April 25, 2017, Los Angeles, CA. Constant Associates (CONSTANT) announced today that Chris Riccardi has joined Constant Associates. Mr. Riccardi will lead Constant’s Healthcare Preparedness practice, enabling us to expand our offerings in CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule compliance, mass casualty incident readiness, and further support hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities with their emergency management programs.
Mr. Riccardi most recently served as the Emergency Preparedness Program Manager for Providence Health and Services Southern California, where he developed and implemented enduring Emergency Management programs for the Providence St. Joseph Health System. During his time there he developed a nationally recognized best practice for mass casualty incident planning: the “15 Minutes `til 50 Patients” program.
“I’m beyond excited to be joining the Constant team.” said Mr. Riccardi, “Healthcare Preparedness is a critical part of ensuring our communities are able to respond and recover from disasters. I look forward to growing this service area for Constant.”
Recent updates to CMS regulations have further highlighted the need for complete and effective emergency plans, trainings, and exercises for healthcare organizations of all sizes across the country. As lead for Constant Healthcare Preparedness, Mr. Riccardi will be working with our clients to ensure that healthcare systems are prepared for emergencies while meeting their regulatory and accreditation compliance requirements.
“We have known and worked with Chris for many years, he is a true professional and leader in the healthcare preparedness community,” said Constant Founder and CEO, Michelle Constant. “With Chris joining our team we will be able to expand our services to support a larger segment of the healthcare community at a critical time to ensure they meet requirements and are better prepared for unforeseen events.”
Mr. Riccardi began his career in healthcare as an Emergency Medical Technician and member of the Emergency Department staff. His sojourn into Emergency Management began as a member of the hospital’s decontamination team and transitioned into the role of Emergency Management Officer shortly thereafter. His integrated approach to emergency management has been the cornerstone of preparedness and compliance for hospital, long term care, home health, hospice, rehabilitation and psychiatric facilities.
Mr. Riccardi is currently credentialed as a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), Certified Healthcare Emergency (Management) Professional (CHEP), and a Certified Hazard Control Management-Security (CHCM-SEC). He has served as Chair for the California Hospital Association’s Emergency Management Advisory Committee and represented hospitals as a member of the Los Angeles County Disaster Coalition Advisory Committee.
About Constant Healthcare Preparedness
Constant Healthcare Preparedness provides emergency management and compliance services for healthcare organizations across the United States. Core services include: CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Compliance, mass casualty incident readiness, gap analysis, as well as planning, training, and exercise services.
About Constant Associates
Constant Associates is an experienced consulting firm based in Los Angeles that is rapidly growing and defining the future of Emergency Management, Healthcare Preparedness, and Health Security. We are certified as an economically disadvantaged women-owned small business and California Department of Transportation disadvantaged business enterprise.
Scott MacKay, General Manager