Berkeley College and Hackensack University Medical Center Bring Public and Private Partners Together

Leaders and participants discuss information sharing during emergency situations with a focus on public and private health

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015
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BERKELEY COLLEGE and HACKENSACK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER BRING PUBLIC and PRIVATE PARTNERS TOGETHER 
at 2nd ANNUAL NATIONAL SECURITY FORUM

 

Leaders and participants discuss information sharing during emergency situations with a focus on public and private health
 
Berkeley College National Security Forum.

Photo Caption A: The 2nd Annual Berkeley College National Security forum held on May 29, 2015 at Hackensack University Medical Center brought leaders from government, and organizations in the private and public sectors together to address communications during emergencies that impact public and private healthcare.

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For the second consecutive year, Berkeley College brought public and private leaders together to address the topic of national security and communications as they relate to healthcare in a variety or emergency situations ranging from cybersecurity of personal information to the spread of infectious diseases and terroristic threats by explosives and active shooters.

“Hospitals are open facilities and that makes them vulnerable,” said Christopher Rodriguez, PhD, Keynote Speaker and Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security.

According to Director Rodriguez, hospitals face many physical threats.  In New Jersey, over the last six months there were 22 instances of suspicious activity reports against hospitals – mostly calling in bomb threats.

The Forum brought together more than 150 business and healthcare leaders, as well faculty and students from Berkeley College, including students in the Honors Program, to cultivate a discussion among local, state and federal law enforcement and national security professionals, and public and private sector health organizations.

“Our role as a career-focused college is to align our academic programs with careers that provide opportunities for our students, especially in emerging fields such as those represented by the professionals participating in the Forum,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College. “We also want to provide a venue for the dialogue on real-world issues in this field.” 

“Communication is one common theme that happens in all disasters, and it either makes or breaks the success of an incident or creates huge failure,” said Joseph Feldman, MD, FACEP, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center, speaking about a hospital perspective on the importance of information sharing. 

“It’s good to come together as a group to hear different ideas,” said Kevin J. Hayden, Medical Coordination Center Program Director, New Jersey Department of Health. “We always need to improve.”

“I come out of New York City,” commented Joseph Bruno, Vice President of Emergency Management, RedLand Strategies, Inc. and Former Commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Management, who moderated one of two panel discussions. “We’ve dealt with some pretty big emergencies. We know how to do it. And why do we know how to do it? We bring everyone together who is relevant. The sharing of information is going on right there. Everyone is hearing and seeing what’s going on. They have their own take on it. They have their own interest in it. When that happens, the synergy really works and things happen.”

While most speakers as well as audience members agreed that a forum like this contributes to better understanding and new ideas, Nicole Vargas, a student in the Berkeley College Honors Program, had another view. “I’m glad we got the opportunity to learn from business professionals who work in this environment and can share real-world experience,” she said. “We were able to ask about what was on our minds and about what concerns us as students in this particular field. It gives us an edge when it comes to our time to step into this world.”

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies, which will begin offering a Master of Business Administration degree in Management in September 2015.

Berkeley College has six New Jersey locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year. The website address iswww.BerkeleyCollege.edu.


Chris Rodriguez at Berkeley College National Security Forum

Photo Caption B: Christopher Rodriguez, PhD, Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, presents “National Security and the Importance of the Health Sector – A Significant Link to Protecting Our Country” atthe 2nd Annual Berkeley College National Security Forum held on May 29, 2015 at Hackensack University Medical Center.

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Joseph Bruno at Berkeley College National Security Forum

Photo Caption C: At the 2nd Annual Berkeley College National Security Forum held on May 29, 2015 at Hackensack University Medical Center Joseph Bruno, JD, Vice President of Emergency Management, RedLand Strategies, Inc., provided examples from his time as Commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management and insisted that the health sector be part of the government’s planning and exercise process before a disaster strikes. Mr. Bruno moderated the panel titled “Communication and Information Sharing in the Health Sector – Tools, Systems and What’s to Come for the Next Threat or Emergency”

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Dr. Joseph Feldman of hackensack University Medical Center at Berkeley College National Security Forum

Photo Caption D: Joseph Feldman, MD, FACEP, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center, responds to a question atthe 2nd Annual Berkeley College National Security Forum held on May 29, 2015 at Hackensack University Medical Center. Dr. Feldman presented a hospital perspective on the importance of information sharing.

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Berkeley college student at National Security Forum

Photo Caption E: Nicole Vargas, a Berkeley College Honors student pursuing a degree in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice, asks a question about the emergency planning process during the 2nd Annual Berkeley College National Security Forum held on May 29, 2015 at Hackensack University Medical Center.

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