When Disasters Strike: A Special Convening for International & Domestic Response

July 25-26, 2018
Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas and CHRISTUS Health
Irving, Texas

The registration is FREE for CHA Members.

2017 was an expensive, deadly year of natural disasters on Earth. Wildfires relentlessly scorched dry land from California to Portugal. Super-strength hurricanes and tropical storms slammed homes from the Caribbean to Ireland. Famine continued in Somalia and Yemen, while avalanches killed more than a hundred people in Afghanistan.

People around the world recorded record-breaking devastation, much of it caused by higher-than-usual temperatures on land and at sea. Climate experts say that in a warming world, these fatal events will continue to worsen.

While the monetary costs of these disasters got the headlines, Catholic health care organizations are called to look at far more than financial implications as they respond to disasters in their own communities served in the U.S. and internationally and beyond their service markets. Be they hurricanes, fires, flooding, mudslides, tornadoes or other—Catholic health care responded and have challenges, insights and lessons to share.

You are Invited – CHA Special Convening to Share Lessons Learned & Address Ethical and Identity Implications
These recent disasters crossed ministries and borders and requires consideration. CHA is convening members July 25-26 in Irving, Texas, to provide a timely forum for sharing insights and lessons learned. While not a training meeting or detailed step-by-step, how-to forum, this meeting will instead bring together those who coordinated responses so that as a ministry we can collectively learn from the "how," as well as highlight the "why" of response as a mission imperative.

The meeting will address the two types of international and domestic disasters we respond to as a ministry:

  • Those involving the community(s) served directly by the organization
  • Those that while not in the organization's direct service market, happen in countries and communities we feel compelled to assist as part of our mission

The meeting will include keynote presentations, panel forums and plenty of time for questions, comments and discussion. It will  also provide ample networking time so that CHA members can meet their colleagues from across the country as well as international partners.


July 25-26, 2018
Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas and CHRISTUS Health
Irving, Texas

Registration Fee:
CHA members - Free
Non-members - $350



Who should attend?

This meeting is a gathering for those who coordinated responses for disasters as well as key influencers and decision makers, including operational and mission leaders, at the facility/regional/system levels. A meeting with international and domestic response information to share, we also need persons who coordinated international responses.


Kim BurgoKim Burgo
Senior Director, Disaster Operations
Catholic Charities USA

Boyle_Phillip_thumbPhilip J. Boyle, Ph.D., STL
Senior Vice President, Mission and Ethics
Trinity Health

Bruce ComptonBruce Compton
Senior Director
International Outreach
Catholic Health Association

Jamie DakeJamie Dake
Senior Program Specialist, Individual Assistance
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VI
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Gillean_John_thumbJohn A. Gillean, MD, M.H.A.
Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer

Camille Grippon

Camille A. Grippon
Director, Ecology and Global Ministries
Bon Secours Health System, Inc.

Amy HeroldAmy M. Herold, MD, MBA, FACOG
Vice President, Chief Medical Officer
Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Huber_Susan_thumbSusan M. Huber, MBA
Senior Vice President, Governance
President, Ascension Global Mission

Sister Carol KeehanSr. Carol Keehan, DC
President & Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Health Association

Garza_Alexander_thumbAlexander Garza, MD, MPH
Chief Quality Officer
SSM Health

Sr. Mary Jo McGinleySr. Mary Jo McGinley, RSM
Executive Director Global Health Ministry
Trinity Health

Lance MendiolaLance Mendiola, MS
Vice President, Facilities Management & Construction

Carl Middleton, D.Min, ND, M.Div, MRE, MA, BA
Interim Senior Vice President of Mission
CHI Texas Division
Catholic Relief Services

Jennifer PoidatzJennifer Poidatz
Vice President, Humanitarian Response
Catholic Relief Services

Karen ReichKaren Reich, MSW, DCSW, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer/System Senior Services
Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System

Lodging/Transportation/Meeting Information

CHA's meeting, When Disasters Strike: A CHA Special Convening for International & Domestic Response, is being held July 25-26, 2018, in Irving, Texas at the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas and CHRISTUS Health. A block of guest rooms has been reserved at the special rate of $155. The sleep room rate includes complimentary guest room internet. WiFi will also be available at CHRISTUS Health in the general session room. To reserve your hotel room at the special group rate, please contact the hotel at  (888) 444-6664. Please be sure to call to make your room reservation, and mention CHA When Disaster Strikes, in order to receive our discounted rate.

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Certificate of Attendance

Please note: CHA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for any programs. Participants will receive an email with information on how to acquire a Certificate of Attendance following the program (typically included in the program evaluation email). Certificates of Attendance may be submitted to relevant organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit. These include:

American College of Healthcare Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.

NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education hours (CEH's) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance.

For further information regarding Certificates of Attendance, please contact Danette Thompson, (314) 253-3408.


Day One
Shuttle service will be available from the Omni Mandalay at Los Colinas to CHRISTUS Health.
Noon Registration Opens and Light Lunch Available at CHRISTUS Health
1:00 p.m. Opening and Introductions

Sr. Carol Keehan, DC
CHA President and Chief Executive Officer

Bruce Compton
CHA Senior Director, International Outreach
1:30 p.m. Opening Keynote: Responding to a Disaster – The Long View
This opening keynote will offer a reflection on 20 years of disaster response in Catholic health care – the changes, challenges and opportunities uncovered.

John A. Gillean, MD, M.H.A.
Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer
2:00 p.m. Audience Participation
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