Education event

Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
Voices of experience, lessons for the future

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September 24 – 26, 2018
Sacramento, CA


Unprecedented. Record-breaking. Historic. From hurricanes and wildfires to floods and mass shootings, the nation saw no shortage of disasters in 2017. But with every disaster we confront, more knowledge is gained and wisdom gathered. And we carry those experiences forward into the future, strengthening our planning and fortifying our readiness.

Join us for the largest statewide gathering of hospital emergency preparedness coordinators in California and learn how others’ experiences can help you prepare for what’s ahead.

Conference highlights include:

  • Lessons from the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season
  • Cyberattack — how one hospital survived a ransomware attack
  • Mass casualty incident planning and no-notice drills
  • 2017 California Wildfires: Rising From the Ashes (a pre-conference workshop)
  • Bridging the gap between the FBI and medical community
  • CMS emergency preparedness rule — proven practices for forging collaborations between emergency management and compliance
  • Preparing for and executing a hospital evacuation
  • Physical, emotional and psychological impact of crisis preparedness and response
  • Planning and developing disaster exercises — pitfalls and recommendations
  • 15 ‘til 50 mass casualty incident response program
  • Rural readiness and the importance of MOUs
  • Preparing for pediatric Black Swan events
  • 2018 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise
  • Best Practices Poster Showcase
  • Exhibit show featuring more than 50 vendors
  • Learning from your peers, experts and more!

Conference Meeting Locations

The conference and exhibit show will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, located just across the street from the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, the host hotel. The pre-conference workshop on Monday, Sept. 24, will be held at the Hyatt Regency.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday, Sept. 24

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Early Registration

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2017 California Wildfires: Rising From the Ashes

2017 brought California’s most devastating and destructive wildfire season on record. A staggering 9,133 wildfires ravaged 1.2 million acres, destroyed more than 10,000 structures and killed more than 40 people. Fiery infernos raged throughout the state, spawning five of the most calamitous fires in state history, and spurring the call for mandatory evacuations and deployment of numerous disaster response teams to provide critical emergency assistance.

Hear from fellow hospital and state agency representatives who will share their firsthand accounts of the fallout from the firestorms, the heroic response activities and the invaluable lessons learned.

Workshop Agenda

9:00 – 9:05 a.m. | Welcome

9:05 – 9:30 a.m.
October 2017 Northern California Firestorm Overview
Mike Mohler, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Wildfire season in California is getting longer and affecting more of the state than in years past. 2017 was particularly devastating, included five of the most calamitous fires in state history, and led to multiple mandatory evacuations. Get a big picture perspective of wildfire in our state and its impact on resources including disaster response teams.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
North San Francisco Bay Wildfires: Emergency Hospital Evacuations
Suzie Byrne, RN, MSN, Area Quality Leader, Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael; Karen Cauthen, Patient Care Director, Emergency Department, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital; John Fannin, Support Services Administrator, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa; Jeff Miller, Chief Engineer, Sutter, Santa Rosa Regional Hospital; and Joshua Weil, MD, Emergency Physician/APIC Hospital Operations, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa
Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health evacuated hospitals due to Bay Area wildfire threats in 2017 – hear how they utilized local and corporate resources in those efforts. Panelists from both health care systems will share details regarding hospital evacuation, event response, recovery, and full restoration of health care services to the community.

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. | Break

11:00 – Noon
Coming Together: Two Health Systems’ Integrated Response to the Firestorm
John Fannin, Support Services Administrator, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa; Mark Shirley, Environmental Risk Consultant, Office of the General Counsel, Sutter Health; and Donald Stevens, Executive Director Regional Support Services and Chief Energy Officer, Kaiser Permanente, Northern California
Panelists from Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health will share experiences from the 2017 wildfires, focusing on their integrated approach to hospital evacuation and service restoration. Details of resource mobilization efforts and organizational lessons learned in safety and security, utilities management, and patient clinical and support activities will be featured.

Noon – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Fire & Water: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s Response to the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslides
Susanna Shaw, Director, Environmental Safety & Security, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
​When rain follows fire, deadly mudslides can complicate treating trauma patients. Presenters will discuss their response to the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslides, including how they addressed employee transportation during a two-week freeway closure, and share information on critical incident stress counseling for patients and community members.

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Recovery, Repopulation and the Way Forward
Hussain Bhatia, Supervisor, Health Facilities Review, OSHPD; Mickey Fong, Regional Compliance Officer, OSHPD; Dana Forney, Santa Rosa District Office Manager, CDPH; and Cynthia Luc, Staff Services Manager in the Life Safety Code Unit, CDPH

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. | Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
How We Heal
Stephen J Buehler, MFT, EAP Consultant, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa & San Rafael; Diane Dufford, Director, Total Health & Productivity Management, Sutter Health; Layla Farinpour, Manager, Therapeutic Services, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital; Darcy Keep, Administrative Director, Psychiatric and Addiction Services, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital; Janis Thibault, EAP Clinical Supervisor, Sutter Health; and Joshua Weil, MD, Emergency Physician/APIC Hospital Operations, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa
The effects of traumatic experiences such as wildfire and subsequent hospital evacuations can be felt by staff long after the initial events. Hear how three different organizations supported employees through the healing process of addressing the wildfires and evacuation, and the types of services their Employee Assistance Programs were able to offer.

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks

Tuesday Agenda

Tuesday, Sept. 25

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

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Opening Keynote  Through the Eye of the Storm: Lessons from the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Brandon Bond, MS, NHDP-BC, CBCP, Administrative Director, Office of Emergency Management, Stanford Health Care
No running water, no electricity, few access roads available, combined with a large population living in poverty is what Brandon Bond and his team faced during their deployment to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The devastation following Hurricanes Irma and Maria was almost unprecedented and nearly a year later, evidence of the devastation remains. Listen as Brandon discusses what occurred to the Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-6 deployed to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands during the Hurricanes. Brandon will discuss patient movement, how to best assist a vulnerable population in a disaster, and how to maintain hospital operations during catastrophic events.

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

10:45 a.m. – Noon | General Session Cyberattack! Preparing for and Protecting Against Health Care Hacks
Craig Felty, RN, MBA, BSN, Vice President, Patient Care Services, Hancock Health/Hancock Regional Hospital
At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018, an attack on the information systems of Hancock Health was initiated by a sophisticated criminal group. The hackers demanded a ransom payment in Bitcoin in exchange for a decryption key — or else. Listen as Craig Felty recounts the events following the demand. He will share leadership’s reaction to the crisis, staffs’ role in ensuring continuity of patient care, and the FBI’s involvement in the resolution. Mr. Felty will provide critical information to help other hospitals avoid this potential catastrophe.

Noon – 1:20 p.m. | Hosted Lunch
California Emergency Medical Services Authority & California Department of Public Health Updates 
Howard Backer, MD, MPH, FACEP, Director, California Emergency Medical Services Authority; and Barbara Taylor, Deputy Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, California Department of Public Health

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

Beyond the Survey: Creating Shareable Practices Through Compliance/Emergency Management Collaboration
Laura Byrne, Senior Compliance Practice Leader, Enterprise Regional Compliance-Care Delivery and Pharmacy Unit, Kaiser Permanente; Claudia Marroquin-Frometa, Emergency Management Consultant, Healthcare Continuity Management
This presentation will provide information on CMS’ emergency preparedness federal rule and emphasize best practices for forging collaborations between emergency management and compliance teams. Attendees will be presented with a CMS crosswalk tool created to assist in identifying gaps in compliance.

Bridging the Gap Between the FBI and the Medical Community
Jessica Young, Management and Program Analyst, Department of Justice,
Federal Bureau of Investigation

The FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate Biological Countermeasures Unit co-leads the Joint Criminal-Epidemiological (Crim-Epi) Investigations Program. The key mission of this Hospital and Emergency Medical Response sub-program is to provide the bridge between hospital staff and medical first responders with law enforcement officers. Attendees will be able to apply what they learn through new POCs within the FBI if they suspect a terrorism incident, and training offered by the FBI.

Ebola Preparations for Hospitals
Ryan Tuchmayer, MPH, EMT, CEM, Associate Director Disaster Preparedness & Response, Environmental Health & Safety, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Listen to an overview of Cedars–Sinai’s Ebola preparedness plan and the lessons they have learned along the way. Mr. Tuchmayer will discuss the role of emergency management in preparing for a highly-infectious disease patient at the Region 9 Ebola and other Special Pathogen Treatment Center, the timeline when patients can be accepted as well as discuss the Tranquil Terminus exercise which addresses transporting highly infectious patients while protecting the patient, the healthcare workers, and the communities.

Exercises Gone Wrong: When the Exercise Becomes the Disaster 
Barbara Dodge, BA, ED, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Organizations commit time and money into disaster exercises. Poor planning and the desire for realism can make us lose track of basic safety planning. Using community-wide and individual hospital exercises, we will discuss the outcomes of several poorly planned exercises, consider missing elements in the design, evaluation and after action phases of planning, and discuss what could have been done to ensure success.

The Risks of Readiness
Susan Cosio, MDiv, BCC, Chaplain, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
While we routinely support frontline staff and first responders after critical incidents, we may fail to address the physical, emotional and psychological toll of being in a state of preparation and hypervigilance. Learn how to recognize the symptoms and causes of staff distress and encourage staff resilience.

2:20 – 2:40 p.m. | Break, Exhibit Show and Poster Viewing

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

Emergency Management Fundamentals
Loni Howard, RN, MSN, Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
Designed for those new to emergency preparedness, this session outlines the scope and fundamentals of an effective emergency management program. Learn ways to develop your Emergency Operations Plan and prepare for a Joint Commission or CMS survey. Some take home tools will be provided.

Making the 2018 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Work for You 
Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator,
California Hospital Association, Hospital Preparedness Program

Hospitals, coalition partners, government and non-governmental agencies will learn about the 2018 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise. The presentation shows how to respond to a mass casualty incident by demonstrating how to meet regional, local and individual facility needs. It also addresses how to meet accreditation, regulatory and grant requirements, including new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule requirements. 

Rural Readiness: Preparing, Maintaining and Utilizing MOUs (and More!
Valerie Lakey, Director, Public Relations; Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness,
Mayers Memorial Hospital District

Emergency management is not always a one-size-fits-all plan.
Alternative methods of planning and collaboration can be necessary
due to geographic and resource limitations. If your hospital is in a rural
area, you have low population density or are geographically remote,
this presentation is for you. Join us to learn more about preparing,
maintaining and utilizing essential MOUs that will make an emergency
situation more manageable.

The Pediatric Black Swan Event: What it is and How to Prepare 
Patricia Frost, M.S., R.N., PNP, Director, Emergency Medical Services, Contra Costa County
Black Swan Disaster events are characterized as no-notice, catastrophic events leading to health care system exhaustion. This presentation serves as an introduction to mass casualty, large scale and black swan events and the ways children fair through it all. Learn practical steps to improve preparedness, and how hospital networks and health plans play a key role in providing their own solutions through public and private partnerships.

When a Health Care Facility Needs Help Evacuating
Jody Durden, Emergency Services Coordinator, Emergency Medical Services Authority; Kelly Coleman, EMT-P, BA, Region II Regional Disaster Medical Health Specialist and EMS Coordinator, Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency; and John Lord, RN, BS-EMS, MICP, Associate Director and Region III Regional Disaster Medical Health Specialist, Sierra-Sacramento Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency
This panel discussion highlights how the Public Health and Medical Response System assists health care facilities during a facility evacuation. A brief presentation will describe how resources are coordinated at the local, regional, state and federal levels in order to assist healthcare facilities. Panelists will use recent events such as California fires, mudslides and the Oroville Dam Spillway Evacuation incident to show how the system works.

3:40 – 4:00 p.m. | Break, Exhibit Show and Poster Viewing

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

15 ‘til 50 Mass Casualty Incident Response for Small Hospitals and Clinics
Chris Riccardi, CHSP, CHEP, CHCM-SEC, Founder and CEO, C. Riccardi Consulting & Training, LLC; and Steve Storbakken, Director, Emergency Preparedness & Environmental Safety, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Are you prepared for a large influx of patients due to natural or human induced disasters? Learn about the “15 ’til 50” Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Response methodology, and how this scalable process has been adapted to small hospitals, clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) utilizing free resources.

Incident Notification and Communication Protocols
Tony Barker, MSHS, Area Emergency Manager, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Emergency Management; Mitch Saruwatari, Director, Emergency Management, Kaiser Permanente; Mark Shirley, MS, CSP, CHMM, Environmental Risk Consultant, Sutter Health Risk Services; and Adam Wojciehowski, Environmental Risk Consultant, Sutter Health
Understand how an incident typically evolves and the communication pathways needed to mobilize an appropriate response. This session will review protocols for incident identification, initial notification and event assessment, and use examples from the 2017 Wildfires to show how agencies can share, process, publish and distribute information.

Preparing for Imminent Evacuation of a Rural Hospital During a Fire 
Amanda Braxton, Public Health Program Analyst, Trinity County; and Peggy Manning, MHAL, BSN, Chief Nursing Officer, Trinity Hospital
Fire on the frontier! Hear how one rural community hospital prepared for evacuation of its hospital, skilled nursing home residents, home health and high risk clinic patients during the 2017 Helena Fork Fire. Presenters will share insights regarding networking with community partners as well as lessons learned.

Responding as One: Incorporating Clinics into Your Network Command Center Through CMS Regulations
David Bernstein, Senior Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions; and Calvin Fakkema, Manager, Safety and Security, Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Through the CMS exercise requirement for clinics, Children’s Hospital of Orange County has found a way to both better prepare clinics for emergencies, and integrate them into the Hospital Incident Command Structure. Participants will gain insight on meeting CMS requirements for clinics as well as lessons and strategies for effectively integrating outpatient facilities into their command structure.

Workplace Violence Training: One Health Care System’s Approach to the New Law
Karen Jones, Senior Director, Patient Care, Mercy Medical Center, Redding; Andrew Opland, Safety, Security & Emergency Management, Dignity Health Sacramento; and Lawson Stuart, Director, Clinical Education, Dignity Health
Dignity Health has trained nearly 100% of its more than 55,000 employees across three states in full compliance with Cal/OSHA’s sweeping Health Care Workplace Violence Prevention regulation. Benefit from their experiences as speakers from large and small hospitals share lessons learned and tips for implementing successful training programs.

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

Wednesday Agenda

Wednesday, Sept. 26

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

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | General Session — Updating Mass Casualty Incident Response Protocols: What Matters and How Can You Test It?
Paul Biddinger, MD, Chief, Division of Emergency Preparedness; Director, MGH Center for Disaster Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Alison Parmar, Senior Administrative Manager, Disaster Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital 
An effective hospital’s response to a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) requires mobilization of an enormous number of resources within minutes. We will describe the key elements of a data-informed MCI protocol, and present a system of no-notice drills in the Emergency Department that increases staff comfort with their initial response actions. Attendees will receive achievable recommendations to enhance a hospital’s ability to implement an immediate response to rapid mobilization requests.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. | Break & Grand Prize Drawing

10:45 a.m. – Noon | Closing Session — How to Prepare for a Mass Casualty Shooting
Dave MacIntyre, D.O., Sunrise Hospital, Las Vegas
“All the injuries that I saw were things that I’ve been trained to deal with. We just had so many of them — that’s the part that really was overwhelming.” At approximately 10:00 p.m., October 1, Dave MacIntyre, a trauma surgeon, was paged about a mass casualty shooting that had just happened on the Strip. Because Sunrise Hospital was close to the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, they took on more patients than any other facility in Las Vegas, over 250+ patients. Hear Dr. MacIntrye discuss what he and his team experienced as they treated people involved in the largest mass shooting in history.

Noon | Closing Comments, Adjourn


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

Howard Backer, MD, MPH, FACEP, was appointed to serve as director of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) in 2011. In this role, he serves as both the state emergency services executive chief and medical director. Before coming to EMSA, Dr. Backer worked in the California Department of Public Health serving as chief of immunization and twice as the interim director of the California Department of Public Health. He has also served as the associate secretary for emergency preparedness at California Health and Human Services Agency, where he coordinated public health and medical disaster response as well as mass care and shelter issues across the departments within the Agency.

Tony Barker, MSHS
Area Emergency Manager
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Office of Emergency Management

Tony Barker is Area Emergency Manager for the Veterans Health Administration, Pacific Region, and serves in the Air Force Reserve as a Wing Safety Specialist. Following active Air Force duty and 16 years with United Airlines, Mr. Barker began his federal civilian career with the Army Corps of Engineers as a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist. His disaster experience began with a multiple month deployment to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. In 2005, he became the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with the Portland VA Medical Center (PVAMC) where he helped develop the Medical Center’s Emergency Preparedness programs, served as the NW Hospital Emergency Management Committee Chair, and organized regional emergency communications.

David Bernstein, CBCP, CEM, CHEP, CHPCP
Senior Consultant
BSI EHS Services and Solutions

David Bernstein has over 10 years of experience in emergency response, emergency management, and business continuity and resilience planning. Mr. Bernstein has overseen planning and response initiatives spanning individual hospitals to multi-facility health networks and has acted as a strategic advisor on provider-based and multi-agency initiatives at the local and regional level. His expertise includes the development and implementation of emergency drills and exercises, training, Incident Command, and regulatory compliance for Emergency Management in the health care sector.

Hussain Bhatia
Supervisor, Health Facilities Review

Paul Biddinger
Chief, Division of Emergency Preparedness/Director, MGH Center for Disaster Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Paul Biddinger holds the MGH Endowed Chair in Emergency Preparedness and is the director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, and vice chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston.  He is also the director for Emergency Preparedness at Partners Healthcare, the director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Biddinger completed his undergraduate study in international relations at Princeton University, attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, and completed residency training in emergency medicine at Harvard.

Brandon Bond, MS, CBCP, EMT-B
Administrative Director, Office of Emergency Management
Stanford Health Care

Brandon Bond is the administrative director of the Office of Emergency Management at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health.  He also serves as the Safety Officer on the U.S. Health and Human Services, Disaster Medical Assistance Team, CA-6.  Most recently he was a part of the Federal response to Hurricane’s Irma and Maria. He also responded to the Haiti Earthquake, Hurricanes Gustav, Ike, Katrina and Rita. Mr. Bond also participated in relief efforts in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyen and Sri Lanka following the Indonesian Tsunami.  Mr. Bond has been an Emergency Medical Technician for 22 years working in various capacities in Fire and EMS to include Critical Care Transport and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care. Additionally, he has been involved in many state and local responses as a first responder.

Amanda Braxton
MHA Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Program Analyst
Trinity County

Ms. Amanda Braxton is the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Program Analyst for Trinity County. She has served on the Mountain Community Health Care District Board and has worked varying roles in the health care emergency preparedness framework since 2011, including the Safety Officer and Healthcare Preparedness Partner roles for a large rural Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). She is a graduate of Humboldt State University, and holds a Master’s in Healthcare Administration and Management from Colorado State University – Global.

Stephen Buehler, MFT
Employee and Physician Assistance Program
Kaiser Permanente

Stephen J. Buehler, MFT, delivers the Employee & Physician Assistance Program (EAP) for Kaiser Permanente in Marin and Sonoma Counties. This unique role provides brief psychotherapeutic support, leadership coaching, team interventions, workshops and groups, and adverse outcome/critical incident recovery. Mr. Buehler was a first responder that helped lead the recovery for Kaiser Permanente facilities to the October 2017 Northern California wildfires.

Laura Byrne
Manager, Care Delivery and Pharmacy Compliance
Kaiser Permanente

Laura Byrne is a senior compliance practice leader in the National Compliance Office, Enterprise Regional Compliance-Care Delivery and Pharmacy unit at Kaiser Permanente, where she has worked since 2013.  She is responsible for supporting regional partners in ensuring care delivery compliance and adherence to federal and state requirements, including emergency preparedness, in hospital and ambulatory settings as well as utilization management and outpatient therapy services.   Laura has a master’s degree in business administration from San Francisco State University, and degrees in physiotherapy (McMaster University) and sociology (University of Western Ontario).  She is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association and a Certified Professional in Health Care Compliance (CHC)

Susan Byrne, RN, MSN
Area Quality Leader
Kaiser Permanente San Rafael

Karen Cauthen
Patient Care Director, Emergency Department
Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital

Karen Cauthen is patient care director for Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and a Registered Nurse with more than 30 years’ experience in general acute care hospitals, mostly in emergency and management roles.

Kelly Coleman, EMT-P, BA
Region II Regional Disaster Medical Health Specialist and
EMS Coordinator
Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency

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

Susan Cosio, MDiv, BCC
Board Certified Chaplain
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Rev. Susan Cosio, MDiv, BCC is a board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains and is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She serves as staff chaplain at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.  Rev. Cosio has advanced training in Palliative Care, and is a member of the medical center’s Central Partnership Council, Evidence-Based Council, Fetal Therapy Board and Palliative Care Team.

Barbara Dodge
Director of Hospital Preparedness
University of Nebraska

As the director of hospital preparedness, Ms. Dodge works closely with Nebraska hospitals to assist them in preparedness planning and education. She designs curriculum specific to hospital needs, trains instructors and coordinates mass trainings. For the past ten years, she has served on the National HICS Advisory Group, which updated the Hospital Incident Command System to better serve the needs of US hospitals. She now serves as national faculty with the HICS Center Advisory Board. Ms. Dodge facilitated a group of Nebraska Critical Access hospitals in customizing the new HICS Job Actions Sheets to better fit the needs of small hospitals.

Diane Dufford
Director, Total Health & Productivity Management
Sutter Health Employee Assistance Program

Diane Dufford is Director, Total Health & Productivity Management for the Sutter Health Employee Assistance Program. Diane began overseeing the Sutter Health EAP beginning in January 2004. Since that time she has successfully tripled the size of the business while retaining high customer and employee satisfaction. She has successfully led Sutter Health EAP through a transformation to align with the ever changing culture of health care in a large diverse delivery system, utilizing LEAN and other quality initiatives. Diane is dedicated to the health and productivity of organizations and believes strongly that the mental health and emotional well-being of the workforce and their loved ones are the key to that success.

Jody Durden
Emergency Services Coordinator
Emergency Medical Services Authority

Jody Durden, MPH, has over 15 years of experience in the public health and medical disaster preparedness and response arena. Jody works for the Emergency Medical Services Authority. She serves as a 24/7 duty officer and deploys to the State Operations Center and the Medical Health Coordination Center during activations. Ms. Durden holds a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Calvin Fakkema
Manager, Safety & Security
Childrens Hospital of Orange County

Calvin Fakkema has 12 years of experience in Safety, Security, Facilities, and Emergency Management. In his current role at CHOC Children’s he provides leadership to Safety, Security, Parking and Valet Services, and Emergency Management. Additionally, he plans, develops and directs an organization-wide environmental safety program that ensures a safe environment for patients, employees and visitors. He manages the Safety Program, Environment of Care Committee and the Emergency Management Program. Calvin is a certified Healthcare Safety Professional and certified Healthcare Emergency Professional.

John Fannin
Support Services Administrator
Kaiser Permanente

John Fannin is the Administrator of Support Services at Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Rosa Medical Center in Northern California, where his areas of accountability include a 173 licensed bed hospital, six medical office buildings, two outpatient behavioral health centers and three leased administrative properties. John ensures the best patient experience through his executive leadership in Plant Operations, Construction/Renovation, Landscaping/Grounds, Environmental, Nutritional, Operator, and Security Services, Environmental Health & Safety, Workplace Safety, and Emergency Management. He holds a Master of Business Administration from National Louis University, Chicago, IL, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and History from Loyola University of Chicago, IL.

Layla Farinpour, LMFT
Manager, Therapeutic Services
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Layla Farinpour, LMFT, is Manager of Inpatient and Outpatient Therapeutic Services for Cottage Health. She received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology and Master’s in Bio-Social Anthropology from Antioch University and University of California respectively. Layla is adjunct faculty at her alma mater Antioch University. In addition, she serves as member of the Community Wellness Team and is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Layla was recently honored, along with her team and Director, at the annual Tiara Ball for their post disaster care of our community.

Craig Felty, RN, MBA, BSN
Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Hancock Regional Hospital

Craig is the Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana. He has more than 25 years of patient care and health care experience at the levels of Manager, Director, and Executive. Craig has been trained in homeland security, pediatric education, neonatal resuscitation, advanced burn life support and emergency medical services.

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

Patricia Frost is the director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Contra Costa County. She is vice chair of the National Pediatric Disaster Coalition and founder of the California Neonatal/Pediatric/Perinatal Disaster Preparedness Coalition, linking novice to expert to support local disaster preparedness for infants and children. Ms. Frost was on the curriculum development team for FEMA 439 Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness Course, serves as adjunct faculty for TEEX and is a subject matter expert on Pediatric Disaster Preparedness for TRACIE.

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

Loni Howard, RN, MSN, has worked for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento for 35 years as an Emergency Department nurse, and for the past 20 years as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. She has participated in many committees and work groups during that time, and was a member of the EMSA HICS Workgroup. Loni also worked for 5 years as a CHA HPP Coordinator. Loni is a Puppy Raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael. She has raised 9 dogs for them and enjoys visiting one of her dogs that now lives in northern Japan.

Karen Jones, BSN, MA, CNOR
Senior Director, Patient Care Services
Mercy Medical Center, Redding

Karen Jones is Senior Director of Patient Care Services at Mercy Medical Center, Redding. Ms. Jones holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN), and is a certified operating room nurse. She has several years of experience teaching, planning and executing training programs, and oversees the hospital’s 3G simulation and Infectious Diseases Assessment Center preparedness programs. Ms. Jones represents senior leadership in preparing and drilling the hospital to readiness in emergencies.

Darcy Keep
Administrative Director, Psychiatric and Addiction Medicine
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Darcy Keep is the Administrative Director of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine for Cottage Health and has been working in the field of mental health for more than 30 years. A strong advocate for high quality care and compassion toward those living with mental illness, Darcy has always had a desire to help others. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Mental Wellness Center in Santa Barbara for nearly 20 years and was awarded volunteer of the year in 2006.  Darcy was also honored with a Local Heroes award in 2013 for her work on the annual Mental Health Arts Festival in Santa Barbara. She currently serves as a member of the Community Wellness Team of Santa Barbara County.

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

Valerie Lakey is the director of public relations and legislation at Mayers Memorial Hospital District. She also serves as the public information officer and safety/disaster co-coordinator. She has completed a number of emergency management training programs, including the Advanced Public Information Officer Training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama. Ms. Lakey has planned and facilitated hospital-wide trainings and coordinated educational materials for staff. During two wildfire disasters, she was instrumental in keeping patients, families and the community informed.

John Lord, RN, BS-EMS, MICP
Associate Director, QI, Investigator
Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS Agency

John Lord is a California Licensed Paramedic and Registered Nurse with 38 years of EMS and disaster response management experience. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in EMS Administration and currently serves at the OES Region III RDMHS and Associate EMS Director for S-SV EMS. He has worked many large emergency events (such as The Oroville Dam Event), resulting in evacuations of numerous SNFs and acute care hospitals utilizing Ambulance Strike Teams.

Dave MacIntyre, DO
Sunrise Hospital, Las Vegas

Dr. MacIntyre is a board certified general surgeon and fellowship-trained in trauma, surgical critical care, and bariatrics. Dr. MacIntyre is the medical director of Surgical Weight Loss Solutions, Practice Dynamics, and is a partner with Desert Surgical Associates, located in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Dr. MacIntyre has participated with Las Vegas Metro as a SWAT doctor and has taught pre-hospital trauma treatment techniques to special operations, department of state, law enforcement, and selected private sector groups of operational and tactical medical professionals with the designed goal of enhancing patient survivability through education and training.  Dr. MacIntyre is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy and received his doctorate from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Peggy Manning, MHAL, BSN
Chief Nursing Officer
Trinity Hospital

Peggy Manning is the Chief Nursing Officer of Trinity Hospital in Weaverville CA, and has been a RN for 26 years. Ms. Manning holds her Masters in Healthcare Administration Leadership and is trained in HICS, ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 700 and ICS 800. She loves the small rural hospital setting and has been in a variety of leadership positions including Disaster Coordinator.

Claudia Marroquin-Frometa
Emergency Management Consultant
Kaiser Permanente

Claudia has a combined 20 years of experience in disaster preparedness, education, crisis communications, communications, and public relations. She has spent the last 11 years in the emergency management field improving disaster response strategies with Los Angeles County Hospitals and state initiatives. She is a member of a National Advisory Committee on Hospital Incident Command System for The California Emergency Medical Services Authority. Claudia has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications specializing in Mass Media. She holds multiple certificates on Disaster Preparedness and Response.

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

Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, has more than 25 years of experience in hospital emergency services and county health disaster management. She participates in multi-agency, state and federal coalitions and deploys with the CA-1 DMAT Team to multiple wildfires and hurricanes, including Hurricanes Ike and Katrina. Ms. Massey is a member of the HICS National Workgroup, and has worked on projects with CDC, United Nations, and numerous Homeland Security Exercises across the country. She is a Department of Justice WMD, HSEEP Instructor and Master Exercise Practitioner.

Jeffery Miller
Chief Engineer
Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital

Jeffery Miller is chief engineer for Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, a position he has held for three years. He has more than 17 years’ experience in health care engineering, including five years as assistant chief engineer at Sutter Health and nine years as stationary engineer at the California Pacific Medical Center.

Mike Mohler
Deputy Director, Communications
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Mike Mohler is Deputy Director, Communications, for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Chief Mohler began his CAL FIRE career in the San Bernardino Unit in June 2000, was promoted to Fire Captain in the San Diego Unit in 2010, and in 2015 he was promoted to Battalion Chief at Southern Region, where he worked for the next three years supervising the Southern Region information and communications programs. Chief Mohler was vital in continuing to build the Department’s nontraditional media exposure with projects such as Netflix’s Fire Chasers. Chief Mohler holds several qualifications, including Advanced All Hazard Incident Commander from the University of Texas A&M, and has been assigned to a CAL FIRE Incident Management Team for more than 11 years. He currently holds a seat on FEMA’s advisory committee for response to large scale incidents.

Andrew Opland
Safety, Security & Emergency Management
Dignity Health Sacramento

Andrew Opland is part of Dignity Health’s administrative team for Security, Safety & Emergency Management. In 2012 Mr. Opland assisted in standardizing the Workplace Violence Training provided to all personnel working in Dignity Health’s Emergency, Behavioral Health Unit & Security departments. He has assisted Dignity Health to expand and further develop those base standards to encompass the full scope needed to comply with all requirements within new California laws. He also built the online reporting system that allows Dignity Health to meet reporting and data collecting requirements.

Alison Parmar
Senior Administrative Manager
Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Disaster Medicine​

Alison Parmar is a Senior Administrative Manager at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Disaster Medicine; she works directly with both clinical and administrative staff to be certain the hospital has the resources necessary to ensure continuity of care during a disaster. Alison is a graduate of New England School of Law and holds a Masters degree from Harvard University’s Center for Bioethics Master’s Program.

Christopher Riccardi
Healthcare Preparedness Specialist
C. Riccardi Consulting & Training

Chris Riccardi is the founder and CEO of C. Riccardi Consulting & Training, LLC. Chris supports and guides health care organizations with their Emergency Preparedness Programs ensuring regulatory and accreditation compliance and serves as a subject matter expert with ASPR TRACIE.  He was the visionary behind the 15 ‘til 50 project – a nationally recognized best practice in health care mass casualty incident response planning.

Mitch Saruwatari
Director, Emergency Management
Kaiser Permanente

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

Susanna Shaw
Director, Security & Environmental Safety
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Susanna Shaw is director of security and environmental safety for Cottage Health. She has been working in health care environmental health and safety since 1999, and first entered into the realm of disaster planning as part of Y2K preparations. For the past 13 years Ms. Shaw has been responsible for chairing the Environment of Care Committee as well as Emergency Management Committee for Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital.

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

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

Donald Stevens
Executive Director, Regional Support Services
Kaiser Permanente

Donald Stevens is Executive Director of Regional Support Services for Kaiser Permanente, Northern California. He is responsible for regional oversight of support services operations including environmental, material management, plant operations and maintenance, nutritional, transportation, environmental health and safety, and security services. Donald also serves as the Chief Energy Officer for the region, has more than 30 years of hospital construction and engineering operations experience, and is a member and strong supporter of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).

Steven Storbakken
Director, Emergency Preparedness & Environmental Safety
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

Steven Storbakken is a published, nationally-recognized expert in emergency management and preparedness. Mr. Storbakken is an HDMT instructor for Los Angeles County and has volunteered with the Red Cross for over 20 years. He is a founding member of the “Shakeout” earthquake preparedness concept. In March 2013, he was a facilitator of one of the largest active shooter simulations/trainings ever conducted with the Hospital Association of Southern California. He was a recipient of Providence’s Stewardship, Red Cross’s Golden Bear and California Institute of Technology’s Shoemaker Awards.

Lawson E. Stuart, RN, CEN, MBA, MICP, CPHQ
Director, Clinical Education
Dignity Health, Greater Sacramento Service Area

Lawson E. Stuart, RN, CEN, MBA, MICP, CPHQ is a California licensed Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic and Certified Emergency Nurse with more than 35 years’ experience in prehospital and in-hospital emergency care, education, and disaster planning/response. He is the Director of Clinical Education for Dignity Health’s Greater Sacramento Service Area, responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of health care education programs for practicing clinicians covering the operations of six acute care hospitals as well as trauma and stroke centers. Lawson has been responsible for the integration of an enterprise-wide Learning Management System, high-fidelity clinical simulation, clinical informatics education and overall direction of Dignity Health’s Sacramento Collaborative Learning Center. He is a member of the Emergency Nurse Association’s Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council and the American Heart Association’s California-Nevada Regional Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) Committee.

Barbara Taylor
Deputy Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness
California Department of Public Health

Janis Thibault
EAP Clinical Supervisor
Sutter Health

Janis Thibault is a licensed marriage & family therapist and clinical supervisor for the Sutter Health Employee Assistance Program. Ms. Thibault previously served as director of the Medical Board Physician Diversion Program and was the founding director of the State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program. She was actively involved in the wildfire-caused October 2017 evacuation of Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and July 2018 evacuation of Sutter Lakeside Hospital.

Ryan Tuchmayer, MPH, EMT, CEM
Associate Director Disaster Preparedness & Response,
Environmental Health & Safety
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Mr. Tuchmayer is the Disaster Resource Center Coordinator for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He organizes the medical center’s preparedness and response efforts and provides multiple training opportunities, including decontamination training. He also serves as a liaison between umbrella hospitals, clinics, and pre-hospital providers in the western region of L.A. County. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT CA-9) and the National Medical Response Team (Western) and has deployed for exercises and disaster events, including hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Joshua Weil, MD, FACEP
Emergency Physician/APIC Hospital Operations
Kaiser Permanente

Joshua B. Weil, MD, FACEP, is a practicing Emergency Physician at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa where he also serves as Assistant Physician-in-Chief for Hospital Operations. He earned his B.A. degree at the University of California, San Diego, and his medical degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at UC Davis Medical Center and took a position at Kaiser in 1998. Dr. Weil served as Chief of the Emergency Department for more than 11 years and also served as Chair of the Chiefs of Emergency Medicine for NCAL from 2007-2011.

Adam Wojciehowski
Environmental Risk Consultant
Sutter Health

Adam Wojciehowski currently provides corporate leadership for Safety, Environment of Care, and Emergency Management for Sutter Health. His eclectic background in safety, security, emergency management, EMS and hazardous materials includes more than 15 years as a law enforcement officer, 20 years as an active EMS clinician and 10 years as an Emergency Manager. Mr. Wojciehowski’s passion for emergency management includes experiences in international program development with supervision responsibilities of multi-national professionals.

Jessica Young
Management and Program Analyst
Department of Justice-FBI

Jessica Young is a Management and Program Analyst at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with over 12 years of service.  Currently, Ms. Young works as a Management and Program Analyst with the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate Biological Countermeasures Unit. Her work focuses on planning and promoting law enforcement response programs for biological incidents in coordination with subject matter experts.  Additionally, she facilitates the FBI/CDC Criminal-Epidemiological Investigations Workshops, training public health and law enforcement individuals at the federal, state, and local level.  She received her Bachelors of Arts degrees from Miami University of Ohio as a Microbiology and French major, and attended the Miami University Dubois European Center in Differdange, Luxembourg. Later, she received her Master of Science in Forensic Science (with an emphasis in Biology and Chemistry) degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

    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. Poster displays will be showcased in the exhibit hall along with more than 50 sponsor/exhibitor booths. Hospital representatives should be available during exhibit and poster viewing sessions to discuss their best practices with attendees.

    Congratulations to the Best Practices Poster Showcase Winners!

    • California Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA) — California Medical Assistance Teams (CAL-MAT) Program
    • California Emergency Medical Services Authority — HICS National Advisory Committee
    • Disaster Management Systems — EVAC123 Patient Evacuation System
    • El Camino Hospital — Shaking Off The Dust: Developing Best Practices for Decontamination Training at El Camino Hospital 
    • Envista Forensics — Healthcare/Bio Sciences Practice
    • Mercy Medical Center Redding — Emergency Preparedness Monthly Newsletter
    • Providence Holy Cross Medical Center — Disaster Preparedness: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Evacuation Training
    • Reid. Middleton, Inc. — Innovative Sensor Technology to Keep Hospitals Operational After Disasters
    • Southern California Hospital at Culver City — Entertaining Tool to Teach Emergency Management
    • VHA Office of Emergency Management — Incident Management Principles and Practices for Healthcare Systems

    Best practices posters will be showcased in the exhibit hall.


    Contact Lisa Hartzell at (916) 552-7502 or



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

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

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

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

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


    A confirmation will be emailed to all registrants.

    Cancellation Policy

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

    Photo Release

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

    Special Accommodations

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

    Continuing Education

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

    Compliance — The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 7.8 pre-conference CCB CEUs and up to 10.2 conference CCB CEUs. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this event content or of the event sponsor.

    Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 6.5 pre-conference hours and up to 8.5 conference hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education Credit for this program toward advancement, or recertification, in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation. To self-report, participants must log into their MyACHE account and select ACHE Qualified Education Credit.

    Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP #11924, for 7.8 pre-conference contact hours and up to 10.2 conference contact hours.

    Risk Management — This meeting has been approved for a total of 15.0 (Pre-conference 6.5; Conference Day One 5.75; Conference Day Two 2.75) contact hours of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal.


    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 the discounted rate of $195 for all nights during the conference. For reservations, call (800) 325-3535 and mention the “CHA Disaster Planning Conference.” The deadline for discounted sleeping rooms is September 7. To book a room online, click here.

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


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

    Sponsor & Exhibit

    Be front and center at the only disaster planning conference targeted to California hospitals. Showcase your products to hundreds of leading health care decision makers, including hospital preparedness coordinators, disaster planning teams, and key state and federal officials. With dedicated exhibit viewing time to network, you will not be disappointed!

    Click here for more information or contact Lisa Hartzell at


    We would like to thank our corporate sponsors and exhibitors for their support of the 2018 Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference.

    Gold Sponsors to Date:


    Silver Sponsors to Date:


    Exhibitors to Date:

    • 3M
    • Advanced Egress Solutions, Inc.
    • All Over Communications
    • American Red Cross
    • American Technologies, Inc. 
    • BELFOR Property Restoration
    • BSI EHS Services and Solutions
    • California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
    • California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)
    • California Poison Control System
    • Department of Veterans Affairs, Multi-Use Vehicle (MUV)
    • Disaster Management Systems, Inc.
    • DLX, Deployed Logix
    • Envista Forensics
    • Everbridge
    • Grainger
    • Grand Canyon University
    • Guest Communications Corporation
    • ILC Dover
    • Industrial Emergency Council
    • ImageSales
    • Juvare
    • Kappler
    • Kinemetrics
    • Ludlum Measurement Inc.
    • Meals for All
    • MediSHARE Environmental Health & Safety Services
    • Med Sled Evacuation
    • Moulage Concepts
    • NH-ISAC, Inc.
    • Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)
    • PODS Enterprise, LLC
    • Practical Hospital Services
    • Prep-ICS
    • Quake Care/Emergency Ready
    • ReddiNet
    • Response Technologies
    • R&R Lotion
    • RRS Patient Decontamination
    • Sacramento County O.A.R.S., ARES Amateur Radio
    • Safe Glow Corporation
    • ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM)
    • SPHERE Emergency Water
    • SSCOR
    • Teleira
    • TeleQuality Communications
    • United States Geological Survey
    • Veoci
    • Wipfli
    • X2nSat

    Conference Committee


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

    Committee Members

    Tony Barker, MSHS, Area Emergency Manager, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Office of Emergency Management

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

    Maryann Codeglia, Director, Clinical Quality Improvement, San Ramon Regional Medical Center

    Susan M. Fitzgerald, MD, Emergency Management Physician Lead, Santa Rosa Medical Center

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

    Jeffery Hudson-Covolo, DNP, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nurse Executive, Sierra View Medical Center

    Lois Husted, Emergency Preparedness Officer, Queen of the Valley Medical Center

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

    Connie Lackey, RN, Director, Emergency Preparedness/Safety/Security, Providence Saint Joseph, Holy Cross and Tarzana Medical Centers

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

    Claudia Marroquin-Frometa, Emergency Management Consultant, Healthcare Continuity Management, Kaiser Permanente

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

    Laurie Nash, Charge Nurse/ER, Highland Hospital

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

    Mitch Saruwatari, Director, Emergency Management, Kaiser Permanente

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

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

    Ryan Tuchmayer, Manager, Disaster Preparedness/Response, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    Matthew Washburn, Disaster Coordinator & Safety Officer, Orchard Hospital


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