AAA understands that EMS staff often experience significant challenges securing quality, reliable childcare, and that these challenges have been exacerbated by school and daycare closures caused by COVID-19. We are here to help!
The American Ambulance Association is proud to share that we have partnered with Kindercare to offer EMS providers priority childcare placement as well as a 10% discount on tuition. Please share this information with your staff! Visit www.kindercare.com/aaa for full details.
AAA member employee families receive priority placement at all 1600 Kindercare centers.
AAA member employees save 10% on full-time, part-time, and drop-in tuition for children ages six weeks to 12 years at any KinderCare Learning Center or Champions before- and after-school sites nationwide.
This offer is available to new families as well as those already enrolled in a participating center.
As we enter, hopefully, a happier new year, several of our national associations that have been at the forefront of collaborative advocacy efforts and the voices of the EMS profession have undergone planned changes in their leadership.
To welcome in 2021, I sat down, via Zoom, with Shawn Baird, incoming president of the American Ambulance Association and asked him about 2020 and his thoughts on the future of our industry. Shawn is the vice president for rural services with MetroWest Ambulance Family of Companies in Oregon. Shawn spent the last two years serving the AAA as president elect and has been at the center of AAA activity and advocacy.
Happy New Year, EMS! No matter how big the challenge, mobile healthcare NEVER gives up on our communities. Paramedics, EMTs, and Dispatchers have been a ray of hope in the #COVID19 pandemic. Thanks for showing us all what CARING really means.
Happy New Year, #EMS! No matter how big the challenge, #mobilehealthcare NEVER gives up on our communities. #Paramedics,…
Happy New Year, #EMS! No matter how big the challenge, #mobilehealthcare NEVER gives up on our communities. #Paramedics, #EMTs, & #Dispatchers have been a ray of hope in the #COVID19 pandemic. Thanks for showing us what CARING really means. #SupportEMS #alwaysopen #NotJustaRide pic.twitter.com/O3ggdPvU3p
— AmericanAmbulanceAsc (@amerambassoc) December 30, 2020
#EMS association leaders say THANK YOU to #paramedics, #EMTs, #dispatchers, and other #MobileHealthcare pros. Thank you for serving on the front lines of our nation's #COVID19 response! https://t.co/jFlamXyiUs @ChiefGaryLudwig @AIMHI_MIH @NREMT @NAEMSP @papatan911 @NEMSMAnews
— AmericanAmbulanceAsc (@amerambassoc) December 29, 2020
Thank you to Matt Zavadsky for creating this video!
The winners of the 2020 AAA Board of Directors election are listed below. The term for each position will begin on January 1, 2021. Please join us in thanking all candidates for their service to the American Ambulance Association.
Vice President- Legal, Government Relations, and Compliance
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, Inc.
*Vacant due to term limit*
Asbel Montes (2 years)
Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc.
Administrator/Chief Executive Officer
St. Francois County Ambulance District
Allyn Girard (2022)
Golden Cross Ambulance
Moises Segovia (2022)
Life Star EMS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: October 29, 2020
Contact: Maria Bianchi, AAA CEO
Arlington, VA—Aarron Reinert, President of the American Ambulance Association (AAA), is proud to award Debora Gault and Tom Tornstrom with the 2020 President’s Award.
Deb Gault, Global Medical Response (GMR) is receiving the award for leading the efforts with the AAA, to address the outstanding billing issues for ground ambulance services with the Veterans Affairs Administration. Deb has worked tirelessly over the last several years to get ambulance service claims paid promptly, a prudent layperson standard adopted, and for the VA to be considered the primary payor unless another payor is identified.
Tom Tornstrom, Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, Inc. is receiving the award for leading the efforts of the AAA, to address issues critical to ground ambulance services in their response to the current Public Health Emergency. Tom has led a group of industry leaders in addressing PPE shortages, access applying for PPP and CARES Act Funding, and many operational and clinical issues.
The President’s Awards will be given at the AAA Virtual Annual Membership Meeting on November 4, 2020 at 11:15 am eastern time.
The American Ambulance Association safeguards the future of mobile healthcare through advocacy, thought leadership, and education. AAA advances sustainable EMS policy, empowering our members to serve their communities with high-quality on-demand healthcare. For more than 40 years, we have proudly represented those who care for people first. www.ambulance.org
With heavy hearts, the American Ambulance Association shares the passing of former board member Larry Anderson. Please see the announcement below from Ron Slagell of Emergent Health Partners.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and former colleagues.
Larry retired in 2006 as the CEO of LifeCare Ambulance, a company he helped found in 1983 when the community’s EMS system was in crisis. Larry had a lengthy career before his involvement in EMS as a hospital administrator, and was also involved in the creation of Huron Valley Ambulance.
LifeCare served on the Board and Committees of many non-profit organizations including MAAS and the American Ambulance Association, where he championed that ambulance accidents should be referred to as crashes, because most are preventable.
He was committed to his community, was known as an advocate for collaboration, and was passionate about patient care and safety. His contributions to EMS and public health will be long standing well beyond the time he was with us.
The American Ambulance Association Workforce Committee is seeking examples of creative solutions to EMS challenges, related and unrelated to the pandemic. If your service has solved a problem or overcome an obstacle in an innovative manner, please share it in our short form below. Entries will be reviewed by the Workforce Committee for potential adaptation into member education.
Thank you for your continued support and participation.
The American Ambulance Association is creating a “yearbook” for 2020 to highlight EMS’s incredible response to the pandemic, wildfires, hurricanes, civil unrest, opioids, and more. We would also love to feature our vendor members and state ambulance associations as we know you are critical to the success of mobile healthcare.
To participate, please complete the short form below!
Please submit your responses by October 31, 2020. One hardcopy book will be mailed to the primary address of each member organization in early February 2021. Organizations that do not submit data will be listed as members, but not featured. All fields are required. Please proofread carefully!
Entry submission for the AAA 2020 Yearbook closed 10/31.
Help AAA tell the story of EMS in 2020… in YOUR words and about YOUR community!
2020 has challenged every EMS provider in the country in myriad ways—pandemic, wildfires, hurricanes, civil unrest, opioids, and more. Please take a moment to share with the American Ambulance Association details and photos about YOUR service for inclusion in a virtual and hardcopy yearbook that will be produced in January 2021. The yearbook will highlight the extraordinary contributions of mobile healthcare providers across the country.
Member organizations, please submit your responses by October 31, 2020. One hardcopy book will be mailed to the primary address of each member organization in early February 2021. Organizations that do not submit data will be listed as members, but not featured. All fields are required. Please proofread carefully!
Entry submission for the AAA 2020 Yearbook closed 10/31.
As we celebrate our freedoms this weekend, AAA would like to take a moment to thank the extraordinary Americans who serve their communities with round-the-clock on-demand mobile healthcare. Happy Independence Day to EMS!
As we celebrate our freedoms this weekend, AAA would like to take a moment to thank the extraordinary Americans who serve their communities with round-the-clock on-demand #mobilehealthcare. Happy #IndependenceDay to #EMS! #4thofJuly #AlwaysOpen #NotJustaRide #SupportEMS #Ready pic.twitter.com/rG6FQigWa1
— AmericanAmbulanceAsc (@amerambassoc) July 3, 2020
As the demographics of our nation change, it becomes ever more essential for emergency medical services to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace more representative of the communities that we serve. To support this mission, the American Ambulance Association seeks tips, ideas, and perspectives from our membership on best practices for attracting, recruiting, and retaining the EMS workforce of tomorrow.
For this project, we are using the word “diversity” to refer to characteristics including—but not limited to—race, sex, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic class, disability, and/or age.
While we are truly appreciative of all responses, AAA especially welcomes the perspectives of those who are themselves members of groups historically less represented in the EMS workforce.
If you would like to contribute your thoughts to this project, please complete our short form below. You do not need to disclose your identity if you do not wish to do so.
Although the 2020 AAA Annual Conference & Trade Show has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Ambulance Association remains committed to the continued education and engagement of ambulance service leaders. As such, we plan a series of webinars throughout the year, as well as a Virtual Conference in November.
Please use the form below to share details, including the link to your prerecorded session, for your virtual conference session. Please note that all participating session speakers should pre-record their sessions, and that sessions may be edited for length or quality.
Here are some tips for a great online session!
Thank you for your interest in sharing your knowledge with your EMS colleagues.
All Virtual Annual sessions will take place on the highly interactive Prodigy EMS platform developed by Pro EMS of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
On May 29’s Inside EMS podcast, AAA Communications Chair Rob Lawrence spoke with hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson about national EMS issues including reimbursement, ET3, and more.
On May 18, 2020, American Ambulance Association President Aarron Reinert shared a special message with EMS providers from across the nation.
Today, American Ambulance Association President Aarron Reinert shared a special message with #EMS providers from across…
Happy EMS Week, and thank you for providing your communities with 24/7 on-demand mobile healthcare!
AAA has teamed up with Mercury Public Affairs to run a robust public affairs campaign to complement our already established lobbying efforts. We are making sure our concerns as frontline EMS responders are heard, by targeting 27 key Senators and Representatives to Congress around the nation. We are asking them to be the champions we need in Congress and to make sure all of our emergency first responders have the resources they need.
The campaign has been a great success. Major media outlets have picked up our stories, our digital campaign is having higher than industry average conversion rates, and our patch through calls, which have had extremely high percentages of people willing to speak Congressional offices, have been able to provide a steady drumbeat for our issues where it matters.
These metrics, coupled with the positive feedback we have received from Congressional offices show that notonly do we have the right message, but also that our emergency first responders are being recognized for the work they do during this national health crisis.
It is also helping to build legislative momentum.
We will update you on the campaign as we move forward, but wanted to take some time to share some highlights.
AAA is running an earned media campaign around issues such as allowing for CMS reimbursement waivers. One of the highlights of this effort has been the following story published in the Wall Street Journal and subsequently featured in the Washington Post Healthcare 202 Newsletter:
AAA is running a digital advertising campaign targeted in Congressional districts and states. This campaign will continue with the addition of text messaging in the coming days. Thus far, we have accomplished the following:
AAA ran a 10-day patch through call campaign strategically targeted to Congressional district offices and Senate district offices that complemented the digital campaign: