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Ensuring Your Community’s Emergency Preparedness

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This panel has been approved by ACHE National to qualify for 1.5 Face-to-Face virtual credits.

Please note we are required to restrict this event to a maximum of 50 participants. Please register early to reserve your spot.


Moderator: Ken Hutchenrider, FACHE
Methodist Richardson Medical Center


Bruce J. Brown, Dr.P.H.
Associate Vice President for Safety and Business Continuity
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Wes Dunham
Director of Emergency Management (EM)
Methodist Health System

Matt Zavadsky
Chief Strategic Integration Officer
MedStar Mobile Healthcare

Speakers Bios:


Dr. Bruce Brown is the Associate Vice President for Safety and Business Continuity at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He has over 20 years of experience with responsibilities in the areas of environmental health and safety, emergency management, business continuity, and risk management and insurance. Bruce spent 16 years at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston prior to moving to Dallas to join UT Southwestern. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and completed a Master’s and Doctorate of Public Health degrees in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences at The University of Texas School of Public Health. He holds board certifications as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), and Associate in Risk Management (ARM).


Wes Dunham is the Director of Emergency Management (EM) for Methodist Health System in Dallas, TX. Upon completing his administrative residency, he helped create, shape, and grow the EM program at what was then a two-hospital system. He has continued to lead and mature this effort at Methodist as it more than doubled in size, and as the field of emergency management expanded dramatically. Over the last 15 years he has served in a number of DFW preparedness bodies and real-world disaster responses, including terms on the board of directors for the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC), and as chair of the Regional Emergency Preparedness Committee (REPC). He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, majoring in economics with an English minor, and received his Master’s in Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.


Ken Hutchenrider joined Methodist Richardson Medical Center as President in July, 2010.

He has more than 25 years of executive experience with a result oriented record of substantially increasing financial stability and strengthening team management to build a tradition of providing the best care possible to the communities served.

During his tenure, Ken administered the assimilation of the hospital into the Methodist Health System, as well as the development of a $120M replacement hospital and its subsequent and ongoing expansions. Pam Stoyanoff, Chief Operations Officer of Methodist Health System has said “Ken is an outstanding leader with a proven track record in operational excellence.”

Additional accomplishments include the establishment of a new wound care center, recruitment and stabilization of the NICU physician group, development of the Da Vinci surgical program, and the successful recruitment/employment of new medical staff members. Under his direction, Methodist Richardson has received accreditations as a Chest Pain Center, a Stroke Center, and achieved nursing Pathway to Excellence.

Prior to July 2010, Ken served as the Chief Executive Officer of Galesburg Cottage Hospital, in Galesburg, Illinois. There, he successfully and effectively managed all facets of the 173 bed acute care facility, including a skilled nursing unit, inpatient psychiatric unit, a joint venture outpatient therapy unit, and a joint venture dialysis unit.

Previously in his career, Ken served in executive roles including Chief Executive Officer of the Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. Ken started his career in a clinical position as a Paramedic Shift Supervisor in Pasadena, Texas.


Matt Zavadsky is the Chief Strategic Integration Officer at MedStar Mobile Healthcare, the exclusive emergency and non-emergency EMS/MIH provider for Fort Worth and 14 other cities in North Texas, the recipient of the EMS World/NAEMT 2013 Paid EMS system of the Year and the only agency to be named an EMS10 Innovator by JEMS Magazine.

MedStar provides advanced life support ambulance service to 436 square miles and more than 1 million residents and responds to over 155,000 calls a year with a fleet of 59 ambulances. MedStar is a high performance, high value Emergency Medical Services system, providing advanced clinical care with high economic efficiency.

Matt has helped guide the development and implementation of several innovative programs with healthcare partners that have transformed MedStar fully as a Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) provider, including high utilizer, CHF readmission reduction, observational admission reduction, hospice revocation avoidance, 9-1-1 nurse triage programs and partnerships with home health agencies. He is also the co-author of the book “Mobile Integrated Healthcare – Approach to Implementation” published by Jones and Bartlett Publishing.

He has 41 years’ experience in EMS and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Service Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Data Management. Matt is a frequent speaker at national conferences and has done consulting in numerous EMS issues, specializing in mobile integrated healthcare, high performance EMS system operations, public/media relations, public policy, costing strategies and EMS research.

Matt is also President of the National Association of EMTs, chairs their EMS Transformation Committee. He is an appointed committee member to the Joint Commission’s Home Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) and the Lewin Group’s Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (HOQR) Program Stroke and AMI Expert Work Group developing metrics for use in value-based purchasing measures for emergency departments.




Tuesday, November 10, 2020
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


ACHE of North Texas
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