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Ric Skinner, GISP: Depiction Preferred Consultant Profile

Depiction Preferred Consultants (DPC) are a great asset to Depiction and we’re happy to have them as part of the Depiction family. These folks offer services like training, project assistance and even full Depiction implementation to organizations interested in or already using Depiction. We’re writing a series of blogs to highlight the strengths of each of our DPCs to expand on the resources that support Depiction. This week we’re featuring Ric Skinner.

Ric Skinner of The Stoneybrook Group, LLC is a Certified GIS Professional with over 30 years of professional experience in hospital & healthcare preparedness, health geographics and environmental management. While The Stoneybrook Group is based in Massachusetts it is available to provides services and grant collaboration regionally and nationally. Ric is the book editor and a chapter author of GIS in Hospital and Healthcare Emergency Management. He is an active member of the International Assn. of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Urban & Regional Information Systems Assn. (URISA), and other professional organizations and their listservs. Following the old adage “if I give you a fish you will eat for one meal; if I teach you to fish you will never go hungry,” Ric’s consulting objective is to teach others how to use GIS to meet their needs for assuring that the right people, have the right information, at the right time and in the right format. While he has used ESRI GIS software since the late 1980s, he recognizes that many small organizations and budget-strapped municipalities cannot afford the investment of money and people for a GIS that has many features and functions they really don’t need. That’s why he now focuses on the “leaner and less costly” GIS capabilities that Depiction provides.

I have had the pleasure of working with Ric both virtually and in person. I appreciate his knowledge of GIS, healthcare and policy affecting both, and his desire to foster collaboration and effective use of Depiction. Ric is very enthusiastic about GIS (he has been called a “GIS evangelist”) and about Depiction, both in its current functionality and its potential. We have featured him in two Depiction Perspectives interviews (June 2010 and June 2011), and several blog posts.

For the past year or so, Ric has been working with Chris Floyd of Disaster Resistant Communities Group, to put on the Formidable Footprint online tabletop exercise series. He uses Depiction to produce interactive and static maps that illustrate the location and effects of the disaster for each innovative, free monthly event.

Please contact Ric Skinner via email with any questions and visit The Stoneybrook Group, LLC to learn more about his company.

Webinar for hospital and healthcare emergency managers

Today’s webinar for hospital and healthcare emergency managers, “Preparing for the Unexpected Disaster”, went very well–well enough that we hope to do another, similar webinar in the future. In the meantime, you can click here to watch the recording of today’s webinar, and find key online resources as well.

Hospital & Healthcare Emergency Management Webinar

July 1, we’re teaming up with Ric Skinner, the editor of GIS in Hospital and Healthcare Emergency Management, to present a webinar for hospital and health care emergency managers, “Preparing for the Unexpected Disaster“. Details and registration available here.

A large part of the Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) carried out by hospitals and healthcare organizations focuses on events that have a “geographic” attribute — whether the events are external or internal, where the facility is located, where the event occurs, how to move people/supplies from where they are to where they need to be — all require actions for which “location” should be considered in your decisions.

Join Ric Skinner, GISP* as he co-presents a webinar with the folks at Depiction to learn how Geographic Information System (GIS) technology can be used to help you “think spatially, decide visually, act wisely, and be satisfied” that you’ve satisfactorily planned for, prepared for, responded to, and recovered from many of the hazard events that your facility may be exposed to.