About the Session
We have only to thumb through news stories to realize the frequency with which healthcare organizations have met unthinkable disasters head-on in recent years. Whether facing fires, natural catastrophes or gun violence, healthcare executives and clinicians have been on the front line in coping with the aftermath of such disasters. Could these organizations have been better prepared, and will they be better prepared the next time something happens? Kim has made a career out of helping organizations consider and plan for catastrophic events. As the senior research scientist at the Battelle Memorial Institutes, she led the development of tools and processes to evaluate hospital compliance with the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Emergency Preparedness Standards. Though many think, “it will never happen to us,” healthcare leaders owe it to their communities to consider these unthinkable situations and the preparation and training needed. This session will include a simulation exercise to help illustrate the need for forward planning.