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2022 PDC Summit

Greater of Two Evils: Hurricane in a Pandemic

Mar 22, 2022 9:30am ‐ Mar 22, 2022 10:30am

Credits: None available.


Though the COVID-19 global pandemic has dominated our daily lives and the health care space over the last two years, health care providers across the country have simultaneously faced additional varied and compounding emergency events including hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, winter storms, utility outages and mass tragedies. Through thoughtful panel discussion between multiple health care provider representatives, attendees will hear retrospective lessons learned from real-world emergency events and how to apply those lessons to future planning, design and construction efforts. Discussion includes detailed lessons learned for hardening infrastructure, preparing emergency response plans, and integrating emergency plans into the PDC process in order to mitigate future event risks.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the importance of emergency preparedness planning at health care facilities and how to integrate those principles into the planning, design and construction process.
  • Identify lessons learned about the health care built environment from past emergency events and how to incorporate those into future planning, design and construction projects.
  • Describe the real-world application of the emergency preparedness plan for multiple simultaneous events.
  • Develop design recommendations that address emergency conditions during renovation and design projects.
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  • James Britsch, System Vice President of Facilities, Ochsner Health System
  • Steven Friedman, PE, CHFM, HFDP, LEED AP, Director of Facilities Engineering - Design & Construction, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Caleb Haynes, PE, VP Business Development, Bernhard TME
  • Scott Landry, Senior Vice President Facilities & Support Services LCMC Health Senior Vice President Facilities & Support Services LCMC Health Senior Vice President Facilities & Support Services, LCMC Health


  • 1.00 - CEC

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