HAP's Emergency Management Staff

HAP’s Emergency Management (EM) team is available to support member organizations in all phases of emergency management, including impacts within organizations that may require incident management, training and exercise delivery, and recovery support. The team is located geographically across the state to quickly support facility-based emergency management programs.


Meet HAP's EM Staff


Chris Chamberlain, MS, RN, CHEP

Vice President, Emergency Management

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Christopher D. Chamberlain, MS, RN, CHEP

Chris is currently Manager of Emergency Management for The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. His current responsibilities include operational support to the commonwealth's hospitals and health systems in support of their emergency management efforts, providing assistance during both planned and unplanned events affecting health care delivery. 

Background:  Prior to coming to HAP, Chris worked for Penn State Health, St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, Pennsylvania, as the Emergency Management Coordinator and EMS Liaison, and has held previous positions with several Southeast Pennsylvania health care systems as a flight nurse, emergency department manager, and nursing educator.

 Additionally, Chris served has served in various roles including firefighter, paramedic, fire command officer, and EMS instructor and continues to maintain certification in all areas.

Education:  Chris received his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Lycoming College and his Master's Degree in Disaster Medicine and Management from Philadelphia University, now Thomas Jefferson University. 

Certifications:  Chris is recognized by the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers as a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) and by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a certified Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse. He is certified by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy as a Firefighter II and holds an Extra Class FCC Amateur Radio License.

 

Matt Linse

Manager

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Matt Linse

Matt is currently an Emergency Manager with The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. He has more than 20 years of emergency response, preparedness, and management experience. Prior to this position, Matt served as the Regional Manager for the Northern Tier Healthcare Coalition of Pennsylvania (11 counties in northwestern Pennsylvania).  

Background:  Prior to coming to HAP, Matt worked for AHN-Saint Vincent in Erie, Pennsylvania. Matt served as a team member with the Emergency Preparedness program, the pre-hospital services program, and business development department. He was an integral part of the pre-hospitals services team providing data gathering, analysis, and strategy to increase patient volumes while, at the same time, helped the in-house acute care providers understand the important of pre-hospital treatment and how it can impact and improve patient outcomes. Proceeding that, Matt spent 10+ years working in the pre-hospital field with an EMS services and for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as a Lake Erie Lifeguard Supervisor, performing surf rescues and the recovery of victims no the shores of Lake Erie.   

Additionally, Matt’s served on many committees including chairman of Northwest Healthcare Coalition, and as vice-chair of the regional task force’s health and medical sub-committee. 

Education:  Matt received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Minor of English from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.  Matt received his national and state paramedic certification from the Harrisburg Area Community College.  He’s also attended numerous trainings at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, and he holds many Incident Command certificates.     

Notable Responses:

  • COVID-19 Pandemic—Response Operations of PA Department of Health’s Disaster Operation Center and Healthcare Coalition response and planning. 
  • World Meeting of Families—Lead for Northwest Pennsylvania’s Medical Reserve Corp.  Assigned to medical treatment tent inside the secured zone.
  • Rolling Fields Elder Care Tornado/Evacuation—Assisted facility and county emergency management with evacuation and relocation of 162 residents to local gymnasium then to other post-acute facilities. 
  • Acute care setting—multiple external and internal incidents
    • Multiple winter storm incidents
    • Extreme cold temperatures; loss of heat for multiple days; internal evacuation of units; loss of fire suppression system; frozen and ruptured pipes throughout facility.
    • Extreme heat/power outage; generator failure; limited to no cool air 
    • Decontamination Incidents
    • Mass casualty incidents from interstate
    • Highly Infectious Disease unit creation & staff training

 

 

Charles (CJ) Sabo, MPH, EMT-B

Manager

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Charles (CJ) Sabo

CJ currently is a Manager with the Emergency Management (EM) department of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). CJ brings more than ten years of EMS experience and a wealth of related skills and experience to HAP’s EM team, including extensive experience organizing mass vaccination sites.

Background:  Prior to his current position with HAP, CJ worked full-time for the Bethlehem Health Bureau in Public Health Emergency Preparedness program. CJ’s role in Bethlehem was to work closely with local partners as well as the city itself to create various response plans as well as coordinate exercises to test those plans.

When he is not working, CJ enjoys spending time with his family, bike riding, kayaking, playing baseball, or attending car shows/races.

Education:  CJ obtained his MPH from the University of West Florida in 2018.

Jason Tomashunas, MS, CHEP

Manager

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Jason Tomashunas, CHEP

Jason Tomashunas is a Manager in the Emergency Management department of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, supporting member organizations with:

  • All-hazards planning, training, and exercises and simulations
  • Fire safety
  • Occupational safety and environmental health
  • Hazard vulnerability assessments
  • Mutual aid agreements
  • Emergency operations inspections
  • Health care business continuity plans
  • Statewide, regional, and local planning and response
  • coordination

Background:  Jason’s background includes 12 years in the Criminal Justice field with experience in Emergency Medical Services and firefighting. For the past 15 years, Jason has worked in hospital and health care settings supporting health care emergency preparedness, health care coalitions, law enforcement, and safety.

During May, 2015, Jason assisted with the emergency response effort for the Amtrak 188 train derailment in Philadelphia, which earned HAP’s emergency management team national recognition. In addition, Jason was an essential part of the emergency response team for:

  • World Meeting of Families, Health care planning and health care coordination lead, Philadelphia/Montgomery County, September 2015
  • Democratic National Convention, Health care preparedness planning and coordination desk lead, Philadelphia, July 2016
  • Barclay Friends LTC retirement community fire, Response operations for tracking patients and staff, West Chester, November 2017
  • Winter Storm Stella, Regional coordination lead for health care facilities, Winter 2017
  • COVID-19 Pandemic, Response operations for the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Disaster Operations Center and coalition response and planning, 2020

Education:  Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice (2004), and Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (2004), King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Certifications:  Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) through the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers

   

Ryan Weaver, MBA, BSN, RN, CPPS

Manager

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Ryan Weaver recently worked as the Manager of Quality Services/Risk Management/Patient Safety Officer for Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center. Previously, he was the Assistant Director of Nursing at that facility. Prior to working at Conemaugh Meyersdale, Ryan was an ER Nurse for Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.

Ryan has extensive clinical experience having worked in the emergency department at a Level 1 trauma center, along with a background in emergency preparedness, infection prevention, and quality/risk management.

Ryan is a Diploma RN graduate of the Conemaugh School of Nursing. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a Master’s in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University.

Ryan is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety through the Certification Board of Professionals in Patient Safety.

Latest EM Blog Post

October 15, 2021

What to Expect During an Unpredictable Flu Season

While we’ve always been able to count on our flu strategies, here comes the curveball. COVID-19 has changed the landscape for infectious disease planning, mitigation, and response. Interest in public health is at an all-time high as people seek out information to make health decisions from reliable and not-so-reliable sources. This winter, hospitals could face a potential flu epidemic on top of their COVID-19 caseloads.

HAP Contacts

Contact Chris Chamberlain, HAP's vice president, emergency management, with questions or inquiries about how HAP's Emergency Management team can help your organization better prepare for emergencies. Please direct all media inquiries to Liam Migdail, HAP's director, media relations.


HAP's Extensive Experience

  • Developing, maintaining, and testing regional and individual health care facility preparedness activities, training, and response plans
  • Supporting individual facility and regional hazard vulnerability assessments
  • Providing staff leadership support
  • Overseeing health and medical operations at the local, regional, or state level
  • Offering onsite support for health and medical operations

HAP's emergency management staff have the experience and knowledge necessary to help providers prepare for and respond to the next disaster.

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