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USA Medical Center Paramedic Supervisor Scott Taylor recently completed the first Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professional Certificate Program at the University of South Alabama.
The program was offered by USA's Center for Strategic Health Innovation in conjunction with USA's Advanced Regional Response Training Center. It combined classroom and online sessions focusing on many aspects of emergency preparation including concepts and principles of crisis leadership, communication, incident command, regulatory compliance, evacuation planning, and all components of public health regarding disaster preparedness and response.
“As the disaster coordinator for the hospital, I can't say enough good things about the program,” said Taylor. “Instructors Dr. David Wallace, Carolyn Ross, and Elizabeth Williams were true source experts. They challenged us with the study load and assignments. I have no doubt the HEPP program is the future for health care emergency planners.”
The class participants from across the state were handpicked to ensure a mix of backgrounds. For Taylor, the class also provided an opportunity to network with other professionals, share concerns, and make connections to aid in future disaster response.
The HEPP Certificate Program was designed to provide individuals with a consistent, evidence-based approach for preparing and responding to disaster events on every level from a healthcare facility's perspective. The program is funded by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
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