After years in the making, the Department of Health & Human Services made it official…CMS will be adopting the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code® (NFPA 101), thus replacing the existing reference to the 2000 edition.
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The Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH) Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response has contracted with consulting firm Russell Phillips & Associates to provide a statewide “playbook” for decision-making through an Intrastate Healthcare System Coordination Plan. This includes working with key hospitals throughout the State on Surge Capacity, Transportation Evacuation planning, and a Categories of Care resource tool to support this decision-making process.
RPA is rolling out a new web-based emergency management and emergency reporting module that we plan to offer hospitals later this year (long-term care in 2017). We believe this module will provide hospitals with a powerful technology tool to help prepare for and manage a disaster response. This system was designed around helping a health system fully manage a disaster from the clinical unit up to the Command Center at each hospital and then across the health system. RPA has engaged an independent research firm, Spectrum Associates, and in early March they will be hosting three small focus group sessions: one in Boston, Hartford, and Rochester. The system is currently being Beta tested at an 11-hospital health system and we look forward to updating our clients on progress as we prepare to roll this out.
Dave Hood was recently elected to serve as an Assistant Fire Chief in the Honeoye Falls FD, a suburban fire department outside of Rochester, NY. While RPA team members carry a busy professional schedule, many like Dave enjoy supporting the safety of their local communities.
The New England Regional Office and Eastern Region Office recently participated in organized fundraising walks. RPA staff, family and friends raised a total of $3,183. Through an employee match, RPA then donated another $1,785. Therefore, we collectively raised $4,968 towards Parkinson’s research and support.
THE New England Regional Office, a.k.a. “The Navigators” participated in “A Walk in the Woods for Parkinson’s Disease” which was held on September 20, 2015. The course consisted of a challenging 2-mile hike through the woods in Litchfield, CT.
Rhode Island Healthcare Engineers Conference, “Life Safety Code® Hot Topics…Preparing for the 2012 Edition”
Speakers: Joe Beadle, CFPS, Senior Fire & Emergency Management Consultant and Nick Gabriele, CFPS, Vice President, Russell Phillips & Associates
There is much anticipation in the industry around the adoption of the 2012 Edition of the Life Safety Code by CMS and others. This session focused on current life safety survey hot topics and how the 2012 Life Safety Code will affect the healthcare industry in the future.
Brad Austin, Fire & Emergency Management Consultant
Brad joined RPA in 2016. After working for four years as a Fire Dispatcher at Kodak in the late 1990s, he continued his commitment to safety by serving in the role of dispatcher for the Livingston County Sheriff’s office in Geneseo, NY and as both dispatcher and EMT for the North Greece Fire District in Greece, NY. Throughout those years, Brad was also an active firefighter, often holding the rank of Assistant Chief within both the Livonia and Byron Fire Departments.