Active Threats: How to Prepare Your Hospital: Feb. 21

Time: 7:30 AM


Illinois Health and Hospital Association
700 South Second St.
Springfield, IL 60563


Register Online

Active threat tragedies continue to plague hospitals. Currently, most of the attention and efforts are directed toward stopping an active threat during an attack and responding to its aftermath. Yet, it is critical to step back and try to determine what caused the incident.

Because an active threat scenario goes beyond "Run, Hide, Fight," this workshop will provide you with preventative plans and guide you in designing response mechanisms to pre-empt an attack. This workshop—an enhanced version of our Aug. 23, 2017 program—will address a team-based approach that focuses on prevention.


7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
8:15 a.m. Risk Factors for Violence
9:15 a.m. Creating an Active Threat Plan
10 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Threat Management
11:15 a.m. Case Study: KSB Hospital, City and Hospital Partnership
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. IHA's Advocacy Team
1:45 p.m. Break
2 p.m. Tabletop Demonstration
2:30 - 3 p.m.        Hot Wash/Conclusion


At the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Identify the warning signs of an active threat event;
  • Understand how an organization can mitigate and create a process to decrease the likelihood of a workplace violence incident;
  • Identify, assess and control anyone exhibiting pre-attack indicators;
  • Create an active threat plan; and
  • Discuss strategies an organization can take during an active threat event.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for senior leaders and hospital supervisors and managers in the following departments:

  • Emergency Management
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Risk Management
  • Security


G. Michael Verden, Owner and CEO, The Lake Forest Group
After 21-year career in the U.S. Secret Service, Verden applies to hospital settings the security best practices he learned protecting the President, First Lady, other heads of state and large-scale events such as the Olympics and the Super Bowl.

Nancy Zarse, PsyD, Professor, Forensic Department, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
A forensic psychologist, Zarse has studied and been exposed to workplace violence, violent extremism and risk assessment. Through her work with federal prisons, the FBI, Chicago Police Department and U.S. Army Military Police, she focuses on multi-disciplinary collaboration to identify the warning signs of violence.

Pam Paziotopoulos, President, Paziotopoulos Group, Ltd.
After working as a prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Paziotopoulos developed and presented training sessions on domestic violence, stalking and workplace violence to such organizations as NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. She has been interviewed on domestic and workplace violence on CNN, CNBC, WGN and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

David Schreiner, FACHE, President and CEO, Katherine Shaw Bethea (KSB) Hospital, Dixon
Schreiner has served as KSB Hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2011. He has served or currently serves on the Boards of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Illinois Health and Hospital Association and the American Hospital Association Small & Rural Governance Committee.