About

The past few years have witnessed many natural and human-caused disasters, including a global pandemic, that have influenced the lives of millions around the world. Health care organizations face greater challenges to prepare for new kinds of emergencies, some never seen or experienced before. Are health care facilities in Canada prepared for the next disasters?

Join us for the 5th annual Conference on Emergency Preparedness for the Health Care Industry, and hear from peers and industry experts on topics such as:

  • The Hospital Incident Command System at UC San Diego Health
  • Incident Management/Command Systems in Canadian Hospitals
  • Responding to a Code Orange in the Midst of a COVID-19 Outbreak
  • Optimizing Hospital Preparedness for Mass Casualty Incidents during a Pandemic
  • Beirut Port Explosion Emergency Response
  • Social Determinates of Health & The Vaccine Rollout
  • Industry Leadership
  • Mental Health in First Responders

Target Audience

 

Professionals working mainly in hospitals, but also in pre-hospital emergency services, public health and other organizations involved in the health care sector.

  • Analysts
  • Business Continuity Professionals
  • Clinical Managers
  • Communications Professionals
  • Emergency Management Professionals
  • Emergency Preparedness Professionals
  • Emergency Response Professionals
  • Facility Administrators / Operations
  • Health & Safety Officers
  • Infection Control Specialists
  • Leaders of Emergency Department, Emergency Medicine or Emergency Services
  • Nursing Leaders and Educators
  • Public Safety Officers
  • Risk Professionals
  • Safety Specialist
  • Security Services
  • Support Services

Agenda

09:00 AM - 09:20 AM
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Moira Hennebury
Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Sunnybrook Health Science Centre & Ontario Health (Toronto Region)

The Beirut Port Explosion, on August 4, 2020, is the largest non-nuclear explosion worldwide. Even the most prepared health care system and well-thought emergency plan response would have failed to address a disaster of this magnitude.

In this presentation, the speaker will describe the emergency response on multiple levels: governmental, institutional and individual, revealing the challenges of medical management, triage difficulties, human resources mobilization, logistical difficulties such as documentation, identification, and the use of PPEs in the midst of a pandemic.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the disaster cycle
  • Determine general principles of the short-term massive mass casualty management (Beirut Blast) versus long term crisis management (Covid-19)
  • Examine the challenges faced in a large and massive mass casualty event
  • Summarize what to expect from international aid when needed


Dr. Nagi Souaiby
Head, Emergency Department
Notre Dame Maritime Hospital
Byblos, Lebanon

This 20-minute session is a networking event that will provide participants with the chance to meet virtually to engage in a guided conversation.

10:35 AM - 10:40 AM
Transition to Session 3A and 3B

Since the beginning of the pandemic, health care workers have been dubbed as ‘heroes without capes’. Regardless the circumstance, health care workers show up to work and care for patients and their families. London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) responded to the partial collapse of a four-storey condominium under construction on December 11, 2020, in the midst of a large outbreak situation in the organization during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join our presentation to hear how LHSC responded to the Code Orange and lessons learned.

Objectives:

  • Examine lessons learned responding to a partial building collapse
  • Identify how a Code Orange response adapts to process changes caused by COVID-19
  • Mesaure how staff wellness plays an integral role in both acute emergencies such as a Code Orange and prolonged emergencies such as a pandemic


Dr. Christie MacDonald
Interim Citywide Site Chief, Emergency Medicine
London Health Sciences Centre


Alison Armstrong
Clinical Manager, Regional Trauma Program & NSQIP
London Health Sciences Centre


Susan Kriening
Manager, Southwest Ontario Regional Base Hospital Program
London Health Sciences Centre


Rosemary Thuss
Manager, Emergency Management
London Health Sciences Centre

The last year has shown us how important being prepared is. Health care workers have been keeping up with an overwhelming depletion of resources, but being proactive in their planning allowed them to make the best out of a difficult situation.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the additional challenges of MCI response related to the pandemic
  • Identify elements of the hospital MCI plan that need adjustment during the pandemic


Dr. Valérie Homier
Emergency Physician & Medical Co-Director, Emergency Preparedness
McGill University Health Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
McGill University

11:25 AM - 11:35 AM
Wellness Break

Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital is the first net new hospital to be built in Ontario in more than 30 years and the first smart hospital in Canada. Speakers will explore what actions and activities were taken, related to emergency preparedness to prepare for the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital two-site model. This session will speak to evaluating preparedness, reaching out to internal and external partners, planning and exercising, and lessons learned.

Objectives:

  • Discuss how a two-site hospital model can be a substantial solution to ending hallway medicine
  • Examine how Mackenzie Health pivoted their care as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic


Diane Carmichael
Manager, Emergency Preparedness
Mackenzie Health


Madeline Logan-Jeanbaptiste
Manager of Patient Flow and NRT
Mackenzie Health

12:20 PM - 12:50 PM
Lunch Break and Transition to Sessions 5A and 5B

Theoretical tools have their significance in what we learn, and those tools lead our learning in practical situations. Emergency response professionals need preparation, simulations, and opportunities for mock scenarios to make sure when an emergency happens, they not only have theory to back them up but also hands-on practice. In this session, speakers will illustrate how training can translate to practical policies.

Objectives:

  • Identify what preparation and training is needed in order to be proactive
  • Determine what training the health care industry needs to keep up to date on emergency plans


Renee Blomme
Director, Privacy and Risk
Scarborough Health Network


Elyse Hosein
Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Privacy & Risk Management Department

Scarborough Health Network

Team Lavender is a coordinated response team that addresses the emotional, spiritual and psychological health and wellness of health care staff and physicians following trauma, critical incidents, and accumulated stress, including the response of Covid-19. Team Lavender is evidence-based, and in this session, the speaker will demonstrate the impact of Team Lavender on the health and wellness of health care workers at Valley Regional Hospital.

Objectives:

  • Summarize what Team Lavender is and how it positivity impacts staff
  • Compare Team Lavender before and during Covid-19

Rev. Dr. Debra Orton
Coordinating Chaplain
Valley Regional Hospital, Western Zone, Nova Scotia Health Authority

The health care system must address gaps and create trust in marginalized communities. Support must be given to allow for better health equality for all Canadians. In this session, speakers will discuss why there is mistrust in the health care system and engage in how, moving forward, trust can be rebuilt.

Objectives:

  • Determine the best way to administer public information on vaccines and combat disinformation
  • Identify ways through creating trust in which this can be addressed in a respectful and engaging manner


Dr. Modupe Tunde-Byass
President
Black Physicians of Canada


Cheryl Prescod
Executive Director
Black Creek Community Health Centre


Dr. Sarah Minwanimad Funnell
Associate Medical Officer of Health
Ottawa Public Health
Director of Indigenous Health, Department of Family Medicine
Queen’s University

02:20 PM - 02:30 PM
Closing Remarks and Adjournment of Day 1
09:10 AM - 09:25 AM
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Sudha Kutty
Vice President, Strategy & External Relations
Humber River Hospital


Paul Bullock
Senior Sales Executive
Everbridge

09:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Session 7: Opening Keynote 2
10:15 AM - 10:20 AM
Transition to Session 8A and 8B

UC San Diego Health was preparing for a potential pandemic in late December 2019. Upon receiving word that the first planes of evacuees from China were arriving in San Diego, the health system felt prepared. The County and Federal government agencies soon advised they would be transferring the first COVID-19 positive patients and all patients under investigation to UC San Diego Health.

UC San Diego Health activated the Hospital Incident Management Team and maintained an operational Hospital Command Center for 250 days. During this time, they were able to ensure the safety, security, and privacy of all patients and team members. Emergency management, along with senior leaders expanded the Planning Section, Operations Section, and Ambulatory Command Center (only recently implemented), to meet the many objectives set forth, some with very short deadlines.

Each incident brings about its own challenges and during this presentation, the speaker will discuss why it is essential to think outside the box.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the use of Task forces in the hospital command center
  • Leverage the use of Area Command for large scale incidents


David I. Blacksberg
MPH Supervisor, Emergency Management/Business Continuity
University of California San Diego Health

On December 22 2020, Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force assigned Ornge operational oversight responsibilities for the distribution and vaccination of approximately 16,000 residents in 31 isolated communities in Northern Ontario. Termed “Operation Remote Immunity”, Ornge led this important initiative to ensure all community members who wanted to receive a COVID-19 vaccine had the ability to do so in their own community. This session will explain the steps taken to prepare, plan, and implement one of the most challenging operations Ornge has ever undertaken as the Air Ambulance Provider in the Province of Ontario.

Objectives:

  • Learn about who Ornge is, their mission, vision and values
  • Evaluate Operation Remote Immunity, the planning, implementation, and challenges identified during the mission
  • Measure lessons learned during the operation and next steps


Wade Durham
Chief Operating Officer
Ornge

11:05 AM - 11:15 AM
Wellness Break

Incident Management and Command Systems across Canada differ based on province and territory, but how can it work best for Emergency Preparedness across Canada and what can we learn from other systems? In this session, the panelists will provide an overview of how each of their health jurisdictions use Incident Management/Command Systems and discuss lessons learned from implementation.

Objectives:

  • Measure what is needed to roll out ideal IM/CS structures in different provinces and territories
  • Recognize lessons that have been learned within the past year, what gaps are there and how can those be overcome?


Kassondra Stockman
Emergency Preparedness Advisor
Halton Healthcare


Grayson Cockett
Emergency Management Officer
Alberta Health Services


Pascal Rodier
Emergency Preparedness Manager, Projects and Planning
Nova Scotia Health Authority

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Lunch Break
12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Session 10: Open Mic and Networking

Emergency preparedness in health care, even in the midst of a pandemic, can be a hard sell. With recognition that most health care facilities have just one or few dedicated staff members to conduct this work for a sector that is continuously evolving in a significant risk landscape; this session will share strategies to build partnerships, expand networks and ultimately, explain how to get the shared vision you need to the get buy-in that will support it.

By the end of this session, delegates will have a scalable framework to achieve buy-in that they can add to their toolbox, understand the criticality of data and that a clear vision can be more powerful than a few extra hands.
Objectives:

  • Analyze how thinking can shift to corporate-wide support which includes system response and readiness
  • Recognize what partnerships between hospitals and public health appeared during the last year and how they can collaborate and get stronger


Claudia Cocco
Manager of Emergency Preparedness
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

01:35 PM - 01:45 PM
Closing Remarks and Adjournment

Speakers

Paul Bullock

Senior Sales Executive
Everbridge

    Diane Carmichael

    Manager, Emergency Preparedness
    Mackenzie Health

      Madeline Logan-Jeanbaptiste

      Manager of Patient Flow and NRT
      Mackenzie Health

        Sudha Kutty

        Vice President, Strategy & External Relations
        Humber River Hospital

          Dr. Christie MacDonald

          Interim Citywide Site Chief, Emergency Medicine
          London Health Sciences Centre

            Alison Armstrong

            Clinical Manager, Regional Trauma Program & NSQIP
            London Health Sciences Centre

              Susan Kriening

              Manager, Southwest Ontario Regional Base Hospital Program
              London Health Sciences Centre

                Pascal Rodier

                Emergency Preparedness Manager, Projects and Planning
                Nova Scotia Health Authority

                  Grayson Cockett

                  Emergency Management Officer
                  Alberta Health Services

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                    Moira Hennebury

                    Emergency Preparedness Specialist
                    Sunnybrook Health Science Centre & Ontario Health (Toronto Region)

                    Dr. Sarah Minwanimad Funnell

                    Associate Medical Officer of Health
                    Ottawa Public Health
                    Director of Indigenous Health, Department of Family Medicine
                    Queen’s University

                      Cheryl Prescod

                      Executive Director
                      Black Creek Community Health Centre

                        Dr. Modupe Tunde-Byass

                        President
                        Black Physicians of Canada

                          Elyse Hosein

                          Emergency Preparedness Specialist Privacy & Risk Management Department
                          Scarborough Health Network

                            Kassondra Stockman

                            Emergency Preparedness Advisor
                            Halton Healthcare

                            Dr. Valérie Homier

                            Emergency Physician & Medical Co-Director, Emergency Preparedness
                            McGill University Health CentreAssistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
                            McGill University

                              Renee Blomme

                              Director, Privacy and Risk
                              Scarborough Health Network

                                Dr. Nagi Souaiby

                                Head, Emergency Department
                                Notre Dame Maritime Hospital
                                Byblos, Lebanon

                                  Wade Durham

                                  Chief Operating Officer
                                  Ornge

                                    Claudia Cocco

                                    Manager of Emergency Preparedness
                                    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

                                    Rosemary Thuss

                                    Manager, Emergency Management
                                    London Health Sciences Centre

                                      David I. Blacksberg

                                      MPH Supervisor, Emergency Management/Business Continuity
                                      University of California San Diego Health

                                        Ongoing Call for Speakers

                                        This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with other health care professionals. The conference sessions are 45 minutes in length and include at least 20 minutes of audience participation in the form of questions and answers.

                                        Please email us at info@sparkconferences.com to receive more information.

                                        We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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                                        Testimonials

                                        What our past delegates have said.

                                        Excellent, well-balanced agenda with current incident examples. Speakers were engaging and the hosts were excellent!
                                        Janet MaHospital for Sick Children
                                        Excellent sharing of experiences by like-minded professionals!
                                        T.J. McDonaldHealth Sciences North
                                        Spark Conferences are always engaging and informative. I always walk away with new strategies to implement at my organization.
                                        Linda de LucaOrnge
                                        Excellent topics covered with a great scope of areas covered for a diverse crowd.
                                        Fiona StewartThe Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
                                        I loved the opportunity to network with others in the field of emergency preparedness, comparing notes and bouncing questions off others is something I need and lack the ability in my area. The professionals in this field are very few, making the drive worth it.
                                        Dave GadouryChatham-Kent Health Alliance
                                        These conferences are a wealth of international information and expertise that I am consistently amazed to receive in one day. Well organized, informative and extremely relevant for any healthcare setting – I’m already anticipating the next one!
                                        Rania ShuggiCentre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

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                                        Located in Toronto Western Hospital
                                        60 Leonard Ave
                                        Toronto, ON
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