October 03, 2022 - 12:00 PM - October 04, 2022 2:00 PM

Emergency Management Conference Register Now

Location: Hilton Harrisburg One North 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Registration Deadline: September 28, 2022


Registration is now open! HAP's Emergency Management Conference provides the setting for professionals in emergency preparedness to discuss the opportunities and challenges for the future, network and collaborate on ways to move health care preparedness forward, and best practices for responding to life-threatening situations to keep your hospital and communities safe. This year's conference will be collocated with HAP's  Patient Safety and Quality Symposium. Hosting both of these events together will bring a diverse set of presenters centered on improving health care.



10:00 AM

Behavioral Health Preconfence Workshop

1:30 PM


1:35 PM

Achieving a Culture of Zero Violence in Healthcare
Brian Uridge, MPA, CPP, CHPA, CTM, Deputy Director DPSS,  University of Michigan and Director of Michigan Medicine Security

The health care profession has become the most dangerous environment with regard to workplace violence, with 75 percent of all workplace violence occurring in the health care setting. Community-based security—focused on reducing both risk and anxiety through building trust, scenario-based training and technology—creates an environment where our health care community focuses on prevention, intervention, and response to workplace violence. Hear from workplace safety expert, Brian Uridge, who will teach you how to implement community policing-based security models focused on trust, transparency and training, security strategies such as firearms, laser and K-9 programs. During this hands-on session he will create law enforcement-based training scenarios designed for the healthcare and clinical environment to ensure patients, staff and visitors feel and are kept safe.

2:20 PM

Practical Ways to Improve Workforce Safety: Achieving a Culture of Zero Harm Reactor Panel
Moderator: Brian Uridge, MPA, CPP, CHPA, CTM, Deputy Director DPSS, University of Michigan and Director of Michigan Medicine
Mike Huss, Vice President of Security, Allegheny Health Network
Wesley Light, Regional Director, Security and Emergency Management, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic
Alan Lynch, CHPA-L, CHSP, CHEP, HEM, Network Director, Safety & Security, St. Luke’s University Health Network

Pennsylvania hospitals have unfortunately experienced the severe consequences of workplace violence, whether it be in working in dangerous environments, physical and psychological injury, or traumatization—making it make it more difficult for nurses, doctors and other clinical staff to provide quality patient care. Hear more from our expert panel of clinical leaders as they outline their workforce safety challenges and how Pennsylvania’s hospitals can best develop a workforce safety strategy to decrease violent interactions at health care facilities and the potential for adverse medical events.

3:05 PM

Networking Break

3:20 PM

How to Tackle The Crucial Task Of Training For An Active Shooter 
Paul Sarnese, CHPA, MSE, MAS, CAPM, Health Assistant Vice President of Environmental Services, Security, and Safety, Virtua

Active shooter events are on the rise, and emergency management and security officials are increasingly tasked with ways to effectively and safely train hospital workers on how to respond. Paul Sarnese will discuss new methodology of how to tackle the crucial task of training each hospital staff member and department, based on their unique functions within the hospital, as well as with their specific locations on any hospital campus.

4:00 PM

Crisis Standards of Care
Moderator: Chris Chamberlain, MS, RN, CHEP, Vice President, Emergency Management, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

Crisis standards of care are perhaps the most difficult topic to plan for in any setting. What is a hospital supposed to do when there are not enough resources to go around in a disaster? How do you have these conversations? Who should be involved? The first answer: everyone. Consensus is key and paramount. Please join us and learn how physicians, bioethicists, communications specialists, and disaster planners to work through this incredibly arduous topic.

5:00 PM

Networking Reception


7:00 AM

Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking/Exhibits

8:00 AM

Welcome and Update from HAP's Emergency Management Team
Chris Chamberlain, MS, RN, CHEP, Vice President, Emergency Management, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

8:20 AM

How to Prepare for the Joint Commission Emergency Management Survey Now and in the Future
The Joint Commission accredits and certifies over 22,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. It is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Join us as the Joint Commission discusses changes to the Emergency Management survey process, overviews the review tool and lays out the updated standards and Elements of Performance (EPs).

9:05 AM

Virtual Command Centers
More information coming soon!

10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM

Storm Ready – Preparing for the Next Weather Related Emergency
Jeremy R. Reese EMT, CHEC, CHEP, System Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Geisinger Health -Emergency Management
John M Harahus, RN, NHDP-BC, CHEC, CFRN, CEN, PHRN, Emergency Management Coordinator, Geisinger Health System

Hospitals around the country are constantly preparing for more frequent and severe weather events — from heat and hurricanes to blizzards and floods — through upgrades to their campuses, equipment, and emergency plans. During this session, you’ll hear from the National Weather Service on the future’s forecast, and learn how to best prepare your hospital.

12:30 PM

Networking Lunch

2:00 PM


Who Should Attend

Anyone working in emergency prepardness activities within their organization.

Sponsorship Opportunities

More information coming soon!

Hotel Information

Hilton Harrisburg
One North Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 233-6000

Registration Information

Conference Registration Fees
*Includes behavioral health preconference workshop, breaks and networking reception on Monday, October 3, and breakfast, lunch and breaks on Tuesday, October 4.

BOGO DEAL! $199 buy one registration get one free for HAP member hospitals! You must registration one individual at the member rate for $199, and email the free registration to HAP Education Services
$199 per person—HAP member hospitals and health systems
$299 per person—HAP associate member 
$399 per person—Non-member rate

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