Mr. Scott Aronson is the Practice Leader for Healthcare for JENSEN HUGHES, leading a group of experts who specialize in healthcare consulting and training on surgical fires, hospital evacuation and surge capacity (mass influx of patients), health system emergency management design concepts, mutual aid planning for hospitals/long term care and other unique challenges around fire training, procedures and emergency management for healthcare.
Mr. Aronson is also one of the former owners and Principals of Russell Phillips and Associates, LLC, (RPA), a leading in provider of fire, life safety, emergency management consulting services and technology solutions to the healthcare industry. While RPA was acquired by JENSEN HUGHES on December 4, 2017, it continues to operate and support their existing client base as they did prior to the merger with Mr. Aronson serving as Principal as he has done since 2002.
Mr. Aronson lectures nationally on surgical fires and emergency management for groups such as California Association of Health Facilities, Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals (AHEPP) , Florida Health Care Association, Washington State Department of Health and the Rhode Island Department of Health. He was also a Subject Matter Expert for the American College of Chest Physicians on the CHEST Journal Article for the movement of critical care patients in a disaster (evacuation of NICU, PICU and Adult Critical Care patients). Mr. Aronson is a 2018/19 committee member of the National Quality Forum’s Healthcare System Readiness project to develop a measurement framework for healthcare systems and communities in disasters. Additionally, he provided technical content for and participated in the production of the training video OR Surgical Fire Training: How to Prevent and Respond to Surgical Fires.
Mr. Aronson has served in a volunteer capacity on review teams looking at the outcome of fires and disasters directly impacting healthcare facilities. In 2003, he was involved in the review of two long term care fires that took the lives of 32 patients. In 2006, Mr. Aronson served on a review committee alongside American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 99 Healthcare Emergency Management Technical Committee, and a FEMA contractor to review the impact of Hurricane Katrina on healthcare facilities. In 2011, he visited Joplin, MO, following the May tornadoes, and met with hospital and nursing home leaders on the full building evacuation plans and surge capacity plans that were implemented. In 2012, the RPA team was directly involved with the preparation, response and recovery from Superstorm Sandy and supported more than 500 healthcare facilities. Most recently, Mr. Aronson was involved with the evacuation of a hospital during the 2018 wildfires in California (Camp Fire).