Special Edition - June 2015

 

Berkeley College National Security Forum

Photo Caption: The 2nd Annual Berkeley College National Security Forum, co-sponsored by Hackensack University Medical Center, brought together more than 150 leaders in business, law enforcement, security and healthcare. 

 

Berkeley College Sponsors
2nd Annual National Security Forum

Lenore Molee and Joseph Bruno at Berkeley College National Security Forum On Friday, May 29, 2015, Berkeley College hosted its second annual National Security Forum, titled “Critical to Our National Security: A Forum on Information Sharing for Public Healthcare Sector Preparedness and Response.”

The Forum, co-sponsored by Hackensack University Medical Center and held at the John Theurer Cancer Center in Hackensack, NJ, brought together more than 150 business and healthcare leaders to cultivate discussion among local, state and federal law enforcement and national security professionals, and public and private sector health organizations.

“Public health security intersects with national security and Berkeley College is committed to leading the dialogue on these important issues,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College.

“Berkeley College is proud to offer a place for open dialogue, where groups from many disciplines can come together and have discussions that will ultimately strengthen security in our state and nation,” added Michael J. Smith, Berkeley College President-Elect. “It is also another opportunity for our students to see how the concepts and theories they are learning in the classroom are applied in the real world.”       

View the Photos: Click here to view a photo gallery from the National Security Forum.

Dario Cortes, Joseph Feldman, Michael Smith at the National Security Forum

Photo Captions: (Top right) Lenore Molee, JD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies; and Joseph Bruno, JD, Vice President of Emergency Management, RedLand Strategies, Inc., and Former Commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Management. (Above) Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College; Joseph Feldman, MD FACEP, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center; and Michael J. Smith, Berkeley College President-Elect. (Below) Mr. Smith speaks with Berkeley College students between panel discussions at the National Security Forum.

Michael Smith with Berkeley College students at the National Security Forum

 

Berkeley College President Opens Forum

Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College, opened the Forum, welcoming attendees and thanking the presenters for sharing their expertise and real-world experiences.

“National security is top of mind across the country and is rapidly and evolving as a professional field,” he said.

Dr. Cortes said that Berkeley College will introduce a new Bachelor of Science degree in National Security this fall. The program will have two specializations: Homeland Security and Cyber Security.

Learn More: Click here to read about the Berkeley College degree in National Security. 

Dario A. Cortes at Berkeley College National Security Forum

Photo Caption: Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College, thanks panelists for sharing their experiences at the 2nd Annual Berkeley College National Security Forum.

 

Keynote Address: Security Challenges

Christopher Rodriguez, PhD, Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, presented the Forum keynote, “National Security and the Importance of the Health Sector – A Significant Link to Protecting Our Country.”

Director Rodriguez spoke about recent threats to healthcare facilities and the ongoing challenges facing law enforcement officials. He said that in just the last six months, there have been 22 incidents of suspicious activity reported against hospitals – most of them bomb threats.

“Hospitals are inherently open facilities – and that’s a good thing – but it also makes them vulnerable, whether it be to active shooters or attacks against the facilities,” Director Rodriguez said. “We have seen these incidents become more prevalent, and they are a challenge for law enforcement and for first responders.”

Director Rodriguez said events such as the National Security Forum promoted the sharing of information and best practices.

“This is how we move forward from here to confront some of the challenges that we face,” he said.

Christopher Rodriguez at the Berkeley College National Security Forum

Photo Caption: 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.” 

 

Opening Presentation: Communication is Key

Joseph Feldman, MD, FACEP, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center, presented “A Hospital Perspective on the Importance of Information Sharing.”

Dr. Feldman said HUMC has dealt with its share of complex natural and manmade disasters in New Jersey, from Superstorm Sandy, to airplane crashes at nearby Teterboro Airport, to national events such as the Super Bowl. He added that HUMC is an Ebola assessment hospital, and was also named a Lassa Fever assessment hospital only days earlier.

He summed up how to successfully manage any crisis situation in one word: Communication.

“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,” he said. “It’s important to know when to communicate, how to communicate, with whom to communicate. Building relationships are critical. Knowing how to contact the right person for actionable information can have significant impact on the ability to respond and recover from all disasters.”

Joseph Feldman at the Berkeley College National Security Forum

Photo Caption: Joseph Feldman, MD, FACEP, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center, presents “A Hospital Perspective on the Importance of Information Sharing.”

 

Panel One:
Information Sharing and Building Relationships

The first panel, titled “Public Health Preparedness in a Changing Environment – From Pandemic to Terrorist Attack – The Need for Partnerships and Information Sharing” brought together emergency management experts from areas in higher education, healthcare and the private sector.

The panel tackled concepts such as information chaos, protocol, and relationship building.

Panel Moderator Clifton R. Lacy, MD, FACC, FACP, Director of the Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security at Rutgers – the State University of New Jersey, asked the question: How much information is too much?

“We get huge amounts of information – we get overload, underload, scatter, conflict, erroneous information,” he said. “When you start sending multiple messages by multiple routes to individuals, and messages are either redundant or too detailed, recall rates start to drop.”

Bernard Jones, DSc, Manager, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery  HS&E Business Continuity, Novartis Business Services, and Professor, Justice Studies Criminal Justice, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, spoke about the importance of maintaining relationships with key stakeholders such as law enforcement.

“I’d rather shake your hand and talk to you well before the storm than during the chaos,” he said.

Panel One included:

Moderator Clifton R. Lacy, MD, FACC, FACP
Director, Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Brad Gair
Vice President, Emergency Management and Enterprise Resiliency, NYU Langone Medical Center
David Gruber
Assistant Commissioner for Regional and Local Health Services, Texas State Department of State Health Services
Bernard Jones, DSc
Manager, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery – HS&E Business Continuity, Novartis Business Services; Professor, Justice Studies Criminal Justice, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies
Tom Moran
Executive Director, All Hazards Consortium

Panel One at the Berkeley College National Security Forum

Photo Caption (L to R): Panelists Joseph Feldman, MD, FACEP; Tom Moran; Bernard Jones, DSc; David Gruber and Brad Gair. 

 

Panel Two:
Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future

The second panel, titled “Communication and Information Sharing in the Health Sector – Tools, Systems and What’s to Come for the Next Threat or Emergency” focused on best practices for establishing public-private relationships before a threat.

Moderator 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.

“My personal view is that you have to bring the public sector in – or they have to push their way in,” he said. “Government has to accept them – not just make them as a guest, but as a partner in the whole operation.”

Lt. Col. Christian Schulz, Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security, New Jersey State Police, spoke about New Jersey’s evolution in security since September 11, 2001, and new challenges that the state faces.

“Since 9/11, what I have seen in this state has been a tremendous increase in our efficiency, our capabilities, and our ability to react to an incident,” he said. “I think we are better prepared today than we were prior to 9/11. We have made tremendous strides. Unfortunately, I will tell you that we live in a more complex environment than we ever have before.”

According to Lt. Col. Schulz, cyber security issues are increasing at an alarming rate, and new partnerships in law enforcement have been developed to address those ongoing issues.

Panel Two included:

Moderator Joseph Bruno, JD
Vice President of Emergency Management, RedLand Strategies, Inc.; Former Commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Management
Scott Di Giralomo
Director, Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety; Chair, Northern New Jersey Urban Area Security Initiative
Scott Nawrocki
Special Agent WMD Coordinator, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Newark Division
Karen Fox Pawlak, CHES
Hippocrates Program Manager, New Jersey Department of Health
Lt. Col. Christian Schulz
Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security, New Jersey State Police

Panel Two at the Berkeley College National Security Forum

Photo Caption (L to R): Panelists Karen Fox Pawlak, CHES; Lt. Col. Christian Schulz; Scott Nawrocki; and Scott Di Giralomo; and Moderator Joseph Bruno, JD. 

 

Leading the Next Generation

A group of Berkeley College Honors students attended the Forum, networking with panelists and asking questions about the sectors where they plan to establish careers.

“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.

Pamela Macek, a Berkeley College student pursuing a career in Legal Studies, said the Forum strengthened the skills she will use to help the public in her future career.

“It’s not just about academics,” she said. “It’s about being prepared to contribute to society. It’s not just what we can get out of today, but what we can give back.”

Joseph Bruno, JD, Vice President of Emergency Management, RedLand Strategies, Inc., and Former Commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management, said the students were enthusiastic and able to look at things in a fresh way.

“It’s also an opportunity to get known and maybe get hired in an industry that is just a fabulous place to work,” he said.

A Berkeley College student asks a question at the National Security Forum

Photo Caption: (Above) 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. (Below) Berkeley College students pose with panelists and Berkeley College leaders before the Forum.

Berkeley College students and panelists at the National Security Forum

 

Forum Reception

Connect and Share: Have more thoughts to share about the National Security Forum? Tweet @BerkeleyCollege #BCNationalSecurity

Berkeley College National Security Forum

Photo Caption: Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College (left) greets panelists at the 2nd Annual Berkeley College National Security Forum.     

 

“What was discussed here today was the sharing of information and I think that when you communicate and share information, everyone is better off at the end of the day for it. The sharing of ideas will stimulate other conversations to improve everyone’s processes.”
Joseph Feldman, MD, FACEP
Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center


“Having different perspectives is really important, so you need public and private to work together. Half the battle is finding a place to come to talk. I think what Berkeley’s done here is good.”
Tom Moran
Executive Director, All Hazards Consortium


“The value of the National Security Forum is the relationship building across the sector. I think it’s a great avenue to share information and to build relationships – to know who the people are at the end of the phone. When that phone rings and it’s not an anonymous person it brings a lot more credibility to the information.”
Karen Fox Pawlak, CHES
Hippocrates Program Manager, New Jersey Department of Health


“I come out of New York City. 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 and they have their own interest in it. When that happens, the synergy really works and things happen.”
Joseph Bruno, JD
Vice President of Emergency Management, RedLand Strategies, Inc.; Former Commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Management


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


“I’m glad we had the opportunity to learn from business professionals who work in this environment and can share real-world experience. 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.”
Nicole Vargas
Berkeley College Justice Studies – Criminal Justice student


“The security mindset is very different from the medical mindset. How they mesh is very interesting and it is good to hear from people who have done it and learn from them.”
Hamza Alshargabi
Post-graduate student, Boston University School of Medicine

 

Further Reading

“Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities: National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness,” a document by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesSubmitted by Moderator Clifton R. Lacy, MD, FACC, FACP

“A Brief Analysis of Methods Available to Improve Intel and Information Flow and Sharing between Government and Health Care Providers”Submitted by Moderator Joseph Bruno, JD

 

 

About Berkeley College

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 is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu