2019 IHA Emergency Preparedness Exercise - Nov. 6

Time: 10:00 AM




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*Number of authorized beds as approved by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board

Please note that the registration fee is for an individual hospital. Visit our registration page to enroll multiple hospitals.

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Cyberattacks are on the rise for hospitals and health systems. In 2016, healthcare organizations were the victim of 88% of all ransomware attacks in the U.S. With a hefty recovery price tag of over $1 million per attack, healthcare facilities must fortify their strategies to avoid being an easy target. On November 6, IHA’s annual Emergency Preparedness Exercise will simulate a cyberattack and its impact on a healthcare organization’s ability to maintain an effective environment of care with a significant impact to facility infrastructure.

Experience this full-scale, state-wide simulation in a live, interactive webinar exclusively for our membership. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a specialized inject track that focuses on facility evacuation and management of functional needs populations, including pediatric patients. With hospitals particularly vulnerable to a cyberattack, this program will help your hospital address all possible cyber weaknesses and shore up overall cyber preparedness.

Your organization will benefit from:

  • Strategies on enhancing your hospital’s ability to customize injects to meet specific, hospital, healthcare system or regional demands;

  • Lessons on improving capacity and capability to prepare for and respond to incidents that stress normal hospital daily operations; and

  • Participation at the functional level, which assists in meeting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirement for preparedness exercise participation.

To save you time, IHA will complete all the required Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) documents on your behalf.


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Assess hospital cybersecurity plans that include hospital response to ransomware, malware, phishing scams and other potential cyberattacks or data breach. (Cybersecurity)

  • Evaluate the hospital’s ability to recover from a cyber incident and resume normal operations and infrastructure. (Operational Coordination)

  • Evaluate the healthcare facility’s ability to maintain clinical operations during a cyber event impacting patient care equipment and resources. (Public Health and Medical Services)

  • Identify alternate strategies to maintain intra-hospital as well as inter-hospital communication throughout the incident. (Operational Communication)

  • Assess the hospital’s ability to maintain positive brand image through media relations. (Public Information and Warning)

  • Evaluate the healthcare facility’s ability to provide the Health Information Management Team with decision-relevant information to appropriately respond to the situation as well as any cascading effects. (Situational Assessment)

  • Ensure healthcare facilities are able to return to routine operations in compliance with current continuity of operations or business continuity plans and policies. (Economic Recovery)

  • Optional for Facilities that Choose to Test Evaluation Plans: Evaluate the hospital’s ability to successfully evacuate patients during a cyber-incident. (Public Health and Medical Services)

Who Should Attend

  • Clinical Engineering

  • Emergency Preparedness

  • Facilities

  • Finance

  • Food and Nutrition

  • Hospital Operations

  • Information Technology

  • Legal

  • Nursing

  • Media Relations

  • Pharmacy

  • Risk Management

  • Security

  • Other members of the Incident Command Team


Christopher Sonne, CHEC, Director of Emergency Management, HSS, Inc.
Sonne leads a preeminent team of emergency management experts at HSS, Inc., in delivering training, exercises and consulting engagements for client partners nationwide. With over 15 years of industry experience, Sonne is a nationally renowned speaker and subject matter expert. Sonne has acted as an exercise director and lead planner for dozens of large-scale operations-based exercises across the U.S. Before joining HSS, Sonne spent more than a decade working at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge where he gained clinical experience in the emergency department and spent several years in nursing administration. In 2009, Sonne became a Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator (CHEC) and in 2011, he earned certification as an HSEEP instructor through the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). Other certifications include FEMA instructor and Incident Command System trainer; Hazardous Materials Technician Level training; Advanced HazMat Life Support; and the EMI’s Professional Development Series.

Crystal Carlson, MPH, MEP, CBCP, Assistant Director of Emergency Management, HSS, Inc.
Carlson is an accomplished emergency management and business continuity professional known for her program management experience in the public and private sectors. She is a Certified Business Continuity Practitioner (CBCP), Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) and Incident Command System Instructor. Carlson is well-versed in engaging public-private partnerships to develop and implement solutions for crisis management and business continuity. In her previous roles, Carlson coordinated crisis management and business continuity planning for a number of organizations, including a corporation with 30,000 employees and over 700 international locations. She has also facilitated corporate emergency management compliance and standardizing training and exercise programs in government, healthcare and insurance sectors.