Have you always wanted to have a conversation with the leaders in your field? Perhaps you need some advice specific to your agency about setting up an MIH/CP program, or you have some questions about how to choose the best personnel management software. Now you can sign up for group time with an industry expert. Time slots will be 30 minutes long and are available on a first come, first-served basis. Each time slot will consist of one expert and 3-5 attendees. Sessions will be held at the EMS World Booth #1133 in the Exhibit Hall.
Ginger Locke, BA, NRP
Ginger Locke is infatuated with the minds of medics. As an Associate Professor of EMS Professions at Austin Community College (Austin, Texas) and as the creator of the Medic Mindset podcast, she has immersed herself in the art and science of thinking and performing under pressure. Prior to becoming a paramedic, she studied social psychology at the University of Georgia and the University of Leicester, UK. Her professional endeavors revolve around the conviction that the most important (and complicated) tool in Emergency Medicine is the brain of the clinician. She is a licensed paramedic in the state of Texas and a Nationally Registered Paramedic. Her focus areas are human performance, cognitive psychology, differential diagnosis, team dynamics, stress inoculation and high fidelity simulations. She's an active consumer and contributor in the #FOAMed (Free Online Access to Medical Education) community.
Doug Wolfberg, JD
Doug Wolfberg is one of the nation's best known EMS attorneys and a founding partner of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth. He has worked in EMS for 40 years as a field provider, county EMS director, state and federal-level EMS official, author, educator, consultant and lawyer. He is known as a humorous, engaging and insightful speaker who has inspired and informed EMS professionals throughout the United States.
Chris Kelly, Esq.
Topic: Legal Issues
Chris Kelly, Esq, is the Chief Legal Officer of EMS Consultants. He regularly writes for EMS World and sits on the magazine’s editorial advisory board. He has co-authored two books on HIPAA for EMS and ambulance services and has been an adjunct professor for Virginia College, teaching Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration and Health Law and Ethics. Chris has represented many ambulance services in Medicare audits and formal investigations, State licensing issues, contracting issues, overpayment appeals and numerous other EMS related issues, winning several cases that have had major impact on ambulance reimbursement in the U.S. Chris represents clients in many states across the country. He is also a frequent contributor to various other EMS publications and is a frequent lecturer at State and National EMS meetings and conferences.
Gary Heigel, BA, Paramedic
Gary is the Department Chair of Emergency Services and the Paramedic Program Director at Rogue Community College in Southern Oregon. Gary has been a paramedic since 1984 and has extensive experience in both urban and rural EMS systems. He has been a Paramedic, Field Training Officer, Field Supervisor, Flight Medic, Operations Director, and a full-time educator since 2004. He has presented at regional, state, and national EMS conferences, written for JEMS magazine and worked as an EMS Expert Witness. In 2014, Gary was honored as the Oregon EMS Educator of the year.
Jessica Banks, ASN, BA
Jessica Banks is an 11 year veteran of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. She is currently a Captain in the Medical Services Division. Captain Banks holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Palm Beach Atlantic University, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and has an AS degree in Nursing.
Captain Banks was on the ground floor of the development of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue’s Mobile Integrated Health Program. As the departments first Community Paramedicine Coordinator, Captain Banks assisted in the development and implementation of several branches of the department's Mobile Integrated Health Program including: PBCFR’s High Frequency Utilizer program, Suboxone Pilot program, Addiction Protocol for patients suffering from substance abuse, as well as PBCFR’s paramedic referral program. This has given Captain Banks an in-depth understanding of and considerable experience in developing and implementing MIH-CP programs and their associated challenges.
Brian LaCroix, FACPE, NRP
Brian LaCroix has a 23-year emergency medical services career, which involves being an emergency medical technician, paramedic, educator, author, CISD peer counselor and manager. He has helped develop state emergency medical services for Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as extended projects in Nicaragua and France. LaCroix is a past member of the Minnesota Emergency Medical Service Regulatory Board and current chair of the Hennepin County EMS Council.
Morgan Anderson, MPH
Topic: Data Analysis/Research
Morgan joined the ImageTrend team in January 2017. She graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology. Prior to coming to ImageTrend, Morgan spent 5 years with the Army Public Health Center as an Injury Prevention Epidemiologist. In addition to working with clients, she plays a key role in refining ImageTrend’s Active Data Monitoring™, further expanding the monitors and topical content available for Continuum™, and publishing findings for scientific advancement. Her most recent work includes developing the content and managing the data collected for CrewCare, a mental health awareness app for first responders. Morgan has research published in American Journal of Preventative Medicine, The American Journal of Sports Medicine, Public Health, Military Medicine, and others.
Jared Oscarson, NRP, FACPE
Jared Oscarson is the EMS Director at Dodge Center Ambulance, a community-based ambulance with a combination of paid and volunteer staff in Dodge Center, Minnesota. His 13 years of experience in EMS working as a Paramedic include high-volume ALS, rural hospital-based EMS and air medical across Nevada. He worked at HGH EMS as Deputy Chief during his time at HGH EMS he was involved in developing an air ambulance program, Community Paramedicine, and Critical Care Ground program. Jared chaired Nevada EMS Advisory Committee and was part of the Nevada Community Paramedicine Legislation workgroup. He has lectured at conferences on various topics in EMS including Rural Sustainability, Air Operations at Mass Gathering Events, EMS integration into Hospital Systems, and Changing Legislation to Facilitate MIH-CP. Jared and his family reside in Kasson, Minnesota. Jared coaches girls U10 ice hockey for his daughter's team in his free time.
Rob Luckritz, NRP, Esq.
Topic: Legal Issues
Robert Luckritz, Esq., is the Executive Director of EMS for Jersey City Medical Center, a hyper-urban 9-1-1 EMS system responding to nearly 100,000 EMS requests annually. Robert has more than 20 years of EMS experience across the Mid-Atlantic and New England, where he has overseen all facets of EMS, including Operations, Clinical Care, and Education. He has also served as an adjunct professor of EMS Management at Springfield College, and as a Government Affairs Officer for a large health system. Robert has been awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in EMS Management from Springfield College and a Juris Doctor degree from Western New England University School of Law. He was a 2016 recipient of the EMS 10 Innovators in EMS Award from JEMS Magazine, and the Presidential Leadership Award from the National Association of EMTs. Robert currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Urban Hospitals, the National Association of EMTs, and is the current President of the New Jersey Association of Paramedics.
Anne Jensen, BS, EMT-P
Anne Marie Jensen is the Special Projects Manager for San Diego Fire-Rescue Department EMS Division. With a B.S. in Applied Physics and an inclination toward technology and data modeling, Anne is enthusiastic about patient-centered field care that uses technology to mitigate risk and expand capacity to serve. Anne led the formal implementation of San Diego's Community Paramedic Program in 2011, which uses real-time data analytics to predict vulnerability in 911 callers. She has also developed interdisciplinary applications involving integration of medical, social, and law enforcement data, and has served as a resource to multiple federal agencies involved in first responder technologies. Anne has been a paramedic for 19 years and remains active in the field to maintain perspective on special projects and patient care models. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brooke Burton, NRP, FACPE
Topic: Data Analysis/Research
Brooke Burton, NRP, FACPE, is the quality director for Gold Cross Ambulance in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brooke has over 20 years of EMS experience working as a paramedic in rural to super urban environments and specializes in performance improvement. Brooke completed paramedic school at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Center for Prehospital Care. Brooke attended the Ambulance Service Manager program through Fitch and Associates and the American Ambulance Association, and she earned the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Healthcare Improvement Science certificate. Brooke is a board member of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) where she is the board liaison to the Quality/Performance Improvement Committee. Brooke was also the recipient of the American Ambulance Association 2016 award for Best Quality Improvement Program.
Ken Bouvier, NRP
Ken Bouvier, NR-P, Deputy Chief of Operations for New Orleans EMS, is from New Orleans, Louisiana and has been actively involved in EMS since 1975, he is recognized nationally & internationally as a professional speaker in EMS. He serves as Commander for Mardi Gras and assumed command of Field Operations days following Hurricane Katrina. He managed the cast and sometime appeared on the A&E Television show “NIGHTWATCH!” Chief Bouvier is a retired Fire Chief after serving 37 years. Served as President of the NAEMT 2004 – 2006. Recipient of the National EMT of the Year Award 1989 and he received the 2008 prestigious Rocco V. Morando EMS Lifetime Achievement Award. 2012 0Bouvier and New Orleans EMS received the Dick Ferneau Award. Bouvier is a member of the New Orleans & Louisiana EMT Associations. Bouvier has an extensive educational background in emergency response that spans over four decades. He holds certifications from Louisiana State University, Texas A&M University, Florida State Fire College, Louisiana State Police Academy and the National Fire Academy. Bouvier has served the Editorial Advisory Board of EMS World Magazine for 20 years, has written articles for EMS & Fire Service publications, and contributions to 11 EMS textbooks.
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT
Matt is the Chief Strategic Integration Officer for MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth, TX. He has helped guide the implementation and financial sustainability of numerous innovative programs with healthcare partners that have transformed MedStar fully as a Mobile Integrated Healthcare provider, including high utilizer, CHF readmission reduction, observational admission reduction, hospice revocation avoidance, 9-1-1 nurse triage programs and partnerships with home health agencies.
Matt is also the President-Elect for the National Association of EMTs and chairs their Mobile Integrated Healthcare and EMS Data committees and is the co-author of the book “Mobile Integrated Healthcare – Approach to Implementation” published by Jones & Bartlett Publishing. He has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration, with a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Data Management.
Stein Bronsky, MD
E. Stein Bronsky, MD, is the medical director for the Colorado Springs (CO) Fire Department and American Medical Response (AMR) Ambulance Service, El Paso County, CO. He also works as an emergency physician at Centura Health. Dr. Bronsky began his career as an EMT in 1991 and later practiced for several years as a paramedic before attending medical school at Vanderbilt University. He completed his emergency medicine residency and EMS fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
Rommie Duckworth, LP
Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder and award-winning educator with thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and public and private emergency medical services. Rom is currently a career fire Captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator with the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department and is the Founder and Director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine. Rom is a prolific emergency services advocate, author, and speaker at conferences around the world.
Andres Mercado, EMT-P, MA
Andres Mercado is the Mobile Integrated Health Officer for the City of Santa Fe Fire Department. He is a paramedic, has 19 years in the fire service and has a Masters degree from St. John's College. As the MIH Officer, he oversees a high utilizer program, an opiate overdose outreach program, a firefighter referral program and a paramedic SUV pilot which aims to bring MIH concepts, training, and experience to 911 calls for real-time navigation and value-added services.