On August 9th EMS Administrators and staff met in Rancho Cordova for a one-day workshop on EMT discipline and local EMS agency oversight for EMS aircraft. The goal of the workshop was to discuss standardizing procedures and policies used by local EMS agencies for these two areas. The focus for the EMT discipline discussion was how to handle the most common scenario that can result in taking action on a certification: an EMT with a first time drug/alcohol related arrest/conviction. LEMSA Administrators agreed to uniformly follow guidelines for Model Disciplinary Orders published by the California EMS Authority. For EMS aircraft it was also agreed to: 1) accept electronic patient care data from air ambulance providers in the most current version of NEMSIS, and 2) encourage air ambulance providers to develop a standardized set of treatment protocols for both flight medics and flight nurses to be used statewide.
After many years of dedicated service to the County of San Diego as the Emergency Medical Services Medical Director, Dr. Bruce Haynes has decided to retire in September. Dr. Haynes has been a part of the San Diego EMS family for many years and we will miss his calming presence and his smile. Over the years Dr. Haynes has implemented the STEMI and Stroke Systems of Care, has seen the county through numerous disasters including the 2007 and 2011 fire storms, the HINI pandemic, Southern CA Black Out, and other significant events impacting the community. He has ensured that patient protocols are evidence based and annually reviewed for needed revisions so that the residents and visitors to the community will receive optimal emergency care. He is among the esteemed group of physicians who have received the EMS Medical Director of the Year Award by the California EMS Authority.
EMSAAC congratulates Dr. Haynes for his dedication and significant contributions to EMS in California. Through his work and with the support of the community the San Diego EMS system has continued to improve, move forward and remains a model for other EMS systems.
REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) and CALIFORNIA SHOCK TRAUMA AIR RESCUE (CALSTAR), two of the preeminent air medical ambulance providers in Northern and Central California for three decades, are entering into an agreement that will place CALSTAR within the same corporate holding company as REACH (“REACH Medical Holdings LLC”). In a joint announcement today, Sean Russell, REACH President, and Lynn Malmstrom, CALSTAR CEO, said the air medical operation of CALSTAR will become a limited liability company as part of the terms of the agreement, and will operate under the current CALSTAR brand as CALSTAR Air Medical Services LLC. The parties intend to better serve the community through their united efforts. CALSTAR Air Medical Services LLC will continue to operate with its own unique brand and flight nurse staffing model. REACH and CALSTAR officials foresee no base closures with the goal being to focus on integration, support and maintaining the services that have made both organizations successful. No other decisions have been made related to services. [excerpt from press release]