Carrie Kotecki, RN, MSN

Director of Emergency Preparedness

Carrie has taught thousands of healthcare workers tactics and hands-on drills for workplace violence.

As the retired Director of Emergency Services for Bronson Healthcare Group in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Carrie has more than 38 years of experience providing 24-hour oversight of a Level One trauma center with an annual census of 98,000 visits, a 20-bed admission unit, 24/7 admission transfer center, and the overall responsibility of emergency preparedness programs for the hospital system. Additional experience has included quarterly training and drills for all hospital staff, development of disaster manuals, guidelines to meet Joint Commission requirements, development of an incident command training program, and development of department-specific emergency plans for all units within the hospital.

Carrie has also worked with the State of Michigan to develop programs and processes specific to healthcare coalitions and deployment of a state-provided resource of MI-TESA, a portable 100-bed hospital. She is currently active in the 5th District Medical Response Coalition, which supports regional health resources prepare and respond to a variety of disasters and mass casualty incidents in lower southwest Michigan.

Now, Carrie trains nationwide on the topics of workplace violence, healthcare leadership, and front-line staff training. She also performs on-site mock surveys as it relates to emergency preparedness to:

  • assess the needs of a facility; and
  • identify any deficiencies or areas of non-compliance with standards, codes, and laws.

As a subject matter expert and contracted instructor for the Center of Domestic Preparedness for the past 14 years, Carrie enjoys teaching healthcare leadership disaster tactics to leaders across the United States. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in nursing leadership from American Sentinel University.

Contact Carrie today to discuss practical, hands-on tactics for your organization.