November 4, 2020 Meeting

SCWIHERC General Membership Meeting November 4, 2020 Notes

Meeting recording (expires May 4, 2021):

Doug Hill gave an update on COVID-19 Crisis Standards of Care, including the work being done by the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC).  The state is expected to release guidance that mimic’s that of the National Academy of Medicine for COVID-19 vaccination priority groups.  Refer to the following documents:

Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine from the National Academy of Medicine:

This figure is on page 30 of the PDF.  Wisconsin’s guidance is likely to mirror this approach:

(Share Ethical standards document here)

Kevin Wernet gave an update on Mortuary Affairs and mass fatality planning.  Key points:

Reach out early to your local EM if you have needs (body bags, cold trailers)

Observe practices that respect the decedent.

Move decedents out of their unit bed.  If there is no room in your morgue, consider meeting the funeral home director at an entrance rather than bringing them into your facility and onto the patient care units.  Leaving the decedent on the unit and having the funeral home pick up from the unit directly increases their exposure and PPE burn rate.

Kevin also gave an update from the PPE task force.

Key message: every N95 mask that is discarded instead of decontaminated is one less mask we have during this pandemic and for flu season.  If internal resources are not available for decon, everyone is eligible to use the Battelle System.

See Respirator Reuse Guidance:

Email Kevin with any questions on these topics:


Hospitals- please fill out the Match survey to capture hospital involvement in real events and exercises.  It takes about 10-15 minutes if you have your AAR handy.  We use this information to capture your in-kind efforts to meet our required 10% match of our federal grant.  Link:

SCWIHERC COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Functional Exercise is rescheduled for December 9, deadline to register is November 25.  To be determined if we will have a spring exercise.  Healthcare Recovery TTX that was originally scheduled for spring 2020 may be postponed to fall 2021 depending on vaccination efforts.

We are offering a virtual condensed public information officer 4 hour course soon.  This course does not replace the G290 PIO curriculum (a 16 hour course), but offers a training for partners in PIO roles that have not been able to take formal training.  The goal is to balance current demands due to COVID surge with the need to deliver this course in time to use the skills learned when communicating with the public regarding COVID-19 vaccination efforts.  We conducted a poll during the meeting to determine when to schedule the course. Update: January was the top choice, we are looking at scheduling in early-mid January.

There are also many virtual training offerings available to keep up on your skills and knowledge since we cannot offer in-person trainings at this time.  Refer to

Center for Domestic Preparedness Virtual Instructor-Led Training:

Wisconsin Emergency Management virtual offerings (in purple):

The list produced by Svea Erlandson and Mariel Torres, our WI DHS Training and Exercise Coordinator and Specialist.

We resumed our weekly SCWIHERC COVID-19 discussion and gave organizational updates.

Meeting attendance:

Brad Armstrong, UPH Meriter

Diana Quinn, SSM Health

Jodi Moyer, Beloit Health Systems

Nathan Bubenzer, UPH Meriter

Sharon Warden, Mile Bluff Medical Center

Alice Salli, Mendota Mental Health Institute

Alison Chouinard, Rock Co Health Dept

Angie Cohen, Grant Regional Health Ctr

Ben Eithun, UW Health/AFCH/SCWIHERC

Bill Ritzer, Reedsburg Area Medical Center

Brian Allen, Southwest Health

Carrie Meier, Dane County EM/EMS

Dave Larson, Madison VA

Deanna Wright, Memorial Hospital of Lafayette Co

Debbie Siegenthaler, Iowa County Health Dept

Diana Arneson, Rock County

Donna Haugom, Jefferson County EM

Gail Scott, Jefferson Co Health Dept

Steve Haskell, UW Health

Jane Gervais, Adams Co EM

Jodie Molitor, Sauk Co Health Dept

Jon Erdmann, Divine Savior

Josh Kowalke, Reedsburg Area Ambulance

Julie Leibfried, Lafayette Co Health Dept

Kacey Kronenfeld, Madison Emergency Physicians

Kate Stauffacher, Recover Health

Ken Kaiser, Grant Regional Health Ctr

Brenda Koehler-Borchardt, Watertown Regional Medical Ctr

Kristin Osterday

Laura Kane, UW Health

Leslie Cody, Allay Home and Hospice

Lisa Herritz, Ho Chunk Nation Health Dept

Patrick Monckton, Southwest Health

John Pettey, St. Mary’s Madison

Bob Swenarski, St. Mary’s Janesville

Sally Blackbourn, Memorial Hospital of Lafayette Co

Sam LaMuro, Fort Health Care

Sharon Foley, Divine Savior

Stephanie Novak, Marquette Co Health Dept

Tina Strandlie, Stoughton Hospital

Anna Taylor, Monroe Clinic

Carmen Luther, Reedsburg Area Medical Center

Lyle Kratochwill, Richland Hospital

Ashley Vickers, Mercy Walworth

Mary Crowley, Juneau County Health Dept

Guests: Doug Hill, WI DHS Crisis Standards of Care; Kevin Wernet, Wisconsin Emergency Management

Facilitated by Jennifer Behnke