Nursing Center Emergency Preparedness Summit

Nursing Center Emergency Preparedness Summit

Co-Hosted By the Florida Health Care Association and LeadingAge Florida 

Summit Overview

The Florida Health Care Association and LeadingAge Florida will host a Nursing Center Emergency Preparedness Summit in Tallahassee on Friday, September 22. The Summit, which welcomes leaders from the long term care profession, will include experts who will discuss Florida’s nursing centers and the unique level of care required for residents during natural disasters. In addition, Summit speakers will also address recently proposed legislation and rules related to equipping nursing centers with generators, including technical issues, implementation, regulatory requirements and funding sources.


Watch archived videos from the Summit Stay tuned for video transcripts by program panels.

Emergency Preparedness Summit Panels

Event Details

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST University Center Club 403 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL

Attending Dignitaries Include: 

Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Justin Senior Sen. Rene Garcia (R-Hialeah) Rep. Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford) Rep. Emily Slosberg (D-Delray Beach) Rep. Cyndi Stevenson (R-St. Augustine) Rep. Stan McClain (R-Ocala)  

Summit Agenda

Welcome & Opening Remarks 

Emmett Reed, FHCA Executive Director | Steven Bahmer, LeadingAge Florida President/CEO

Caring for Nursing Center Residents During a Natural Disaster 

PANELISTS: Robin Bleier, RB Health Partners, Inc.; Susan Conley, Canterbury Tower; Kip Corriveau, Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center 

Moderated By: Kim Broom, FHCA Director of Clinical & Regulatory Services

Technicalities, Generators and Equipping Nursing Centers 

PANELISTS: Michael Dodane, MiGre Engineers; Eric Cote, Powered for Patients, Mike Acree, Ring Power Corporation; David Dodd, Ferrellgas, LP 

Moderated by: Bob Asztalos, FHCA Chief Lobbyist / Emergency Prep. Team Lead

- Break for Lunch - 

Regulations and Steps for Equipping Nursing Centers with Generators 

PANELISTS: Skip Gregory, Health Facility Consulting, LLC; Dale Calhoun, Florida Propane Gas Association and Florida Natural Gas Association; John Wiseman, CORE Construction; Commissioner Bill Truex, Charlotte County Commission; Andrew Legro, GE Power 

Moderated by: Deborah Franklin, FHCA Senior Director of Quality Affairs

Funding Sources

 PANELISTS: Eric DuPont, PowerSecure, Inc.; Senator Rene Garcia (R-Hialeah); Representative Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford); Lorne Simmons, Moore Stephens Lovelace CPAs & Advisors; Funding Sources - Wesley L. Marsh, Jr., Brooks Rehabilitation

Moderated by: Tom Parker, FHCA Director of Reimbursement


News & Updates

Florida Politics: Nursing homes plan `summit’ on generator order

Calling the deaths of eight seniors last week an “isolated incident,” a nursing-home industry group will hold a meeting Friday to discuss a move by Gov. Rick Scott to require nursing homes to be equipped with generators to power air-conditioning systems when electricity goes out.

Miami Herald: Nursing home industry plans summit in wake of governor’s generator rule

The trade association for the nursing home industry will hold a summit Friday to discuss Gov. Rick Scott’s emergency rule requiring them to increase generator capacity at their facilities.

The Capitolist: Florida’s Nursing Home Industry Answers Calls From Gov. Scott to Beef up Disaster Readiness

The head of the association that represents Florida’s nursing home and assisted living facilities says the industry’s reputation has suffered as the result of the tragedy that happened at the Rehab…

Hotel Accommodations


Residence Inn by Marriott Tallahassee 

Universities at the Capitol 600 W Gaines St. Tallahassee, FL 32304 (850) 329-9080 1 Mile from University Center Club

Aloft Tallahassee Downtown 

200 N Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32301 (850) 513-0313 2 Miles from University Center Club

Four Points by Sheraton 

Tallahassee Downtown 316 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32301 (850) 422-0071 1.6 Miles from University Center Club