Celia Barry has retired as EMS Administrator for Santa Cruz County EMS where she had worked for nearly 12 years. EMSAAC asked her to share some parting thoughts with us:
"I've worked in public service for 30 years, 25 of which have been with the County of Santa Cruz, 11.5 years in EMS. EMS has been the most interesting, most challenging and most fun part of my career. I'm proud of our 'small but mighty' EMS community. I truly believe that scarce resources have kept us focused on providing excellent patient care by constant, strong collaboration. We established our STEMI system almost four years ago and have experienced some remarkable saves with very quick 911-to-balloon times. We were among the first to receive permission to allow paramedics to administer flu vaccines during the H1N1 response. More than 20 medics were trained and gave vaccines to almost 700 responders, including 911 dispatchers, EMTs, paramedics, EMT students, and lifeguards. On a personal note, being a member of EMSAAC has been amazing. The EMS Administrators in California are a true force to be reckoned with, and I am so grateful to all of my colleagues for your support and mentorship. Your experience and wisdom were more helpful than you can imagine!"
Thank you, Celia. Enjoy retirement -- you will be missed!