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Hospital Employee Safety and Workers’ Compensation Seminar Resources Page

Welcome to CHA ’s 2019 Hospital Employee Safety and Workers’ Compensation Seminar resources page. Click on the tabs below to view the agenda, presentations, and online program evaluation.


9:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Leaves of Absence Introduction and Interactive Roundtables​
In a group setting, attendees will identify methods and strategies for achieving compliance. Facilitated discussions will focus on the following key areas:

  • Managing intermittent leaves
  • Curing information lapses in medical certifications and getting second opinions
  • Managing maternity leaves and baby bonding
  • Workers’ compensation and the interactive process
  • Determining when leave is no longer reasonable and managing the termination process
  • Collecting data and using it in risk analysis

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. — Hosted Luncheon

12:45 – 2:00 p.m.

Employment Strategies after a Wildfire​
Learn from hospital leaders whose employees and facilities were affected by recent California wildfires.  Speakers will talk about safety concerns mid-evacuation, behavioral health concerns for all employees and lessons learned  as a result of the fires. 

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Workers’ Compensation Challenges for Hospitals​
Workers’ compensation claims can present complex and unique challenges for hospitals. While two experts (one in-house and one consultant) field questions from the audience, this session will also provide insights and best practices on various subjects from job-related stress claims to working with physicians to manage workers’ compensation claims. Bring your issues, ask the experts and find solutions that work for you.   

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Regulatory and Legislative Updates and Emerging Safety Issue: Surgical Smoke

Presentations for Mobile Devices

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Leaves of Absence Introduction and Interactive Roundtables ​
Dana Peterson and Roundtable Facilitators

Employment Strategies after a Wildfire

Michele Culpepper, Carol Linscheid and Jenifer Nyhuis

Workers’ Compensation Challenges for Hospitals ​ ​
Rich Reynolds & Cindy Parker

Regulatory and Legislative Updates and Emerging Safety Issue: Surgical smoke
Gail Blanchard-Saiger

Presentations for Print

Leaves of Absence Introduction and Interactive Roundtables ​
Dana Peterson and Roundtable Facilitators

Employment Strategies after a Wildfire

Michele Culpepper, Carol Linscheid and Jenifer Nyhuis

Workers’ Compensation Challenges for Hospitals ​ ​
Rich Reynolds & Cindy Parker

Regulatory and Legislative Updates and Emerging Safety Issue: Surgical smoke
Gail Blanchard-Saiger


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

Gail Blanchard-Saiger is vice president of labor and employment for the California Hospital Association. Ms. Blanchard-Saiger provides leadership for state legislative and regulatory issues related to hospital human resources and labor relations.

Michelle Culpepper
Director, Human Resources
Vista del Mar Hospital

Michelle Culpepper is the Director of Human Resources for Vista Del Mar Hospital.  She has two degrees in business management with a concentration in Human Resource Management.  She started with Aurora Behavioral Healthcare hospitals in 2015, relocating to Ventura in December, 2017.  On the evening of her first day in the Visa del Mar location, the Thomas Wildfire destroyed two of five their buildings.  Michelle used her 18 years of industry knowledge to help rebuild areas lost to the fire.

Carol Linscheid
Vice President Human Resources/Chief Compliance Officer
Enloe Medical Center

Carol Linscheid joined Enloe Medical Center in Chico, California in 2004 as Vice President of Human Resources where she also serves as Chief Compliance Officer.  She has oversight of Human Resources, Recruiting, Compliance, Employee Health, and Volunteer Services. Prior to that, she served for 19 years as Director of Human Resources with Blue Shield of California.

Jenifer Nyhuis, LCSW​
Chief Executive Officer
Vista del Mar Hospital

Jenifer Nyhuis joined Signature Healthcare Services in January 2015 and worked in various departments in three of Signature Healthcare’s facilities throughout the country. She became the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2016 and oversaw all aspects of the clinical operations, intake process, utilization review, environmental services, telecommunications, and medical records.
She moved to Ventura to serve as the Chief Executive Officer for Vista del Mar Hospital in June 2017. Only 6 months later, the Thomas Fire burned two of the hospital’s patient care buildings. Jenifer and her team executed a full evacuation of 70 patients and over 25 employees in under 15 minutes. Jenifer has worked diligently with the Governor’s office, state legislators, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, California Department of Public Health, contractors, engineers, and architects to recover the lost utilities and damages from the fire. 

Cindy Parker
Senior Vice President, Casualty Operations

Cindy Parker is Senior Vice President of Casualty Operations for Sedgwick. She is responsible for overseeing workers’ compensation and general liability operations in California. She works with 600 colleagues across 11 offices in California. Cindy also serves as the account executive for the University of California System for 23 years, Dignity Health for 20 years, and California State University System for 16 years. Cindy has been with Sedgwick for 23 years.

Throughout her career, Cindy has managed insured and self-insured Workers’ Compensation and General Liability programs providing quality control, data analysis, technical oversight, and assuring statutory compliance for employers. Cindy is a guest speaker at industry conferences. Cindy has also developed numerous workers’ compensation training programs for employers as well as claims professionals.

Dana Peterson
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Ms. Peterson is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  She is an experienced litigator and powerful advocate with a state-wide practice that enables her to provide exceptional client service in multiple jurisdictions.  Her primary emphasis is workplace counseling and litigating single and multiple-plaintiff cases in both state and federal courts throughout California.  In her twenty-two years of practice, she has successfully represented employers against claims of wrongful termination, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, sexual harassment, discrimination and harassment claims based on race, religion, pregnancy, gender, age, national origin and disability, alleged violations of state and federal leave laws, claims for failure to accommodate and failure to engage in the interactive process, fraud, and alleged Labor Code violations.  Ms. Peterson is skilled at negotiating favorable settlements and creatively resolving disputes pre-litigation; however, she also has successful trial and binding arbitration experience, and has obtained results ranging from early dismissal to defense judgments.  She is also an active and long-time member of Seyfarth’s California Workplace Solutions group, and regularly advises and trains clients on all aspects of labor and employment law and has extensive experience conducting workplace investigations.

Rich Reynolds
Senior Manager, Workers’ Compensation 
Providence St. Joseph Health

Rich Reynolds is a claims and risk management professional with over 25 years of experience in Self-Insured, Insurance Carrier, Third Party Claims and Insurance Program Management. Focusing heavily in Workers’ Compensation throughout most of his career, he has extensive experience in managing national Workers’ Compensation programs and utilizing the technical skills he has developed to focus on efficient Claims Management, Cost Control, Litigation Management, Business Partner Management, Compliance and Loss Prevention. He currently serves in the role of Sr. Manager-Workers’ Compensation for Providence St. Joseph Health, headquartered in Renton, WA. 


Thank you for attending CHA’s Hospital Employee Safety and Workers’ Compensation Seminar. We truly value your feedback and request that you complete our online program evaluation. 

Click here to complete the online evaluation for the March 14 seminar in Costa Mesa.

Click here to complete the online evaluation for the March 20 seminar in Sacramento.

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Thank you again for your participation in this timely program. We hope you found the program valuable.