• Allan Chrysler has been named director of emergency management and security at Rome Memorial Hospital, announced David Jabs, vice president of support services.

    “Allan’s extensive training and experience in preparing organizations to respond to all types of emergency situations from natural disasters to life-threatening security incidents makes him a natural fit for this position,” said Jabs. “His expertise will be invaluable as we continue to review our existing security plans and update them to meet today’s changing world.”

     Allan Chrysler 
    Allan Chrysler
    director of emergency management and security

    Chrysler has served as the hospital’s disaster preparedness coordinator since 2007 and is a graduate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEP). He is also a Certified Health Emergency Professional (CHEP), a Certified Emergency Disaster Professional (CEDP) and Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator designations, along with a B.S. in Emergency Management.

    In his new role, Chrysler will oversee security throughout the hospital, including updating current policies and procedures to ensure the continued safety of patients, their families and hospital staff.

    As security director, Chrysler believes in the importance of anticipating potential problems and planning a response in advance.

    “We live in an ever-changing world with complex problems and the real possibility of threats from a number of sources,” he said. “The key to a successful security plan is very similar to a successful disaster preparedness plan, in that it takes planning, foresight and the ability to put the right people in the right places to diffuse a situation as quickly as possible.”

    Chrysler acknowledges that planning for every scenario is impossible “Unfortunately, planning can only take you so far, but through a thorough examination of our facility, we can identify our strengths and opportunities to make us as prepared as we can be.

    Through his work, Chrysler has developed an excellent working relationship with the both the City of Rome Fire and Police Departments, something which is invaluable in his new role.

    Prior to joining Rome Memorial Hospital in 2007, he was a member of the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. He has served as an emergency medical technician, paramedic and emergency services administrator. Chrysler is also an instructor for the State Office of Emergency Management.

    Chrysler lives in Ava with his wife, Julie, and their three children.