Joseph J. Pfanzelter, LTC (R), CEM
Joe Pfanzelter is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel having served more than 20 years as a leader, trainer, educator, and operator in the Military Police Corps. After retiring from the Army, Joe served as a recruiter and manager for a reputable package delivery company for 6 years. In 2003 Joe saw an opportunity to get into emergency management and has been a healthcare Emergency Management Director for more than eleven years. During that time, he was the catalyst for, and co-authored the Hudson Valley Hospital Mutual Aid Agreement (HVHMAA), signed by more than 30 hospitals in a 7 county area. Joe currently co-chairs, with Ed Tangredi, the operational arm of the HVHMAA, formally known as the Mutual Aid Coordinating Entity (MACE). Joe has planned, coordinated and conducted more than 25 exercises ranging from workshops to full scale exercises and including up to 25 hospitals. He is six for six in assisting healthcare organizations achieve success with their Joint Commission surveys.
Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1978, and a Master of Science in Forensic Science from The George Washington University in Washington, DC in 1989. Joe is a Certified Emergency Manager and is trained in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program. He has completed numerous Emergency Management Institute courses to include Incident Command courses IS-100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800. He is a member of the Regional Healthcare Coalition, and the International Association of Emergency Managers.
Ed Tangredi CEM
Ed Tangredi has over twenty years of healthcare experience in safety, healthcare operations and emergency management. Especially skilled at regulatory compliance, staff education, emergency management, problem analysis and resolution Ed has excellent organizational and public relations skills.
Ed has worked his way up the ranks in healthcare starting as a Bio-Medical Technician and continuing to Director of Engineering and Administrative Director of Support Services. His key role has been that of Director of Emergency Management, Safety and Security where he is considered an industry leader. Ed has developed robust and user friendly emergency response plans and training programs for hospital and long term care facilities across the nation. He has most notably been a featured speaker as several national conferences for the Joint Commission, IAEM and the EC Summit. His range of expertise also includes the design, execution and evaluation of emergency management exercises. Ed is the Co-Chair of the Hudson Valley Regional Exercise Design Team for over 31 hospitals and helped design hospital and long term care exercises for everything from evacuation to mass causality to an active shooter. Ed currently co-chairs, with Joe Pfanzelter, the operational arm of the HV Hospital Mutual Aid Agreement, formally known as the MACE Team (Mutual Aid Coordinating Entity). Recognized by the NYS Department of Health the MACE Team is a volunteer coalition of hospital emergency managers.
Ed earned a Bachelor of Science in Facilities Management and a Master of Science in Healthcare Management from Iona College. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a certified Emergency Manager and Healthcare Safety Professional. Ed is certified in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, a Hazardous Materials Technician and is continuing his studies as an Industrial Hygienist. He is an active member of the National Safety Council, International Association of Emergency Managers, International Facilities Managers Association and the National Fire Protection Association.