In this special report, from Fitch & Associates in cooperation with EMS1 and the National EMS Management Association, see how your agency compares to others around the country. The issue also features analysis and reaction from EMS experts about the importance of performance measurement and paramedic degree requirements, as well as roundtable discussion about the most interesting findings of the EMS Trend Report, how those findings might be best applied and what we might expect to see in future years.
Ventura County has announced that Dr. Daniel Shepherd has been appointed Medical Director for the Ventura County EMS Agency effective immediately. He will be assuming the duties of Dr. Angelo Salvucci, who will become Assistant EMS Medical Director. Dr. Shepherd was raised in Ojai and graduated from Nordhoff High School. His first exposure to EMS was as a California State Lifeguard in Ventura and at the State Vehicle Recreation Area in Oceano. He also worked on the ambulance while attending University of California at Santa Barbara. He then attended medical school at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine and completed Emergency Medicine training at University of California San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Shepherd works in the emergency departments at Cottage Santa Barbara and Goleta Valley Hospitals, and also serves as the Medical Director for the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
On August 9th EMS Administrators and staff met in Rancho Cordova for a one-day workshop on EMT discipline and local EMS agency oversight for EMS aircraft. The goal of the workshop was to discuss standardizing procedures and policies used by local EMS agencies for these two areas. The focus for the EMT discipline discussion was how to handle the most common scenario that can result in taking action on a certification: an EMT with a first time drug/alcohol related arrest/conviction. LEMSA Administrators agreed to uniformly follow guidelines for Model Disciplinary Orders published by the California EMS Authority. For EMS aircraft it was also agreed to: 1) accept electronic patient care data from air ambulance providers in the most current version of NEMSIS, and 2) encourage air ambulance providers to develop a standardized set of treatment protocols for both flight medics and flight nurses to be used statewide.
After many years of dedicated service to the County of San Diego as the Emergency Medical Services Medical Director, Dr. Bruce Haynes has decided to retire in September. Dr. Haynes has been a part of the San Diego EMS family for many years and we will miss his calming presence and his smile. Over the years Dr. Haynes has implemented the STEMI and Stroke Systems of Care, has seen the county through numerous disasters including the 2007 and 2011 fire storms, the HINI pandemic, Southern CA Black Out, and other significant events impacting the community. He has ensured that patient protocols are evidence based and annually reviewed for needed revisions so that the residents and visitors to the community will receive optimal emergency care. He is among the esteemed group of physicians who have received the EMS Medical Director of the Year Award by the California EMS Authority.
EMSAAC congratulates Dr. Haynes for his dedication and significant contributions to EMS in California. Through his work and with the support of the community the San Diego EMS system has continued to improve, move forward and remains a model for other EMS systems.