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Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to present talk in Ogunquit on Sept. 19

OGUNQUIT, Maine — Dr. Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., says being able to address a public healthcare emergency is about resilience in individuals, communities and healthcare systems.

The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service says the challenge for healthcare organizations is building that resilience through best practices.

Dr. Lurie, whose office is responsible for mitigating and responding to national health threats and supporting states and communities in need during public health crises, says it’s about creating an innovative, day-to-day infrastructure. “This is the backbone of a successful response and recovery,” she says. “The lessons we learn as we respond to events caused by man and Mother Nature alike can be distilled into best practices that can mitigate damage in an emergency and improve the lives of patients,” she says.

Dr. Nicole Lurie will share insights from her experiences responding to threats ranging from hurricanes to H1N1 at Compass Healthcare Facilities Symposium at The Cliff House Resort & Spa in Ogunquit, Maine, on Sept. 19th at 9 a.m. A meet-and-greet follows.

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About Compass Healthcare Facilities Symposium: Sponsored by WBRC Architects • Engineers and Harriman Architects + Engineers, the annual Compass Healthcare Facilities Symposium gathers leaders in the healthcare industry in a relaxed, informal environment to reflect on challenges, share best practices, explore new concepts and discover products and solutions. For details visit