The Joint Commission and JCR Present the 2013 Emergency Preparedness Conference
Apply Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy and other Natural Disasters
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(Oak Brook, Ill.-February 22, 2013) Within just the past two years, NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, N.Y., has had to evacuate its staff and patients twice due to Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. In the face of both natural disasters, the hospital's staff was able to keep patients safe and learn valuable emergency preparedness and management lessons in the process. On May 1-2, 2013, Kristin Stevens, the director of emergency management at NYU Langone Medical Center, will present what hospital staff learned before, during and after Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy's fury at The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources' (JCR) 2013 emergency preparedness conference, "Is Recovery Ever Really Over?" at the Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.
The 2013 emergency preparedness conference will feature first-hand accounts of lessons learned from disasters such as Superstorm Sandy. The conference will also supply attendees with a wide range of strategies for implementing effective emergency preparedness, management and recovery processes in their own hospitals. Plenary presentations will also detail how health care coalitions can improve performance and care during a disaster; new resources that can aid hospital evacuations; and how to develop a comprehensive continuity-of-operations program and identify potential emergency management challenges.
In addition to the plenary presentations, an in-depth panel session will provide a discussion session with speakers, including: Kristin Stevens from Langone Medical Center; Dennis Manley, RN, HRM, CPHQ, interim chief nursing officer and vice president quality at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo.; John Maurer, CHFM, CHSP, engineer in the Department of Engineering at The Joint Commission; and Hank Wheeler, CHSP, CHFM, SASHE, director of Facility Services at Hancock Medical in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and surveyor for The Joint Commission. They will discuss how their hospitals and others have responded to different emergencies such as tornadoes, generator failures and hurricanes. The panel will also explain how Joint Commission standards can support short-term and long-term health care disaster recovery efforts.
The final day of the conference will feature a breakfast briefing and Q&A session for those new to emergency management on The Joint Commission emergency management standards, as well as a choice of two separate learning tracks covering different aspects of disaster risk reduction and methods for recovery improvement.
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