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San Diego County EMS to Say Farewell to Marcy Metz

MarcyMetzMarcy Metz has announced she is retiring as Chief from San Diego County EMS in October. She shares some thoughts about her legacy with us:
"Together with Dr. Haynes and the EMS team, we have been through numerous disaster incidents including: the 2007 and 2011 wild fires, H1N1 pandemic, Southern CA black out, heat activations and healthcare capacity events. These incidents have improved our emergency medical preparedness and response services. Through our efforts with community partners we have trained over 13,000 citizens in Hands Only CPR over the past 5 years, established STEMI and Stroke systems of care, and raised community awareness of stroke prevention and symptom awareness. We recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of San Diego's trauma care system and its enviable overall survivor rate of 98%. Over the years many changes were made in our EMS system to improve the care to those in need of 9-1-1 services. And finally, we are very proud of the role EMS played in the County's recent Public Health Department accreditation.
Some of you may recall that Marcy's husband survived a life-threatening illness in late 2015. We wish them both the very best as they begin a new chapter in their lives together!

2016 EMS Trend Report

EMS Trend ReportIn this special report, from Fitch & Associates in cooperation with EMS1 and the National EMS Management Association, see how your agency compares to others around the country. The issue also features analysis and reaction from EMS experts about the importance of performance measurement and paramedic degree requirements, as well as roundtable discussion about the most interesting findings of the EMS Trend Report, how those findings might be best applied and what we might expect to see in future years.


Ventura County Welcomes New EMS Medical Director

Ventura CountyVentura County has announced that Dr. Daniel Shepherd has been appointed Medical Director for the Ventura County EMS Agency effective immediately. He will be assuming the duties of Dr. Angelo Salvucci, who will become Assistant EMS Medical Director. Dr. Shepherd was raised in Ojai and graduated from Nordhoff High School. His first exposure to EMS was as a California State Lifeguard in Ventura and at the State Vehicle Recreation Area in Oceano. He also worked on the ambulance while attending University of California at Santa Barbara. He then attended medical school at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine and completed Emergency Medicine training at University of California San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Shepherd works in the emergency departments at Cottage Santa Barbara and Goleta Valley Hospitals, and also serves as the Medical Director for the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

EMSAAC Conducts Successful Workshop

WorkshopOn 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.

Dr. Bruce Haynes to Retire from San Diego County EMS

Bruce Haynes

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.

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