Emergency Management- Hurricanes, Floods, Fires, Snow and Ice, and National & International Threats

Please note: AABB reserves the right to make updates to this program.

Live Program Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 19EL-454 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Leadership Management
Topic: Cellular Therapies
Intended Audience: CEOs, CFOs, COOs, Directors, Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, HR Personnel, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Physicians, Scientists, Students (MD, MT, SBB)
Teaching Level: Basic to Intermediate

Director: Suzanne Dworsky, MBA, MT(ASCP), Medicine Department Administrator, Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Moderator: Kelly Meyer, Webcast Specialist, AABB, Bethesda, MD
Speakers: Suzanne Dworsky, MBA, MT(ASCP), Medicine Department Administrator, Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; Paul Eastvold, MD, MT(ASCP), Chief Medical Officer, Vitalant, Spokane, WA

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify challenges to emergency management.
  • Apply the information to develop your own emergency management program or improve existing programs.
  • Identify the components of a recovery plan.
  • Discuss new technologies to assist in emergency management.

Program Description

Preparedness is important to maintaining smooth operations in facilities and laboratories always and greatly emphasized in emergency situations. This program will discuss emergency management - identifying challenges and how to deal with such situations as hurricanes, floods, fires, snow and international threats. The program will:

  • Review communication options and related challenges.
  • Review Human Resource management and related challenges.
  • Review supply and materials management and related challenges.
  • Address recovery plans.
  • Discuss new technologies such as drones and telemedicine.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register19EL-454-4070
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register19EL-454-8070

Continuing Education Credit

AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, General Participation, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel and Florida Lab Personnel. The number and type of credits awarded for this program (both live and on-demand) was determined by the program duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage.

Disclosures for the planners of this event can be found here. Disclosures for the program faculty are provided at the beginning of the program.

Speaker Biographies

Suzanne Dworsky has been the co-leader of the CT Management sub-section since 2011. She has been working as the Administrative Director for the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Clinical labs at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC) since February, 2011 and recently promoted, June, 2018, to the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Medicine Department Administrator which includes the academic department, faculty, research and the clinical labs. Prior to her current leadership responsibilities including, human resources, financial resources, asset management, and clinical research management, Suzanne was the Operations Manager for the Blood Bank at UTMDACC for sixteen years. Other than the above noted management responsibilities, she is involved in management of the assigned facilities and staff for emergency preparedness. Suzanne also continues to contribute to the CT Management subsection initiatives which include the introduction of Lean Principles, a Productivity Model, Business Plans, Staffing models, Capital asset acquisition, and Contract Writing. She considers herself a very progressive leader always reaching out to others seeking new and better ways to do their work in a very complex environment.

Dr. Eastvold started his medical career in 1978 as a medical technologist at Loma Linda University Medical Center in southern California. He was with the Loma Linda University Overseas Heart Surgery Team in Saudi Arabia in 1979, followed by three and a half years of training in aviation.

After 15 years of “Teck’in”, he decided to continue his education and complete a medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1995, a 5 year AP/CP residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, N.C. in 2000, followed by a transfusion medicine fellowship at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas in 2001.

He has practiced blood banking and transfusion medicine over 38 years in six states and two countries, and is currently working for Vitalant in Spokane, WA as their North Division Chief Medical Officer. He also currently holds the faculty position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Pathology at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, just down the street from his office.