2017 Annual Emergency Preparedness & Safety Conference: Being Resilient in a Transformative Era

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Dates & Location

Wednesday, Oct. 11, to Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Lodge of Four Seasons
315 Four Seasons Drive
Lake Ozark, Mo.
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Register on or before Wednesday, Sept. 27.

MHA mailed coupons to MHA-member hospital CEOs on Jan. 13. One coupon may be applied toward your registration fee.

Hotel Reservations

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Request MHA Center for Education – Emergency Preparedness Conference room rate of $134 + tax
Hotel cut-off date: Monday, Sept. 11
Hotel cancellation policy: Should you need to cancel/change your reservation, please do so before 4 p.m. local time seven (7) days prior to scheduled arrival date to avoid a charge of one night plus taxes and fees.


This conference will feature national experts who will share strategies and lessons learned related to natural disasters and safety incidents. Attendees will have the opportunity to gather approaches to enhance established emergency management programs, as well as integrate preparedness initiatives into daily hospital operations.


hospital safety, emergency preparedness, facility and risk management staff; clinical leadership; public health departments; community health centers; emergency medical services; and emergency management professionals


Wednesday, Oct. 11 – Pre-conference

11 a.m. — Registration/Lunch

Noon — A Comprehensive Review of the Emergency Preparedness CoPs: A Basic Primer

Richard Grindstaff, R.N.
Chief, Bureau of Hospital Standards
Section for Health Standards & Licensure, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Jefferson City, Mo.

Jason Henry, B.A., R.N., CHEP
Emergency Management Officer
Emergent Care Administration
Springfield, Mo.

Steven Williams, CHSP, MEP
Sr. Director Corporate Support Services
Safety Compliance
Truman Medical Centers Inc.
Kansas City, Mo.

Issues regarding the state and federal survey and licensure will be discussed, along with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2017 regulations related to emergency management.

1:15 p.m. — Break

1:30 p.m. — Program continues

3 p.m. — Adjourn

Thursday, Oct. 12

7:30 a.m. — Registration/Breakfast Buffet

9 a.m. — Welcome

Jackie Gatz, MPA
Vice President of Grant Management and Safety
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City

9:15 a.m. — Preparing for the Worst to Deliver the Best

David Marcozzi, M.D., MHS-CL, FACEP
Associate Professor, Director of Population Health, Assistant Chief Medical Officer of Acute Care Services
University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine

This presentation will articulate a new vision for a national health care system that includes reviewing the components of sustainable health care preparedness and describing the potential link between reform efforts and disaster readiness that enables the delivery of quality health care for optimal outcomes today and during crises.

10:30 a.m. — Mid-morning Refresher

11 a.m. — Breakout Sessions

1. Different Departments, Same Problem: Overcoming a Communication Hurdle

James Baysinge, BSBA, NREMT-P, R.N.
TCD Stroke/STEMI Coordinator
SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital
Jefferson City, Mo.

Robert J. Grayhek, MBA, R.N.
Director, Radiology, Trauma Services and Patient Logistics
Saint Francis Medical Center
Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Pagers, cell phones, email, and the old fashion land line. Everyone likes or hates what they use. How do you notify 100 people that there is an emergency? How do you make sure they received the message? How can they communicate with you when everyone else is trying to get a hold of you? This presentation will help you recognize and analyze different communication avenues across multiple departments and equipment.

2. Airborne Pathogens and Respiratory Protection: Regulatory Requirements and Available Resources

Spencer Dobbs
Safety Officer
Mercy Hospital Joplin

Nancy W. Gemeinhart, BSN, MHA, R.N.
Director of Occupational Health Services
BJC Occupational Health Services & Wellness Fitness Center
St. Louis

During this session, Dobbs and Gemeinhart will focus on the respiratory and infection control hazards that are present in modern health care working environments. After identifying those hazards, they will focus on how to effectively protect yourself using respiratory protection products and other personal protective equipment. A list of the typical airborne and newly emerging pathogens also will be discussed.

Noon — Networking Lunch (provided)

1 p.m. — Promoting Safe Environments of Care

Brian Uridge, MPA, CPP
Director of Public Safety/Assistant City Manager
City of St. Joseph

Creating a safer environment of care for clinical staff is one of the biggest issues facing health care today, regardless of the size of your health system. It also is one of the most misunderstood concepts. The first step is understanding that every health care system is a community, with every floor and off-site location being a neighborhood, each with different dynamics. Security leaders should focus on building trust, transparency and training. Implementing a systemwide security strategy focused on reducing risk and anxiety through exceptional experience, staff training, pride, ownership and critical incident response, forms the basis from which a strong safety and security program can be built.

2:15 p.m. — Break

2:30 p.m. — No-notice Evacuation: An Executive’s Perspective

Tom Lawhorne
Chief Financial Officer
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
Hudson, Fla.

When lightning hit the hospital and the power went out, 225 patients required relocation to other facilities. This enormous endeavor was accomplished in a six-hour period with no negative patient outcomes or injuries. Tom Lawhorne will share the lessons learned about the utility failure, contingency plan limits, communication strategies and coordinating evacuation, including  working with the community and state to transport patients using ambulances and buses. He also will discuss the process to reopen the hospital after the repairs were completed.

3:45 p.m. — MHA’s S.A.F.E.R. Initiative – Interactive Session to Drive Improvement

Jane C. Drummond, J.D.
General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City

Throughout 2017, MHA staff has been focused on the synthesis of safety-related issues regarding patient activities that result in law enforcement presence on hospital premises. Because MHA understands that these events create challenges for health care executives and front-line staff, a task force has been formed at the direction of MHA’s Board of Trustees to guide the identification and development of appropriate resources. Conference participants will have the opportunity to engage in an interactive survey to provide feedback.

4:15 p.m. — Adjournment

Friday, Oct. 13

7:15 a.m. — Registration/Breakfast Buffet

8 a.m. — Welcome and CMS Update

Jackie Gatz, MPA

8:30 a.m. — When the Right Stuff Goes Wrong: Lessons From the Space Shuttle Columbia Mishap

John L. Barry
President & CEO
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

John Barry was a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board that was created to examine the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. The accident was a major event that was essentially caused by technological, cultural, mechanical and organizational failures. During this presentation, he will speak first-hand about the accident and share lessons learned from the mishap. Barry will explain the “nuts and bolts” of this disaster in a way that can be understood, reflected on, and applied to current business plans.

9:45 a.m. — Break

10 a.m. — Ditching the Drama and Turning Excuses Into Results

Kelli Hinshaw, M.S.
Vice President, Strategic Development
Reality-Based Leadership
Elkhorn, Neb.

We are certainly in challenging times in our business world today. We have been in challenging times in the past and we will be faced with challenging times again at some point in the future. Here’s the reality check; the fact that times are challenging is not the source of our pain. The source of our pain is the absence of great leadership based in reality. We must become willing to admit that our way of leading is simply not working — not creating the results or the quality of life that we would like. These times are calling for a new type of leader. We need leaders who are willing and able to recreate mindsets — their own and the mindsets of others — to change circumstances and lead in a new and revolutionary way. A reality-based leader is one who is able to quickly see, and radically accept, the reality of the situation, conserve precious team energy, and use that energy to impact reality. Better yet, a great reality-based leader anticipates the upcoming changes and capitalizes on the opportunity inherent in the situation without drama or defense.

11:15 a.m. — Wrap Up

11:30 a.m. — Adjournment – Lunch on the Go


John Barry, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret) is the President and CEO of the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum (WOR) in Denver, Colorado. General Barry served as the President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver from 2014-2016. He was responsible for 17 standalone and school-based sites serving 2,000 kids each day with 10,000 registered members, 225 full- and part-time staff, and a $16 million annual budget.

Barry is the founder and CEO of VISTA Quest, LLC, a full-spectrum senior consulting and professional service firm on education and youth development including of 16 state superintendents of the year from 11 different states in the nation. Barry served as the superintendent of Aurora Public Schools for seven years from 2006-2013. Before coming back to Colorado, he was in the Air Force for more than 30 years as a combat veteran, fighter pilot/USAF “Top Gun” graduate, Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and commander multiple times at the squadron, group and twice at the wing command level, and survivor of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. He retired in 2004 as a 2 Star Major General, and served his last tour on active duty as Board Member and Executive Director for the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation. His immediate job for three years after the USAF was serving as the vice president of SAP, a multibillion dollar international corporation and leader in industrial software.

James Baysinger has been involved in pre-hospital and emergency medicine for more than 20 years. Both as a paramedic and R.N., he has provided frontline emergency care in many situations. With time critical diagnosis, he is working to provide the highest level of care for stroke, STEMI and trauma patients in the Jefferson City community.

Nancy Gemeinhart is the Director of Occupational Health Services and Work Comp Administration for BJC HealthCare in St. Louis. Educated in the fields of nursing and health care, Gemeinhart earned a Diploma of Nursing at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pa., a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Maryville University, St. Louis, and a Master of Science in Health Care Management at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Mo. She is an R.N. and has been certified in infection control and epidemiology since 1995. She also is a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

In her current role, Gemeinhart directs the occupational health services department, which includes occupational infection prevention, occupational health, and ergonomics; Workers Compensation Administration; Campus Renewal occupational health; and the BJC WellAware fitness center. Gemeinhard is the leader of the Council for Occupational Health Professionals for BJC HealthCare. Her responsibilities include injury and illness prevention for the 31,000 BJC HealthCare employees. She has more than 17 years of experience in occupational infection prevention, including protecting health care workers from occupational exposure to communicable diseases through immunizations, proper isolation protocols, and the use of personal protective equipment.

Spencer Dobbs started as the safety officer for Mercy Hospital Joplin in 2011. He is responsible for emergency management, life safety, hazardous materials and environment of care. Dobbs served in this role for the following four years as Mercy rebuilt. Recently he has taken over an additional role leading the safety and securing department at all Mercy Joplin, Carthage and Kansas facilities.

Dobbs serves on the board of the Southwest Healthcare coalition which encompasses 30 counties in Missouri, as well as numerous state and local emergency planning committees. He has 12 years as a Hazmat technician and trainer.

Robert Grayhek is the Director of Trauma and Disaster Services at Saint Francis Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. He participates in emergency operations planning and testing to make sure Southeast Missouri is prepared when disasters occur. Grayhek also works with local schools, police and the Missouri Department of Transportation to teach kids about preventing head and spinal injuries through the ThinkFirst Foundation.

Richard Grindstaff has been working for DHSS for more than 12 years. He started his nursing career in acute care, which included emergency room, ICU and psychiatrics. Grindstaff was a long-term care surveyor for more than 12 years. In 2016, he was promoted to Chief of the Bureau of Hospital Standards, overseeing regulations and licensure of all hospitals in the state of Missouri.

Jason Henry has worked for CoxHealth since 2001, previously serving as a registered nurse in the emergency/trauma center. In 2007, he assumed the primary role of emergency management officer for CoxHealth Systems. Henry has since served on multiple state-level, regional, and local level planning committees related to mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. He has presented nationally in Nashville, Tenn., and Las Vegas on topics related to emergency preparedness and the Joplin tornado. As the primary facilitator in Emergency Management for a large health system, he is well versed in the continuous array of regulatory requirements for all types of health care-related facilities.

Kelli Hinshaw joined forces with Cy Wakeman to revolutionize mindsets that enable employees and leaders to realize their full potential and deliver results. Hinshaw will lead the strategy development of “what’s next” for reality-based leadership. In addition to developing exciting new programs and outreach, she also conducts RBL training programs, leadership consulting, certification and sustainability programs to help organizations achieve amazing results.

Because of her accomplished leadership background, core values and extensive experience with the reality-based leadership philosophies, Cy selected Hinshaw to lead the next evolution of RBL strategies and programming. Hinshaw’s depth and varied experience in new program development for financial services, health care and education organizations is exceptionally valuable in customizing RBL solutions for our clients. She combines her business acumen with expertise in coaching individuals and teams to lead large scale mergers and acquisitions and business readiness projects, conduct strategic planning, and drive culture changes. Hinshaw was awarded the Training Magazine Emerging Training Leader Award for her demonstrated leadership in developing, facilitating and generating strong ROI from her training programs. She earned her MBA and accepted an invitation to be Adjunct Management Faculty at the University of Nebraska – Omaha.

David Marcozzi is an Associate Professor and the Director of Population Health within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Because of this academic role, he served within the federal government as a senior leader and subject matter expert on health delivery, emergency care, and emergency preparedness.

During his federal tenure, Marcozzi held positons within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the White House. Serving last as the Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Acute Care within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, he was involved with health delivery reform efforts, clinical quality standards, and measure development. Before being asked to assume this role, he served as director of the national health care preparedness programs within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Marcozzi returned to HHS in September 2011 after completing a three-year detail to the White House National Security Council. There he served as the director of all-hazards medical preparedness policy.

A Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Marcozzi has been mobilized four times since 2001 and is now assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command as a Deputy Surgeon. As a prior member at the National Disaster Medical System, he responded to multiple disasters including the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center.

Melissa Stein is an urgent care and disaster response physician with 14 years’ experience. She has worked with public and private emergency management organizations and continues to serve the federal government and state of Missouri on their Disaster Medical Assistance Teams. Stein was previously the emergency management officer of a St. Louis Level II trauma center and when able, is a consultant to other health care systems.

Tom Lawhorne was named Chief Financial Officer of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in December 2011. He has more than 20 years of financial management and leadership experience in the health care industry. Since 1993, Lawhorne has served in financial and operational leadership roles in HCA Hospitals in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida. His diverse experience lends itself to both the financial and operational aspects of hospital leadership. He has developed and implemented strategic objectives related to health care legislation, payer reimbursement, capital deployment, medical staff development, service-line development, volume growth and operational efficiencies. Lawhorne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting graduating Magna Cum Laude from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C.

Brian Uridge is currently the Director of Public Safety and Assistant City Manager for the City of St. Joseph in Michigan. He was the director of security services for Spectrum Health Delivery System in Grand Rapids, Mich., for the last two and a half years. Director Uridge led more than 120 safety, security and police officers, providing security for approximately 23,000 employees systemwide at more than 120 locations. While at Spectrum, Director Uridge and his team implemented the first-ever security/pet-therapy K-9 program, firearms and Taser programs. In addition, during the last 15 years, Uridge has developed and presented multiple workplace safety training seminars. These trainings include community-based clinical health care security programs, situational awareness, clinical and in-home health care tactical response for health care workers.

Uridge was a member of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety in Kalamazoo, Mich. for more than 23 years. Kalamazoo Public Safely is one of the largest fully integrated police, fire, and EMS agencies in the U.S., with more than 200 sworn personnel. During his career, Uridge worked in every division within the agency and held every rank as a command officer. He also served as a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) for 18 years, serving six years as the SWAT commander. Uridge served as the assistant chief for the final four years of his career, retiring in August 2013. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Kalamazoo Public Safety Medal of Valor in 1997 and Kalamazoo Public Safety Lifesaving award in 2013. He holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a master's degree in Public Administration. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI LEEDS Academy, and holds a Medical First Responder, Fire Officer and Fire Instructor certifications.

Steven Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in fire administration and a B.S. in information technology. He has more than 15 years of experience in health care safety and emergency management. Williams is responsible for the organizational compliance with CMS, The Joint Commission and DHSS preparedness requirements. He is a member of the MARC Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee along with its Hospital Training and Exercise subcommittees.

Continuing Education

Participants must attend the program in its entirety, including group discussions and case studies, to receive a certificate of completion and continuing education contact hours.

Registered Nurses — 2.75 nursing contact hours on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 4.75 nursing contact hours on Thursday, Oct. 12 and 3 nursing contact hours on Friday, Oct. 13 will be provided by the MHA Health Institute.

The MHA Health Institute is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

MOSHE — Clock hours have been requested.

EMS — Clock hours have been requested.

All Other Participants — A certificate for 10.5 clock hours of completion will be provided.


Lunch on the Go – Sponsored by: JMG Logistics


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Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering


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