NIMS Compliance for Hospitals
and Healthcare Systems

K. Joanne McGlown, R.N., M.H.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., Ph.D.
Adj. Professor, School of Health Related Professions, University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)
CEO, McGlown-Self Consulting, LLC and Southern Legal Nurse Group, LLC
Sr. Healthcare and Emergency Systems Analyst, Argonne National Laboratory; Chicago, IL

James M. Mullikin
Chief - Compliance and Technical Assistance Branch
National Integration Center
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Department of Homeland Security

September 12, 2007

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NIMS Implementation Activities for Hospitals and Healthcare Systems
Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP)
Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)

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Dr. McGlown works as an independent consultant in prehospital and healthcare delivery aspects of emergency management. She is currently engaged in assisting State Public Health Departments, hospital associations and other clients with medical aspects of emergency and disaster preparedness. In addition to her extensive experience in pre-hospital EMS, nursing, and healthcare administration, Dr. McGlown has broad teaching experience in her specialty areas of EMS, emergency and disaster management, and healthcare delivery issues in emergency and disaster environments. Dr. McGlown developed and taught graduate courses for the Institute for Emergency Preparedness (IEP) at Jacksonville State University (AL), where she was an Assistant Professor. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a frequent faculty member for the Department of Homeland Security's Center for Domestic Preparedness and Noble Training Center (FEMA) where she instructs in various healthcare emergency management leadership courses.

She serves on many national emergency management committees, including the NDMS Planning and Executive Working Group. She is a long-standing member of the Task Force on Chemical and Hazardous Materials Disasters of the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM), served on the Board of Directors of this global organization from 1999-2007, and is the past-Treasurer of the Board and fundraiser. She is a co-founder of the International Nursing Section of WADEM and on the Board of this Section; and is Chairman of the Board of the Emergency Information Infrastructure Partnership (EIIP), an on-line educational tool and information exchange for emergency management professionals.

She works with Argonne National Laboratory as a Senior Analyst consulting in prehospital and healthcare delivery aspects of emergency management, including WMD preparedness and exercise activities, international public health preparedness and consequence management. She has presented audio and television conferences, is a noted speaker on the topic of hospital preparedness for disasters and terrorism for the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is editor of the book, Terrorism and Disaster Management: Preparing Healthcare Leaders for Our New Reality - a top-five best seller and 2004 publication of Health Administration Press (Chicago, IL).

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Mr. James Mullikin is the Chief of the Compliance and Technical Assistance Branch of the Incident Management System Division, National Integration Center. The Compliance and Technical Assistance Branch is charged with developing and implementing National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance policy to assess the effectiveness of Federal, State, local and tribal governments ability to work together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic disaster incidents. The NIMS represents a core set of doctrine, concepts, principles, terminology, and organizational processes to enable collaborative incident management at all levels.

Prior to this assignment Jim worked at the DHS Office for Domestic Preparedness serving as the Program Manager for the States of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont where he facilitated the development of their State Homeland Security Strategies and coordinated, administered and managed their State Homeland Security Grant Program Grants with awards in excess of $100 Million.

Additionally, Jim has had extensive experience working for the Department of the Army (DA) as the DA Liaison to the US Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), where he provided oversight and coordination of ATSDR cooperative agreements and oversight of all aspects of large scope, multi-disciplinary risk assessment projects associated with complex toxic and hazardous substances and military operations. Jim also had the responsibility to respond to military installations where hazardous materials were detected that posed potential health threats to members of the military, the general public, most notably in response to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.