The law plays a vital role in hospital emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Responses to past public health emergencies also suggest that failure to prepare for foreseeable public health threats and disasters could result in allegations of negligent or inadequate planning from patients, the public, and healthcare facility employees. During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, healthcare and public health attorneys were called on by members of the public, patients, and the media to address questions and concerns related to legal preparedness for potential infectious disease outbreaks. This webinar will outline the general principles of effective quality assurance and performance improvement for legal preparedness for hospitals by outlining what legal preparedness entails, demonstrating how preparing for emergencies can affect liability, and illustrating the necessary components of a defensible hospital emergency management program.
Gregory Sunshine is a Legal Analyst with CDC’s Public Health Law Program in the Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. He oversees the Disaster and Public Health Emergency Declaration Law Project, as well as a number of other public health law research topics on emergency preparedness and response. Gregory travels to health departments teaching response personnel about the role of the law in public health emergencies and serves on the Healthcare Preparedness Activity Closed Points of Dispensing Toolkit for Healthcare Partners Advisory Group. Gregory earned his JD with a certificate in Health Law from the University of Maryland School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dickinson College.
Gregory is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland. Prior to coming to the CDC, Gregory coordinated bioterrorism preparedness and emergency response for the Baltimore City Health Department, where he participated in a number of response efforts including Hurricane Sandy in 2013.
Michael J. Munda, J.D., M.Ed., CPHRM is the Director of Accreditation & Regulatory Compliance, and the Emergency Management planner for Renown Health. He has served as Incident Commander for many Code Triages, including the Reno Air Races Crash on September 16, 2011 and chairs the Emergency Management Committee, is a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, and has chaired the Inter-Hospital Coordinating Council of Northern Nevada. Renown Health is northern Nevada’s largest integrated health network, a Level II Trauma Center, and a nationally recognized healthcare leader. Based in Reno, Renown serves a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Michael Munda is a nationally known speaker with presenting at The Joint Commission Emergency Preparedness Conference, California Hospital Association (CHA) Preparedness Conference, and Environment of Care Decision Health Summit in Nevada.
Michael is a graduate of University of California Los Angeles School of Law, with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada Reno. He is also certified professional in Healthcare Risk Management and a Certified Joint Commission Professional. He has twelve years of experience in Healthcare Compliance, Quality and Risk, Accreditations, Operations, Property, Acquisitions and Emergency Management planning. Renown Regional is the region’s only accredited Trauma Center in Northern Nevada to treat seriously injured patients. The Emergency Management Committee plans for all of the hospital and non-hospital locations at Renown’s Integrated Health Network encompassing approximately fifty sites, including four hospitals plus northern Nevada’s only NACHRI-affiliated Children’s Hospital and Children’s ER, 16 medical group locations and eight urgent care centers, medical office and business office type buildings. The philosophy of the Emergency Management Committee is that massive action toward mitigation, preparation, response and recovery goals is a high duty of care owed to all of our patients and to embed standards into operations through standard work, thereby fulfilling Renown’s purpose to make a genuine difference for the many lives we touch by optimizing our patients’ healthcare experience.