EMSAAC's Execuitive Committee has appointed President-Elect Dan Lynch from Central California EMS Agency as President to fill the vacancy left by Michael Petrie who stepped down as EMSAAC's President on February 27th. Mr. Petrie resigned as Director for Santa Clara County EMS, triggering action by the Executive Committee under the Association's By Laws to appoint a successor to complete the President's term. Mr. Lynch will take the gavel at our March 17th Board meeting in Los Angeles, and will continue to serve for another year of his duly-elected term beginning in July.
UPDATE: The California EMS Authority has released proposed emergency regulations governing appeals of local EMS Plan denial by the Authority. Under current statute, local EMS agencies are required to submit their EMS Plan to the Authority for review. These emergency regs are expected to be approved by the EMS Commission on March 18th in Los Angeles. Emergency regulations normally expire after six months, so a similar set of permanent regulations is also in the pipeline for approval later this year. A link to the draft emergency regulations is shown below:
Alameda County is preparing to begin a process of re-designing it's EMS system. The first part of that process will be the hiring of a consultant to help with the system re-design process and the development of a new RFP for a provider(s) based on that re-design. Follow the link below for the RFP for a consultant:
The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) is conducting an assessment survey of EMS Administrators, providers and others to determine interest in standardized methodology for the licensing and credentialing of EMS personnel from state to state. The survey is available online and must be completed by March 31, 2015. For more details regarding this project, please download the document below:
Michael Petrie has resigned from his position as Director/Chief for Santa Clara County EMS Agency, effective February 27th. During his three and one-half years with Santa Clara EMS, Mike has brought high level leadership to this complex urban EMS system. Among his accomplishments are the development of a high-quality Strategic Plan and implementation of a new electronic patient record system. Mike lives in the East Bay and plans to stay in the area. He is admired by all of his colleagues at EMSAAC, and we wish him the very best!
The County of Sacramento has announced it is recruiting for an EMS Administrator. The recruitment closes at 5:00 pm on March 11, 2015. For additional information go to: JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has finally approved 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. OSHPD has statutory authority to approve such healthcare pilot projects under their Health Workforce Pilot Projects Program. Most of the pilots will begin in early 2015.
For additional information go to: EMS Authority Press Release