8:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. | OPENING SESSION
Long-Term Care in State and Local Planning

The California Department of Public Health has a lead role in medical and health emergency preparedness, response and recovery.  The Deputy Director of CDPH, Susan Fanelli, will explain this role and how long-term care providers fit into both state and local plans. (Download Presentation)
Susan Fanelli, Deputy Director Public Health Emergency Preparedness, CDPH

Optimism in the Face of Adversity
On a daily basis it’s critical for care providers to be able to create and sustain a positive environment for the people they serve. Emergencies, disasters, and crises test our ability to do this. This presentation is designed to help attendees understand and embrace optimism as a tool, framework, and skillset for prospering in the face of adversity. (Download Presentation)
Ana-Marie Jones, Executive Director, CARD - Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters

10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | GENERAL SESSION

Safer Together
As one of the innovators of Long-Term Care Mutual Aid Planning, Scott Aronson from Russell Phillips and Associates will discuss important operational strategies utilized in Mutual Aid Plans; key electronic and paper tracking tools for facility evacuation; and how mutual aid planning helps access equipment, supplies and staff during an event or disaster. (Download Presentation) (Handout One) (Handout Two) (Handout Three) (Handout Four) (Handout Five)
Scott Aronson, Principal, Russell Phillips and Associates LLC

Psychological First Aid
“Compassion Fatigue” impacts many health care professionals, especially those who assist survivors that have experienced traumatic events.  The session will help identify and define symptoms of compassion fatigue and will provide guidance on how to effectively provide Psychological First Aid. (Download Presentation)
Dr. Nancy Bohl-Penrod & Dr. Kathleen Wellbrock, The Counseling Team

The Creative Kitchen - Feeding in a Disaster

This session will provide basic information and important tips on feeding your residents while in the midst of an emergency or disaster.  You will also learn what you can expect from surveyors who review disaster menus and plans. (Download Presentation)
Mary Vester-Toews, RD, Dietary Directions Inc. and Jo Miller, MPH, RD, Nutricopia Inc.

3:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | GENERAL SESSION
The Bottom Line - Tips for Financial Survival
This session explores steps that providers can take before, during and after an event to minimize their financial trauma related to disasters.  Attendees will learn about provisions that Medi-Cal and Medicare have made for impacted facilities in the past, and how to look realistically at insurance when considering how to “fund your risk.” (Download Presentation)
Richard Todd, Vice President, Senior Living Group, BB&T Insurance Services, Margaret Leoni, Technical Advisor, CMS Contractor, Division of Nursing Homes and Darryl Nixon, Director of Reimbursement, CAHF


8:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. | GENERAL SESSION
Back in the Game
Hear the stories of two SNF providers who experienced Hurricane Sandy:  One provider had to evacuate hundreds of residents because of the storm and the other provider received evacuated residents.  Learn how they responded, coped, survived and recovered. (Download Presentation)
Michael Schreiber, Administrator, Shore View Nursing Home and Bruce Zarett, Administrator, Kingsbridge Heights Rehabilitation Care Center

9:15 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. | GENERAL SESSION

Crisis Communication
Anywhere and anytime, your facility could be hit by a terrifying event such as an active shooter that requires immediate effective communication and media management. This session explores the foundations of effective crisis communication; looks at the “dos” and “don'ts.”  The speakers will also explore the ever-changing world of disaster social media. (Download Presentation)
Deborah Pacyna, Director of Public Affairs, CAHF and Richard Todd, CIC, CRM, Vice President, BB&T Insurance Services, Senior Living Group

10:20 a.m. - 11:40 | GENERAL SESSION
Real Life - Real Recovery
This panel will discuss real events/incidents that they experienced and how they have recovered.  Find out what they did and what they would do differently. (Download Presentation)
Floyd Rhoades, Owner, Vista Cove Senior Living Inc., Steven Earl, Branch President North Coast, Plum Healthcare Group LLC and Sylvia Balistreri, Director of Quality and Regulatory Services at the Arizona Health Care Association

12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. | CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Partnering for Survival
These experts will discuss how partnerships between counties and  long-term care providers have strengthened the local  facilities’ preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. (Download Presentation)
Ray Boudewyn, Director of Engineering, Northern CA Presbyterian Homes and Services, Pauline Thomas, RN, CEN, QAS, County of San Diego Emergency Medical Services, and Jan Koegler, MPH, Program Administrator, PHEP, Santa Barbara County Public Health

Plan Now or Pay Later
By having a robust Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) and Continuity of Operation Plan (COOP) you can successfully navigate many challenges during an event/incident.  Come find out how to establish a strong and effective EOP and COOP through the use of specialized guides and templates. (Download Presentation)
Stan Szpytek, President, Fire and Life-Safety Inc. and Tom Medley, Disaster Preparedness Program Manager, CAHF

2:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. | CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Disaster Recovery and Re-Population
A diversified panel of experts will explain how facilities can gain knowledge about the correct processes and procedures to repopulate a building after an evacuation. (Download Presentation) (Handout One) (Handout Two) (Handout Three)
Jeff Chester, Vice President, Advance Catastrophe Technologies Inc., Stan Szpytek, President, Fire and Life-Safety Inc. and Jocelyn Montgomery, RN, PHN, Director of Clinical Affairs, CAHF

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | CLOSING SESSION

Shelter in Place – “Stay and Pray” or “Load and Go”
During an emergency, deciding whether to evacuate the facility or to shelter in place will be one of the most critical decisions facing the Administrator. In some cases, the ‘right or wrong’ answer may not be known until after the decision is made. In this session, Steve Wilder, a board certified healthcare safety professional, will examine the considerations that go into the decision, federal laws that may have an impact on the decision making process, and steps to be taken after the decision is made. (Download Presentation)
Steve Wilder, COO, Sorenson, Wilder & Associates

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