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Monday, September 18, 2017  |  3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Planning for Disaster

Patrick M. Casey
Executive Director - Office of Planning, Design, and Construction, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Michael Doiel
Senior Vice President, HDR
Maggie Duplantis, MHA, RN
Director, Clinical Planning and Design, Houston Methodist
David Gruber
Associate Commissioner for Regional and Local Health Operations, Texas Department of State Health Services
Ann M. McGauran AIA, MMHC
Tennessee State Architect, State of Tennessee

In the wake of recent catastrophic storm events, such as, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the continual threat of man-made disasters, health care organizations need to be prepared for the worst case scenarios. This includes having resilient facilities and emergency systems in place to care for patients, as well as staffing and ongoing training to deal with natural disasters, terrorism or other potential mass casualties. There are various roles that combine to determine the effectiveness of an emergency response plan including the State, Healthcare Facility and Design Professional and all are critical to a successful outcome. Reflecting on recent events, we will explore valuable lessons learned in responding to natural and man-made catastrophes. 




1. To understand the role of the Texas Department of State Health Services in supporting healthcare facilities during disasters. 2. To understand the issues associated with external support to healthcare facilities during disasters to include; evacuation, logistical support, limitations.
3. Learn some of the trends in health care emergency management including main regulatory requirements
4. Understanding how to assess facility vulnerability and the top 5 major challenges to emergency preparedness
5. What are the key design features to incorporate into facilities to accommodate emergency management?