SCEMSA is modernizing our display materials and website. As such, we are requesting that you, our membership, submit photos that can be displayed on both digital as well as printed materials.
We are looking for pictures that show the diversity of our workforce, unique things that showcase your respective agencies, special events, or other photos that will garner interest in South Carolina EMS by being eye-catching as well as recognize you for your role in public safety and healthcare.
Terri Faulkenberry has graciously offered to spearhead this project on our behalf. We ask that you email the photos to her at the email address below. We hope to have these updated photos displayed at our legislative breakfast on 1/19/2022 as well used in our marketing materials.
Email photos to: email@example.com
Thank you in advance, and we look forward to seeing your pictures!
Henry Lewis, MHA, NRP, CEM
South Carolina EMS Association
Each year at the South Carolina Emergency Care Symposium Awards Ceremony, special recognition is given to members of the EMS Community. Awards are presented to those EMS professionals who have distinguished themselves during the previous year (2021).
The rules are simple and the directions are easy to follow. Acknowledge someone you know who went the extra mile, served beyond the call of duty, or simply sets an example of what EMS is all about.
Download the awards packet here.
The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2022. Send packets to Mark Self at Pee Dee, 1314 W. Darlington Street, Florence SC 29501 or email them to Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Annual Legislative Breakfast is scheduled for January 19, 2022.
There will be a pre-event planning meeting prior to the event that attendees need to participate in. Save the date of January 19 and watch for more details.
SCEMSA is proud to announce it has launched a new SCEMSA Career Center - the premier resource to connect career opportunities with highly qualified EMS talent. The Career Center is designed to provide you with a better overall experience through a modern design and an intuitive interface. You will be able to access the Career Center through any device of your choice- smartphone, tablet, or desktop.
To access the Career Center, visit: https://careers.scemsa.org/
or click on Career Center at the top of our website.
SCEMSA is working closely with the SC EMS Network regarding the 2022 SC EMS Symposium. More information will be forthcoming, however, hold the dates for Thursday 3/10/2022- Saturday 3/12/2022. The EMS Educators precon will be held 3/9/2022 from 09:00-12:00. SCEMSA will be hosting the Educators precon, and it will be offered free to current SCEMSA members.
The SC EMS Network has also graciously allowed us to host some of our leadership conference material during the upcoming symposium since we were forced to cancel our 2021 event due to COVID. We hope to see you at the conference and links to additional information and schedules will be published soon. Keep an eye on the SCEMSA website and your email.
We are pleased to announce that we have added support staff to assist us in our efforts to continue to advance SCEMSA and meet our objectives to address unmet needs.
First, please join me in welcoming Emily Keeney as our special consultant to assist with expanding the EMS presence in high school and career centers. We recognize that awareness of EMS career options begins in high school and the K-12 systems have specific processes and procedures that must be navigated correctly in order to be successful. As such, Emily comes to us with a wealth of knowledge about how these systems function as well as knowledge of potential funding options. It is our intent to publish a current assessment of existing programs as well as a “roadmap/toolkit” for expansion. If you are currently engaged in or interested in developing a high school EMT program and would like to learn more, please contact Henry Lewis directly.
Next, our webmaster Mary Napier has increased her involvement with the SCEMSA and is now our membership/communications specialist. She will help coordinate the workforce initiatives and facilitate better contact with you on our behalf. She will also be assisting with member services and communications. Mary is active with numerous State EMS Associations and will be able to assist us in better serving your needs. You can contact her at email@example.com and her contact information has been added to our leadership tab on our website.
The Workforce Development Committee and the SCEMSA Board are pleased to announce that we have officially consigned Flock and Rally as our marketing firm to begin our statewide recruitment campaign. This Columbia based company emerged as the best option for meeting our marketing needs and will begin working on our marketing strategies in the coming weeks. The Workforce Development Committee vetted numerous firms, strategies, and options prior to making their recommendation. The plan for recruitment is multifaceted and includes social media geo fencing, targeted marketing, creation of a toolkit that can be adapted for local services, and is expandable to traditional options such as billboards and television or radio.
It is with great pleasure we announce the naming of the South Carolina EMS Foundation Grant in honor of Albert M. Futrell, Jr., who served as the initial State EMS Director for South Carolina. Incidentally, he still holds the record for being the longest serving State Director in South Carolina. Mr. Futrell has remained a strong force for a progressive and efficient EMS System. Mr. Futrell always had a knack for resolving difficult problems in a manner that brought great resolution. He was always very personable and engaging.
He was instrumental in developing the EMS system in the early 1970’s. Furthermore, he was also responsible for the development of the initial EMS Law & Regulations in addition to the current Grant-In-Aid programs being set up and funded. Under his guidance the trauma program, data systems, quality assurance, emergency preparedness, ambulance run reports, training and compliance, ambulance licensure, grant programs and the four Regional EMS offices were realized. Mr. Futrell was actively involved in the now defunct National Association of State EMS Directors and stayed abreast of changes affecting the system.
Mr. Futrell has always been very passionate about EMS and remains actively involved in EMS even after retirement. He currently serves on the Midlands EMS Board of Directors and is also a member of the EMS Association. Moreover, he serves as chairman of the South Carolina EMS Foundation. He is responsible for many of the successes that we realize today based on our EMS system being structured on a solid foundation from the early days.
In appreciation for all his contributions to our EMS system, it is our honor and privilege for our EMS Foundation Grant to be named the Albert M. Futrell, Jr. Scholarship Grant.
All information about the Albert Futrell Scholarship as well as the link for application can be found on the South Carolina EMS Foundation Website or visit https://www.southcarolinaemsfoundation.com/.
As we have mentioned before, our Committees are the driving force behind our progress. In October, there will be quarterly meetings for all Committees.
A second email will be sent out that includes the exact meeting dates, times, and links as all meetings will be virtual. Listed below are some highlights of each Committee's focus and initiatives.
Membership- Still developing new membership types, development of a one-page recruitment tool to help emphasize value of the SCEMSA, development of a resource corner.
Finance and Reimbursement- Medicaid expansion for both public and private EMS providers, Surprise billing legislation position statement, Phase 4 funding and ARPA funds.
Disaster Preparedness- Development of an EMS mobilization platform, revision of SCEMD ESF Annex 8 to include SCEMSA, training opportunities
Education- Survey of EMT training institutions to determine costs, capacity and access to assist with our statewide recruitment efforts, development of leadership/professional development material, development of new EMS Director Workshop, development of Educators Update precon, and cultivation of new instructors.
Workforce Development- The Board has voted to approve the Flock and Rally proposal for our statewide recruitment drive. Development of content and specific areas of focus for the campaign, development of a toolkit for agencies to use for recruitment that can be shared, and updated survey to analyze current workforce shortages.
Data, Administration and Compliance- Regulation 61-7 changes, SCEMSA bylaws and SCEMSA Administrative Policy Manual, and continuing the documentation of the history of EMS in our state.
Advocacy- Develop SC EMS as an essential service bill, assist Finance and reimbursement committee with Medicaid Expansion lobbying, create bill to allow EMS to opt into PORS retirement, planning for the January 2022 Legislative breakfast event, additional funding for SCEMSA and funding EMS education.
Health, Safety, and Wellness- Continued evaluation of the Peer-connect software proposal in conjunction with SC FAST, development of Wellness Bootcamps and monitoring legislation related to PTSD
EMS Memorial Bike Ride/ Honor Guard- Planning for 2022 ride, coordination of the workday at the SC EMS Memorial, planning the SCEMSA response to LODD and provision of support services, updating the SCEMSA display and pictures for our booth.
Please plan on attending these meetings as these discussions shape the future of our goals as a professional organization.
Finally, please join us in welcoming some new Co-Chairs to our Committees! Austin Mandeville has stepped up to help lead the Education Committee and David Abrams has agreed to serve as Co-Chair of the Finance and Reimbursement Committee.
SCEMSA has been working closely with our partners at South Carolina DHEC and the South Carolina Hospital Association regarding surge capacity and hospital diversion. The attached joint position statement is a monumental step forward in terms of cooperation and establishing partnerships for the greater good.
These are difficult times for us all but our healthcare systems will continue to work together to identify innovative ways to be successful.
Read the joint position statement here.
Because of lingering concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, elections were conducted electronically instead of the traditional in person method at the Membership meeting.
Pursuant to the bylaws, Mr. Douglass Warren was appointed the Nominating Chairperson and an electronic polling of the voting members was conducted. Please see the results of the 2021 elections below. Thank you to everyone who was nominated and welcome to our Board of Directors.
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