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.
We are pleased to announce that we have revised our Committee meeting schedules as well as added some new committees and new chair persons. Committees will meet quarterly and the next meetings will be held (virtually) throughout July. If you want to get involved with shaping the future of our industry in South Carolina, pick a committee or committees that interest you and come see what we are doing! These Committees are truly the driving force behind our progress and we are excited to work on the issues facing our profession.
Listed below are the upcoming meeting dates and times along with a small sampling of the focus of the committees. You can contact the chair(s) of any committees via our website (https://scemsa.org/Leadership) or myself with any questions.
Data, Administration, and Compliance- 7/6/2021 @ 10:00. Regulation 61-7 revision, creation of an Administrative Policy Manual for the SCEMSA, and By-Law Revision
Legislative and Advocacy- 7/13/2021 @ 1:00. 2022 Legislative agenda to include Essential Service designation for EMS, funding, PORS retirement, and earnings cap.
Membership Committee- 7/14/2021 @ 3:00. Membership recruitment campaign, member benefits review, new membership types, resources for members.
Education and Certification- 7/20/2021 @ 4:00. Leadership conference planning, coordination of "Innovation in recruitment" workshops, Professional development training development for EMS, educator shortage.
Finance and Reimbursement- 7/21/2021 @ 1:00. Provider Assessment for private EMS providers, PCG/Medicaid expansion options for public EMS, Cost Reporting Workshop
Health and Wellness- 7/22/2021 @ 10:00. Mental Health and Resiliency training being added to all initial certification courses, Wellness Bootcamps hosted across the state, grant funding opportunities for providing additional support and education.
Disaster Preparedness- 7/22/2021 @ 1:00. Improving EMS education and funding for Emergency management, funding for EMS in disaster, integration into ESF 8, DHEC ACC, and SCHA IC for hospital evacuations.
Workforce Planning and Development- 7/27/2021 @ 1:00. Updating the workforce survey, needs assessment, creation of resources for EMS agencies, Coordination of the "Innovation in recruitment" workshops.
EMS Memorial Bike Ride/Honor Guard- More information will be forthcoming.
Following feedback from our membership and leadership retreat, our meeting schedules will now be quarterly. This allows time for the committees and the Board of Directors to meet as well as avoids redundancies in scheduling. The new meeting schedules take effect on July 1st and will follow the schedule outlined below.
July-Committees meet. (Next meeting in October)
August- SCEMSA Board of Directors Meeting (Next meeting in November)
September 16th (3rd Thursday) @ 1:00, SCEMSA Membership meeting (Next Meeting in December). Note, the meeting date was changed to the Third Thursday to avoid conflicts with the EMS Advisory Council which meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Meeting reminders, agendas, in person and virtual options will be emailed in advance of the scheduled meetings.
Meetings will follow this quarterly rotation unless a situation arises which requires more frequent engagement or adjustment for holidays. We are working to update the website to display meeting dates and upcoming events.
Thank you in advance for your continued support.
SCEMSA Board of Directors
Thank you to everyone that participated in our Legislative "Take Action" regarding the Governor's Veto 11. The Advocacy Committee put forth a request for funding to sponsor a statewide EMS Recruitment initiative earlier this year. The funding made it through the initial budget but was threatened by Veto 11 Friday afternoon. We had over 220 grassroots advocates step up and message their respective representatives and senators and the veto was overridden with ease thus assuring our funding remains intact. This is a great show of unity for South Carolina EMS and we have received positive feedback from numerous elected officials.
With the funding secured, we will continue to move forward with the regionalized "Innovation in EMS Recruitment" workshops beginning in August and then roll out the statewide marketing campaign shortly thereafter.
This process began in 2018 when we published our initial EMS Workforce survey and has evolved into an opportunity to lead the nation in addressing EMS workforce shortages. Thank you to everyone who has participated in the committee work and leadership roles to bring this initiative to fruition.
Henry Lewis, MHA, NRP, CEM
Columbia S.C. — The South Carolina Emergency Medical Services Association (SCEMSA) is pleased to announce that veteran EMS administrator and South Carolina native Henry Lewis has been hired as its first Executive Director. After a nationwide search, the SCEMSA Board of Directors selected Mr. Lewis from a field of 53 candidates. In his role as Executive Director, Mr. Lewis is tasked with carrying out the Association’s mission of improving emergency medical services in South Carolina through advocacy, collaboration and education.
“This is a historical moment for EMS in South Carolina” said SCEMSA Board President William Tatum. “The Board is excited to work with Mr. Lewis as our new executive director and confident that the Association will be well positioned under his guidance to thrive in the years to come.”
About Henry Lewis:
-His venture in to public service started as a volunteer firefighter.
-He earned his South Carolina emergency medical technician (EMT) certification in 2001and his paramedic certification a short time later.
-He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Emergency Management and is now a Certified Emergency Manager. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.
- He has twenty years of experience as a clinician and administrator with public, private and hospital based EMS agencies and ambulance services.
-He worked as the State EMS Coordinator at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
-He currently serves on numerous statewide and national committees involving EMS. He is the Chairman of the National Association of EMT’s (NAEMT) Membership Committee.
Mr. Lewis will be working closely with the South Carolina Emergency Medical Services Association membership, legislators and other stakeholders to address the complex challenges facing EMS in our state such as workforce development, responder mental health, education and reimbursement.
The South Carolina EMS Association is an inclusive, statewide association for all emergency medical services in the state of South Carolina. The SCEMSA is dedicated to the advocacy and improvement in the EMS industry through research, data analysis and education.
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