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2014 Disaster Planning Conference
Get Ready, Stay Ready

More than 800 hospital and health system representatives along with many local, state and national government partners attended the ninth annual Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference.The conference provides a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from peers, industry experts and community partners.The pre-conference workshop focused on readiness and resilience for violent threats.Hospitals participated in the Best Practices Poster Showcase to share innovative ideas and model programs with their peers.Lois Husted of Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa describes the response to the Napa Earthquake, along with (left to right) Chris Tokas, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development; Richard Miralles, Queen of the Valley Medical Center; and Wendi Thomas, Petaluma Valley Hospital.Pre-conference workshop faculty Dr. Eric Lovell, chair of the Emergency Department for Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas; Caryn Thornburg, safety, emergency management and sustainability officer for ValleyCare Health System; Susan Woolley; Cheri Hummel, CHA vice president, disaster preparedness; Lisa Angell, paramedic/pediatric liaison nurse, SN IV ED, Watsonville Community Hospital; and Patty Skoglund, senior director, emergency management, business continuity, Scripps Health.The conference opened with the California National Guard’s Funeral Honors Program Presentation of the Colors and the National Anthem sung by Sabrina Bruce.Stanford Medicine showcased an emergency communications vehicle that can be deployed coordinate response between fire, law and EMS agencies.The exhibit show connected attendees with useful products and services.Attendees networked with their peers and suppliers during the exhibit show.Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors for supporting the conference and California’s hospitals.General session speakers Kristina Spurgeon, emergency management consultant for Kaiser Permanente; Skip Skivington, vice president of operations for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan; CHA’s vice president for disaster preparedness Cheri Hummel; and David Witt, MD, infectious disease physician, Kaiser Permanente.Opening keynote Lillian Morris, chief safety officer for the Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia, recounted how her facility successfully managed a six-day interruption in water service.Representatives from Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center demonstrated their Mobile Hospital Command Center.Attendees participated in an interactive session simulating a power outage in the NICU.Pre-conference workshop speaker Susan Woolley described the psychological impact of hospital violence. Rachel Majors, program director for public health emergency preparedness with the Metro Public Health Department in Nashville, Tennessee, CHA vice president, disaster preparedness, Cheri Hummel and Pamela K. Hoffner, director of the department of emergency preparedness for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Susan Fanelli, deputy director of public health emergency preparedness for the California Department of Public Health, CHA vice president, disaster preparedness, Cheri Hummel and Lisa Parker, director, Division of Institutional Quality Standards, Clinical Standards Group, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.