Patty Skoglund, R.N. is a registered nurse and health educator with a broad background in disaster preparedness and emergency response. Ms. Skoglund’s expertise includes assessing public health and safety risks and organizing multidisciplinary emergency response initiatives for both public and private sector organizations. A highly knowledgeable leader and trainer, she has designed and delivered educational programs for diverse audiences in the healthcare and business arenas.
Of note is the fact that for more than fifteen years Ms. Skoglund led the development of a comprehensive disaster management program for five hospitals and 27 clinics across the Scripps Health Care system in San Diego, California. Her work on this program received national recognition as an exemplary model for healthcare risk management. During her time at Scripps, Ms. Skoglund was also responsible for oversight of the environmental safety and security and IT Business programs. In this capacity, her responsibilities included providing administrative expertise for the management of business disruption to services as well as emergency preparedness and response in the event of natural disasters and other crisis events.
Additionally, Ms. Skoglund has designed and led multi-jurisdictional training exercises for mass casualty, infectious disease, and active shooter situations. Ms. Skoglund’s preparedness programs have been delivered to more than 65 local, state, national, and international organizations including the Department of Defense, State of California Emergency Medical Services and San Diego County Health and Human Services. Further, she has lectured on pandemic planning, continuity of business, evacuation, community disaster planning, and business assessment readiness.
Ms. Skoglund is an active volunteer with the San Diego County Medical Reserve Corps, the California Disaster Healthcare Volunteers, Red Cross Disaster Relief, San Diego All Hazards Incident Management Teams Association, Inc. and is a Rapid Response Medical Team Lead for the International Medical Corps. A former trauma nurse, Ms. Skoglund’s work has extended far beyond U.S. borders. She has participated in clinical care for international humanitarian missions in countries such as Nepal, India, Haiti and Fiji, as well as in U.S. disaster responses during Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin, Missouri tornadoes, and fire storms in California.
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