Tag: Education & Membership Committee

Join an AAA Committee! (Deadline Feb 4)

The American Ambulance Association is driven by the passion and commitment of its volunteer leaders. Have you considered becoming a member of one of our committees? If so, please submit the form below to apply. Committee chairs will receive the list of interested parties on February 5, and new members will be notified by the end of February.

Thanks so much for considering sharing your time with fellow AAA members.

Committee Interest

Please indicate your interest in working on an American Ambulance Association committee by filling in the form below. *Please note that there is a maximum of two employees from a single company on any individual committee.
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2016 EMS Leadership Academy, Including a NEW Executive Level Retreat!

SafeTech Solutions’ Leadership and Supervisor Academies are featuring several courses in 2016 designed to encourage and develop leadership and management among the EMS community. Please join your peers at the following stimulating programs:

EMS Leadership Academy [quote_right]”I had the opportunity to participate in Level I and Level II thus far, and without a doubt this was the best leadership training and education I have ever received in my over 25 years of participating in professional development seminars. I cannot wait to participate in Level III and IV in 2016.”           — Maria Bianchi                             Executive Vice President, AAA [/quote_right]

A dynamic four-level, 60-hour educational program designed for current & future leaders, focusing on developing leadership skills, creating vision, getting people to follow you & managing organizational & cultural change.

EMS Supervisor Academy

An intense, three-level, 60-hour immersive experiential education program to develop frontline EMS supervisors who are key facilitators of high employee engagement & operational success.

Executive-Level Retreat (New for 2016!)

The practice of leadership never stops. Great leaders continue to take time for their growth and development. This two-day retreat is an opportunity to meet with other Leadership Academy graduates from across the country & support your practice of leadership.

View the course schedule and to register!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Spotlight: Sean Kukauskas

Sean Kukauskas
Boston, MA, USA
Director of Ambulance Services, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Member, AAA Education & Membership Committee

Tell us a little about yourself, please.

I was born and raised in Massachusetts. I have three children, two boys and a daughter. My oldest son, Tyler (20 years old), is in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Bliss in Texas. My daughter, Kaylin (19 years old), is a college student, and my youngest son, Sean, is 14 and will be a high school freshman this fall. I am an avid long distance runner. I recently completed my first marathon earlier this year, the 2015 Boston Marathon.

How did you come to work in the industry? How long have you been involved?

Kukauskas, Sean - Spaulding - 2015.07.15 - FamilyAfter high school I joined the U.S. Navy as a mechanical calibration technician for nuclear powered submarines. After getting out of the service, I eventually found myself looking for a solid career. I always had an interest in medicine, so a friend of mine who was an EMT helped me get into EMT school. I have been involved in EMS since then, eventually earning my certification as a Paramedic. I just celebrated my 23rd year in EMS.

I spent the majority of my career working for private fire-based and hospital-based EMS services as a field provider and educator. I have spent the past four years as the Director of Ambulance Services for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Spaulding Hospital Ambulance Service is one of the largest hospital based services in Massachusetts. We have 17 vehicles that provide over 16,000 ALS, BLS, and chair car transports annually. Our primary focus is the non-emergent interfacility transportation of patients between the four hospital within the Spaulding Network and our affiliated acute care hospitals.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

As cliché as it sounds, I enjoy making a difference. Whether it is to my patients or for my staff. I like the ever changing envrionment of EMS. Each call, each day, is something new.

What is your biggest professional challenge?

Trying to find that right balance of service and performance while maximizing revenue. At the same time employee engagement and retention are just as importand and challenging.

What is your typical day like?

My typical day starts early to face commuter traffic coming into Boston. Once in my office, I will review the stats from the previous day, respond to emails as needed, and work on the tasks for the day—whatever they may be at that time. I may jump on a truck for the day or for a call. Meetings and then more meetings. At some point during the day I try and get a training run in. Usually I try to finish up some light work at home later in the evening.

How has participation in AAA membership and advocacy helped your organization?

I have found the networking to be invaluable. Chances are someone in in the AAA has encountered a similar situation or issue before. Having a network of colleagues from across the country gives you an avenue to discuss what has worked and what hasn’t.

The AAA helps me grow and improve my department with fresh ideas. The education offerings, the networking opportunities, and reimbursement advocacy all help strengthen our profession. I have been a member of the Education and Membership Committee for the AAA for about two years. I really enjoy working with the other committee members to find and develop new and creative ways to improve the AAA Annual Conference and Tradeshow as well as exploring new opportunities for our members.