ASA-ACHE Town Hall
Preparing for the Unexpected: Clinical and Administrative Executives Leading Together During Disasters
When a severe winter storm struck Texas this past February, millions of homes and businesses, including hospitals, were left without electricity, heat, and water for the better part of a week. State and federal agencies worked with health care facilities to deploy generators for backup power, but many hospitals canceled elective surgeries out of staff and patient safety concerns. Additionally, dangerous roadway travel caused many hospitals to arrange for staff to remain on-site or at nearby hotels to be able to address the increased number of weather-related injuries that came into emergency departments.
Disasters, both man-made and natural, can have devastating, lasting effects but through preparation, communication, and action, you can help safeguard your staff and your patients.
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Wednesday, May 19 | 6 – 7 p.m. CT
Listen to these presenters’ first-hand accounts of how they responded to and managed the crisis that unfolded within their Texas hospitals and community and learn what they would have done differently.
Noel Cardenas, MHA, FACHE, senior vice president & CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast and Pearland Hospitals, Houston, Texas
Cardenas served 30 years in the military and retired as a Colonel and a combat veteran. For the last 13 years of service, he served as a military service hospital CEO and senior administrator.
Cardenas is a distinguished military graduate of the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Baylor University.
Cardenas served as the Army Regent for the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Board Member for the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives, and a Federal Delegate on the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board 7.
Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, FASA, Immediate Past President, American Society of Anesthesiologists; executive vice president & chief operating officer of Driscoll Health System and emeritus staff at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas
Dr. Peterson serves on the Executive Committees of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists and Nueces County Medical Society. She has been an active member of the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association since 1984.
Dr. Peterson received her Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University. She completed her Doctor of Medicine and anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she was elected chief resident. Dr. Peterson also completed a Master of Science in Health Care Administration at Trinity University in San Antonio. She is board-certified in anesthesiology and critical care medicine. Dr. Peterson received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Society of Pediatrics and the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists.
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All members of the anesthesia care team.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the importance of disaster preparation.
- Explain the value of Executive and Leadership Presence During a Disaster.
- Describe the significance of implementing changes and actions from your lessons learned.
- Appraise different disaster scenarios and how to prepare (manual, drills).
- Express why Rapidly Implementing an Incident Command Center is needed.
- Discuss why Communications and Acknowledgements with staff are critical.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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