2018 Annual Emergency Preparedness and Safety Conference: Creating Safe Environments to Give and Receive Quality Care

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End Time:12:00 AM
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This educational activity is jointly provided by AXIS Medical Education and MHA Health Institute.
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Supported by an educational grant from APS

Dates & Location

Thursday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 19

Tan-Tar-A Resort
494 Tan-Tar-A Drive
Osage Beach, Mo.

Register on or before Thursday, Oct. 4.

This seminar is being offered at a reduced registration fee to MHA-member hospitals thanks to a generous contribution from MHA Management Services Corporation. This seminar also is eligible for use of the MHA Health Institute coupon. Coupons were mailed to MHA-member hospital CEOs in mid-December.

Hotel Reservation

Hotel cut-off date: Wednesday, Sept. 19
Group code: MHAD
Request MHA Health Institute overnight room rate:

  • Deluxe Room $124 + tax
  • One Bedroom Suite $196 + tax
  • Two Bedroom Suite $269 + tax


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


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.


Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • describe the cascading effects of disasters on medical supplies
  • integrate supply chain disruption knowledge into preparedness and planning efforts
  • discuss the benefits that local hospitals receive when they become an active member of the local law enforcement Crisis Intervention Team
  • recognize essential actions and planning elements within a hospital mass casualty incident response
  • discuss strategies of diminishing conflict and violence and other risks or incidents to improve safety and security in the environment
  • discuss creative ways to ensure that partnerships, technology, staffing and training are well defined and integrated to achieve optimal security in a hospital
  • discuss updates to the federal survey and licensure
  • identify the key lines of defense of addressing cybersecurity risks, safeguard and controls
  • discuss areas of improvement to be better prepared for a mass casualty


Thursday, Oct. 18

8 a.m. — Registration/Breakfast Buffet

9 a.m. — Welcome
Jackie Gatz, MPA, CHEP
Vice President of Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City, Mo.

9:15 a.m. — Supply Chain Integrity
Amy Kircher, DrPH
Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute
St. Paul, Minn.

Dr. Kircher will provide information and education on medical supply chains and the cascading effects of disruption.

10:30 a.m. — Mid-morning Refresher

11 a.m. — Crisis Intervention Team: Why Hospitals Should Partner With Local Law Enforcement
Richard N. Gowdy, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Behavioral Health
Missouri Department of Mental Health
Jefferson City, Mo.

Jason Klaus
Detective Corporal
Perry County Sheriff’s Office
Perryville, Mo.

This presentation will describe the Missouri Model of Crisis Intervention Team for law enforcement and local partners, including hospitals, community mental health centers and public agencies. The development and current status of CIT in Missouri will be discussed. Participants will learn the role of the statewide Missouri CIT Coordinator and the Missouri Crisis Intervention Team Council. The benefits in dealing with individuals in behavioral health crisis that accrue when law enforcement and community stakeholders work together will become readily apparent.

Noon — Networking Lunch (provided)

1 p.m. — Evidence-Based Preparations for Mass Casualty Events
Paul D. Biddinger, M.D., FACEP
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Mass.

Although disaster events are relatively rare, successful response to mass casualty disasters requires extensive planning. This session will address the importance of automating response to mass casualty incidents through the use of specific mass casualty incident protocols that succinctly define key actions and responsibilities across many different hospital departments. This session will review the application of these protocols in recent events, including the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

2:15 p.m. — Break

2:30 p.m. — Mass General Hospital’s Security Program
Bonnie Michelman, CPP, CHPA
Executive Director of Police, Security and Outside Services
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Mass.

This session will focus on current trends and vulnerabilities in health care security with innovative strategies and solutions designed to lower risk and decrease health care violence and conflict, as well as to enhance the protection of your facility.

3:45 p.m. — Violence in Mass General’s Emergency Department – Panel Presentation
Paul D. Biddinger, M.D., FACEP
Bonnie Michelman, CPP, CHPA

4:15 p.m. — Adjournment

Friday, Oct. 19

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

8 a.m. — CMS Update
Richard Grindstaff, R.N.
Chief, Bureau of Hospital Standards
Section for Health Standards & Licensure, DHSS
Jefferson City, Mo.

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

8:30 a.m. — Cybersecurity
Tom Walsh
Founder and Managing Partner
Overland Park, Kan.

This session focuses on anything that is interconnected through/to the Internet. The ‘Internet of Things’ extends the traditional cybersecurity boundaries to now include other computer-controlled systems, including biomedical devices, building controls (heating/AC, air handlers, water chillers, etc.), surveillance systems, vehicles and smart appliances.

Do you have confidence in your organization’s ability to properly respond to a cybersecurity incident?

Targeted cyberattacks to health care organizations are on the rise. Regardless of the type of breach, the basic response steps could be applied to almost any type of incident. Implementing a well-defined response process is critically important, particularly for creating a legally defensible position.

9:45 a.m. — Break

10 a.m. — 2017 Critical Response Overview
Michael Wargo, BSN, MBA, PHRN, CMTE, R.N.
Vice President
HCA Healthcare/CSG
Enterprise Preparedness & Emergency Operations
Nashville, Tenn.

This session will begin with an overview of the HCA Emergency Operations model that is applied across an integrated health system for a whole community response, to include examples of incidents encountered by HCA across a wide geographic area, covering both natural and man-made incidents that impact health care operations. Special focus will be made on the community health care response to the Oct. 1, 2017, Las Vegas Route 91 incident.

11:45 a.m. — Wrap Up
Jackie Gatz, MPA, CHEP

Noon — Adjournment – Box Lunch on the Go provided


Dr. Paul Biddinger holds the MGH Endowed Chair in Emergency Preparedness, and he is the director of the Center for Disaster Medicine and vice chairman for emergency preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He also is the director for emergency preparedness at Partners Healthcare. Dr. Biddinger additionally serves as the director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice Program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and he holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the Chan School. Dr. Biddinger serves as a special advisor to the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Preparedness and serves as a medical officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team in the National Disaster Medical System in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Richard Gowdy is the director for the Division of Behavioral Health of the Missouri Department of Mental Health. The Division of Behavioral Health oversees mental health and substance use disorder services. Dr. Gowdy is an djunct assistant professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri. Dr. Gowdy received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, and is a licensed psychologist and Certified Forensic Examiner. He is the past chair of the Forensic Division, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Dr. Gowdy served as a member of the National Leadership Forum on Behavioral Health/Criminal Justice Services and was on the Advisory Committee, Council of State Governments, Responding to People Who Have Been Victimized by Individuals with Mental Illness, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), U.S. Department of Justice.

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.

Dr. Amy Kircher is the director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, and an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She leads the Institute’s initiatives and coordinates a research consortium of experts dedicated to protecting the food system through research and education. Her current research includes identification and warning of food disruptions and emerging disease through data fusion and analysis; supply chains; and delivery of innovative solutions to professionals in the field. Additionally, she conducts research efforts on global health and pandemic preparedness, leveraging expertise and technology that exists in the Institute.

Jason Klaus is a detective corporal for the Perry County Sheriff’s Office in Perryville, Mo. Klaus has been with the Perry County Sheriff’s Office since September1996 and has served as a jail officer, patrol deputy, school resource officer and detective. Klaus attended the Southeast Missouri Law Enforcement Academy in the summer of 1996 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Southeast Missouri State University in 1998. He currently serves as the Missouri CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Coordinator and is responsible for expanding CIT throughout the state and developing and maintaining relationships with community mental health and advocacy partners.

Bonnie Michelman has extensive leadership and security management experience in diverse industries. She currently is the executive director of police, security and outside services at Massachusetts General Hospital and the security consultant for Partners Healthcare Inc., an organization comprising 13 hospitals, hundreds of offsite facilities and a workforce of more than 100,000. In this role, she oversees a licensed Police Department among other departments.

She was appointed in 2010 by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, holding that position until 2015, and she chairs the DHS Faith-Based Security Advisory Committee. Michelman has held many leadership positions nationally and internationally and lectures and consults on areas of health care security, workplace violence, hate crimes, active shooter training, domestic violence, risk assessment/management, disaster planning, leadership and communications. She has many publications in various journals on safety, security, leadership and management. Michelman also does significant work in executive coaching, management engineering and strategic planning.

Tom Walsh is a certified information systems security professional with more than 20 years of experience. He is as a nationally recognized speaker and a co-author of four books on health care information security. Walsh has more than 26 years of information security experience. In addition to being an independent consultant, he has been the virtual information security officer for several health care organizations.

Michael Wargo is the enterprise vice president for preparedness & emergency operations of HCA Healthcare/CSG. Wargo joined HCA Healthcare in 2016 and was tasked to lead the organization’s disaster and emergency operations program across both the U.S. and metro London area of the U.K. in readiness, response and recovery from adverse natural and man-made incidents. In 2017, Mike and his team, along with the entire enterprise, were faced with a number of incidents that challenged the company’s ability to continue care to its communities.

Continuing Education

Participants must attend the program in its entirety and complete an evaluation to receive a certificate of completion and continuing education contact hours.

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AXIS Medical Education and the MHA Health Institute. AXIS Medical Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation

Nursing — AXIS Medical Education designates this continuing nursing education activity for 8.75 contact hours.
Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

MOSHE — Clock hours have been requested.

EMS — Clock hours have been requested.

CHEP — Clock hours may be applied to CHEP recertification.

Respiratory Care — Approved for 8.75 continuing education hours – Board Approval Number is 5760.

All Other Participants — A certificate for 8.75 clock hours of completion will be provided.

Requirements for Credit:

  • Attend/participate in the educational activity and review all course materials.
  • Complete the CE Declaration form online by 11:59 p.m. ET Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Instructions will be provided. If you do not enter the online portal by the above date, you will not be able to retrieve your statement of participation. Upon successful completion of the online form, your statement of completion will be presented to you to print.

AXIS Contact Information
For information about the accreditation of this program please contact AXIS at info@axismeded.org.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
AXIS Medical Education requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by AXIS for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:

 Name of Faculty or Presenter  Reported Financial Relationship
 Paul D. Biddinger, M.D., FACEP  Nothing to disclose
 Richard Grindstaff, R.N.  Nothing to disclose
 Richard N. Gowdy, Ph.D.  Nothing to disclose
 Jason Klaus  Nothing to disclose
 Dr. Amy Kircher  Nothing to disclose
 Bonnie Michelman, CPP, CHPA  Nothing to disclose
 Tom Walsh  Nothing to disclose
 Michael Wargo, BSN, MBA, PHRN, CMTE, R.N.  Nothing to disclose

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:

 Name of Planner/Manager  Reported Financial Relationship
 Rita F. Kay  Nothing to disclose
 Dee Morgillo, M.Ed., CHCP  Nothing to disclose
 Holly M. Hampe, D.Sc., R.N., MHA, MRM  Nothing to disclose
 Ronald Viggiani, M.D.  Nothing to disclose

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Americans With Disabilities Act
In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your request. For any special requests, please contact the MHA Health Institute at 573/893-3700 before the meeting dates.