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2015 Disaster Planning Conference
“Planning for today, tomorrow and beyond.”

The 10th annual Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference was attended by more than 750 hospital staff, state and local officials, and key partners. The Detachment One 40th Infantry Division Band kicked off the conference with the National Anthem.The California National Guard’s Funeral Honors Program presented the United States and California flags. Keynote Dr. David Schwartz, U.S. Geological Survey, provided updated projections for seismic activity across the state.Dr. Umair Shah, Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services, stressed the importance of developing Crisis Standards of Care on a statewide and regional level. Keynotes Dr. Umair Shah (left), Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services, and Dr. David Schwartz (right), U.S. Geological Survey, with Cheri Hummel, CHA Vice President, Emergency Management & Facilities. Dr. Kelly Redmond, Desert Research Institute, reviewed recent extreme weather conditions and projections for the future. Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors for supporting California’s hospitals and the conference.Attendees visit the Best Practices Poster Showcase — a way for members to share innovative ideas and model programs that can be replicated by other hospitals.Turbo from Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center demonstrates to attendees how he detects explosives and other threats. Attendees stop to take photos at the Disaster Photo Booth.Silver Sponsor Image Sales, Inc. showcased useful products during the exhibit show.Robert Vance, III, Keck Medical Center of USC, presented the ABCs of business continuity. Elizabeth Clifton, Chau Vu and Threse Barnes, UCSF Medical Center, recounted their experience using videography to complement an active shooter drill.Dr. Kimberly Glassman and Marg Verbeek, NYU Langone Medical Center, recount their hospital’s recovery and rebuilding efforts post-Superstorm Sandy.CHA staff presents a prize to a raffle award winner.Caryn Thornburg, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare, Gail Blanchard-Saiger, California Hospital Association and Connie Lackey, Providence St. Joseph Tarzana Medical Center, review Cal/OSHA’s proposed health care workplace violence prevention regulations.Dr. Howard Backer, Director of the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), delivers an update on EMSA initiatives.Kevin Storm, Christine Poblete and Dr. Margaret Neff of the VA Palo Alto Health System share their experience in creating an alternate care site to respond to infectious disease patients.Michelle Voos, Alameda County EMS; Dr. John Morehouse, Kaiser Medical Center Richmond; Patricia Frost, RN, Contra Costa Health Services; and Fred Claridge, Alameda County EMS, discuss the impact of the Doctor’s Medical Center San Pablo hospital closure.Christina Catlett, MD, FACEP, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (left) and Cheri Hummel, CHA Vice President, Emergency Management & Facilities.Christina Catlett, MD, FACEP, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, discusses the June Taiwan burn surge event that injured more than 500 people.Best Practices Poster Showcase presenters Dr. Francisco Sarmiento and Sandra Castelblanco, RN, with Cheri Hummel, CHA Vice President of Emergency Management & Facilities. Dr. Francisco Sarmiento and Sandra Castelblanco shared how the HICS model is being adopted in Colombia, South America. Dr. Daniel W. Johnson of the University of Nebraska Medical Center shares his firsthand experience in preparing for and treating confirmed Ebola patients.CHA thanks the Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference Committee who gave generously of their time and expertise to develop the program.

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