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Gwinnett HELP Meeting: Kelly Nadeau

About Kelly:

Kelly Nadeau is the Director of the Healthcare Community Preparedness Program, Emergency Preparedness and Response within the Georgia Department of Public Health. This program is responsible for assisting with emergency preparedness of hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Funding for this program is through Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Healthcare Preparedness Program. Training and education opportunities, regional exercises, healthcare preparedness planning, and healthcare volunteer coordination are just a few of the activities sponsored by the grant in Georgia. Prior to beginning this position in August of 2009, Kelly was the Trauma Coordinator and Emergency Management Coordinator at DeKalb Medical for twenty years.

Kelly obtained her Bachelor’s in Nursing from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her Master’s in Nursing from Emory University in Adult Critical Care and Nursing Education. Her nursing practice has included critical care, emergency, and trauma nursing. Teaching experience includes TNCC, ACLS, BCLS, CATN, emergency management courses, and pathophysiology in classroom and on-line for nursing programs.

Kelly’s Presentation:

Kelly will be presenting information on the multidisciplinary, multiagency work groups from across the state that tackled major Emergency Preparedness projects that needed focused attention.  She will give a general overview of the workgroups that addressed the issues of Surge Capacity, CHEMPACK, Decontamination, Evacuation, Mass Fatality, Specialty Care and Volunteers.  Her primary focus will be on the Surge Work group and the effects on the healthcare community when a major event occurs and the hospitals are surged with in-coming patients. This will not only impact the hospital but the healthcare community as a whole. It should be very enlightening and thought provoking.

Kelly will also discuss the direction of the Healthcare Community Preparedness  Program for the next grant cycle as we move from the individual agency/facility planning
to a more coordinated regional focus.
Come and hear what she has to say about this new direction as it will bring a new fresh approach to the healthcare
community’s response to disasters.

We hope you will join us!