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134 – Innovations in Healthcare Disaster Preparedness and Response: The Regional Disaster Health Response System and Healthcare’s Role in Preparedness

Thursday, March 26th

About the Session

This session will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago; includes a 15-minute break.

This seminar will provide detailed examples of the benefits to hospitals of having a comprehensive and well-practiced emergency preparedness program. It will also introduce the concept of the Regional Disaster Health Response System. You will hear why hospital leadership of these systems is critical for hospitals’ success in disaster response, and how hospitals can best support community preparedness efforts without distracting from their own necessary internal efforts. Through discussion of the varied risks facing hospitals and health systems, and analysis of recent disasters that have impacted healthcare facilities significantly, you will enhance your understanding of the value of preparedness to patient, employee and facility safety. You will also learn how a robust preparedness system increases an organization’s ability to meet its mission during emergencies.

Faculty also will explain how hospital participation in and leadership of multidisciplinary coalitions significantly benefits the communities hospitals serve and the hospital itself. Using a case study of the Massachusetts/Region 1 Regional Disaster Health Response System, you will learn how this partnership between the Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Massachusetts General Hospital has enhanced preparedness across healthcare disciplines in Massachusetts, and how the concepts applied and lessons learned can translate throughout the region and to other parts of the country.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits to healthcare organizations of investment in comprehensive emergency planning and response programs.
  • Review the Regional Disaster Health Response System concept and how public-private partnerships like the RDHRS can benefit your organization.


Presented By

David J. Reisman, FACHE

Executive Director, Emergency Preparedness
Massachusetts General Hospital