Join the North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS in a thought-leadership discussion during our annual Winter Dinner. This year we are hosting industry experts who will discuss elements of Emergency Management and Preparedness. We welcome and encourage members and aligned professionals to participate in this informative and educational discussion.
A small block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate of $169. Note: the discount rates may sell out, so you are encouraged to make hotel reservations early.
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Cost: Early Registration Deadline – January 11, 2018
- Healthcare Providers (works in a facility that provides direct patient care) & Students – $30.00
- Vendors / Consultants/Non-Providers – $75.00
- Qualified Sponsor – Included in Sponsorship
* a 10% discount is applied for NC HIMSS Members.
* Prices increase after January 11.
Keynote Presentation: Shelly’s Heart, Maureen O’Neill Hooker
Shelly Whitman’s heart gave transplant recipient Maureen Hooker a second chance to live –Shelly’s Heart is one woman’s journey from heart transplant to recovery to rehabilitation to a reaffirmation of life. When chemotherapy for breast cancer left her with a weakened heart, she decided to pursue her childhood dream to become a writer. Maureen graduated from George Mason University in 2006 with a degree in literature, and then obtained a Master’s in Creative Writing in 2008, and a Master of Fine Arts, also in Creative Writing in 2009. Her heart transplant on September 3, 2011 inspired the medical memoir “Shelly’s Heart,” her first published book. Maureen and her husband started a scholarship in honor of her organ donor, the single mother of a three-year-old child. The second recipient of the Shelly Whitman Scholarship for the child of an organ donor is now a sophomore at East Carolina University. Maureen’s mission raises awareness of the difficulties facing families of organ donors and 100% of the financial benefit from her efforts is used to fund the scholarship.
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Interactive Panel Discussion: Crisis Management Preparedness & Response
Due to the complex nature of emergency preparedness, it is critical that healthcare organizations develop an emergency operations plan relevant to their location and type of organization.Due to the complex nature of emergency preparedness, it is critical that healthcare organizations develop an emergency operations plan relevant to their location and type of organization.Hospitals and other healthcare delivery organizations must prepare to care for those in need of medical services and also protect staff and patients from exposure to any further risk. The organization’s emergency operations plan must recognize that it may be directly impacted by a disaster yet need to continue to operate and treat victims of a disaster such as active shootings, terrorism, and natural occurrences such as hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes or epidemics/pandemics.Learn from experienced industry experts on responding to crisis situations and how you and your organization can prepare.
Eric Alberts, Corporate Manager, Emergency Preparedness, Orlando Health
Eric Alberts is a dedicated Emergency Manager who began his career in Emergency Management in 2002 and has responded to emergencies including a terrorist attack, hurricanes and tropical systems, wildfires, multi- vehicle accidents, and mass casualty incidents. Eric is currently the Corporate Manager, Emergency Preparedness, for Orlando Health, Inc. hospital system in Central Florida, previously serving there as the Manager, Emergency Preparedness. Eric holds numerous certifications including Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP), Florida Professional Emergency Manager – Healthcare (FPEM-HC), Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP), Emergency Management Specialist (SEM), and Certified First Response Professional (CFRP). He also has achieved the Master Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS) designation. Eric is a member of the Department of Health & Human Services – National Disaster Medical System – FL-6 DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team) as a Logistician, and several state and regional emergency management and response organizations. He obtained his BS degree in Criminal Justice from Fairmont State College in West Virginia.
Ken Bishop, MS, MEP, CHEC, Manager for Emergency Management and Response, Wake Forest Baptist Health
After a very short retirement in 2005 from a 33-year career in Emergency Medical Services and Law Enforcement, Ken Bishop reenlisted in the Emergency Management field when he joined the staff at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as the center’s first Emergency Manager. Drawing on 25 years of experience with the Winston-Salem Police Department, he soon became regarded as a subject matter expert for active shooter training in the healthcare setting. He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and chairs several local emergency planning groups at the county, regional, and state levels. His specialized interests include internal disaster management, the medical center’s role in supporting community disaster response, healthcare business continuity and recovery, and the development of mobile field hospital response assets. He is HSEEP certified, a member of FEMA’s Master Exercise Practitioner Registry, a Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator and is frequently called upon to design, control, and/or evaluate the medical response aspect of Emergency Management Exercises. Ken graduated summa cum laude from Gardner-Webb University before earning a Master of Science Degree from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.
Keith Frederick, Head of Organizational Resilience, Duke Clinical Research Institute
For 20+ years Keith Frederick has been actively involved in enterprise operations, business continuity, emergency preparedness, and response. He currently serves as the Head of Organizational Resilience at Duke Clinical Research Institute. Keith has worked with many organizations and industries, from technical to financial, academic, healthcare, insurance, retail, and the U.S. government. In addition, he has served as a response advisor on numerous incidents ranging from local emergencies to large-scale disaster events. Keith is an Associate Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute and holds various professional certifications including Certified Business Continuity Professional and Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional.
Paul Minella, Special Agent, FBI
Special Agent Paul Minella began his career in law enforcement as a police officer with the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in 1989. During this time he served as a patrol officer, gang officer, homicide investigator, patrol sergeant and SWAT team sergeant. He joined the FBI as a special agent in 1999 and was assigned to the Charlotte Division, Raleigh Resident Agency, upon graduation from the FBI Academy. Special Agent Minella has investigated matters concerning violent crime, fugitives, counterterrorism, firearms violations, white collar crime and artifact antiquities theft. He is a former FBI SWAT team assistant team leader and Joint Terrorism Task Force Coordinator and currently serves as a FBI firearms/tactical instructor and FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit Field Coordinator. Special Agent Minella is part of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) team which provides active shooter response training to law enforcement agencies in the United States and worldwide. He is currently assigned to the Raleigh Durham Safe Streets Task Force.