2018 Disaster Planning Conference
Registration Now Open

September 24 – 26, 2018
Sacramento, CA

CHA’s Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference is the largest statewide conference developed by and for California hospitals. Mark your calendars for this annual event where you will bolster your emergency preparedness knowledge and learn about innovative programs, tools and lessons learned from across the industry.

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September 24 – 26, 2018
Sacramento, CA


Unprecedented. Record-breaking. Historic. From hurricanes and wildfires to floods and mass shootings, the nation saw no shortage of disasters in 2017. But with every disaster we confront, more knowledge is gained and wisdom gathered. And we carry those experiences forward into the future, strengthening our planning and fortifying our readiness.

Join us for the largest statewide gathering of hospital emergency preparedness coordinators in California and learn how others’ experiences can help you prepare for what’s ahead.

Conference highlights include:

  • Lessons from the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season
  • Cyberattack — how one hospital survived a ransomware attack
  • Mass casualty incident planning and no-notice drills
  • 2017 California Wildfires: Rising From the Ashes (a pre-conference workshop)
  • Bridging the gap between the FBI and medical community
  • CMS emergency preparedness rule — proven practices for forging collaborations between emergency management and compliance
  • Preparing for and executing a hospital evacuation
  • Physical, emotional and psychological impact of crisis preparedness and response
  • Planning and developing disaster exercises — pitfalls and recommendations
  • 15 ‘til 50 mass casualty incident response program
  • Rural readiness and the importance of MOUs
  • Preparing for pediatric Black Swan events
  • 2018 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise
  • Best Practices Poster Showcase
  • Exhibit show featuring more than 50 vendors
  • Learning from your peers, experts and more!

Conference Meeting Locations

The conference and exhibit show will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, located just across the street from the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, the host hotel. The pre-conference workshop on Monday, Sept. 24, will be held at the Hyatt Regency.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday, Sept. 24

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2017 California Wildfires: Rising From the Ashes

2017 brought California’s most devastating and destructive wildfire season on record. A staggering 9,133 wildfires ravaged 1.2 million acres, destroyed more than 10,000 structures and killed more than 40 people. Fiery infernos raged throughout the state, spawning five of the most calamitous fires in state history, and spurring the call for mandatory evacuations and deployment of numerous disaster response teams to provide critical emergency assistance.

Hear from fellow hospital and state agency representatives who will share their firsthand accounts of the fallout from the firestorms, the heroic response activities and the invaluable lessons learned.

The complete pre-conference workshop agenda will be available soon.

Agenda At-A-Glance

Tuesday, Sept. 25

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Show and Best Practices Poster Showcase

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Opening Keynote Through the Eye of the Storm: Lessons from the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. | Exhibit Show and Best Practices Poster Showcase

10:45 a.m. – Noon | General SessionCyberattack! Preparing for and Protecting Against Health Care Hacks

Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Lunch

1:20 – 2:20 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Beyond the Survey: Creating Shareable Practices Through Compliance/Emergency Management Collaboration
  • Exercises Gone Wrong: When the Exercise Becomes the Disaster 
  • 15 ‘til 50 Mass Casualty Incident Response for Small Hospitals and Clinics
  • The Risks of Readiness
  • Kaiser Permanente Evacuation Toolkit

2:40 – 3:40 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • When a Health Care Facility Needs Help Evacuating
  • The Pediatric Black Swan Event: What it is and How to Prepare 
  • Making the 2018 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Work for You 
  • Rural Readiness: Preparing, Maintaining and Utilizing MOUs (and More!)
  • Emergency Management Fundamentals

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Responding as One: Incorporating Clinics into Your Network Command Center Through CMS Regulations
  • Bridging the Gap Between the FBI and the Medical Community
  • Workplace Violence Training: One Health Care System’s Approach to the New Law
  • Preparing Imminent Evacuation of a Rural Hospital During a Fire 
  • Incident Notification and Communication Protocols

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Exhibit Show Reception and Best Practices Poster Showcase
Mingle with colleagues, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and learn about useful products and services that can help you with disaster preparedness and response.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Show and Best Practices Poster Showcase

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | General Session

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. | Exhibit Show and Best Practices Poster Showcase

10:45 a.m. – Noon | Closing Session

Best Practices Posters

The Best Practices Poster Showcase was conceived as a way for members to share innovative ideas and model programs that can be replicated by other hospitals. Poster displays will be showcased in the exhibit hall along with more than 50 sponsor/exhibitor booths. Hospital representatives should be available during exhibit and poster viewing sessions to discuss their best practices with attendees.

Click here to submit your best practices poster entry form. Submissions must be received by July 20.



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Full conference plus pre-conference workshop (Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday): Members* $710, Nonmembers** $910

Full conference (Tuesday AND Wednesday):
Members $570, Nonmembers $760

One day only (Monday OR Tuesday):
Members $310, Nonmembers $420

Registrations received after August 24, add $100.

*Members are CHA member hospitals, CHA associate members and government agencies. **Nonmembers are limited to non-hospital health care providers, clinics, post-acute facilities, and consultants, insurance companies, law firms and other entities that serve hospitals. Education programs and publications are a membership benefit and are not available to eligible non-member California hospitals.

Tuition includes continental breakfasts, lunches, education sessions, exhibit show and reception, and continuing education. Onsite registrations and any unpaid registrations as of the date of the meeting will be charged an additional 10% fee.


A confirmation will be emailed to all registrants.

Cancellation Policy

A $75 nonrefundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven or more days prior to the scheduled event and faxed to (916) 552-7506. No refunds will be given after these dates. Substitutions are encouraged. Cancellation and substitution notification may be emailed to In the unlikely event that the program is cancelled, refunds will be issued to paid registrants within 30 days.

Photo Release

CHA will photograph this event. If you prefer not to be photographed, please email CHA at

Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations pursuant to the American’s with Disabilities Act please call (916) 552-7637.

Continuing Education

Full attendance at the educational sessions is a prerequisite for receiving continuing education. Attendees must sign in at each session at the conference and include their professional license number, if required.

Compliance —This education activity has been submitted to the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® and is currently pending their review for approval of CCB CEUs.

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 6 pre-conference hours and up to 8.25 conference hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education Credit for this program toward advancement, or recertification, in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation. To self-report, participants must log into their MyACHE account and select ACHE Qualified Education Credit.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP #11924, for 7.2 pre-conference contact hours and up to 9.9 conference contact hours.

Risk Management — Application has been made to the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) to award continuing education toward the fullfillment of FASHRM (Fellow), DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow), and CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) renewal.


The Hyatt Regency Sacramento is the host hotel for the conference. Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento and directly across the street from the State Capitol, the Hyatt is close to numerous dining options, shopping and parks.

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(888) 421-1442 (reservations)
(916) 443-1234

Discounted rooms are available at a rate of $195 nightly, single and double occupancy. To make a reservation, call (888) 421-1442 and mention the California Hospital Association or reserve a room online.

Sponsor & Exhibit

Be front and center at the only disaster planning conference targeted to California hospitals. Showcase your products to hundreds of leading health care decision makers, including hospital preparedness coordinators, disaster planning teams, and key state and federal officials. With dedicated exhibit viewing time to network, you will not be disappointed!

Click here for more information or contact Lisa Hartzell at

We would like to thank our corporate sponsors and exhibitors for their support of the 2018 Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference.

Exhibitors to Date:

  • 3M
  • Department of Veterans Affairs, Multi-Use Vehicle (MUV)
  • Guest Communications Corporation
  • Image Sales
  • Kinemetrics
  • Ludlum Measurement Inc.
  • Meals for All
  • Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)
  • PODS Enterprise, LLC
  • ReddiNet
  • Safe Glow Corporation
  • ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM)
  • United States Geological Survey
  • X2nSat

Conference Committee


Cheri Hummel, CHEP, Vice President, Emergency Management & Facilities, California Hospital Association

Committee Members

Tony Barker, MSHS, Area Emergency Manager, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Office of Emergency Management

Ryan Burgess, RN, MSN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, Hospital Association of Southern California, and Prehospital Care Coordinator Administrative Nurse II, UCLA Medical Center

Maryann Codeglia, Director, Clinical Quality Improvement, San Ramon Regional Medical Center

Susan M. Fitzgerald, MD, Emergency Management Physician Lead, Santa Rosa Medical Center

Loni Howard, RN, MSN, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Jeffery Hudson-Covolo, DNP, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nurse Executive, Sierra View Medical Center

Lois Husted, Emergency Preparedness Officer, Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Monique Imroth, MEP, Director, Emergency Management, UC San Diego Health System

Connie Lackey, RN, Director, Emergency Preparedness/Safety/Security, Providence Saint Joseph, Holy Cross and Tarzana Medical Centers

Valerie Lakey, Director, Public Relations/PIO/Safety Disaster Co-Coordinator, Mayers Memorial Hospital District

Claudia Marroquin-Frometa, Emergency Management Consultant, Healthcare Continuity Management, Kaiser Permanente

Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Hospital Preparedness Consultant, California Hospital Association

Laurie Nash, Charge Nurse/ER, Highland Hospital

Tracy Norwood, IP/OH Specialist, Banner Lassen Medical Center

Mitch Saruwatari, Director, Emergency Management, Kaiser Permanente

Mark Shirley, MS, CSP, CHMM, Environmental Risk Consultant, Sutter Health Risk Services

Caryn Thornburg, LVN, BAIS, MS, Safety, Emergency Management & Sustainability Officer, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare

Ryan Tuchmayer, Manager, Disaster Preparedness/Response, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Matthew Washburn, Disaster Coordinator & Safety Officer, Orchard Hospital