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Healthcare Coalition Emergency Management Workshop

2016 Healthcare Coalition Emergency Management Workshop
"Special Events: Planning Considerations for Health, Medical & Public Safety"

June 10, 2016
8:00am - 4:30pm
Genesee Community College - Batavia, NY



FEE: $25.00 - includes continental breakfast, lunch and certificate
PAYMENT METHODS: Credit/debit cards payment through PayPal ONLY - Required at time of registration.
                                   A credit card processing fee will be added
PAYMENT POLICY: Registration closes June 01, 2016.
                                No refunds after June 01, 2016 unless conference has been cancelled.


Friday, June 10, 2016


Registration - 8:00am
Workshop    - 8:30am - 4:30 pm


Genesee Community College: The BEST Center - Conable Technology Building – Tier Lecture Hall (T102)
1 College Road
Batavia, NY 14020

Tier Lecture Hall (T102) features full range of state-of-the-art presentation equipment, Wifi and computer cable access to the internet at each of the 150 seats.  Computer cable not provided.
Free parking is available in the three lots near the Conable Technology Building

Directions to GCC
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Lodging/Accommodation Options near GCC

Program Overview

Large gatherings at special events such as air shows, concerts, fairs, festivals, athletic events and dignitary visits have an enormous potential to place a severe strain on the local health care system.  The consequences of a major emergency (whether natural, man-made or terror related) is significantly amplified when combined with large crowds, restricted access points, insufficient public safety and on-site medical care. Preplanning for special events is key and should include the health care community. 

The 2016 Western Region Health Coalition Emergency Management Workshop will provide participants with relevant information and best practice suggestions to better prepare for, manage and recover from incidents that could occur during special events.

Program Objectives

  • Determine how hospitals, EMS agencies, and communities can prepare for large exposure events that can impact operations  and patient care
  • Learn from special event planners how they prepare and plan for large community events
  • Identify how agencies, municipalities and event planners work together to address safety, security and emergency components
  • Understand the NYSDOH Public Gathering requirements and learn how to integrate them into your event planning

Target Audience

Any healthcare professional and non-healthcare emergency planners (governmental and non-government organization emergency managers, law enforcement, fire service and mass fatality responders) who may play a role in a disaster that affects the health delivery system in the community.


*topics and speakers subject to change*

0800-0830       Registration/Continental Breakfast
0830-0845       Welcome/Introduction
0845-0930       Protective Measures for Public Gatherings
                         Mark Kreyer, CPP – US Department of Homeland Security    
0930-1100       The Papal Visit – A Health System and Regional Health Coalition Experience
                         Mary Del Guidice, MSN, BS, CENP – Penn Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital
                         John Wierbowski, MSc., MPH, CHEP – Penn Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital
                         Mark Ross, CHEP - The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
1100-1115       BREAK
1115-1145       What's New at the National Weather Service
                         Judith Levan – NWS, Buffalo
                         David Nicosia – NWS, Binghamton
1145-1215       NYSDOH Regulations for Public Gatherings
Edward Mager – New York State Department of Health, Western Region
1215-1300       LUNCH (provided)
1300-1345       County Fair Emergency Planning and Preparedness
                         Nick Pelham – NYS Association of Agricultural Fairs
1345-1430       Security Elements for Large Scale Open Events/Taste of Buffalo
                         Rich McDermott - Chair of Security, Taste of Buffalo
1430-1445       BREAK         
1445-1530       Special Event Contingency Planning and the Incident Command System
                         Dale Currier, MS, CEM, MEP, CPT – Oswego County Emergency Management
1530-1615       On-scene Management during Mass Gatherings
                         Michael Cobb, Security Director, Watkins Glen International
                         Timothy Page, Medical Director, Watkins Glen International
1615-1630       Closing Remarks and Evaluations


Workshop Presentations will be posted by June 01, 2016. Attendees will be responsible for printing handouts and/or bringing a laptop/tablet to the workshop.  Wifi and access to the internet is available at each seat in the BEST Center’s Tier Lecture Hall – computer cable not provided.


  • Mary Del Guidice MSN,BS,RN,CENP
    Chief Nursing Officer, Penn Medicine-Pennsylvania Hospital
    Assistant Dean for Clinical Practice, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Mark Kreyer, CPP
    Protective Security Advisor, Buffalo District
    US Department of Homeland Security
  • Judith M Levan
    Warning Coordination Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Buffalo NY
  • Edward Mager, AEMT-P
    Regional EMS Program Director
    New York State Department of Health, Western Region Office
  • Rich McDermott
    Chair of Security
    Taste of Buffalo
  • David J Nicosia
    Warning Coordination Meteorologist
    NOAA-National Weather Service Binghamton NY
  • Timothy Page, MD
    Medical Director
    Watkins Glen International
  • Nick Pelham
    Manager, Steuben County Fair
    Vice President, New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs
  • Mark Ross, CHEP
    Regional Manager, Emergency Preparedness
    Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

Workshop Planning Committee

  • Brian Gardner
    Workshop Planning Committee Chair
    Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
    Schuyler Hospital
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  • Patrick Byrne, RN, BSN, MEP
    Finger Lakes Regional Rep
    NYSDOH – Office of Health Emergency Preparedness
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  • Dale A. Currier, MS, CEM, MEP, CPT
    Oswego County Emergency Management
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  • Anne D’Angelo, MS, RN
    Program Director, Finger Lakes Regional Training Center
    University of Rochester Medical Center
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  • Nicole Gerber, PhD, RBP, CEM
    Emergency and Safety Manager
    Roswell Park Cancer Institute
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  • Kendra McClain, MBA
    Director of Emergency Management & Community Programs
    Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
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  • Robert Philpott, MEP
    Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
    Guthrie Corning Hospital
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  • Eileen Spezio
    Senior Administrative Assistant, Finger Lakes Regional Training Center
    University of Rochester Medical Center
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Workshop Sponsors