San Mateo County has selected Nancy Lapolla to direct their local EMS Agency, starting in September. Nancy is a veteran EMS Administrator from Santa Barbara County with many years experience guiding the development of quality EMS systems. She is also a Past President of EMSAAC and currently chairs our active Disaster Committee. Ms. Lapolla succeeds Health Department Director, Louise Rogers, who has held this position on an interim basis for nearly two years. Her colleagues in the Bay Area look forward to Nancy's arrival and are delighted to see her excellent skills added to our collaborative efforts!
EMSAAC wishes to acknowledge the generous contributions by our Sponsors, Exhibitors, Speakers and Attendees to the success of our Annual Conference in Coronado. In the spirit of our theme, "Adapting to Sea-Change", conference speakers challenged us to prepare for shifting "winds and currents" in EMS that are being driven by innovative research, changing funding models, portable technology, emerging scopes of practice, evolving standards of care, healthcare reform, and real-life multiple patient incidents. Many of our speakers' presentations have now been placed on our website here: Conference Presentations.
Special thanks to our Conference Committee working together under the leadership of Mike Petrie to create a valuable and informative forum. Loews Coronado Bay Resort was a wonderful venue, and our conference planners have already reserved it for next year's conference.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
The American Heart Association has announced its new 2014 "Mission: Lifeline" Awards for demonstrated quality in STEMI care by EMS. Achievement by EMS systems is recognized as Gold, Silver or Bronze level. Since Gold Level requires two consecutive years of quality performance data, only Silver or Bronze levels will be awarded in 2014. The following California EMS Agencies have received special recognition:
- Contra Costa County - BRONZE
- Los Angeles County - SILVER
- Marin County - SILVER
- Santa Barbara County - SILVER
- Ventura County - SILVER
For additional information on this program, go to: MISSION: LIFELINE
On April 9th the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) conducted a public hearing in Sacramento to receive public input on a proposal by the Emergency Medical Services Authority which includes several pilot projects designed to explore the effectiveness, safety and sustainability of community paramedicine programs in California. EMSA's Director, Dr. Howard Backer, spoke in support of the proposal along with representatives of local EMS agencies. Opposition to the pilot projects was voiced by the California Medical Association, the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the California Nurses Association.
OSHPD has statutory authority to approve such healthcare pilot projects under their Health Workforce Pilot Projects Program. A decision on the proposal is still pending.
For a list of the thirteen proposed pilot projects go to: Commmunity Paramedic Pilot Projects
Marin County has updated its Medical Health Branch Operations Handbook to include the latest procedures for: Resource Ordering, Facility Status Reporting, Situation Reporting, Medical Health Job Action Checklists, CAHAN, Reddinet, CHEMPACK Deployment, Field Treatment Sites, and more. This handbook is intended as a quick reference guide for the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator Program and staff in Medical Health operations during a disaster or other emergency. It can be easily adapted for use in other operational areas.
Download handbook here: Medical Health Branch Operations Handbook
Imperial County has appointed Chris Herring to lead the EMS Agency for this large and mostly rural county located in the southeast corner of California. Imperial is home to several large-scale farming operations and a number of recreation areas that draw visitors and offroad enthusiasts. Mr. Herring takes over from Cedric Cesena, who resigned late last year. He is shown here monitoring the Statewide Medical Health Exercise at a local hospital last November. EMSAAC welcomes Chris to our Board of Directors!
On February 20th a judge in Southern California sentenced two men responsible for a brutal attack that left former Paramedic Bryan Stow with severe life-long disabilities. The pair, who expressed no remorse for the crime, received sentences of 4 and 8 years respectively. Prior to his injury, Bryan worked as a paramedic in Santa Clara County. He was knocked down and kicked repeatedly in the parking lot following a Giants-Dodgers game in Los Angeles on March 31, 2011. Bryan's family deeply appreciates the outpouring of community support they have received over the last three years. The San Francisco Giants organization has been especially helpful in remembering Bryan and his family's struggle.
For the most current update on Bryan's condition, go to: http://www.support4bryanstow.com/
California's Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII) has just published a summary of the statewide Health Information Exchange Summit sponsored by the EMS Authority last November in Los Angeles. Highlights from the Summit, as well as efforts underway to implement Health Information Exchange (HIE) pilot projects by local EMS Agencies in Contra Costa, Monterey, and Inland Counties (San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono) are included. To view this report, go to: CalOHII Report.
Ed Hill was appointed EMS Director for Kern County in December replacing former EMSAAC colleague, Ross Elliott, who retired late last year. Ed has spent 20 years in EMS as a ground and flight medic in Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, and California. He is currently a licensed paramedic in California. He began his career with Kern County EMS in November 2005 as the Regional Disaster Medical Health Specialist (RDMHS) for Mutual Aid Region V.
EMSAAC congratulates Ed and welcomes him to our Board of Directors!
On February 3, 2014, Solano County's Emergency Medical Services Administrator, Ted Selby, was reassigned to serve as the Interim Administrator/ CEO of Family Health Services Clinics. Jessica Tello-Evans has replaced Ted as Interim EMS Administrator and Mike Modrich will expand his role into that of EMS Operations Manager. Concurrent with this change, Kristen Weivoda has also become the Acting EMS Administrator for Yolo County EMS. Ms. Weivoda is Public Health Emergency Services Manager with Yolo.