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  • 09/29/2021 5:15 PM | Anonymous

    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.

  • 06/30/2021 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    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
    henry.lewis@scemsa.org

  • 04/14/2021 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    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.

  • 01/09/2020 10:37 AM | Anonymous

    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.

    What is the South Carolina EMS Association currently doing in South Carolina?

    • Bylaw revision: This was a huge step to making the membership more inclusive. The revision of the Board of Directors to include a cross section of all types of EMS within the state.
    • Merger of the SC Private Ambulance Providers back into the SCEMSA to create a unified voice for all of EMS with the state.
    • Merger of the SC Public Information and Education group under the umbrella of the SCEMSA
    • Ongoing negotiations about merging the Air Ambulance Association and the SC EMS Educators Association

    Learn more about SCEMSA here.

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