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Release: Feb. 14, 2003

Hospital Administrator To Discuss Disaster Planning, Response

With the recent upgrade of the Homeland Security Advisory System from yellow (elevated risk of terrorist attack) to orange (high risk of terrorist attack), preparedness efforts have been given heightened attention. On Friday, Feb. 21, Kevin Kirchen, director of business development at New York University (NYU) Health System, will discuss disaster planning and response, with a special focus on the effects of September 11, 2001, on New York hospitals.

The free lecture, "Greater New York City Disaster Response: 9/11 and Beyond," will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 22 of the Nursing Building on the University of Iowa campus. It also will be broadcast live over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) and via streaming video on the Web. The program is part of the spring 2003 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP). Advanced registration is requested and may be completed online at Links to the live Web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's site.

In his presentation, Kirchen will review the impact of 9/11 on the NYU Health System, discuss the Incident Command System (ICS) and its use by NYU and other hospitals before and after 9/11, examine bioterrorism preparedness planning at the regional level with hospital-specific examples, and highlight available resources for planning.

The presentation is sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness, based in the UI College of Public Health, and the Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies. The ICPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public Health.

For more information about the Grand Rounds series, contact Jörg Westermann, Ph.D., director of continuing education in the UI Center for Public Health Practice, at (319) 384-4294 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,