developing and leading California’s social service and emergency management programs. She is currently the president of the Northern California Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, member of the California Emergency Services Association and International Association of Emergency Managers and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management.

Dianne McCallister, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, Administration
The Medical Center of Aurora

Dr. Dianne McCallister is a board-certified internal medicine physician with over 25 years of clinical experience. She serves as the chief medical officer and patient safety officer at The Medical Center of Aurora, recipient of 30 victims of the Aurora Theater Shootings. At Aurora, Dr. McCallister has initiated a comprehensive Physician Wellbeing and Engagement program, resulting in double-digit increases in Physician Satisfaction. Prior to her time at Aurora, Dr. McCallister served at Centura Health, as chief medical officer and vice president of patient safety and quality systems for Porter Adventist Hospital, where she pioneered a Physician Wellbeing program that again produced across the board increases in physician satisfaction and engagement. Dr. McCallister has studied Physician Wellbeing for the past 12 years, and was the co-founder of the Coalition for Physician Wellbeing, a group that endeavors to support, engage and inspire physicians across the country, as well as educate institutions on structures to support physician wellbeing. She received her MD at the University of Colorado and an MBA from Denver University.  She is certified as a Green Belt in Six Sigma Process Improvement Methodology and is certified as a Patient Safety Officer and a facilitator of Rapid Improvement Process.

Dave McGraw
Director, Emergency Preparedness & Response
Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center

Dave has served as director of emergency preparedness and response for 25 years at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center (SPRHC) in Walsenburg, Colorado. During his tenure, Dave served as chairman of both the safety and emergency preparedness committees. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of SPRHC’s all-hazards response plan, and is a HazMat Operations for First Receivers instructor. Dave has been involved in the coordination, planning and conducting of SPRHC’s evacuation exercises for the past 14 years. He also served as Incident Commander, safety officer, PIO and operations section chief during 2013’s East Peak wildfire. He is a member of the Colorado South Region Health Care Coalition’s core planning team and Colorado Hospital Association’s Hospital Preparedness Advisory Group, and is a founding member of the Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals.

Jan Merrick
Director, Environmental Safety/Security/Emergency Preparedness
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital

Jan is the director of environmental safety, security and emergency preparedness at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital (SGMH), a 77-bed district hospital in Riverside County. She worked several years as nurse before becoming the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator eight years ago. Jan recently graduated from Bellevue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management. She is the Secretary of the Riverside County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, a member of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety, and plans to sit for the Certified Emergency Manager exam in the near future. Jan is known for her collaboration with community partners, receiving the 2014 Riverside County Public Health Community Champion Award in recognition of the successful partnership she developed between SGMH and County of Riverside Department of Public Health.

Saba Mirza
Human Resources Project Manager
UCSF Health

Saba Mirza is the human resources project manager for UCSF Health, where she led HR transition activities for the opening of the Mission Bay Hospital Complex in February 2015. Saba played an integral role in workforce contingency planning around labor actions at UCSF Medical Center and Benioff Children’s Hospitals between 2013-2015, serving as staging manager for the onboarding and deployment activities of contingent workers. Saba helped design several internal customer-facing software and mobile applications, including the “Box App.” Beginning in August, Saba will be UCSF’s first Lean Transformation Fellow in the Department of Performance Excellence, where she will work alongside clinical and operational staff to win efficiencies that will bolster patient safety and care, and internal customer satisfaction. Saba earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Near Eastern law, spirituality and languages.

Dennis Olson
Emergency Management Capability Assessment Program Manager
Veterans Health Administration Office of Emergency Management

Mr. Olson joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in August 2009 as an area emergency manager with Veterans Health Administration where his responsibilities include managing day-to-day operations, planning and coordinating the National Disaster Medical System patient reception area for the Boise Federal Coordinating Center, and providing comprehensive emergency management program assistance for the Boise, Spokane, and Walla Walla VA Medical Centers. Mr. Olson was selected to be the program manager for VHA’s Emergency Management Capability Assessment Program (EMCAP) in 2015.  In this role, he manages the development and implementation of emergency management program assessments and inspections at VHA network offices, medical centers and health care systems. Mr. Olson is certified by FEMA as a Master Exercise Practitioner and Level I Professional Continuity Practitioner.

James Parnell, RN, MSNc, MICN
Director, Patient Care Services, Emergency Department
Loma Linda University Medical Center

James Parnell is the patient care director for the 54-bed Emergency Department at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He received his bachelor of science in nursing from California State University. James has served in the Army and as a medic in the California Army National Guard. James is FEMA trained and certified in Hospital Emergency Response to disasters.

Jill Powell
Senior Manager
Ernst & Young, LLP

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

Anne Reynolds, MS
Division Disaster Director, Pacific Division
American Red Cross

Anne Reynolds is the division disaster director for the American Red Cross’ Pacific Division, where she serves as the national headquarters field support for all California regions. Her major duties include providing guidance and leadership in disaster preparedness, response and recovery functions, as well as coordinating planning communication and disaster response activities at the state, division and national levels. She also serves as an American Red Cross National Relief Operations Director and member of the Red Cross International Emergency Response Unit. Anne holds a Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration and a Bachelor of Art in Public Administration. She is also a retired United States Army Medical Service Corps officer.

Christopher Riccardi, CHSP, CHEP, CHCM-SEC
Emergency Management Officer & Disaster Preparedness & Project Coordinator​
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance

Chris Riccardi is the emergency management officer and disaster preparedness and project coordinator for Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. His responsibilities include management of the hospital’s federally funded Healthcare Preparedness Program and development of various hospital training programs related to disaster preparedness. Chris currently presides as Chair for the CHA’s Emergency Management Advisory Committee. Chris also represents hospitals as a member of the Los Angeles County EMS/Department of Public Health Disaster Coalition Advisory Committee. In addition, Mr. Riccardi serves as a Hospital Disaster Management Training (HDMT) Instructor with the Hospital Association of Southern California educating hospital leadership in disaster preparedness throughout Southern California. Chris is proud to be a Board member of COPE- Preparedness which is a San Pedro/Harbor Area not-for-profit community organization.

William Ringer
Safety/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Sutter Lakeside Hospital

William Ringer is the safety and security manager, and emergency preparedness coordinator for Sutter Lakeside Hospital. Certified as a healthcare environmental manager since 2008, he also serves as environmental services manager and hazardous materials and waste coordinator.

Tracy Robles, ARM, CHSP, HEM
Director, Environmental Risk
Sutter Health

Tracy Robles is the director of environmental risk for Sutter Health, where she directs the design and development of programs to support affiliates in achieving integrated, cost-effective programs to minimize the risk of environmental hazards. Tracy is also responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the Sutter Health Emergency Management System and the Business Continuity Program. She has served on several statewide emergency planning committees and is a certified Healthcare Environment Manager and certified Healthcare Safety Professional. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and was honored with the 2003 Champion for Change Award from Hospitals for a Healthy Environment for promoting healthcare pollution prevention.

Aaron Rubin, MD
Medical Director, Special Olympics World Games,
Los Angeles
Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Aaron Rubin is the regional coordinator for emergency preparedness for Kaiser Permanente where he participates in events such as the Pasadena Marathon, Los Angeles Triathlon, and Kaiser Permanente Fit Festival as a method of increasing emergency supplies and preparedness. He led Kaiser Permanente’s role as a medical sponsor for the Special Olympics World Games in 2015 in Los Angeles, where the medical team provided care for international participants. Dr. Rubin received his medical degree from Texas Tech Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Texas Tech Regional Academic Health Center in Amarillo, Texas. He came to Southern California to receive additional training in Sports Medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in Fontana where he stayed on as the Program Director.

Mitch Saruwatari
National Director, Emergency Management
Kaiser Permanente

Mitch Saruwatari is currently the national director of emergency management for Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health care system. Prior to this, Mitch served as the national director of business continuity management for Kaiser Permanente and vice president of quality and compliance for an emergency management software company. Over the past 20 years has held leadership roles in health care, public health and emergency medical services organizations.

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

Mark Shirley is an environmental risk consultant for the Office of the General Counsel at Sutter Health. He has more than 15 years of experience in environmental, safety and facilities management within the health care industry. He received his master’s degree in environmental management from the University of San Francisco in 2002, and is a board-certified safety professional, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and a CSTI-Certified Outreach Instructor. In 2012, Mark was honored by the American Society of Safety Engineers as Healthcare’s Safety Professional of the Year.

Jason Silvas, RN
Pediatric Program Coordinator
San Joaquin Community Hospital

Jason J. Silvas is a registered nurse specializing in pediatrics. For the last six years, Mr. Silvas has served as the Pediatric Program Coordinator for San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield. In this role, Jason creates policies, procedures, competencies and ongoing education ensuring the consistent, safe and family-oriented care of all children from the prehospital setting through to the emergency department and inpatient settings, including pediatrics, burn ICU, surgery and postpartum newborns. Jason has worked with Kern County EMS to implement a county-wide Pediatric Receiving Center Designation Policy, adopted in early 2015. Jason was also instrumental in the collaboration and adoption of the Regional Pediatric Disaster Surge Framework for Central California in 2012. In his spare time, Jason loves reading, boating and fishing.

Marjorie Smallwood, MPH
Workplace Violence Prevention Program Manager
UCSF Health

Marjorie Smallwood is the workplace violence prevention program manager for UCSF Health. She joined the University of California System in 2011 as the business continuity and emergency management planner for UCLA Health. Working collaboratively with the Los Angeles County Emergency Services Agency, she developed business continuity and emergency planning resources for clinics and hospitals affiliated with the Hospital Preparedness Program. Prior to joining the UC System, Marjorie was the emergency manager for the Loma Linda Center for Public Health Preparedness where she served as a contract consultant for the City and County of San Bernardino’s Public Health Preparedness Program and supported local nonprofit and VOAD emergency planning initiatives for such organizations as the United Way. Marjorie holds a Master’s in Public Health from Loma Linda University with a concentration in Global Health & Emergency Preparedness and is a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP).

Francine Sneddon
IT Service Continuity Process Manager
UCSF Health

Francine Sneddon is the IT service continuity manager for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Francine has worked nearly 10 years at UCSF and manages the IT Service Continuity Management process. She is responsible for conducting Business Impact Analyses for IT applications, implementing IT disaster recovery strategies, facilitating the IT Department Operations Center Program and exercises and managing the Everbridge Emergency Notification System.

Kristina Spurgeon, MPH
Emergency Management Consultant
Kaiser Permanente

Kristina Spurgeon has been working in healthcare Emergency Management for over 10 years, and has been part of Kaiser Permanente’s Healthcare Continuity Management team for the last 9 years. She assists the 21 Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in Northern California with their emergency management programs, conducts internal surveys for Joint Commission compliance, and works with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region for response, readiness and 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.

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.

Steven Storbakken, MBA, CHPA, CHEP, HACP, CHEM, CHSP
Director, Safety & Emergency Preparedness
Pomona Valley Hospital

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

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

Wendi Thomas RN, MSN, has been an emergency room nurse for more than 20 years. As nursing director for Emergency Services, Critical Care Services and Administrative Supervisors, Wendi has had many opportunities to utilize HICS methodology for drills and real-life scenarios that arise at hospitals, big and small. Wendi is the liaison between local law enforcement, the fire department and the hospital in Petaluma, which is a key triad relationship. Wendi sits on the board of directors for the local community health center and is the chair of the emergency services collaborative for St. Joseph Health System.

Caryn Thornburg, LVN, BAIS, MS
Safety, Emergency Management & 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.

Ryan Tuchmayer, MPH, CEM
Manager, Disaster Preparedness & Response
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Ryan Tuchmayer is the manager for disaster preparedness and response, and the Disaster Resource Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he has worked since 2006. Ryan is also an EMT for the Disaster Medical Assistance Team, CA-9, and has deployed to disasters including hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike. Ryan earned his certified emergency manager credential in 2010. He is an active member of the Los Angeles County Healthcare Coalition, the Consortium of Technical Responders and multiple local disaster planning committees. Ryan previously worked as an Emergency Trauma Technician in the UCLA Emergency Department and Disaster Resource Center. Ryan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pitzer College and his Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Chau Vu, MEP
Director, Emergency Management
UCSF Health

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 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 Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, anthrax attacks of 2001 and plane crash of 2006.

Crystal Walsh, BSN, MICN
Base Station, Disaster Response & Infectious Diseases Coordinator
Mercy Medical Center Redding

Crystal Walsh is the Base Station, disaster response and infectious diseases coordinator at Mercy Medical Center Redding, a Level II Trauma Center. She has 13 years of clinical experience in the emergency room in both bedside and supervisory roles. With firsthand knowledge of emergency room staff member needs, she developed and implemented an electronic health record system for nurses and physicians, and assisted other facilities with implementing their EHR systems. Crystal collaborates with multiple agencies within the community to create effective and coordinated plans, and has initiated planning talks with law enforcement for mass violence events. She also instructs senior hospital leadership and staff in emergency response procedures. She leads and coordinates the Infectious Diseases Team for the region’s only Infectious Diseases Assessment Center and has coordinated a multi-agency exercise for transport to a treatment center.

Dale White
Emergency Preparedness Program Manager
Sutter Care at Home

Dale White is the emergency preparedness program manager for Sutter Health’s Home Care division and covers 24 sites including, Home Care, Hospice, AIM, PACE, Timberlake and Pharmacy. In 2015, Dale served as co-chair of the San Diego Healthcare Disaster Council and lead senior safety management specialist for Sharp Healthcare. He has served in the health care safety, engineering and disaster preparedness fields for more than 35 years.

Mandy Williams, RN-C, BSN
Assistant Nurse Manager, Labor & Delivery
UC Davis Medical Center

Mandy Williams is the assistant nurse manager for labor and delivery at UC Davis Medical Center. With more than 16 years of experience as a labor and delivery nurse, she has also served as an EHR super user and implementation facilitator for inpatient and outpatient nursing documentation and workflows. Mandy is a member of the Inpatient/Outpatient Patient Care Services IT Committee and recently helped implement mandatory admission documentation. She also facilitated training for a recent EPIC upgrade in care plans and flowsheet documentation, and served on the downtime procedure manual creation team.


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 $795, Nonmembers $995

Full conference (Tuesday AND Wednesday):
Members $655, Nonmembers $845

One day only (Monday OR Tuesday OR Wednesday):
Members $395, Nonmembers $505

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

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


A confirmation will be emailed to all registrants.

Cancellation Policy

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

Photo Release

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

Special Accommodations

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

Continuing Education

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

Compliance — The Compliance Certification Board (CCB) has approved this event for 6.6 pre-conference CCB CEUs and up to 12.3 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 10.25 conference hours of preapproved ACHE Qualified Education Credit (non-ACHE) for this program toward advancement, or recertification, in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation. To self-report, participants must log into their MyACHE account and select ACHE Qualified Education Credit.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP #11924, for 6.6 pre-conference contact hours and up to 12.3 conference contact hours.

Risk Management — This meeting has been approved for a total of 15.75 contact hours (pre-conference 5.5; conference 10.25) of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal.


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

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

The Hyatt Regency Sacramento no longer has rooms available at the discounted rate. To make a reservation, call (916) 443-1234 and ask for the best available rate.

The Sheraton Grand Hotel has rooms available at a discounted rate of $180. For reservations, call (800) 325-3535 and mention the “CHA Disaster Planning Conference,” or reserve your room online. The deadline for discounted sleeping rooms is Sept. 2. 

Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(800) 325-3535 (reservations)
(916) 447-1700

The Sheraton is conveniently located across the street from the Sacramento Convention Center.  

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!

  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Drinking Water and Radiation Laboratories Branch, G-164— Chemical Terrorism Response in California, A State Lab that Can Test Patient Specimens: The LRN-C Level 1 Laboratory 
  • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center — Meeting the Needs of the Psychiatric Patient in the Acute Medical Setting
  • Kaiser Permanente — HVA 2.0: Using Past Incidents to Drive Future Planning
  • Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center — Green Zone Surge Plan
  • Keck Medicine of The University of Southern California — What Should I DO?
  • Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency — Business Continuity Plan Templates with Embedded Instructions
  • Moulage Concepts, Inc. — Moulage: The Art & Science of Realistic Training 
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific SW Region, UCLA Biomedical Library — Just-in-Time REMM: Best Practices for Radiation Emergency Medical Management
  • Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) — Post-Earthquake Rapid Evaluation & Assessment Program (REAP)
  • Stanford Health Care — Stanford Medicine Emergency Response Teams
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland — Disaster Planning for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): A Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital — Disaster Preparation Response & Recovery: Traditional vs. Extended Shelf Stable Emergency Food & Nutrition Plan

Best practices posters will be showcased in the exhibit hall.


Contact Lisa Hartzell at (916) 552-7502 or at

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!

Visit the sponsors and exhibitors page for more information or contact Lisa Hartzell at

Gold Sponsor to Date:

Silver Sponsors to Date:


Exhibitors to Date:

  • 3M
  • 50 Year Blue Can Water
  • American Red Cross
  • American Technologies, Inc.
  • ARC Products, LLC
  • BELFOR PropertyRestoration
  • Brief Relief
  • California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) – Sacramento InfraGard Members Alliance
  • California Poison Control System
  • Disaster Management Systems
  • Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)
  • Emergent
  • Everbridge
  • Globalstar Inc.
  • Grainger, Inc
  • Ground Control Satelite Systems
  • Guest Communications Corporation
  • HeaterMeals
  • ILC Dover LP
  • Image Sales, Inc.
  • Intermedix
  • Kappler Inc.
  • LiveProcess
  • Ludlum Measurements
  • MAXAIR Systems By Bio-Medical Devices Intl
  • Meals for All
  • Mortuary Response Solutions
  • Moulage Concepts Inc. 
  • PodRunner (Rescue 42, Inc.)
  • Practical Hospital Services
  • Quake Kare/ Emergency Ready
  • Ready America, Inc.
  • ReddiNet
  • Response Technologies, Ltd.
  • RexEMS
  • RRS Patient Decontamination
  • Satellite Phone Store
  • SSCOR, Inc.
  • ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM)
  • Simpler Life Emergency Provisions
  • SOS Survival Products
  • Teleira
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards 
  • United States Geological Survey, Earthquake Science Center
  • University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Western Shelter Systems
  • X2nSat

Conference Committee


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

Committee Members

Tony Barker, MSHS, Area Emergency Manager, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Office of Emergency Management

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

Ryan Burgess, RN, MSN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center & Hospital Association of Southern California

Elena Ceja, Director, Business Continuity Management, Kaiser Permanente

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

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

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

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

Diana Manzano-Garcia, Emergency & Disaster Program Manager, Citrus Valley Health Partners

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

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

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

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

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

Kristina Spurgeon, MPH, Emergency Management Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

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

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

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

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 #DP2016 conversation today! The app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and HTML5 for Blackberry.