Education event

Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
The New Norm: Adjusting our Strategies

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September 10 – 11, 2019
Pasadena, CA


Wildfires. Mudslides. Floods. Mass shootings. What were once rare or infrequent events have now become regular occurrences. But no two disasters are ever the same ― now more than ever, we must reevaluate our strategies and redefine preparation.  From communication to compliance, it is time to adjust to the New Norm.

Join us for the largest statewide gathering of hospital emergency preparedness coordinators in California and learn how our past experiences will help us be better prepared for what lies ahead.

Agenda details coming soon!

Conference Meeting Locations

The conference and exhibit show will be held at the Pasadena Conference Center. Host hotels are: The Westin Pasadena and Sheraton Pasadena Hotel.



Tuition fees are for in-person seminars or Live Stream

Full conference (Tuesday AND Wednesday):
Members $580, Nonmembers $775

One day only (Tuesday OR Wednesday):
Members $325, Nonmembers $435

*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 and/or Live Stream Video Release

CHA may photograph and/or Live Stream this event. If you prefer not to be photographed or visible during the Live Stream, please email CHA at

Special Accommodations

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

Live Stream Info

Live Stream is here! Why? Because Live Stream allows you to hear and view the conference from the convenience of your own office or conference room. Plus, multiple people can experience the seminar with a single registration fee. Live Stream attendees can ask questions during the program, just like in-person attendees, and have the same access to presentations as in-person attendees.

Live Stream tuition entitles the registrant to:

  • a single connection to the event (NOTE: don’t risk your connection by sharing with others — only one connection will be allowed in.)
  • CEs (you must attest to participation to receive CE credit)

Additional Participants and CEs
Live Stream participants who are not the registered attendee may receive CEs for $35 per person, per day. Individuals requesting CE credit must attest to their participation in the Live Stream event and pay by credit card.


The Westin Pasadena and Sheraton Pasadena Hotel are the host hotels for the conference. 

The Westin Pasadena
191 N Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(866) 837-4181 (reservations)

The Westin Pasadena has rooms available at the discounted rate of $199 for all nights during the conference. For reservations, call (866) 837-4181 and mention the “CHA Disaster Planning Conference.” The deadline for discounted sleeping rooms is August 19. To book a room online, click here.  

Sheraton Pasadena Hotel
303 Cordova Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(800) 457-7940 (reservations)

The Sheraton Pasadena Hotel has rooms available at the discounted rate of $179 for all nights during the conference. For reservations, call (800) 457-7940 and mention the “CHA Disaster Planning Conference.” The deadline for discounted sleeping rooms is August 19. To book a room online, click here.  

Abstract Submission

CHA is now accepting submissions for presentations for the 2019 CHA Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference. The conference is a unique opportunity for your organization to showcase and share its emergency preparedness knowledge and expertise with a cross-section of peers. Submissions must be received by May 10.

Click here to submit an abstract.

Best Practices Poster Showcase

The Best Practices Poster Showcase is 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.

Conference Committee


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

Committee Members

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

Laura Billon, Sharp HealthCare

Tim Beringer, Director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, Eisenhower Health

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

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

Monique Imroth, MEP, Director, Emergency Preparedness/Response, UC San Diego Health System

Connie Lackey, RN, Director, Emergency Preparedness, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

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

Alex Lichtenstein, Emergency Management Specialist, UCLA Health

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

Mark Shirley, MS, CSP, CHMM, Environmental Risk Consultant, Sutter Valley Hospitals

Kristina Spurgeon, Emergency Manager, University of California, Davis Health

Ryan Tuchmayer, Associate Director, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Matthew Washburn, Disaster Coordinator & Safety Officer, Orchard Hospital

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!

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