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Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
2013 Conference

The Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference kicked off with a half-day pre-conference workshop — Utilities Management: Preserving Critical Systems.Kenneth Alexander, vice president of quality and regulatory activities for the Louisiana Hospital Association, shares Louisiana's recovery efforts following multiple disasters.Key hospital utility systems are discussed by Loni Howard, emergency preparedness coordinator for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Connie Lackey, valley service area director, emergency preparedness/safety/security for Providence Health & Services, and Pete Plessas, environmental risk consultant for Sutter Health Office of the General Counsel.The conference app — DP 2013 — offered a new opportunity to access conference materials and interact with fellow attendees.CHA's Vice President for Disaster Preparedness Cheri Hummel welcomed attendees to the eighth annual Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference.Exhibitors demonstrated innovative new products.Kristin Stevens, emergency manager for NYU Langone Medical Center, and Dr. Paul Biddinger, medical director for emergency preparedness for Massachusetts General Hospital chat with Jana Du Bois, CHA vice president, legal counsel.Over 900 hospital staff, local and state officials, and key preparedness and response partners attended the conference.Dr. Paul Biddinger, medical director for emergency preparedness for Massachusetts General Hospital explained how Boston hospitals used lessons from previous exercises and disasters to coordinate their successful response to the Boston Marathon bombings.Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, shared insights about the central role of hospitals and coalitions during a crisis. H. Dwight Douglas, Freeman Health System; Tony Voirin, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Paul Biddinger, Massachusetts General Hospital; Erik Vincent, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Jerold Fenner, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Susan Fanelli, California Department of Public Health; and Cheri Hummel, CHAThank you to our sponsors and exhibitors for supporting the conference and California's hospitals.A vendor showcases a solution for pediatric evacuation.Attendees networked while touring the exhibit hall.The exhibit show connected attendees with useful products and services.Hospitals shared practical ideas with their colleagues at the Best Practices Showcase.H. Dwight Douglas, general counsel for Freeman Health System shares a light moment over lunch with CHA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Lois Suder.Dr. Howard Backer, director of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority provides an update of EMSA activities. Representatives from EMSA’s Disaster Healthcare Volunteers program greet conference attendees. A panel of key players share lessons from a rural hospital evacuation. From left to right, Robyn Atadero and Chris Herring of Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, Brendan Manning of Riverside County Department of Public Health, and Ryan Kelley of  El Centro Regional Medical Center.Keynote speakers Leslie D. Hirsch, president and CEO for Saint Clare’s Health System, and Kristin Stevens, emergency manager for NYU Langone Medical Center with CHA Vice President for Disaster Preparedness Cheri Hummel.Michelle Constant of Constant and Associates, Inc.; Eleanor Guzik from the American Red Cross; Sandra Shields and Dr. Millicent Wilson from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services Agency; CHA’s Cheri Hummel; and Anne E. Reynolds from the American Red Cross.Lann Wilder of San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center described the response to the Asiana Plane Crash with Kevin Rose of the San Mateo County EMS Agency and Dr. Margaret Knudson and Rachael Kagan of San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

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