Nebraska Medicine’s Biocontainment Unit is one of three facilities in the United States equipped to handle a crisis involving highly contagious and deadly outbreaks, including Ebola, SARS, smallpox, plague and MERS. The hospital’s communications plans, specialized training and crisis drills were put to work after being one of three units chosen to care for U.S. citizens evacuated from Africa with the Ebola virus. Paul Baltes, director of communications for Nebraska Medicine, will share how careful preparation led to success, the changes they’ve made in the years since—and how you can translate your plans into action when crises hit.
Paul Baltes is director of communication at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, where he manages public and media relations, social media and internal communications. Prior to his eleven years at the medical center, Baltes spent 13 years as a television journalist in Arizona, Indiana and Nebraska.