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 Commission met on September 17th and appointed a sub-committee to make recommendations on a proposed appeals procedure to the full Commission at their next meeting in early December. Kern County's appeal will be deferred until the Commission adopts an appeals 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!