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 Takes Charge in Kern County Featured
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!
See You in Los Angeles! Featured
EMSAAC's next quarterly Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18th at the Westin Los Angeles Hotel - LAX, 5400 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. A meeting fee of $80 covers lunch, our meeting room and refreshments.
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.
San Mateo County has announced it is now recruiting for an EMS Administrator. The job classification has been recently reviewed and the salary has been adjusted to further enhance this desirable position in the San Francisco Bay area.
This recruitment is open and continuous, but a qualified candidate may be selected at any time. An online application and supplemental questionnaire must be completed. For additional information, follow this link to EMS Administrator Recruitment
The National Transportation Safety Board began hearings in Washington this week into the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport last July. Flight 214, a scheduled passenger flight from Inchon, South Korea, crashed on final approach to SFO on July 6, 2013. Of the 307 people aboard, two passengers died at the crash scene, and a third died in a hospital several days later. In all 181 were injured in the crash, 12 of them critically. The most-seriously injured were taken to Level I Trauma Centers at San Francisco General Hospital and Stanford University Medical Center. A coordinated response by airport personnel, fire departments, EMS and local hospitals contributed significantly to the survival of injured passengers and crew members. Post-incident reviews have revealed a number of valuable lessons for the EMS community when responding to complex incidents involving a large multi-jurisdictional response.
Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press
EMSAAC bids fond farewell to two of our Board members who are moving on. Sam Barnett (Napa County EMS) and Cedric Cesena (Imperial County EMS) have resigned from their positions as EMS Administrators for their respective county. Succession plans have not yet been announced, but we wish both Sam and Cedric the very best on their career transition!