San 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!
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.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
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
On 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
Marin 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.
Download handbook here: Medical Health Branch Operations Handbook