Pandemics, Hurricanes, Earthquakes: How Can We Plan for Emergencies More Effectively?

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Disasters strike. It’s not a question of whether, but of when. While many emergencies can’t be foreseen, they can certainly be anticipated.

In a recent poll of VarianVision webinar participants:

  • only 28% reported having emergency preparedness plans in place
  • only 5% said they have emergency preparedness budget allocations


In this roundtable discussion, you will hear two perspectives on emergency preparedness:

  • Noted healthcare leaders who experienced the impact of major disasters will discuss:
    • Lessons learned
    • Changes implemented
    • Strategies to ensure organizations can continue helping patients or recover quickly if operations come to a halt
  • An emergency-preparedness consultant for healthcare systems and medical centers worldwide will discuss
    • Best business continuity practices
    • Strategies for long-term recovery planning


Shane Mathew

Shane Mathew, MPH, CBCP
Vice President, Virtual Corporation
An organizational resilience consulting services firm


Michael Papagikos

Michael Papagikos, M.D.
Partner, Coastal Carolina Radiation Oncology Center
(Hurricane preparedness and recovery)


Emily Pirch

Emily Pirch, MBA, PMP
Vice president for cancer services at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans
(Hurricane Katrina and COVID)


Louis Potters

Louis Potters, MD, FACR, FASTRO
Chairman, Department of Radiation Medicine at Northwell Health in New York
(Hurricane Sandy and COVID)


Luis Rivera

Luis Rivera, MS
Chief Medical Physicist at Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in Puerto Rico
(Hurricane Maria and multiple earthquakes)



Pat Kupelian

Patrick Kupelian, MD
Vice President, Medical Affairs at Varian
Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology at UCLA



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