Spotlight: Desiree Partain, Medstar Mobile Healthcare

Desiree Partain Mobile Integrated Healthcare Manager Medstar Mobile Healthcare Fort Worth, Texas Other Titles & Roles MIH Manager at Large, IBSC, NAEMT member Tell us a little about yourself. Born and raised in sunny San Diego, California. I have a military ( marine grandfather and navy grandfather, brother, and nephew) and first responder (law enforcement mother) family background. Days were spent in the water, whether it was our backyard pool or the beach. My parents instilled a strong work ethic in me at a young age that began as the neighborhood babysitter, to various positions at assisted living facilities and finally in EMS. I learned to take pride in the things I had and my work, whether it was completing a household chore, a writing assignment at school, or the vehicles I owned. Your history with EMS My mother was a police officer in the town I was raised in so the police and fire department was often my home away from home. I can remember being so fascinated with the ambulance and in admiration of the paramedics when I would go to visit. I told my parents when I was little that when I grew up, I would become (more…)

Savvik: Save on Vehicles, Supplies, and More!

Did you know that your service may be overpaying for everything from new ambulances to computers to staplers? If you are not already purchasing necessities through the American Ambulance Association’s partnership with Savvik Buying Group, you’re missing out on deeply discounted group purchasing savings. Watch our video below to learn more from Savvik President and AAA Treasurer Aarron Reinert.   [styled_box title=”Get Started With Savvik” footer=”” icon=”” class=”panel-default”]AAA members, start saving now! Not yet a member of the AAA? Join today and start saving tomorrow.[/styled_box]

MedStar PR Guru’s 5 Best Practices for Media Appearances

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If you attended AAA’s 2015 Annual Conference & Tradeshow, there is a good chance you participated in our Becoming Irreplaceable Community and Media Relations Boot Camp. This session, presented by MedStar Mobile Healthcare’s Matt Zavadsky, covered proven strategies to become a partner in your community. Today, Matt put pen to paper over at EMS1 and shared 5 best practices for media appearances by EMS chiefs and field personnel. Reporters will LOVE you if you incorporate their question into your answer. This allows them to take the sound bite they are looking for without having to dub in their question to make it understandable for the viewer or listener. Read the full article at EMS1!

2015 AAA Award Winners Announced

Awards will be presented at the AAA Annual Conference and Tradeshow Awards Reception on Monday, November 2, 2015. Please join us in congratulating the winners. J. Walter Schaefer Award Ron Thackery, American Medical Response The J. Walter Schaefer Award is given to someone who has positively advanced the industry as a whole. Ron exemplifies this through his tireless efforts to improve the safety of employees and patients, including work on compliance, OSHA, vehicle safety, proper use of personal protective equipment, and ambulance standards. Robert L. Forbuss Lifetime Achievement Award Jerry Zapolnik, Formerly of Huron Valley Ambulance The Robert L. Forbuss Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the first Executive Director of the American Ambulance Association. It recognizes a volunteer leader who has made tremendous long-term impact on the association. Over the course of Jerry’s volunteer tenure with the AAA, he has chaired numerous committees including Education and Data. Most recently, he sat on the AAA Board of Directors as a Region III representative. President’s Award Russell Honeycutt, Central EMS This award is given by the President to an individual volunteer leader who has shown commitment to the advancement of the AAA above and beyond the call of duty. Russell’s work on membership recruitment and outreach in 2015 perfectly (more…)

Spotlight: Macara Trusty

Macara Trusty Clinical Education & QA/QI Manager/Professional Development Manager MedStar Mobile Healthcare Fort Worth, Texas, USA Can you please tell us a little about yourself? I grew up on a cattle ranch in a small Texas town, called Farmersville, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas. I spent my free time herding cattle and hauling hay. I have been married for 17 years and have two teenage daughters. We spend our family time camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, and watching movies. How did you come to work in EMS? I came to work in EMS after a car accident in 1989 that almost killed my grandfather and resulted in my having a broken back and many other internal injuries. The small town in which I lived had only one ambulance, staffed by volunteers. There were a total of seven critical patients (including myself) on the scene, and we had to wait up to 30 minutes for the next ambulance to arrive. Having been raised in a family of public servants, I had previously considered becoming a nurse like my grandmother, but quickly changed my plan after the accident. In 1994, I enrolled in the local EMT program. I had every intention of working in the (more…)

Health Affairs shows “frequent flier” needs taper over time

Last week, Health Affairs published a study on the so-called “super utilizers” of the healthcare system, those who are in and out of emergency rooms with such frequency that their need for readmission is nearly assured. The researchers found that these folks have an intense need that tapers off over time. Of the 1,682 identified as such, just 28 percent fell into the category after 12 months. Baseline spending decreased from $113,522 per capita to $47,017 the following year when they were enrolled in a program to help them stay on top of their health. The study, performed by the medical center Denver Health, analyzed nearly 5,000 patients and found that 3 percent were accounting for 30 percent of adult charges between May 1, 2011 and April 30, 2013. Read the full article in the Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily.

MedStar Helps Reunite Baby, Mom After Tragic Crash

(Details and video courtesy of Fox 4 News and Medstar.) On June 25, Sergeant Colby Bozo and his wife Kristen were driving home when their vehicle was struck by a stolen car being pursued in a police chase. Sadly, Colby Bozo was killed on impact, and Kristen, then 37 weeks pregnant, was very seriously injured and required an emergency caesarian section. AAA member MedStar Mobile Healthcare, in coordination with John Peter Smith Hospital, and Cook Children’s Hospital surprised Kristen by arranging for her to see her newborn baby for the first time. Staff took a detour to Cook Children’s Hospital during mom’s ambulance transfer from JPS in Fort Worth to Baylor Rehabilitation Center in Dallas. George Church, a MedStar Operations Supervisor who helped coordinate the reunion, said at the time, “I’ve been in EMS a long time, and there are very few moments that get to me any more—this one got to me.” Great job, MedStar, JPS, and Cooks Children’s! Video from Fox4News.com Supporters of Kristen and the baby are invited to donate at a Fund.ly page.