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Our hospital just participated in a regional full-scale drill. I cannot fully explain what an incredible impact the Healthcare Leadership training made. Our ability to apply leadership and manage the event was effective. The most frequent comment I heard was, 'boy, am I glad I went to Anniston! This all makes sense now.' Thank you CDP!!! Barb Jensen; Emergency Preparedness Program Manager; Washington;

Target Audience/Disciplines

  • Hospital executive group — Senior executives who have ultimate legal and overall fiduciary responsibilities for the institution;
  • Mid-level management — Those who have responsibility for activating the disaster plan;
  • Patient services group — Senior patient care services leadership who are responsible for the following: organizing and delivering patient care services and resources, maintaining a patient-tracking system, assuring the treatment of inpatients and managing the inpatient-care areas, and controlling discharge procedures;
  • Emergency Department (ED) group — Those responsible for overall clinical and administrative management of the ED resources;
  • Physical plant operations group — Those responsible for the physical plant and its environment;
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) — Those responsible for authorizing policy and/or participating in the formation of policy that determines the response of EMS resources to a disaster;
  • Public health group — Those responsible for authorizing policy and/or participating in the formation of policy that determines the public health response to a disaster; and
  • Other patient care — Patient-support areas may be represented, including infection control, chaplains, social workers, legal, and others.

Overview

Healthcare Leadership and Administrative Decision Making is a four-day course that addresses disaster preparedness at the facility and system level. Healthcare leaders must be prepared for any incident that results in multiple casualties — whether it is the result of a natural disaster; an accidental or intentional release of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosives (CBRNE) hazard; or a disease outbreak that results in an epidemic or pandemic. This course focuses on preparing healthcare leaders to make critical decisions in all-hazards disaster emergency preparedness activities. Responders learn essential disaster-planning response and recovery functions through lecture/discussion format that are then applied in a tabletop exercise and a two-day functional exercise.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Clarify healthcare emergency management roles and responsibilities in the disaster life-cycle process — mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery — for all-hazards disasters.
  • Identify key partners in disaster preparedness, their roles, and interrelationships in responding to a disaster.
  • Relate the use of the Incident Command System in the healthcare system through Hospital Incident Command System and the Public Health Incident System.
  • Illustrate roles and responsibilities in obtaining and distributing medical supplies in a disaster situation.
  • Illustrate the difficult decisions that healthcare leaders face regarding palliative care and mass-fatality management.
  • Summarize the development of emergency public information and risk communications messages.
  • Differentiate requirements for types of decontamination procedures and facilities, in addition to personal protective equipment to be used in healthcare facilities for a variety of hazards.
  • Describe the various concepts associated with the disaster-planning process.
  • Identify important aspects of Noble, U.S.A., and roles of the functional areas in the exercises.
  • Apply Comprehensive Emergency Management to a disaster-response situation.
  • Apply the concepts of healthcare disaster planning.
  • Summarize the role of healthcare response in an all-hazards disaster.
  • Conduct healthcare response to a disaster.
  • Respond to a healthcare all-hazards disaster.

Course Prerequisites and Requirements

To be eligible for the course, the student must successfully complete the following courses:

Continuing Education Credits

  • The Center for Domestic Preparedness is authorized by IACET to offer 3.2 continuing education units for this program.
  • Nursing through Alabama Board of Nursing (nurses only): 32
  • Continuing Medical Education, through University of Alabama at Birmingham (additional allied health professionals may be able to apply for these continuing medical education units): 32
  • Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), if approved by the student’s state: 32

Course Length

4.0 days

Course Code

MGT-901


Related Photos

  • Image: Students in the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course simulate hospital leadership in the Emergency Operations Center. The 32-hour course lasts four days and includes both classroom instruction and realistic scenario-based exercises�complete with the expected chaos, noise, power failures, media briefs, and even victims from a mass casualty event.
  • Image: Students in the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course simulate hospital leadership in the Emergency Operations Center. The 32-hour course lasts four days and includes both classroom instruction and realistic scenario-based exercises�complete with the expected chaos, noise, power failures, media briefs, and even victims from a mass casualty event.
  • Image: Students attending the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course admit patients (role players) to be treated by emergency department personnel. The former Army Noble Hospital was converted into a training site for health and medical education in disasters and mass casualty events.  It serves as the only operational hospital in the U.S. dedicated to training.
  • Image: Emergency medical personnel apply life saving procedures to a Human Patient Simulator while attending training at the CDP�s Noble Training Facility.  The former Army Noble Hospital was converted into a training site for health and medical education in disasters and mass casualty events.  It serves as the only operational hospital in the U.S. dedicated to training.
  • Image: Emergency medical personnel apply life saving procedures to a Human Patient Simulator while attending training at the CDP�s Noble Training Facility.  The former Army Noble Hospital was converted into a training site for health and medical education in disasters and mass casualty events.  It serves as the only operational hospital in the U.S. dedicated to training.

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