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Emergency Management Symposium Brings Together First Responders Across Texas

Forum focuses on hospital disaster preparedness and lessons learned from major incidents

Nurses, police officers, public health officials and other emergency first responders from across Texas gathered at the Waxahachie Civic Center June 10 to discuss best practices and lessons learned from a variety of emergency situations.

The Baylor Scott & White Health Emergency Management Symposium aims to provide a forum for education and collaboration around the complexities of mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery involved in disasters. This year’s program theme, “All Roads Lead to Hospitals,” focuses on hospital emergency management and will cover topics such as active shooter response, severe weather, cyber security, public health emergencies and more.

“First responders know that when it comes to preparing for major incidents, it’s never a question of ‘if’ one will happen, it’s a question of ‘when,'” said Nick Sloan, director of emergency management for Baylor Scott & White Health. “The more we can drill for these situations and learn important lessons from our peers, the better prepared we’ll be to handle a major crisis.”

Audience members will include nurses, physicians, health care and hospital leadership, emergency management, public health, engineering, media relations, emergency medical, police and fire from across Texas.

This is the fifth year Baylor Scott & White Health has hosted the symposium, which is facilitated by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and the Emergency Services Training Institute and sponsored by The Grainger Foundation.

About Baylor Scott & White Health
Formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, the system referred to as Baylor Scott & White Health is the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $9 billion* and serving a population larger than the state of Georgia, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The system now includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 access points, 6,000 active physicians, and 40,000 employees, plus the Scott & White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance — a network of clinical providers and facilities focused on improving quality, managing the health of patient populations, and reducing the overall cost of care. For more information visit:BaylorScottandWhite.com

* based on unaudited 2015 fiscal year statements


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Megan Brooks