Leadership

Principals

Dr. James D. Blair, President and CEO, CHCER

James “Jim” Blair, DPA, MHA, FACHE, FABCHS, is President and CEO of the Center for HealthCare Emergency Readiness (CHCER). Dr. Blair is a career-retired Army Colonel with 28 years of active service. His Army staff assignments included Chief of Education and Training, Office of the Army Surgeon General; other notable assignments included Chief of Staff of the 7th Medical Command and USAREUR Deputy Chief Surgeon for Medical Support Services. He served in the role of Chief Executive Officer in hospitals ranging from Combat Field and Combat Evacuation, Medical Center, Medical System with 2 Medical Centers, and 11 community hospitals. Among his private sector experiences are Vice-President for Hospital Corporation of America, Middle East Ltd., independent healthcare consultant to Joint Commission International, international healthcare consultant in the Middle East and Africa, and consultant to Native American Tribes under the Indian Sovereignty Act. His public sector experiences include Deputy Director, Operations, for the South Carolina Health and Human Services Finance Commission, as well as academic appointments to a number of universities. Dr. Blair is a member of the Upsilon Phi Delta National Honor Society in Health Administration and is the author of many articles, spanning a number of expert domains in healthcare. Dr. Blair also holds a number of combat awards.

Paul K. Dluzneski, Chief Operating Officer

Paul Dluzneski offers over twenty-five years of experience managing, leading and providing technical and security risk management services for military, civilian and governmental organizations. Mr. Dluzneski, a certified security professional, provides consulting services in various aspects of enterprise and organizational security to include: risk analysis, threat/vulnerability assessments, access control policies, security awareness, procedures and technology application, compliance issues, crisis management, and compliance with governmental and organizational policies and procedures.

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Davis Blair, Marketing Director, CHCER
General Manager –  
CHCER, Asia/Pacific

Davis Blair has twenty-five years of senior management positions with increasing responsibility in public and private, early stage and mature organizations, deep skills in the areas of market research and consulting, information system design, measurable marketing and general management in emerging markets, particularly Asia/Pacific. He is leading our expansion into consulting and trading in Asia. Notable assignments include founding Chief Marketing Officer at Neoris, the second largest systems integration and IT outsourcing firm in the Latin America market, Group Vice President at Gartner Group, the leading IT consultancy, and General Manager of Asia Pacific for International Data Corporation (IDC), a leading supply-side market research firm for the High Tech industry.

Davis began his career as a Systems Analyst/MIS Manager at a 300 bed private hospital in Saudi Arabia, where he and his team developed a hospital administration system focused on financial reporting and medical records management, and is certified in HIPAA Data Security.  Davis did his military service with the Army Security Agency in Korea.

 Chris Blair, MPH
Principal – Medical Billing and Transaction Processing

Chris is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of business development experience in marketing in the healthcare, information technology and telecommunications fields. He has managed rapid growth in several organizations ranging from the start ups to Fortune 50 Public companies.

In addition to executive sales roles at Reed Business Reports and Marketing/Strategic Alliances at Cingular Wireless, Chris was a cofounder of i-Plexus Solutions Inc., a healthcare technology business with over 7,500 clients ranging for Hospitals to single practices. i-Plexus was subsequently purchased by a TSX-listed Canadian firm, where Chris continues in a marketing and consultative role.

Chris holds a Bachelors of Science in Public Administration and Political Science from James Madison University and a Masters of Public Health from the University of South Carolina. He lives in Johns Creek, Georgia with his wife and three boys on a horse farm and enjoys spending time with his family, sports, classic cars, geology (rocks and minerals) and teaching Sunday school.

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Associates

Pauline A. Scanlon

Pauline A. Scanlon is a nationally recognized healthcare consultant who has over 36 years of experience in both the public and private health care sectors. Her experience includes federal and state employment as a regulator and compliance officer with oversight responsibility for research, development and policy planning for state and regionalized healthcare delivery systems. For the last 16 years she has served as President and CEO of American Healthcare Resources, a consulting company specializing in risk management, compliance monitoring and auditing, medico-legal consultation, grant development and implementation of targeted healthcare intervention initiatives.

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Cynthia A. Eckert

Cynthia Eckert brings to CHCER over 30 years of experience in health care. She is a Registered Nurse and her background includes emergency department nursing and management, as well as, two decades of experience in compliance functions including risk management, quality management, accreditation, credentialing, consulting and auditing. She is considered an expert in emergency preparedness standards set by JCAHO, OSHA, FEMA and the National Emergency Response Plan. For the past four years, she has served as the Marketing Director for an emergency and vigilance preparedness on-line education group. Her role at CHCER includes assessment of health care systems, hospitals, and other healthcare provider sites and helping them identify ways to improve their readiness planning and training processes around emergency preparation, response and recovery.

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F. Joseph Dagher M. D

Dr. Dagher has a long and distinguished domestic and international career in healthcare. Among his many Medical and Scientific Memberships are; American College of Surgeons, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and the American Society for Vascular Surgery. His Fellowships include Research Fellow in Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; and Clinical & Research Fellow in Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.  Academic assignments include: Professor of Surgery; University of Maryland, University of South Florida, Georgetown and George Washington University. His long association with Department of Veterans Health Affairs include; Long Beach, CA ; Lock Haven ,Baltimore MD; Bay Pines, FL. He presently serves as Senior Surgical Consultant Veterans Administration Medical Center, Washington, DC.  Dr. Dagher received his MD from the American University of Beirut, School of Medicine and is an American citizen. He is fluent in three languages, English, French and Arabic. Dr. Dagher is a renowned international consultant and his international assignments include, but not limited to; Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Bahrain, Australia, and Taiwan.

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James R. Young BBA, MA

Thirty-five years of professional experience in project management, military command from platoon through independent government agency, creation and management of operational sites with both single and multiple missions. He has extensive background in computer operation and maintenance. Notable Public Sector assignment-Project Manager for 11 million-dollar Federal Research Grant; Notable Military Assignments include important Pentagon assignments with the Office of the US Surgeon General, including the Office of Inspector General , Commander, US Army Medical Department Biostatistics Agency, Chief Executive officer, two US Army Community Hospitals.

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William R. Hill, Dr.PH, MBA, CHE

Dr. Hill has a long and distinguished career in a number of Healthcare domains in the Public, Military and University sectors. Notable military assignments include Chief executive Officer of three US Army Community Hospitals. He served as a Combat Medical Evacuation Pilot in Vietnam and held important Pentagon assignments in the Office of the US Army Surgeon General. His most notable Public Sector assignment was as Director of a multi-specialty Student Health Services organization supporting a major state university. Serving in this role he became a recognized national leader in the financial and legal challenges in the provision of comprehensive health care to this unique and demanding population.

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Dan Hodges

Dan Hodges offers over 30 years of experience as a former Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who specialized in hostage negotiations, criminal profiling, foreign counter-intelligence and narcotics interdiction. He consistently brought high profile cases to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution and directed multi-jurisdictional criminal task forces in investigating major cases. He has participated in the planning and execution of various counter- terrorist exercises and real operations as an active member of the FBI’s regional SWAT team. He currently conducts risk/ threat analysis and vulnerability assessments for government, healthcare, financial and other organizations and has conducted specialized healthcare investigations to four major healthcare organizations headquartered in Middle Tennessee.

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Suzette Fattal-Blair, MNE, BSN, RN

Ms. Fattal-Blair is a career military retired LTC (O5).  She has a long and distinguished nursing career in the Public, Private and Military sectors. Notable public sector assignments include; Program Nurse Consultant Compliance Review Program, S.C. Health and Environmental Agency and Compliance Review Program for the State’s Long Term Care (CLTC).  Private sector; Nurse consultant to American Tribes who have chosen their option under the Indian Sovereignty Act and Nurse Consultant to Private and Government hospitals in Egypt. Military sector assignments range from staff nurse to increasingly more responsible posts as Ambulatory Care Nurse Supervisor for Military Medical Centers and community hospitals. Her service includes assignment to a Combat Evacuation Hospital in Viet Nam, charge nurse for Prisoners of War health care. She received her BSN from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and Masters Degree from Syracuse University NY as a Rockefeller scholar. She is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.

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Daniel C Crawford, FBINA, BS

Mr. Crawford has a long and distinguished career in Law Enforcement spanning more than 30+ years. Starting as a Patrol Officer in one of the Nation’s largest Metro Areas, he progressed to Sergeant of Bureau of Special Investigations to Detective Sergeant of Operations. His Federal Law Enforcement service with the Department of Veterans Affairs was distinguished with the Award of the Silver Star for Bravery-U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. His Private sector positions have included Security Manager with the Nation’s largest Hospital chains (HCA) and more recently the National Healthcare Corporation. He is a Vietnam veteran and holds a number of combat awards. Organizations: Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Alumni (164th FBINA); Vietnam Veterans of America/Disabled American Veterans (VVA); International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); International Association of Heath Care Safety and Security (IAHSS); FBI-INFRAGUARD.

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John Carlton Crawford, BS, MHA

Mr. Crawford is a career Military retired Colonel (06). He has a long and distinguished career in the Private, Public and Military healthcare sectors. Notable assignment in the Public sector include: Director, Louisiana Rehabilitation Institute; Director of Ambulatory Care and Hospitals, Office of the LA State DHHR ; Private Sector assignments include both Domestic and International Hospital and Healthcare Administration, Eagle United international Inc. Atlanta GA, International positions range from the Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Korea to Laos.  Notable Military assignments include Hospital Administration positions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, U.S. Army Hospital Seoul, Korea and Health Care Administrator Evaluator, U.S. Army Medical Department.  At the present time he serves as Senior Healthcare Consultant , Atrium Group, Hyattsville , Maryland, August 2003 to present; responsible for consulting on healthcare operations in pursuit of corporate projects in developing countries in Africa.

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Dean Miller, B.S., CHESP, PHR

Mr. Miller is a career retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant (E-8). He has a long and distinguished career in a number of healthcare domains. He is currently serving in the Public Sector as Director of Environmental Services and Emergency Management, Nashville General Hospital. Notable Private Sector postings include; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Centennial Medical Center, Grace Consulting Group, and Scarritt-Bennett Center located in Nashville TN. He has deep expertise in the Emergency Management, is certified in Emergency Management/Preparedness.(NIMS/HICS) and is certified as a Healthcare Environmental Services Professional (CHESP). Other notable areas of expertise include grant management, ASPR, HRSA and FEMA at the Operational level. His deep experience in Human Resources Management brings an important dimension to the CHCER team. He has been fully engaged in Area Community Public Service activities including; Co-Chair of Nashville Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS), Member of the Local Disaster Management Committee, and Member of the local Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Committee.

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Chaplain David J. Fair, PhD, DD

Dr. Fair is a master chaplain with International Conference of Police Chaplains and is past chair of the groups Education Committee and former Board member.  He is currently on the ICPC Disaster Committee. Dr. Fair also serves on the advisory board of the National Association of Church and School Security. He is serving with the Texas Military Forces TXSG-HQ as a major and Chaplain for the 111th EN battalion. He is certified in Homeland Security at Level-IV . Among his public services he has been a City Councilman, Municipal Judge and Justice of Peace. During police chaplaincy and military service Dr. Fair deployed to New York following 9/11, to east Texas after the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster, Hurricanes; Katrina, Rita, Dolly, Gustav, and Ike and most recently the Fort Hood attack. His presence as an associate provides a powerful new dimension to our team.

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