The California EMS Authority has announced the recipients for this year's EMS Awards. Among the many deserving awardees are Ross Elliott (Kern County EMS) who will be recognized as EMS Administrator of the Year, and Cathy Chidester (LA County EMS) who will receive a Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Karl Sporer (Alameda County EMS) will also be honored as EMS Medical Director of the Year. EMSAAC congratulates these and all those who will be formally recognized at a luncheon in San Francisco on December 4th at 12:30 PM. For additional details go to:
San Mateo County is finalizing revisions to its job classification for Emergency Medical Services Administrator. It is expected to announce a new recruitment to fill this vacant position soon. Additional information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.
On June 25, 2013 Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors approved an EMS System Strategic Plan developed thru a collaborative process led by the EMS Agency. The Santa Clara County EMS System Strategic Assessment and Planning Process evaluated the opportunities and threats facing the EMS System from national, regional and local influences and set goals to optimize the structure, processes, and outcomes of the EMS System. The assessment considered threats and opportunities in the context of the strengths and weakness of the EMS System, and emphasized a 3 to 7 year planning horizon.
The Affordable Care Act is spawning new ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare delivery, and may also result in some non-traditional roles for paramedics. A recent online article from EMSWorld.com on Community Paramedicine states, "In a new report, the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) recommends that the state launch pilot programs to test a new model of community-based health care that would expand the role of paramedics under certain circumstances.
Several local EMS agencies in California have now submitted proposed pilot projects for grant funding by the California EMS Authority and the Office of State Health Planning and Development.