Marcy Metz retired as Chief of EMS for San Diego County EMS on September 2nd. She graciously shares some parting thoughts about her legacy with us:
"Together with Dr. Haynes and the EMS team, we have been through numerous disaster incidents including: the 2007 and 2011 wild fires, H1N1 pandemic, Southern CA black out, heat activations and healthcare capacity events. These incidents have improved our emergency medical preparedness and response services. Through our efforts with community partners we have trained over 13,000 citizens in Hands Only CPR over the past 5 years, established STEMI and Stroke systems of care, and raised community awareness of stroke prevention and symptom awareness. We recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of San Diego's trauma care system and its enviable overall survivor rate of 98%. Over the years many changes were made in our EMS system to improve the care to those in need of 9-1-1 services. And finally, we are very proud of the role EMS played in the County's recent Public Health Department accreditation.
Some of you may recall that Marcy's husband survived a life-threatening illness in late 2015. We wish them both the very best as they begin a new chapter in their lives together!