3:30 – 5pm Panel 1: Ensuring Your Community’s Emergency Preparedness
Moderator: Teresa Huskey FACHE
Chief Doug Bass
Dr. Ricardo Martinez
Dr. Carl Menckhoff
5:45-7:15pm Panel 2: Emergency Department Service Standards: A Best Practices Approach
Moderator: Scott Hurst, FACHE
Dr. Jay Kaplan
Dr. Deborah Dierks
7:15-7:30pm Wrap Up
Douglas Bass, CEM, TEM
Chief of Emergency Services & Department Manager
Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management for Dallas County
Douglas Bass currently serves as the Chief of Emergency Services and Department Manager for the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management for Dallas County, Texas. For the last 25 years he has served as the Emergency Services & Homeland Security Director in the largest county government agencies in North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. His previous experience includes serving as the Emergency Services & Homeland Security Director for Miami-Dade County Government (Florida), Fairfax County Government (Virginia) and Onslow County Government (North Carolina).
He has a total of over 30 years of public safety experience as an emergency responder, law enforcement officer, fire/emergency medical service instructor and professional emergency manager. His incident command experience includes managing field command posts and emergency operations centers (EOC) for 11 major hurricanes, 5 tornadoes, flooding, multiple winter weather events, air/ground/rail transportation emergencies, urban and wildland fires, significant evacuations, special events, medical emergencies, etc. He has served as the EOC manager in 16 Presidentially Declared emergency events. Most recently he served as EOC manager for the Ebola Crisis, 2015 flooding and tornadoes that struck Dallas County. END
Director, Business Operations Continuity & Emergency Preparedness
Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Leonard Deonarine serves as the director of business operations continuity and emergency preparedness for Tenet Healthcare Corporation. He is responsible for overseeing the preparation of plans and programs for the continuous safe operation of Tenet’s hospitals to mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from all types of emergencies. Deonarine is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).
Prior to joining Tenet, Deonarine served as owner and president of FM Services, a consulting company in Medina, N.Y., that focused on health, safety and fire protection. The company provided services to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and several large private-sector companies. While working for FEMA, he helped to develop and deliver the Hospital Emergency Response Team training program. This led to him being awarded a U.S. Homeland Security achievement award.
He provided incident management advice to Tenet prior to being invited to become a full time colleague. Deonarine served over 20 years in the fire/rescue service spending the last ten years of his career as a Deputy Fire Chief managing large scale industrial emergencies such as refinery fires, ship fires, chemical plant disasters and train wrecks.
Deonarine earned a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Maryland University College. He is a member of the Texas Emergency Management Executive Advisory Committee (TEMAC) where he advises the Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Management division chief on matters related to disaster management.
Deonarine serves with the Texas State Guard where he is certified as a Master Military Emergency Management Specialist. He teaches principles of disaster response for the Army Component Command. One night a week, he serves in ministry for the homeless in Irving, Texas.
Deborah Diercks, M.D.
Professor & Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Deborah Diercks, M.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She holds the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Distinguished Chair in Clinical Care and Research.
A nationally recognized leader in the specialty, Dr. Diercks oversees the emergency medicine programs at Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern University Hospitals, which together constitute one of the largest emergency medicine programs in the nation.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Diercks attended Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati and joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis, where she was a major contributor to the growth and development of its emergency medicine programs. She also holds a master’s degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health.
Dr. Diercks has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, among other sources, for research on early management of acute coronary syndromes, the influence of gender on symptom characteristics, and utilization of cardiac biomarkers. She has held numerous leadership positions within the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and was presented the Society’s 2014 Advancement of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Award. Additionally, Dr. Diercks is a Senior Associate Editor of the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
She enjoys soccer and snow skiing and has two teenage daughters
William Scott Hurst MBA, FACHE
Senior Director, Physician Networks
Scott joined Children’s Health in August of 2013 as the Director of Network Outreach. In this role, he had direct oversight of the Physician Outreach and Physician Information teams, fiduciary oversight of multiple budgets and developmental responsibility for the integrated networks. In October of 2014, he shifted into a full-time management role over the Pediatric Partners integrated network in concert with physician leadership, legal counsel and compliance. Scott and his team of integrated network advisors are committed to seeing Pediatric Partners go from a conceptual idea to a world class group of over 350 pediatricians and pediatric specialists committed to raising quality and lowering cost while delivering an exceptional patient experience. This focus on the precepts of clinical integration resulted in a 12% point climb in performance against Well Child scores for 3-6 year old children between 2016 and 2015; along with the achievement of significant shared savings for members participating in an ACO product.
All told, Scott has spent the last 16 years working in the health care arena. Prior to joining Children’s Health, Scott worked with EmCare, the leading provider of emergency medicine services in the United States and with CHRISTUS Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi, TX.
Scott resides in Lantana, TX with his wife Lisa who is a department chair of special education at Guyer High School in Denton, TX. His stepson, Noah (21), is a student at University of North Texas and his daughter, Anelise (13), participates in dance, art and choir while enjoying the company of the two family Labrador retrievers, Amy and Kimmie.
Teresa L. Huskey, FACHE
A strategic public affairs professional with more than 20 years’ experience, Teresa Huskey has engineered proven strategies to promote and protect an organization’s reputation with internal and external stakeholders while achieving business objectives. She is an accomplished leader, experienced in building consensus among diverse stakeholders responsible for advancing public policy, working with local, state and federal elected officials.
Teresa’s experience includes directing state and federal government relations activities, developing and directing proactive communication and public relations campaigns, directing media affairs programs, providing crisis and issue management counsel, and leading corporate community relations efforts.
Prior to leading the Government Relations efforts for Conifer Health Solutions in Frisco, TX., Teresa owned and led daily operations of a full-serve relocation business dedicated to ensuring smooth transitions for senior adults who had to downsize their homes. Teresa served as Senior Director of Government Relations for Tenet Healthcare, where she worked for more than 14 years, and she also has worked for the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards. Teresa is board certified in health care management through the American College of Healthcare Executives, achieving Fellow status in 2008.
Teresa is currently enrolled in a master’s program at George Washington University’s School of Political Management, where she will graduate in 2017 with a Master’s of Science in Strategic Public Relations.
Teresa resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with her mixed-breed rescue dogs, Isabella and Giovanni.
Dr. Jay Kaplan
Vice Chairman of Emergency Medicine
Ochsner Health System
Dr. Jay Kaplan received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School located in Boston, MA. He then completed a Residency and Fellowship in Family Practice at the University of California, Davis, Sacramento Medical Center. Throughout his career, Dr. Kaplan has held several leadership roles such as Vice President of Emergency Services at Banner Health System, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of MICU at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Chief Medical Officer at MedAmerica, and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Emergency Medical Associates. Dr. Kaplan has also operated as a faculty member while serving as Clinical Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is an active member of CEP America, Studer Group, American College of Emergency Physicians, and American Academy of Emergency Medicine.
Ricardo Martinez, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Ricardo Martinez, MD, FACEP is the Chief Medical Officer of Adeptus Health, which partners with leading health systems to redesign healthcare delivery and emergency care to be more community-centric. He emphasizes clinical quality care and safety delivered through teamwork, systems thinking, continuous learning and dynamic leadership. He has been recognized as a thought leader in the development of the Inclusive Trauma System, EMS Agenda for the Future, and the emerging Integrated Networks of Emergency Care that use technology and telemedicine to redesign existing care systems. Dr. Martinez has served in senior roles in academics, the federal government (NHTSA Administrator 1994-1999) and the healthcare industry.
He developed and served as the Executive Director of the Medical Leadership Academy and works “on the ground” with physicians, establishing strong physician governance, a shared vision of clinical care, role models and physician champions, meaningful feedback and effective communications and training. He believes that healthcare is best delivered as patient-centered, physician-directed, team-powered and data-driven.
Board-certified and residency-trained in emergency medicine at LSU-Charity Hospital at New Orleans, Dr. Martinez is currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and practices clinically at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, a Level I trauma center. He was previously associate professor of Surgery/Emergency Medicine, and associate director of Trauma Services at Stanford University Medical Center. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Public Health Foundation (Chair 2004-2006) and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2004.
Dr. Carl Menckhoff
Area Medical Director for DFW Texas Health ERs
Dr. Menckhoff received his undergraduate degree and his medical degree from George Washington University in Washington D.C. He finished his Emergency Medicine Residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1997 and practiced Emergency Medicine at Parkland Hospital, Medical College of Georgia and Medical Center of Lewisville prior to joining Adeptus Health in 2014. He now serves as an Area Medical Director for the DFW Texas Health ERs. He is board-certified in emergency medicine and has over twenty years of experience