|The National Alliance for Training Health Care
for Emergency Response (NATHCER)
James L. Paturas, EMTP, CHS-IV, SEM
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Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response
October 16, 2006 Press Release Announcing NATHCER Initiative
Mr. Paturas is the System Manager for the Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response, (YNH-CEPDR) which provides coordination of emergency preparedness for Bridgeport Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. As a state designated Center of Excellence for Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness for Connecticut and a CDC Center for Public Health Preparedness YNH-CEPDR also coordinates emergency preparedness with acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, community health centers, home health agencies, emergency medical services, first responders and other healthcare agencies statewide.
Mr. Paturas has thirty years of experience in hospitals and health care. From 1981, until being assigned his new role with the YNHHS CEPDR, Mr. Paturas was the Director of Ambulatory Development and Emergency Services for Bridgeport Hospital and served as the hospital emergency management coordinator and chairman of the hospital emergency management committee. Prior to relocating to Connecticut he was the Director, Prehospital Care & Emergency Services for St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City from 1977-1981.
Mr. Paturas attended the City College of New York. Since 1986 Mr. Paturas has served as author, editor and contributor on twenty-six medical texts and publications with a primary focus on emergency medicine and disaster preparedness. On a national level, he is the Past President of the American College of Contingency Planners and Past President of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. Mr. Paturas is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning. He has served on the NFPA Technical Committee on Disaster Management which developed the NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs 2000 Edition and the 2006 Hospital Incident Command System IV Edition Review Group sponsored by the California EMS Authority. He is also a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and has successfully completed Certification in Homeland Security IV from the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security.