David Magnino has been appointed Acting EMS Administrator for Sacramento County, replacing Bruce Wagner. He has over 20 years of EMS program management experience in California. David retired from the California Highway Patrol in December 2012 where his assignments included serving as EMS Coordinator for Air Operations and Director of the Paramedic Program. Prior to joining Sacramento County EMS in December 2013, Dave was also Project Lead for the California EMS Authority's Health Information Exchange Project that included a first-ever statewide summit on HIE held in November 2013. EMSAAC welcomes Dave to his newest assignment!
Jessica Tello-Evans has now been appointed EMS Administrator for Solano County. Ms. Tello-Evens had been serving as Solano's Interim EMS Administrator since February, when she replaced Ted Selby who was selected to direct the County's Public Health clinics. She will continue to work closely with Mike Modrich who serves as the Agency's EMS Operations Manager. EMSAAC welcomes Jessica to the Board of Directors!
EMSAAC wishes to acknowledge the generous contributions by our Sponsors, Exhibitors, Speakers and Attendees to the success of our Annual Conference in Coronado. In the spirit of our theme, "Adapting to Sea-Change", conference speakers challenged us to prepare for shifting "winds and currents" in EMS that are being driven by innovative research, changing funding models, portable technology, emerging scopes of practice, evolving standards of care, healthcare reform, and real-life multiple patient incidents. Many of our speakers' presentations have now been placed on our website here: Conference Presentations.
Special thanks to our Conference Committee working together under the leadership of Mike Petrie to create a valuable and informative forum. Loews Coronado Bay Resort was a wonderful venue, and our conference planners have already reserved it for next year's conference.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
The American Heart Association has announced its new 2014 "Mission: Lifeline" Awards for demonstrated quality in STEMI care by EMS. Achievement by EMS systems is recognized as Gold, Silver or Bronze level. Since Gold Level requires two consecutive years of quality performance data, only Silver or Bronze levels will be awarded in 2014. The following California EMS Agencies have received special recognition:
- Contra Costa County - BRONZE
- Los Angeles County - SILVER
- Marin County - SILVER
- Santa Barbara County - SILVER
- Ventura County - SILVER
For additional information on this program, go to: MISSION: LIFELINE
On April 9th the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) conducted a public hearing in Sacramento to receive public input on a proposal by the Emergency Medical Services Authority which includes several pilot projects designed to explore the effectiveness, safety and sustainability of community paramedicine programs in California. EMSA's Director, Dr. Howard Backer, spoke in support of the proposal along with representatives of local EMS agencies. Opposition to the pilot projects was voiced by the California Medical Association, the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the California Nurses Association.
OSHPD has statutory authority to approve such healthcare pilot projects under their Health Workforce Pilot Projects Program. A decision on the proposal is still pending.
For a list of the thirteen proposed pilot projects go to: Commmunity Paramedic Pilot Projects