Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

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Kern logoKern County has requested a hearing on September 17th by the State Commission on EMS to appeal a decision by the EMS Authority regarding EMS exclusive operating areas in Kern. The basis for the appeal is EMSA's denial of Kern's determination of EOAs, grandfathering status for successor providers, and exclusivity for interfacility transfers. Under California's Health & Safety Code, the Commission may hear appeals from Local EMS Agencies regarding decisions by the Authority related to their local EMS Plan. In the absence of approved procedural steps to guide the appeal process, Kern has also proposed a format for the Commission hearing to EMSA. LEMSAs are encouraged to attend the Commission meeting and to offer public comments relevant to the appeal.

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Ebola1The spread of Ebola virus in West Africa continues to concern public health officials worldwide. Cases have been confirmed in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria resulting in over 1300 suspected deaths. The World Health Organization has declared an international public health emergency, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been sending resources to the affected area. Use of standard personal protective equipment and procedures for blood-borne pathogens are adequate to prevent exposure for EMS personnel. Current information and guidance for health professionals can be found on the CDC's website at: EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE

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Mike DaytonMike Dayton has been selected as EMS Manager for San Francisco EMS. As part of the Department of Emergency Management, Mike will oversee administrative activities for the EMS Division. He previously served as Undersecretary of the California Emergency Management Agency under Governor Jerry Brown. Born and raised in California's Central Valley, Mike worked at the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security since its inception in March of 2003. After the formation of Cal EMA, he served as the agency’s first Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary until his promotion to Undersecretary. He also served briefly as Acting Secretary for the agency which is now the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. EMSAAC welcomes Mike to his new job!

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DaveMagninoDavid Magnino has been appointed Acting EMS Administrator for Sacramento County, replacing Bruce Wagner. He has over 20 years of EMS program management experience in California. David retired from the California Highway Patrol in December 2012 where his assignments included serving as EMS Coordinator for Air Operations and Director of the Paramedic Program. Prior to joining Sacramento County EMS in December 2013, Dave was also Project Lead for the California EMS Authority's Health Information Exchange Project that included a first-ever statewide summit on HIE held in November 2013. EMSAAC welcomes Dave to his newest assignment!

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EMSAAC's next quarterly Board meeting will be held Tuesday, September 16th in San Diego! Join us at the beautiful Kona Kai Resort and Marina on Shelter Island. For registration information or to view our draft agenda, please click on one of the links below:

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Solano-Co-Color-sealJessica Tello-Evans has now been appointed EMS Administrator for Solano County. Ms. Tello-Evens had been serving as Solano's Interim EMS Administrator since February, when she replaced Ted Selby who was selected to direct the County's Public Health clinics. She will continue to work closely with Mike Modrich who serves as the Agency's EMS Operations Manager. EMSAAC welcomes Jessica to the Board of Directors!

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NLapollaSan 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!

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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.

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Loews Coronado Bay Resort

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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

community-paramedicine-logoOn 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

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President:

Michael Petrie (408) 792-1348