Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

community-paramedicine-logoOn April 9th the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) conducted a public hearing in Sacramento to receive testimony 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 from the CMA, and California emergency physicians and nurses.

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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EMSAAC's annual conference promises to be one of the best ever! Register now to take advantage of our "Early Bird" discount. Spend two days with us at Loews Coronado Resort on beautiful Coronado Island, and take home a treasure-trove of new knowledge, challenges and vendor contacts that will help you do what you do in EMS even better!

For addtional information go to:  Conference Registration

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VoteVoting for officers to serve on EMSAAC's Executive Team for 2014-15 is now underway. Board members only will receive an individual ballot from the President to complete and return via email or fax. Balloting is for the offices of President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. Under EMSAAC's By Laws our current President-Elect, Michael Petrie, will automatically succeed to President in July. Be sure to vote!

sacctylogoThe County of Sacramento has announced it is recruiting for an EMS Administrator. The recruitment closes at 5:00 pm on April 22, 2014. For additional information go to:  Job Announcement

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MARIN EMS LOGOMarin County has updated its Medical Health Branch Operations Handbook to include the latest procedures for: Resource Ordering, Facility Status Reporting, Situation Reporting, Medical Health Job Action Checklists, CAHAN, Reddinet, CHEMPACK Deployment, Field Treatment Sites, and more. This handbook is intended as a quick reference guide for the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator Program and staff in Medical Health operations during a disaster or other emergency. It can be easily adapted for use in other operational areas.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Download handbook here:  Medical Health Branch Operations Handbook

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CHerringImperial 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!

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BryanStowOn 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/

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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.

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EdHill1Ed 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!

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SolanoYoloOn 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.

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