Chapter Meeting January 15, 2014

Wed, 2014-01-15 00:00


Members: Our next Charlotte Chapter Meeting is set for Wednesday, January 15th, from 1-4 p.m. at Microsoft. This is an open meeting to members and guests. Mark your calendars and register online prior to the meeting at our chapter site,

Don’t forget to print the parking pass and directions to Microsoft:


Title: Computer Hacking/Intellectual Property Unit – Department of Justice

Presenter: Assistant United States Attorney Craig Randall – Western District of North Carolina

Title:  Going to the hospital:  What your admission packet doesn’t tell you!

Other than the nuclear power community healthcare has the greatest number of regulatory requirements of any business.  Hospitals spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to be sure that all patients receive care in a safe environment.  We will discuss the emergency preparedness components of preparedness to keep our patients and staff safe during made, technological, and act of God events. This presentation will heighten the awareness of all participants of the requirements for preparedness that are required for hospitals.  

Presenter: Tony Rich, Manager, Emergency Preparedness-Novant Health

Bio: Mr. Rich has been involved in Emergency Management and Emergency Service for over 38 years.  He served in the fire service in Kalamazoo, Michigan for 30 years specializing in education, hazardous materials and rescue operations.  He is certified as a Fire Service and Terrorism Response instructor in the State of Michigan and has taught at the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, MD. Mr. Rich also served as a special deputy for the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Department, Vice-Chair of the Kalamazoo County Emergency Management Committee. He also worked as a critical care paramedic in a Level I Trauma Center and was the lead instructor for the EMT and Paramedic program in Southwest Michigan.  Mr. Rich has served as part of the design team for courses at the Center for Domestic Preparedness being one of the authors of the Healthcare Leadership and Decision Making course, and serving as an instructor and subject matter expert for FEMA’s Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) program, the Metropolitan Medical Response Program (MMR), Framework for Healthcare Emergency Management and various Integrated Emergency Management Courses (IEMC’s) held throughout the country.  Mr. Rich was also involved in the development of on-line Incident Command System (ICS) for the Department of Homeland Security.  Mr. Rich also served as a subject matter expert for the Center for Biological Research and Training at Louisiana State University and the Centers for Disease Control.  Mr. Rich has also worked as a private contractor conducting Hazard Vulnerability Analysis’s, Emergency Operations Plan evaluations and exercises to over 200 hospitals across the country.

Currently Mr. Rich is the Manager of Emergency Preparedness for Novant Healthcare having responsibility for the development and implementation of emergency management solutions for 6 acute care hospitals in the greater Charlotte, NC area.  He most recently created a 95 member regional healthcare decontamination team. He served as a member of the steering committee for healthcare preparations for the 2012 Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte, NC this fall.  Mr. Rich is also the President of the National Coalition of Corporate Healthcare Emergency Managers.  This coalition includes members from Tenet Healthcare, Christus Healthcare, Spectrum Healthcare, Carolinas Medical System and Bronson Healthcare Group.  Mr. Rich also serves as a Visiting Professor for the Graduate program in Emergency Management for the University of Nevada Las Vegas.