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Emergencies, disasters, and other catastrophic events pose a significant threat to the ability of a health care organization to maintain operational capabilities and provide care, treatment, and services to its community. Tampa General Hospital prides itself on its culture of safety and preparedness. COVID -19 has tested plans, policies, and procedures unlike any other incident TGH has seen. It has been four+ years since we last heard from TGH. Join us this month as Erinn will highlight several emergency preparedness and business continuity elements that were impacted during the COVID-19 response and ways in which the organization responded to ensure continuity of operations, and more importantly, the safety of its patients and team.
Erinn Skiba, Manager of Emergency Preparedness, Tampa General Hospital. In this role, Erinn is responsible for all preparedness, planning, and direct disaster response and recovery for any threat the hospital may face. She provides disaster preparedness training and performs exercises, as well as prepares organizational emergency plans, policies, and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods), man-made (e.g., terrorism, transportation accidents, and fires) and technological (e.g., power outages or hazardous materials spills) disasters. She is also responsible for liaising with city, county, state, and federal agencies to maintain the highest state of readiness.
Erinn has her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, a Master’s Degree in Public Health, and a Graduate Certificate in Health Management and Leadership. She is a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) and was an inaugural member of LEAD TGH. She was also awarded the Excellence in Management Award at TGH in 2017.
Erinn has been very involved in Emergency Management since 2010. She began her career at TGH in 2016. Her previous work experiences include working as a Sr. Planner for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Office of Emergency Management, a Learning and Development Facilitator at the USF Center for Biological Defense, and an EMT for a private ambulance service.
Within the community, Erinn collaborates with local partners to improve coordination and response between the community and TGH. She is an active member of The City of Tampa Emergency Operations Group, the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Group, both the county and regional Healthcare Coalitions, the Hillsborough County Emergency Medical Planning Council (EMPC), the Tampa Bay Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), and Tampa Bay Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF), and is a member of Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA) and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).