Preparedness for Mass Casualty Events, this Monday

Florida Institute for Health Innovation Presents Regional Symposium on Preparedness for Mass Casualty Events

This Monday, Monday, Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mass Casualties: Preparing for the Worst While Providing the Best, a symposium on community preparedness for the healthcare industry, will be presented on Monday, Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Forkas Alumni Center at Florida Atlantic University. The symposium is organized by the Florida Institute for Health Innovation (FIHI).

The program will delve into aspects of preparation and response to mass casualty events, including hurricanes, fires, floods, and violence, plus the role of the media. Speakers include:
▪ Eric R. Alberts, Emergency Preparedness, Orlando Health
▪ David Begnaud, CBS News Correspondent
▪ Carlos Castillo, CEM, Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross
▪ Susan Forbes, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, OneBlood
▪ Kenneth Goodman, Ph.D., Director, UM Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy
▪ Mike Jachles, PIO, Broward Sheriff’s Office
▪ Richard Scott McFarland, M.D., Emergency Physician, TeamHealth
▪ Daniel J. Oates, Chief of Police, City of Miami Beach, formerly of Aurora, Colorado
▪ Colonel Noel Christian Pace, J.D., FAU Emergency and Crisis Management
▪ Andrew A. Rosenthal, M.D., Medical Director, Memorial Healthcare Division of Trauma, and
▪ Ana Viamonte Ros, M.D., former Surgeon General of Florida, Associate Dean of FIU College of Medicine.

“As we’ve seen this year, Florida is not immune to tragic mass casualty events from violence or natural disaster,” said Roderick King, M.D., MPH, chief executive officer of FIHI. “With this symposium, we aim to equip our health systems and our communities with information and knowledge that can be used to save lives.”

Sponsors include TeamHealth, Memorial Healthcare System, South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report and Innovative Laboratory Solutions.
Dr. King will also serve as a panel moderator, along with Jaime Caldwell, president of the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association.

For more information, to register and purchase tickets, visit the FIHI website. Tickets are $25 per person or five for $100. Florida Atlantic University’s Forkas Alumni Center is located at 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Organizations interested in sponsoring the event or purchasing a display table should contact Linda Quick, lsquick2016 or 305-613-2804. lsquick2016 (AT)

The Florida Institute for Health Innovation (FIHI) believes that today’s health challenges require a new way of working based on shared leadership; aligning root causes and strategy and measurable results. We believe that innovative collaborations produce innovative solutions for healthier communities.

A nonprofit public health institute, FIHI facilitates data-driven, results-based collaborative action; conducts community-focused research and evaluation, and provides impartial analysis of policy health impacts. Formerly known as the Florida Public Health Institute, FIHI is one of several sister public health institutes throughout the United States. FIHI is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that improves community health through innovation and collaborative change.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Hilda S. Mitrani at 305-992-3475 or via email, hildamitrani. / hildamitrani (AT)