Mel Morris

Sr. Director Transfer & Communications Center
Carilion Clinic


Disasters: How Prepared is your Health System?

A catastrophic incident is defined as any natural or manmade incident, including terrorism, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the population, infrastructure, environment, economy, national morale, or government functions. 
–FEMA, National Response Framework, May 2013

February 8, 2019 12:30pm ET Your Desk!

This 30 minute informational webinar will focus on:

  • The updated CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule that went into effect on November 15, 2017 and what is expected of hospitals

  • Regional coordination during disasters and patient surges

  • The role of an operational command center to provide real-time visibility and shared situational awareness

  • Lessons learned from federal disaster medical responses

In addition, Ms. Morris will take questions at the conclusion of the webinar.

About the Presenter

Ms. Morris has more than three decades of EMT/Paramedic, ED, ICU, Rotor Wing Flight Nursing and Hospital Administration experience; including 12 years as a staff nurse with VA-1 DMAT and 15 years as a volunteer K9 handler with VDEM SAR teams. Ms. Morris helped build the first operational command center in 2004 at Carilion Clinic, and most recently was instrumental in the relocation and expansion of their center which is now 4,000 sq. ft. and includes EVS, Patient Transport, Patient Placement, Transfer Center Clinicians, Air & Ground Dispatch. For the last nine years, Ms. Morris has managed Carilion Clinic’s transfer and communications center, and has been the interim Emergency Manager for the past year.

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