Nancy Lapolla has now taken her managing skills to San Mateo County EMS Agency. 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 EMSAAC's active Disaster Committee. Ms. Lapolla succeeds San Mateo's Health Department Director, Louise Rogers, who has held this position on an interim basis for nearly two years. Nancy arrived in San Mateo on September 8th.
EMSAAC's Disaster Committee and a committee from the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO) are working together to gather best practices from local health departments and EMS agencies related to the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC) program. CCHLO and EMSAAC will be requesting EMS agencies and LHDs to share copies of their MHOAC plan, or sections of emergency plans that document how the MHOAC program goes from day-to-day operations to MHOAC activation for any or all of the 17 MHOAC functions. The RDMHS will be contacting the MHOAC programs in each region regarding this project. The findings will be shared only with the EMSAAC & CCLHO Disaster committees. These committees will then use the information to develop a MHOAC Plan template and tool kit.
Kern County has requested a hearing 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 procedures for an appeal process to the Commission, Kern has also proposed a format for the hearing to EMSA.
UPDATE: The EMS Authority has now informed Kern County that their appeal has been removed from the EMS Commission Agenda for September 17th. Instead, the Commision will consider a proposed appeal procedure.
The 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. The outbreak has resulted in over 2100 suspected deaths to date. In early September, additional unrelated cases were also reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three American medical workers infected while in West Africa have been flown back to the U.S. for treatment.
While Ebola is not a theat in the U.S., CDC has published interim guidance containing specific recommendations for EMS at: CDC Interim Guidance for EMS Systems
The California EMS Authority has also published a similar guidance for EMS and Public Safety personnel with minor modifications: CA EMS Authority Guidance for Ebola
Mike Dayton Joins San Francisco EMS Featured
Mike 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!
David 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!
Jessica 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!
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.