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

Emergency Management Conference

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

Registration Deadline: September 28, 2022


Online registration for this conference has closed. Please contact HAP Education Services at (717) 561-5270, if you would like to register for this event.

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

10:05 AM

A Patient’s Perspective: Providing Better Care for Patients in Behavioral Health issues in Emergency Department
Moderator: Jennifer Jordan, Vice President, Regulatory Advocacy, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
Lynn Cooper, Behavioral Health Policy Specialist, Pennsylvania Association of Area of Agencies on Aging, Inc.

Boarding of mental health and substance abuse patients in emergency rooms is one of the most vexing challenges at hospitals across the country. With a shortage of behavioral health inpatient beds in hospitals and mental health facilities, patients can spend days boarded in an emergency rooms awaiting placement in an inpatient setting. Hear perspectives from a former patient with lived experienced and learn how to provide better care, and keep patients comfortable while they are awaiting long-term services. 

10:35 AM

Restraint Reduction and De-escalating Psychiatric Patients in the Emergency Room 
Moderator: Jennifer Jordan, Vice President, Regulatory Advocacy, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
James Bryant, RN, DNP, CEN, CPEN, NEA-BC, Vice President Emergency Services, Centra
Lisa Carey, Director of Performance Excellence, Temple University Health System

Mental illness and substance abuse emergencies now account for one in every eight emergency department (ED) visits. Unfortunately, many emergency providers are not equipped with the right tools to manage patients who are tense, restless, uncooperative, and show other signs of agitation. This often to leads patients being sedated and restrained, which can delay recovery, increase the likelihood of admission, and prolong a hospital stay. During this session, you’ll learn how to stabilize individuals by verbally engaging patients and creating an environment of collaborative treatment in order to dramatically reduce the need for coercive measures.

11:25 AM

A Case Study: Management of Behavioral Escalations in Ambulatory Care
Khoi Dang, MD, Departmental Patient Safety Officer, Primary Care, CHOP
Nina Foster, MSW, Improvement Advisor, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Carl Wolfarth MA, LPC, ACS, Senior Manager, Department of Child and Adolescent and Behavioral Health, CHOP

Behavioral health crises are on the rise across the country. Many organizations have no standardized method in place to address the associated risk. To address these growing concerns and mitigate risk to patients and staff, a multidisciplinary team from across a pediatric hospital network developed a pathway to guide clinicians on how to recognize escalating behaviors, utilize available staff resources, and respond to escalations with a goal of increasing staff and visitor safety. 

12:00 PM

Lunch (On your own)

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 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, Assistant Vice President of Environmental Services, Security and Safety, Virtua Health, Inc.

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 the 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
David Oxman, MD, FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, Jane & Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital & Sidney Kimmel Medical College 

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, including developing your triage teams and who is on them.

4:45 PM


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
Marisa Voelkel, BSN, MBA, CHSP, CHEP, Engineer, Department of Engineering , Standards Interpretation Group

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 Field Director Maris Voelkel 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

Law enforcement and Hospital Interface

One of the most important preparedness actions a hospital can take is to form and maintain a strong working relationship with its local police precinct. Injuries and illnesses requiring emergency medical care often attract responses from law enforcement, and law enforcement officers are frequently present in hospitals. How do individual health, public safety, legal rights, and ethics intersect? Standardized policies and practices are needed to navigate professional conflicts and balance health and safety concerns. During this session, you’ll learn how to expand the conversation on law enforcement and clinical care, interfacing, tasing, and health care crime scenes.

10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM

Storm Ready – Preparing for the Next Weather Related Emergency
Jeremy Reese EMT, CHEC, CHEP, System Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Geisinger Health -Emergency Management
John 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

HAP has reserved a limited block of rooms for the evening of October 3, 2022. The rate is $179, plus tax (single/double). For reservations, call
 (717-233-6000 option 0) and provide the code: SAQUA to access the special rate of $179. Individual reservations not canceled 48 hours before
arrival will be subject to a cancellation fee equal to one night’s room and tax. For online reservations, attendees may reserve rooms
at the group rate using HAP’s dedicated group reservations page.

Hotel check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is noon. For directions, more information about the hotel, or area attractions, please visit the
Hilton Harrisburg’s website.

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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