CEO Update
EMS Response to COVID-19
At the end of March, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) activated the National Ambulance Contract (NAC) with American Medical Response (AMR) to provide a coordinated EMS response to the great New York City. The NAC supported the nation’s COVID-19 pandemic response, with the deployed crews working under the guidance of FEMA and state and local agencies. Crews were deactivated last week as the need for additional EMS personnel has slowed.
 
I would like to recognize all the work that went into this response by all EMS providers as well as the NYSDOH Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems' (BEMSTS) staff, Director Ryan Greenberg, Deputy Director Steve Dziura, and South West District Chief Don Trzepacz. Additionally, behind the scenes, many of the regional EMS program agencies from across the state has been working toward entering data from over 30,000 paper patient care reports from the NAC into the online platform to allow for data analysis. This NAC data entry project has been led by Susie Surprenant of CNYEMS and BEMSTS Deputy Chief Peter Brodie. Lastly, I would like to recognize BEMSTS Deputy Chief Ed Mager for his work in coordination with NYS nursing homes as well as other sectors within DOH. It is great to see such a coordinated response by so many different agencies during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Congratulations to our Board members!
This past week, two of STHCS' board members have made the news for fantastic accomplishments! 
 

Dr. Kevin D. Watkins, Cattaraugus County’s public health director, 
has been elected president of the New York State Association of County Health Officials. NYSACHO represents all 58 local health commissioners and public health directors, serving as the voice for all of New York State’s local health departments. I would like to congratulate Dr. Watkins for this extraordinary honor and look forward to him working toward furthering public health in the state of New York.
 

Additionally, Eva Benedict, president and CEO of Jones Memorial 
Hospital, was named a New York State Senate 2020 Woman of Distinction. Sen. George Borrello selected Benedict as the 57th Senate District’s honoree. The Woman of Distinction Award ceremony that typically takes place in Albany each May was canceled due to COVID-19, but Borrello will publicly honor Benedict at a local event that will be announced. I am very excited that Eva is receiving this honor and I am proud of all the work she has done to better this community.
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