Michael Petrie has accepted an interim appointment as EMS Director for Monterey County EMS Agency, effective April 27th. Previously, Mike has served both as EMS Director for Santa Clara County EMS and EMS Administrator for San Francisco EMS. In Monterey he succeeds Kirk Schmitt, who recently left the Agency to take a position with the Provincial Health Services Authority in Vancouver, British Columbia. EMSAAC wishes both of our colleagues the very best in their new roles.
UPDATE: The California EMS Authority has published proposed draft regulations creating an appeal procedure for local EMS agencies whose EMS Plan is disapproved or denied by the Authority. Under existing statute, the State Commission on EMS may hear an appeal regarding negative action by EMSA on a local EMS Plan. These proposed draft regulations provide procedural steps for these appeals following the California Adminstrative Procedure Act. A 45-day public comment period for the proposed regulations is now open and will close on April 27, 2015. A link to the draft is shown below.
The California Ambulance Association has announced that Ross Elliott has been selected as the organization's new Executive Director. In this role, he will oversee day-to-day operations of the Association and lead CAA's policy activities. For the past year, Ross served the Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California (EMSAAC) as Executive Director where he worked with local EMS agencies to improve system performance statewide.
"The CAA Board of Directors believes that Elliott's depth of experience and facilitation skills will support our efforts to advocate effectively on behalf of our members as we continue to promote the principle that private ambulance companies are essential healthcare providers," said Richard Angotti, CAA Board Chairman and owner of St. Joseph’s Ambulance Service.
EMSAAC's Board of Directors has confirmed action by the Execuitive Committee to appoint President-Elect Dan Lynch from Central California EMS Agency as Acting President, filling a vacancy left by Michael Petrie who stepped down as EMSAAC's President on February 27th. The Board confirmed the Executive Committee's appointment at their regular quarterly meeting on March 17th in Los Angeles. Dan will complete the previous encumbant's remaining term, and continue to serve as EMSAAC's President for another year of his duly-elected term beginning in July.