SOURCE: Joint Commission

Joint Commission

April 11, 2011 14:20 ET

JCR and The Joint Commission Host the 2011 Emergency Preparedness Conference

Build Your Health Care Organization's Emergency Procedures With Expert Advice April 27-28

OAK BROOK, IL--(Marketwire - Apr 11, 2011) - Being in the middle of a large scale emergency is the last thing most health care organizations want to imagine. But emergency plans need to be in place when disaster or an unforeseen event strikes. A prepared health care organization can be the deciding factor in saving countless lives in the face of catastrophe.

The seventh annual emergency preparedness conference, "Collaboration, Continuity and Community," will help supply the authoritative knowledge and tools necessary for health care providers to be prepared when they are needed most. The conference was designed and developed by nationally recognized industry experts in health care emergency preparedness and is presented by The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources. The conference will be held April 27-28, at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, Va.

The focus of the emergency preparedness conference, "Collaboration, Continuity and Community," is on the six critical elements of emergency preparedness: communications, resources and assets, safety and security, staff responsibilities, utilities and clinical, and support activities. There will be a forum for attendees to share their organization's emergency operation plans and best practices. Plenary sessions include a panel of hospital, non-hospital and community representatives discussing the model of a successful collaborative plan. The conference's individual track sessions will offer a spectrum of topics, such as integrating best practices and compliance with The Joint Commission's standards.

Additionally, a preconference will be offered on April 26. Morning sessions will cover The Joint Commission emergency management standards, case studies and a Hospital Incident Command System update with a "back to the basics" approach. In the afternoon, concurrent interactive sessions will provide relevant applications in a scenario-based environment.

The conference and preconference are recommended for health care emergency staff, safety officers, medical directors, nursing trauma coordinators, security directors, facilities managers, operations directors, emergency response planners and members of community agencies responsible for developing emergency plans. Attendees can register individually for $849. Organizations with three or more participants at the conference may register for a discounted price of $629 per person. To register, please call JCR Customer Service at 1.877.223.6866, or for additional details, a conference agenda and to register online click here.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, is the official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. JCR is an expert resource for health care organizations, providing consulting services, educational services and publications to assist in improving quality and safety and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission. JCR provides consulting services independently from The Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner. Please visit our Web site at

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