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February Chapter Meeting

2/13/2019
When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
4:15 PM
Where: Radisson Airport North
427 N 44th St.
Phoenix, Arizona  85008
Contact: Holly Tully


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Topic: Continuity of Operations: Do We Stay or Do We Go? Planning for Safe Patient Care During a Crisis

In September 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new emergency preparedness rule for 17 sectors of the U.S. health care system. The rule requires the affected provider types to demonstrate that they are doing risk assessments; writing appropriate plans; establishing policies and procedures; and training and testing their plans with staff and partners in the community.

The new CMS Emergency Preparedness rule requires healthcare entities to review and revise their continuity of operations plans.  Many facilities have used their “Y2K” plans as a basis for their business continuity plans.  This presentation will discuss the process of identifying mission critical functions, succession planning, and mitigation strategies based on the hazard vulnerability assessment.

The discussion will focus on an assessment of departmental operations, staffing, resources and information sharing based on the department function and the relationship to mission critical functions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Continuity of Operations
  • Describe the written succession and delegation of authority plan required
  • Identify mission critical functions
  • Link continuity of operations plans to vendors and community partners


Speaker:Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT(ASCP), CJCP, CHSP, CHFM, MEP, HEM, Principal at Superior Performance, LLC

Marge McFarlane brings over 40 years of comprehensive experience in the environment of care, life safety, emergency management and infection prevention for construction. McFarlane has authored handbooks on the GHS update to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and OSHA training for Medical Facilities. She is a frequent presenter for seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences on OSHA topics, infection prevention, hazardous materials/RCRA waste streams and emergency management. She is currently working with healthcare systems and clinics nationally to identify and mitigate risks in the physical environment.

McFarlane holds a PhD in Safety Engineering and master’s degrees in Environmental and Public Health  (ENPH) from the UW – Eau Claire and Risk Control from the UW–Stout. She is a member of the Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association (WHEA) Code Committee and the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE).

Thank you to our Chapter Meeting Sponsor


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