Company News and Updates
Russell Phillips & Associates (RPA) Conducts Hurricane Preparedness Exercises in Massachusetts and Connecticut: RPA led the Massachusetts Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan (MassMAP) and the Connecticut Region 3 (Capitol Region) Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan (LTC-MAP) as they conducted mock facility evacuation and other emergency scenarios in more than 486 regional long term care facilities (349 of these are plan members) during the second and last weeks of June. Click here to view the media coverage.
Although rare, the evacuation of a healthcare facility is a complex event requiring significant coordination with the local community and the extended region. Disasters such as the "Halloween Storm", Tropical Storm/Hurricane Irene and the 2011 tornadoes in southern New England have been drivers to support continuous readiness by these groups. The focus of these exercises was to evaluate the interaction of the long term care members in each region during a multi-day hurricane recovery effort, focusing on communication, patient tracking, and influx of patients/surge capacity.
The mutual aid plans, developed by RPA, establish a course of action and an agreed commitment among participating healthcare facilities to assist each other as needed in the time of a disaster. This assistance may come in the form of:
- Providing pre-designated evacuation locations for patients during a disaster; and/or
- Providing supplies, equipment, transportation, staff or pharmaceuticals to a facility when a disaster overwhelms their own community or exceeds their internal capabilities.
Please click on the link to view media coverage of the exercises: June 26, 2012 - New England Cable News - Disaster Response Drills Across Massachusetts at Healthcare Facilities
Importance of Fire Training in Healthcare: Darren Osleger, a Fire and Emergency Management Consultant with Russell Phillips & Associates, conducted vital fire training focusing on fire procedures at North Hill (Needham, MA), a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Click on the link to listen to a brief radio broadcast from WBZ News Radio 1030. Click here to view the media coverage.
The Prevention of Surgical Fires and Response to Surgical Fires: Dave Hood, Principal of Russell Phillips & Associates, conducted a surgical fire training program at Brighton Surgery Center (Brighton, NY). Due to the number of surgical fires in the nation, Russell Phillips & Associates has dedicated staff to the training of surgical teams nationwide in order to prevent surgical fires and to response quickly in case of a fire emergency in the operating room. This training focuses on prevention, response and actual experience with hands-on demonstrations. Click here to watch the televised newscast from WHEC –TV News 10.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference & Expo Session "Health Care Hot Topics and AHJ Interpretations": In the Eye on Health Care section of the NFPA Journal's May/June 2012 edition, Dave Hood, Principal of Russell Phillips & Associates, takes the healthcare industry through some major changes being tackled at the conference for the 2012 editions of NFPA 101® Life Safety Code and NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code.
Dave moderated the Health Care Hot Topics and AHJ Interpretations session during the NFPA 2012 Conference and Expo held in Las Vegas, NV. The session included two key speakers: George Mills, Director of The Joint Commission's Department of Engineering, and James Merrill, Life Safety Specialist for CMS. The session focused on the following areas:
- Adoption of the 2012 Edition of the Life Safety Code
- Pre-adoption Application of 2012 Provisions
- The Joint Commission's Department of Engineering
- CMS Long-Term Care Sprinkler Initiative
- Question and Answer
Federal Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) National Homeland Security Conference: On May 24, 2012 Scott Aronson, Principal of Russell Phillips & Associates presented at the UASI conference. This conference has the goal of addressing the unique multi-disciplinary emergency management planning, operations, equipment, training and exercises to meet the needs of high-threat level and high density urban areas. The presentation was on bringing public and private partnerships between hospitals, long term care, public health departments, emergency management, and fire/police/emergency medical agencies in supporting healthcare evacuations and continuity of operations through Hospital/Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plans.
David Walker joins Russell Phillips & Associates (RPA): Dave Walker has joined the Russell Phillips & Associates team and is serving clients as a Fire & Emergency Management Consultant out of the Eastern Region office. He served thirty years as Assistant Chief for the North Greece Fire District in Rochester, NY and was previous a member of the RPA team from 1983 to 1987. Dave holds numerous state and national certifications through New York State, the National Fire Academy, and the National Pro Board (International Accreditation for Fire Service Organizations).
Dave has an Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology and is currently finishing (expected to graduate in 2013) with a Bachelors of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering from Eastern Kentucky University. He has been a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) since 2002.
Russell Phillips & Associates (RPA) in the News: RPA recently had TV crews observing training and interviewing team members and hospital staff at MidState Medical Center, a Hartford Healthcare Partner. Click the link below to see the clip of the news coverage for RPA in action providing fire response training:
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Paul Dzurinda joins Russell Phillips & Associates from the Cleveland Clinic Health System: Paul Dzurinda joined Russell Phillips & Associates and is serving clients as a Fire & Emergency Management Consultant out of the Ohio office. Paul served as the Director of Facilities Compliance for the Cleveland Clinic Health System and, for over a decade, he has been specializing in safety regulations, code compliance, and standards compliance / interpretation. In his role with the Cleveland Clinic Health System, Paul was responsible for survey preparation, training/education, construction/ renovation drawing reviews, and the process of commissioning construction/renovation projects at health care facilities throughout the country (over 23 million square feet of property). Paul has experience working with the entire spectrum of healthcare related occupancies including large academic medical centers, ambulatory surgery centers, and medical office buildings.
Paul is a Board Member and Founding Member of the Northern Ohio Society for Healthcare Engineering (NOSHE) and is currently their Advocacy Liaison. He is also a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Paul holds a Master's of Science Degree in Environmental Science and is a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP).
LeadingAge State Executive's Meeting: On January 9, 2012 Scott Aronson, Principal of Russell Phillips & Associates, presented at the LeadingAge State Executive's Meeting in Miami, FL. Scott presenting on the experiences using the Russell Phillips & Associates www.mutualaidplan.org Emergency Reporting System during four (4) 2011 disaster response events in MA and CT including the Springfield tornados, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene and Storm Alfred ("Halloween Storm").
Really Ready 3 - California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF): On January 24, 2012 Scott Aronson, Principal of Russell Phillips & Associates, was the keynote speaker at the CAHF Really Ready 3, a statewide disaster preparedness conference. Scott presented on the impact to long term care facilities in Joplin, MO during and after the tornados as well as the two fall disasters in the Northeast, involving the relocation/evacuation of more than 7,000 healthcare patients.
Massachusetts Senior Care Association: On January 26, 2012 Nick Gabriele, CFPS, Manager of the New England Region Office, co-presented with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the MA Department of Public Health (DPH) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on "Back to Basics - Life Safety Code® Update" for the Long Term Care Industry in Massachusetts. Topics included the Top Ten Life Safety Code® citations and strategies & best practices to avoid these deficiencies and sustain compliance, as well as an overview of the 2012 Edition of the Life Safety Code® that is pending adoption by CMS.
Colorado Hospital Association: On February 28 - March 1, 2012 Nick Gabriele, CFPS, Manager of the New England Region Office, and Paul Dzurinda, MS, CHSP, Fire & Emergency Management Consultant, co-presented a Life Safety Code® Boot Camp for the Colorado Hospital Association as the exclusive life safety partner to the Greeley Company. A three day intensive, interactive seminar on the Life Safety Code® 2000 Edition and its application in hospitals including specific interpretations by CMS and the Joint Commission, a review of best practices regarding maintaining Life Safety Code® compliance and the Joint Commission's Statement of Conditions™ and a review of the changes coming with the 2012 Edition of the Life Safety Code.
Washington State Region 5 / Pierce County: On March 15, 2012 Scott Aronson, Principal, and Scott Barry, Fire & Emergency Management Consultant from Russell Phillips & Associates, developed and facilitated a Tabletop Exercise (TTX) for Pierce County, WA. This TTX was sponsored by the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department and included the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Health/Medical Operations Group (HMOG), Disaster Medical Control Center (DMCC), regional emergency responders, the Hospital Mutual Aid Plan (HMAP), and the Long term Care Mutual Aid Plan (LTC-MAP)
LeadingAge New York: On March 22 and May 22, 2012, Paul McManus, Eastern Region Assistant Manager, is presenting at the annual conferences for Housing Managers/Service Coordinators and Nursing Home & Assisted Living Administrators for LeadingAge NY. This Emergency Management seminar is designed to educate key leadership personnel on topics related to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The workshop will focus on the following items:
- Key components of an effective Emergency Operations Plan
- Best practice emergency concepts for full building evacuation plans.
- Best practice guidelines for influx and/or surge situations.
- The critical importance of mutual aid planning / Memorandums of Understanding.
Environment of Care Summit 2012 - Cleveland, OH: On April 13, 2012 Scott Aronson and Dave Hood, Principals for Russell Phillips & Associates, will present with George Mills of The Joint Commission at the EOC Summit for hospitals throughout the Cleveland, OH region The topics they will present on include:
- "Managing Potentially Catastrophic Fires - How complying with the Life Safety Code® and managing the SOC™ can support effective Fire & Evacuation Procedures"
- "2011 - A Year of Cataclysmic Disasters and Regional Infrastructure Failures"
Washington State Hospital Association - Preparing for the Unexpected III: On May 9-10, 2012 Scott Aronson, Principal for Russell Phillips & Associates, will be presenting at the Washington State Hospital Association's Third Annual Disaster Conference in Wenatchee, WA. He will be presenting on the following topics:
- "High-Risk Impact for Surgical Fires/Evacuation"
- Case studies on the impact of OR fires and room evacuations that force internal surge
- "Impact on the Northeast from Hurricane Irene and Storm Alfred"
- Rain, wind, snow, power failures, evacuations, 7,000 patients relocated - you name it, it happened. The impact on hospitals, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.
Annual Meetings for New York Mutual Aid Plan Members: Scott Barry, Dave Hood and Paul McManus will be presenting at the Annual Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan meetings in the State of New York. The Annual Meetings will review the updates to the comprehensive Mutual Aid Plans, Overview and brief review of the functional exercises that have been completed including the New York State Department of Health sponsored exercises for the regions, and lessons learned from healthcare disasters. These meetings take place on:
- June 19, 2012 - Southern Tier (NY) Mutual Aid Plan Annual Meeting and Education Conference
- June 20, 2012 - Long Term Care Executive Council of Central New York Annual Meeting and Education Conference
- June 21, 2012 - Western New York Mutual Aid Plan Annual Meeting and Education Conference
- June 22, 2012 - Greater Rochester (NY) Mutual Aid Plan Annual Meeting and Education Conference
Conferences & Exhibitions: Russell Phillips & Associates will be exhibiting or has exhibited at the following conferences in 2012:
- January 24, 2012 - California Association of Health Facilities Really Ready 3 Disaster Preparedness Conference, Sacramento, CA
- January 26, 2012 - Massachusetts Senior Care Association, Boxford, MA
- May 9-10, 2012 - Washington State Hospital Association Third Annual Disaster Conference, Wenatchee, WA
- July 15-18, 2012 - American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition, San Antonio, TX - Booth 1028
- October 2, 2012 - New England Healthcare Engineers' Society (NEHES) Fall Conference & Technical Exhibition, Springfield, MA
- November 13, 2012 - Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities (CAHCF) Educational Conference & Trade Show, Cromwell, CT
Conferences & Exhibitions: Russell Phillips & Associates will be exhibiting or has exhibited at the following conferences in 2011:
- May 5, 2011 - LeadingAge Massachusetts Annual Conference & Exhibition - Booth 42
- May 11, 2011 - Connecticut Association of Not-For-Profit Providers (CANPFA) Annual Education Expo & Tradeshow - Booth 46
- May 17, 2011 - Connecticut Region 3 LTC-MAP Annual Meeting & Education Conference
- May 18, 2011 - Massachusetts Senior Care Association / MassMAP Long Term Care All Hazards Emergency Preparedness Summit
- July 18 & 19, 2011 - American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition - Booth 740
- September 25, 2011 - New England Healthcare Engineers' Society (NEHES) Fall Conference & Technical Exhibition
- November 9, 2011 - Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities (CAHCF) Educational Conference & Trade Show
Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (COBTH) Disaster Committee: On January 20, 2011 Scott Aronson, Principal for Russell Phillips & Associates, presented on Hospital Mutual Aid Planning and Customization of Surge Capacity Plans for the Boston teaching hospitals.
Massachusetts Senior Care Association: On January 24, 25, and 28 and March 30, 2011 Scott Aronson, Principal of Russell Phillips & Associates, co-presented with Margaret Leoni, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Mass Senior Care Association, on enhancing facility Emergency Preparedness Plans. These seminars guided participants in completing a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA), incorporating Influx / Surge guidelines, and using Mutual Aid Plans to support regional disaster planning. Group exercises were utilized to ensure each participant was able to practice what they were learning about.
EOC Summit 2011 - Cleveland, OH: On April 12, 2011 Scott Aronson and Dave Hood, Principals for Russell Phillips & Associates, presented with The Joint Commission at the EOC Summit for hospitals throughout the Cleveland, OH region. The topics they presented on included:
- Critical Decision Making: Role of Charge Nurses in a Fire
- All Hazards Surge Capacity Strategy: Build it From the Department Up
- OR Fire Suppression & Evacuation of a Room or Suite
- Life Safety Hot Topics - Anticipated Changes in the 2012 Life Safety Code®.
UHF of New England Annual Educational Exposition, Marlborough, MA: On April 13, 2011 Nick Gabriele, Manager of the New England Region Office, presented on Effective Emergency Operation Planning to long term care facilities from throughout New England. The seminar focused on the impact of recent disasters on Long Term Care Facilities. The discussion was based on how to develop customized plans that address six key elements of an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), being communications, resources and assets, Safety and Security, Staff Responsibilities and Tasks, Managing Utilities, and Managing Resident Clinical and Support Activities.
Scott Barry joins Russell Phillips & Associates: Scott Barry joined the Russell Phillips & Associates team in a full time capacity and is serving clients as a Fire & Emergency Management Consultant out of the New York office. Scott was supporting Russell Phillips & Associates in a part time capacity in 2010 working with the firm’s Mutual Aid Plans throughout New York. He recently retired as a Division Chief in the Buffalo (NY) Fire Department (BFD), where he was responsible for the department’s city-wide operations and emergency response whenever his platoon was on duty. Prior to that, Scott held the position of Chief of Staff in the BFD, where he supervised the department’s Training Bureau, Safety Division, Special Operations Command, Fire Prevention Bureau, Communications Division and grant-writing efforts. To round things off, he was previously a high school English teacher and worked as a full-time English instructor at Erie Community College. He will bring 27 years of fire and emergency management experience to the firm.
New York State Association of Community & Residential Agencies: On April 18, 2011 David Hood, Principal of Russell Phillips & Associates presented at the NYSACRA Annual Educational Conference in Lake George, NY. The goal of the presentation was to outline the fire safety partnership between Russell Phillips & Associates and Lifetime Assistance, reviewing the best practice fire procedures and training concepts for the group home setting.
Western New York Facilities Management Group: On April 19, 2011 David Hood, Principal of Russell Phillips & Associates, presented on Fire and Life Safety “Hot Topics” to the Western New York Facilities Management Group. This group consists of facility managers from various Western New York healthcare facilities. Specific items of discussion included laundry fires, Amanda’s Law, commonly cited Life Safety Code® deficiencies, and anticipated changes to the 2012 Life Safety Code®.
National Health Care (NHC) Regional Life Safety Seminars: Starting on April 25, 2011 John Nolan, Senior Consultant for Russell Phillips & Associates, presented National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code® seminars for NHC in Kansas, Missouri, and Tennessee. The seminars addressed compliance with NFPA 101® and all reference chapters. Additional focuses within the seminars were on Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of fire protection systems.
Connecticut Region 3 Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan Annual Meeting, New Britain, CT: On May 17, 2011 Scott Aronson, Dave Hood, and Jim Garrow of Russell Phillips & Associates, presented at the Regional conference for 80 long term care facilities. This meeting included the review of Emergency Reporting during a disaster, actions of the Long Term Care Coordinating Center, preparation for a Full Scale Exercise in July 2011 and multiple case studies of disasters throughout the United States this year. A group exercise was run on managing an escalating disaster.
Massachusetts Emergency Preparedness Summit / MassMAP Annual Meeting, Boxborough, MA: On May 18, 2011 Scott Aronson, Dave Hood, and Jim Garrow of Russell Phillips & Associates, presented at the annual emergency preparedness meeting of the Massachusetts Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan and the Massachusetts Senior Care Association. This included more than 400 participants from State and Local Emergency Management, the Long Term Care providers, Department of Public Health and the Long Term Care associations. This meeting included the review of Emergency Reporting during a disaster, actions of the Regional Coordinating Centers throughout the Commonwealth, preparation for five (5) Full Scale Exercise in June 2011 and multiple case studies of disasters this year throughout the United States. A group exercise was run on managing an escalating disaster.
California Neonatal / Pediatric Disaster Coalition Conference 2011: On June 2, 2011 Scott Aronson, Principal of Russell Phillips & Associates, presents on pediatric Hospital Evacuation and Surge Capacity Planning. The goal of the conference is to discuss, facilitate and identify the challenges, tools, and plans for the response to a pediatric healthcare disaster.
Annual Meetings for New York Mutual Aid Plan Members: Russell Phillips, Dave Hood, Paul McManus and Scott Barry will all be presenting at the Annual Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan meetings in the State of New York. The Annual Meetings will review the updates to the comprehensive Mutual Aid Plans, Overview and brief review of the full scale exercises that have been completed including the New York State Department of Health sponsored exercises for the regions, and lessons learned from healthcare disasters. These meetings take place on:
- Southern Tier Mutual Aid Plan: June 14, 2011
- Western New York Mutual Aid Plan - June 15, 2011
- Greater Rochester Mutual Aid Plan - June 16, 2011
- Long Term Care Executive Council of Central New York - June 28, 2011.
AORN Annual Congress: Scott Aronson, a Principal in Russell Phillips & Associates, presented on surgical fires at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) in Denver, CO. With more than 10 surgical fires per week, this special session will bring to light proven techniques for prevention and management of surgical fires. Participants will also have the opportunity to go through hands-on fire suppression and evacuation exercises that will take place throughout the day at the convention center. AORN promotes quality patient care by providing its members with education, standards, services, and representation. AORN is composed of 40,000 perioperative registered nurses in approximately 6,700 hospitals and 3,500 ambulatory surgery centers in all 50 states and around the world.
Emergency Management Seminars (5 Regional Sessions) - Massachusetts: The Mass Senior Care Association, in coordination with the Massachusetts Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan (MassMAP) and with support from MassAging and MassALFA, provided a series of informational meetings that were presented by Russell Phillips & Associates:
- Review of July 2009 MassMAP exercises for evacuation of long term care facilities - addressing key items for regional and state-wide improvement
- Full Building Evacuation - Training of internal plans to evacuate a long term care facility; review a 2009 nursing home evacuation; outline how to coordinate Stop Over Points; incorporate resident tracking components into the plan
- Overview of other state-wide Emergency Preparedness Planning Partnerships
Mississippi Hospital Association - Health, Education & Research Foundation: David Hood, a Principal and President of Russell Phillips & Associates, and Richard Fasano, Western Region Manager, presented on full building evacuation and regional Mutual Aid Planning to hospitals throughout the State of Mississippi in this one (1) day workshop. Participants received a Full Building Evacuation Best Practices Guide on CD to support their internal efforts to improve their ability to plan and execute the evacuation of a hospital or other care facility.
National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo, Las Vegas, NV: On June 7 -10, 2010 Nick Gabriele, Manager of the New England Region Office for Russell Phillips & Associates, co-presented with Mr. Joseph Laveneziana, Director of Safety & Security at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, on Developing a Comprehensive Health Care Facility Full Building Evacuation Plan. The seminar will detail the important components of a Healthcare Facility Full Building Evacuation Plan and the important aspects of implementing and exercising the plan along with community partners and other healthcare facilities. These lessons learned are based on a successful partnership in implementing the plans at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
Donations to Children’s Hospitals: At the Annual Company Meeting in December, it was announced by the firm that donations would be made to support families with children receiving critical or long-term care. The donations were made to organizations based on the same location where Russell Phillips & Associates has staff. The groups included:
- Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, CT: Family Fund
- Kosair Children’s Hospital, Louisville, KY: Ronald McDonald House
- Golisano Children’s Hospital, Rochester, NY: Ronald McDonald House
- UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital of Sacramento, CA: Kiwanis Family House
Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG): Russell Phillips & Associates has been contracted by CRCOG to customize the Connecticut Region III Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan (LTC-MAP) for Evacuation and Supply Resources, which establishes a course of action and an agreed commitment among participating nursing homes to assist each other as needed in the time of a disaster. Assistance may come in the form of:
- Providing pre-designated evacuation locations for residents during a disaster; and/or
- Providing or sharing supplies, equipment, transportation, staff or pharmaceuticals to a facility when a disaster overwhelms their own community or exceeds the capability of internal emergency preparedness plans.
This project is being managed by the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG), a regional planning organization located in Hartford which serves the 41 communities located in the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) Region III for homeland security and public safety planning needs. The project will be funded through federal Urban Area Security Initiative dollars and will be designed based upon the 78 nursing homes in Region III. A Task Force and Special Expertise Committees are being formed to support the design of this plan and will include the nursing homes, CRCOG, Department of Public Health, CANPFA, CAHCF, the Capitol Region Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) and emergency responders from the region (Fire, EMS, Police, and Emergency Managers). Please visit www.mutualaidplan.org.
- This project includes the new version of the RPA web-based system www.mutualaidplan.org (formerly www.massmap.org) to manage multiple sites for levels of care, transportation assets, supplies/equipment, key contacts, evacuation locations (preplanned) and many other core elements for healthcare mutual aid.
Adventist Health System signs 5-year Agreement: Adventist Health System has contracted with Russell Phillips & Associates for a 5-year agreement to provide fire safety training and support to 30 hospitals and 16 nursing homes in 8 states. This is an extension of the longest corporate partnership in the history of Russell Phillips & Associates that dates back to 1977.
Society of Health Care Safety Specialists - Lincoln, NE: Robert Day, Senior Consultant for Russell Phillips & Associates, presented a 2 day seminar in October 2009 as part of a 3-part certification program for the Society of Health Care Safety Specialists. This program included participants from Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and Adult Homes. The program included:
- The components of an Emergency Operation Plan and a review of case studies on recent disasters along with key leadership and staff actions to manage the incident.
- As an exercise, participants split up into 3-4 groups and developed a Full Building Evacuation Plan for a participants building.
- Life Safety Code® Compliance: Keys to help healthcare facilities to stay in compliance with the Life Safety Code® 101 and the referenced Standards (i.e. NFPA 13, NFPA 25, NFPA 99, etc.)
- Review of past health care fires and the lessons learned.
Neonatal and Pediatric Evacuation Plan - Washington: In 2009, Public Health-Seattle & King County contracted Russell Phillips & Associates and embarked on a project to plan for the evacuation of the neonatal and pediatric patient hospital population due to an isolated, regional or catastrophic disaster. The planning included identification of the precise levels of care provided across multiple states and British Columbia, methods of transport for High Acuity Patients (ECMO, Oscillator, Vent) from a Level III NICU across to special Pediatric Intensive Care Patients, Med/Surg and Behavioral Health. Planning then evolved to make critical decisions on patient distribution strategies using a Health & Medical Area Command and escalated to the catastrophic planning elements of having a failure of multiple hospitals in the area. This focused on turning certain acute care hospitals with current pediatric capabilities into Pediatric Disaster Surge Hospitals. A review of equipment, staffing, transportation resources, suppliers/vendors and other special support entities was conducted with information being managed through the Healthcare Coalition and Public Health.
The Community Partners were brought together including air, EMS and regional transit to support planning efforts and provide a breaking point for regional transportation assets. Additionally, the hospitals all underwent a surge capacity review to take the institutions to breaking points assuming that there was no ability to leave the region due to the scope of the disaster. The surge capacity element assumed 100% occupancy and limiting or eliminating the use of Emergency Departments and PACU due to the need to keep those areas at full capacity in an extended emergency.
New England Fire Marshals Association Annual Educational Conference: Nick Gabriele, Manager of the New England Region Office for Russell Phillips & Associates, presented on “Healthcare Occupancies - A code enforcement and evacuation challenge”. Participants were Authorities Having Jurisdiction from across the New England states, and the presentation focused on the most common deficiencies identified in healthcare occupancies and commonly misunderstood code issues. It also introduced these “local AHJs” to the Joint Commission and CMS accreditation process and reviewed essential and effective Fire Procedures and Evacuation Plans for healthcare occupancies.
Russell Phillips & Associates Staff Services as the 2nd Vice Chair of the NFPA Healthcare Executive Board: David Hood of Russell Phillips & Associates now serves as the 2nd Vice Chair to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Healthcare Section Executive Board. The Healthcare Section of the NFPA exists to serve the Healthcare industry and those who support that community by providing quality/affordable education, influence and harmony in the development and application of effective codes and standards, and a forum for information exchange.
Redesign of Russell Phillips & Associates Emergency Operations Plan (EOP): Over the course of 2008 and 2009, Russell Phillips and key emergency management team members updated both the long term care and hospital EOP to reflect best practices and lessons learned from recent disasters throughout the nation. This included core elements from the impact on healthcare facilities from hurricanes, wildfires, internal and external floods, complete loss of central services and other unique disasters. The plans incorporate the most current National Fire Protection Association, Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and various state Departments of Health.
Connecticut Association of Not-for-profit Providers For the Aging (CANPFA) Annual Conference: Nick Gabriele, of Russell Phillips & Associates, presented on the “Life Safety Code® - Identifying Multiple Solutions to Complex Code Issue” for CANPFA, a membership organization representing over 150 not-for-profit mission driven provider organizations serving more than 16,000 elderly and disabled individuals across the entire continuum of care. This seminar reviewed the unique code requirements specific to nursing homes; exceptions and interpretations to the LSC (cost saving initiatives) and provided a foundation for understanding alternative compliance options: The CMS Life Safety Code® Waiver process, CT State Fire Code Modification process and applying the Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES)
40 Under 40 Award: Scott Aronson was named to the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award for 2009. This award focused on leaders in the Greater Hartford area who are commitment to business growth, personal excellence and deep community involvement.
R.A.C.E. for Safety DVD: Russell Phillips & Associates has launched the new R.A.C.E. for Safety DVD to support nursing homes in protecting the lives of residents, visitors and staff from the devastating effects of fire. With an average of 2,900 long term care fires annually, this video will help facilities improve their fire safety capabilities.
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“With more than 225 skilled nursing centers throughout the country, we have used the R.A.C.E. for Safety DVD to supplement our hands-on fire training provided by Russell Phillips & Associates. Our residents deserve a safe environment and our staff needs the training techniques and tools to maintain it. The R.A.C.E. for Safety DVD has proven to be an integral piece of our commitment to safety.”
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Massachusetts Long Term Care Mutual Aid Association (MassMAP): Russell Phillips & Associates has been contracted through MassMAP to create a mutual aid plan for evacuation and supply resources for the 790 long term care facilities (Nursing Home, Assisted Living and Rest Homes) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This project is a collaborative effort between the long term care associations (MassAging, MA Senior Care and MassALFA), the Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the long term care facilities across the Commonwealth. For more information on MassMAP, please visit www.massmap.org.
- This project included the launch of the new RPA web-based system www.massmap.org to manage multiple sites for levels of care, transportation assets, supplies/equipment, key contacts, evacuation locations (preplanned) and many other core elements for healthcare mutual aid.
RPA Staff Receives CFPS Designation: Nick Gabriele recently received the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designation of Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS). Nick serves as the Manager of Russell Phillips & Associates New England Region Office.
The Certified Fire Protection Specialist Board (CFPS) was formed in 1971 for the purpose of documenting competency and offering professional recognition for individuals involved in fire protection, fire safety, and fire prevention. In 1998, CFPS and NFPA partnered to jointly offer this highly regarded certification program. The CFPS Board credential has been awarded to more than 1,000 professionals and is internationally recognized as a mark of achievement within the fire protection field. This group of professionals includes risk managers, loss control specialists, fire officers, fire marshals, fire inspectors, safety managers, fire protection consultants, designers, code enforcers, loss prevention professionals, building code officials, commercial real estate managers and others who have responsibilities dealing with the application of fire safety, fire protection, prevention, and suppression technologies. For more information visit: NFPA CPFS Program
Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), Indianapolis, IN: Paul McManus and David Hood presented at the FDIC conference in Indianapolis on “Healthcare Firefighting Strategies and Tactics” in relation to incidents in Hospitals, Nursing and Adult Homes.
Information presented included the levels of care at each type of facility, fire department crucial actions when responding to an actual fire, fire department preplanning and what they should look for in reviewing facility-specific fire procedures.
Public Health of Seattle and King County Presentation, Seattle, WA: David Hood and Scott Aronson presented three 1-day Full Building Evacuation Workshops for the 22 hospitals in Region 6 of Washington.
Russell Phillips & Associates Staff Elected to the NFPA Healthcare Executive Board: On June 5, 2007, David Hood of Russell Phillips & Associates, a Rochester-based fire and emergency management firm servicing over 1,300 healthcare facilities nationwide, was elected to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Healthcare Section Executive Board at the NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition in Boston. David Hood, a Principal and President of the firm, was elected as both a board member and board officer.
The Healthcare Section of the NFPA exists to serve the Healthcare industry and those who support that community by providing quality/affordable education, influence and harmony in the development and application of effective codes and standards, and a forum for information exchange.
NFPA honors special achievements and committee service: Russell Phillips, a Principal and Founder at Russell Phillips & Associates, was honored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) at they recognize individuals for outstanding service to the organization in the development of codes and standards. Russ was one of 35 individuals to receive this special award at the World Safety Conference in June 2006.
Connecticut Fire Academy Presentation: David Hood presented on Healthcare Firefighting Strategies & Tactics for the Connecticut Fire Academy at the Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, CT. This program focused on improving communication and pre-planning between healthcare facilities and the fire service, reviewing case studies of recent healthcare fires and actions taken by the facility, addressing unique patient population within hospitals and nursing homes, and incorporating practical exercises for suppression of a fire on the patient and evacuation techniques for the room, smoke compartment and floor.
ASHE's 42nd Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition: Richard Fasano, Western Region Manager for Russell Phillips & Associates, presented on Full Building Evacuation at the American Society for Healthcare Engineering conference in Anaheim, CA. This program reviews a healthcare facility evacuation while providing information on methods to design, train and test your evacuation plan. Russell Phillips & Associates has been involved in the review of facility evacuations dating back to 1982 when 400 patients were forced from their nursing home.
AORN Annual Congress, April 4, 2005: Scott Aronson, a Principal in Russell Phillips & Associates, presented on surgical fires at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) in New Orleans, LA. This topic has been getting widespread publicity with national reports from ECRI and The Joint Commission outlining the risks and the fact that there are 2 surgical fires per week on average (2008 data now shows greater than 10 surgical fires per week.) The program covered practical steps for preventing surgical fires, suppressing fires on patient if they do ignite, and how to evacuate from the surgical suite if the surgical team is forced to do so.
Hurricane Katrina Review: Russell Phillips & Scott Aronson joined with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and volunteered to review the impact of Hurricane Katrina on nursing homes and hospitals in Mississippi and Louisiana. The outcomes of this review were presented at the 2007 International Summit on Healthcare Planning, Design and Construction (PDC).
Democrat and Chronicle Article from August 11, 2003 by Joy Davia, Staff Writer
Teaching safety first — and fast:
Phillips consultants show how to snuff out emergencies
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