More than a month after Superstorm Sandy,
residents, businesses, and towns still face a long road to recovery and the catastrophic
damage is still visible. On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 8:00 a.m., Adelphi
University’s Center for Health Innovation (CHI) will hold its Inaugural
Symposium focused on assuring the continuum of care in emergency situations. The
keynote speaker will be Edward J. Gabriel, M.P.A., EMT-P, CEM, CBCP, principle
deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services and the featured speaker will be D. Sean Smith, D.O.,
president of Mercy Clinic, Joplin, Missouri, which sustained a direct hit
during the 2011 Joplin tornado. The Symposium will be held in the Thomas Dixon
Lovely Ballroom in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, 1 South Avenue, Garden
City, NY. Early registration is now open. Health officials, government
personnel, and the public are welcome to attend as the University discusses need
for continuum care planning from a variety of disciplines associated with the
health infrastructure. Alternate
standards of care, healthcare business continuity, and mental and behavioral
health preparedness will all be discussed.
The most vulnerable populations in our
communities are just as likely, if not more so, to be affected by routine
emergencies. Statistics show that a
community’s vulnerable populations needing specialized care in an emergency can
be as much as 50 percent. The symposium seeks to address how health care
providers can best prepare themselves and their patients for a disaster.
Edward J. Gabriel, keynote speaker, has
extensive experience in emergency care and emergency management. In his current role, he serves as principal
advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) on all
matters pertaining to the Department’s public health emergency preparedness and
response. Prior to this position, Gabriel served as director of the Global
Crisis Management and Business Continuity for the Walt Disney Company.
Gabriel also worked for New York City as a 26-year
paramedic veteran of the New York City Fire Department’s (FDNY) Emergency
Medical Service (EMS) retiring as an assistant
chief/division commander. Subsequently, Gabriel served in the New York
City Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM) as deputy commissioner for planning
and preparedness and was responsible for all preparedness and planning-related
strategy, projects and initiatives until he retired from NYC government.
speaker D. Sean Smith, D.O. is physician president of Mercy Clinic-Joplin/Kansas,
a multi-specialty integrated clinic of more than 100 physicians and 25
mid-level providers based in Joplin, Missouri. On May 22, 2011, when a tornado
caused unprecedented destruction in Joplin, including this country’s first
direct hit on an acute care hospital, Smith assisted with the initial Incident
Command Function for St. John’s Regional Medical Center.
registration for the event concludes January 15, 2013 and the cost is $30.00.
General registration after January 15 is $35.00. To register for the event, and
for more information, visit http://chi.adelphi.edu/.
Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant
programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and
professional careers. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and
Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College,
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, Robert B. Willumstad
School of Business, Schools of Nursing and Social Work—the co-educational
university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional
and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls
nearly 8,000 students from 43 states and 45 foreign countries. With its
main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and
Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to
liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active
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