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Episode 1: Paramedic and FTO Greg Edwards is my first guest. Part 1 of our chat learn how Greg decided to become involve in EMS. I hope you enjoy.
Episode 2: Paramedic Edwards part 2 of our conversation.
Episode 3: Dr. Jefferson Williams is my guest. Dr. Williams is the Deputy Medical Director of the Wake County EMS System.
Episode 4: This is a short podcast as I talk about Paramedic Sal Ramirez’s unexpected death and his beginnings at Cary Area EMS, followed by the tribute by the Wake County EMS System End of Watch.
Episode 5: Jeff Hammerstein is the Chief of Community Outreach/EMS from Wake County EMS and discusses his career and how the unique way he became the system’s PIO.
Episode 6: Cary Area EMS’s Division Chief Tammy Patton Tammy hails from Kentucky and learn how she made it to North Carolina and her path to Cary Area EMS.
Episode 7: There are people in your career that play an important role. Todd Stout was one for me. I met Todd when I was working for the City of Pittsburgh and was looking to advance my career. I hope you enjoy our conversation. I did.
Episode 8: Wake County EMS Division’s Paramedic Avery Brown joins me this week to discuss his unique path to the Wake County EMS System. http://www.spreaker.com/user/medic2medic/avery-brown
Episode 10: Dr. Walt Stoy gave me my first teaching job in EMS at the Center for Emergency Medicine. Doctor Stoy is internationally renowned for his efforts in EMS and Emergency Medicine and is recognized by his peers and colleagues as a groundbreaker and national leader in the field of EMS education.
Episode 11: Steve Wirth is a founding partner of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC and is one of the best known EMS attorneys and consultants in the United States. Listen and learn about Steve’s first encounter with the great Jim Page.
Episode 12: Justine Hollingshead is a volunteer and an Officer at Cary Area EMS. Justine wears many hats at Cary Area EMS. When she is not volunteering, she is the Chief of Staff for the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at North Carolina State University. She just received a prestigious 2015 Governor’s Award For Excellence.
Episode 13: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, is the Editor-in-Chief of JEMS, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. See how Jim Page and AJ met as well as learning about AJ’s roots in my home State of Pennsylvania.
Episode 14: Marion Houle is an EMS veteran and a Division Chief at Cary Area EMS. Marion grew up in Canada and made is way to South Florida then to North Carolina. Listen to his adventure and how he began is EMS career.
Episode 15: Bradley Wilson is an award winning photo journalist, college professor and was a great volunteer for Cary Area EMS.
Episode 16: Steven J. Davidson,MD is one of my mentors talks about his journey in EMS and Emergency Medicine, the birth of a speciality and EMS in Philadelphia.
Episode 17: Chief Tant is a veteran of the Wake County EMS System and he kicks off 2016’s Medic2Medic Podcast.
Episode 18: Joe Bourgraf is the CEO of Ferno. See how Ferno was started and learn about the new Integrated Patient Transport Systems coming to EMS.
Episode 19: Mike Yee and I worked the busiest Medic Unit in the City of Pittsburgh. We reminisce about our days on Medic 5 and the closeness that partners have together.
Episode 20:Chris Colangelo is the Chief Operating Officer for Wake County EMS. Chris’s path to this position starts outside Hampton Roads VA and hear how he makes his way to North Carolina and Wake County.
Episode 21: Greg Friese, MS, NRP, is Editor-in-Chief of EMS1.com. He is an educator, author, paramedic, and marathon runner. We talk about how EMS1.com got started as well as a hot button topic as ballistic vests for EMS providers.
Episode 22: David Lindell has over 40 years of EMS experience as a provider, educator, flight medic and leader. Listen to his story of being part of Freedom House Ambulance Service and part of the first class of Paramedics to be hired by the City of Pittsburgh.
Episode 23: Dr. Paris is a pioneer in EMS, an innovator and one of the biggest supporters of EMTs and Paramedics. He also has a strong opinion on where EMS is going. Dr. Paris a long with Dr. Ron Stewart were a crucial in the early success of the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS. I finally get a chance to say thank you to Dr. Paris for something he did for my family.
Episode 24: Kevin Hazzard worked as a paramedic from 2004 to 2013, primarily at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. He is the author of A Thousand Naked Strangers. The book provides an inside look into Kevin’s journey in EMS. We talk about his transition from journalist to Paramedic and his thoughts on EMS today.
Episode 25: Jon Olson is the Deputy Director, Chief of Operations for Wake County EMS. Jon has 28 years of EMS experience that included being a former Chief of Cary Area EMS. A few years back a Tornado struck Wake County and Jon was right in the middle of the operation. Listen to him describe his thoughts and the story behind this incident. Jon grew up in Western Pennsylvania and is a Steeler fan.
Special Edition Erin Cohen: Erin and I discuss what it is like to be married to an EMS provider and you hear how we met. Erin is a Real Estate agent and offers a great program if you are buying or selling a home. Hometown Heroes is an organization designed to give back to those who help make our communities a better place to live by offering real savings. Listen to hear more about this program and get a small glance into support she has provided me during my career. Hometown Heroes Link
Episode 26: Peter Dworsky and I went to Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) and graduated from their EMS Degree Program. We talk about those early days of the program, his career path and interest in safety for EMS providers. For the past 12 years Peter has been working for MONOC Mobile Health Services in New Jersey as the Corporate Director of Support Services. He also spent 18 years working as a field paramedic in New York City. He is also a two time recipient of the JEMS EMS 10 Innovation Award.
Episode 27: Doug Widmer is a Paramedic and Deputy Chief at Medical Rescue Team South Authority (MRTSA) in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Doug knew when he was 5 that he wanted to be in EMS and he has the proof. Listen to how he got started as a volunteer, being a dispatcher at 16 and how his career path landed him in my old office at MRTSA.
Episode 28: Alexander Garza MD, MPH is the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) and is board certified in Emergency Medicine. In addition, he is the Medical Director and Homeland Security advisor for FirstWatch Inc, a data and quality improvement software company in Encinitas, CA focusing on emergency responders. Dr. Garza was appointed by President Obama as the Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He is a Colonel of the US Army Reserves.
Episode 29: Medical Rescue Team South’s Paramedic David Terkel is my guest. David is longtime resident of Mt. Lebanon, PA and started serving the community in 1995. He is part of the Allegheny County HMMR (HazMat Medical) team. The team is the medical support for the county HazMat team. David and I discuss numerous topics, which David has some strong opinions and thoughts. We talk about him being assaulted and how he handled the aftermath.
Episode 35: Jonathan Washko as been involved in the EMS industry for over 30 years and has held progressive leadership position with small, medium and large EMS systems in government. Mr. Washko is considered the leading industry expert on EMS system design, High Performance EMS concepts and Industry Best Practices. Jon was one of my classmates at Hahnemann and knew from the first time I met him that he would great for EMS.
Episode 36:Todd Pritchard is the Chief of Medical Rescue Team South Authority, an EMS agency serving six communities just south of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Todd began his career with MRTSA as a volunteer in 1985 after graduating from California University of Pennsylvania. Todd was promoted to Chief of MRTSA in 2007. We talk about his journey to from being unsure if EMS was the right path for him and how he became Chief. We talk about the challenges that are facing EMS today.
Episode 37: Dr. Winslow is the State EMS Medical Director for North Carolina. We talk about how he became the Medical Director, protocols and the responsibilities of this position. There is a strong emphasis on collaborating and involving stakeholders in the process of EMS in North Carolina. Dr. Winslow’s main goal is to help insure high quality of emergency care to the people of North Carolina.
Episode 38: Kris Kaull is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in public safety both as a clinician and business professional. Kris was the founder of EMS1.com. Kris began his career in public safety as a firefighter and EMT. Kris is passionate about EMS and technology and you can hear this during our conversation. We talk about leadership qualities and you will be surprised about quality Kris thinks is the most important. We also talk about what gets Kris’s creative juices going.
Episode 39: Christopher Stawasz is AMR’s Regional Director for New Hampshire and Maine. Christopher was born and raised in New Hampshire and was one of the first practicing paramedics in the state. We talk about the opioid crisis that is hitting New Hampshire and how EMS is combating the epidemic. There is a program in New Hampshire to place Narcan in the schools. Listen to how the EMS crews handled the change in allowing non EMS persons administer Narcan.
Episode 40: Mike Prevatte is a Division Chief at Cary Area EMS. Mike started out as a volunteer for Cary Area EMS in 2003. His journey and interest in EMS started way before when he was Boy Scout. He is an Eagle Scout too. Mike Prevatte’s journey from Eagle Scout to Division Chief is an interesting story. Besides heading up Cary Area EMS’s Training Division, being a Shift Supervisor, he also serves as a Tactical Paramedic for the Wake County EMS System.
Episode 42: If you every wondered if you could be in EMS and be an entrepreneur then this podcast is for you. Jayme Burgman joins me this week to discuss his EMS career and how he went from Paramedic to entrepreneur. Jayme has a history in both entrepreneurial ventures and corporate executive management roles requiring high-level expertise in business development, operations and finance. We also talk about the on-going battle on who had the busiest ambulance in the City of Pittsburgh (Medic 5).
Episode 43: William Miller has experience in the provision of EMS, EMS Education,fire and rescue services that now spans more than 40 years. Bill’s start was in small town in Pennsylvania to a career with the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS to his current position as Physician Assistant. Bill is also one of the nicest person you will ever meet. Bill and I met when I was hired by the City of Pittsburgh and he was one of the Training Assistants who had to teach us everything from the culture of the City EMS to climbing up and down bridges. With me it was a challenge for Bill and his partner Roy Cox. I had no experience in rescue or climbing. Listen to Bill and I talk about those days as well as Bill’s first experience as volunteer firefighter and the impact it has had on his life.
Episode 44: Paul Falavolito is the Chief of White Oak EMS outside of Pittsburgh. Chief Falavolitio begin his EMS career at Medical Rescue Team South Authority in 1997. Chief Falavolito is an innovator leader with numerous successes during his career. He created a state certified wilderness Search and Rescue Team and has authored articles that have appeared in public safety magazines. Besides being a professional photographer (listen how Garth Brooks played a role) one of his bold new projects is Faces of EMS. This project is a wall exhibit of current EMS providers, which is being used for awareness and to celebrate the field of EMS. Chief Falavolito is also the host of his own podcast called EMS Talk, which launched a few weeks ago.
Episode 45: Lisa McDougall knew when she was 7 and had freak accident that she wanted to be an emergency medicine physician. Listen how EMS became her career path. Lisa is an Advance Practice Paramedic (APP) for Wake County EMS and the Wake County EMS System. Besides being an APP she is on the PTSD team and you will find out how she helped me and Cary Area EMS through a difficult time when Paramedic Ramirez died suddenly. You can her during our conversation the passion Lisa has for EMS and the APP Program.
Episode 46: Do we need to wear gloves with every patient encounter? Is EMS education behind the times when it comes to educating EMTs and Paramedics regarding infectious diseases? You came to the right podcast for answers. Katherine West joins the podcast and we talk about all kinds topics related to infectious disease. Katherine West has been working in the field of infection control since 1975. She lectures both nationally and internationally on this topic. She has served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health. She is the author of Infectious Disease Handbook for Emergency Care Personnel, now in its third edition.
Episode 47: What would it be like to be put in charge of an EMS department of a major city at the ripe age of 24? My guest Jay Fitch had this honor and listen how this came about and the challenges he faced. Jay is the Founding Partner and President of Fitch and Associates and host of the Pinnacle EMS Leadership and Management Conference held in July. Jay is internationally recognized for leadership as a consultant, educator and innovator in the fields of EMS and public safety. We talk about his start in EMS, his journey to being one of the first paramedics trained in the USA, his leadership style and his mentors.
Episode 48: Daniel (Danny) Cline is my guest and his EMS career began as an EMT in 1988. Danny has been a provider, educator, trainer and chief. You name a position in EMS, Danny has done it. He is respected among his peers as a medic, educator, chief and hockey player. We discuss his path from the north to the south. He tells a story that he said he has never told anyone. Listen how he came to Cary Area EMS and find out why he is so focus on learning everything he can. Danny is currently a Critical Care Paramedic at Rex/UNC Healthcare.
Episode 49: Baxter Larmon is a Professor of Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine and the Director of UCLA’s Center for Prehospital Care. After 35 years at UCLA, Baxter is retiring on July 1. Baxter has long history of EMS service and loves research and education. We talk about his astonishing career, some of his mentors and what he will doing next.
Episode 50: Dr. Bryan Bledsoe is an emergency physician, researcher and EMS author. He is Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas. He is the author of numerous EMS textbooks and has over 1 million books in print. We talk about what is like to be an ER physician in Las Vegas and a few interesting cases he has seen. We discuss the state of EMS today and his view of Community Paramedicine.
Episode 53: Harold Cohen before retiring from Baltimore County Fire had 35 years of experience with the County and 22 years as Division Chief for EMS. Harold since retiring from the Baltimore County, continues his ability to educate and train new leaders in EMS as a college professor and educator at the National Fire Academy. When he is not teaching he is a Senior Project Manager for SPC/TriData. Harold discusses his early interest and start in the public safety arena. We have a great discussion about leadership and what leaders of EMS should be thinking about today. Harold and I talk about the mentor he was (and still is) to me early in my career and what it meant.Episode 54: Mike Kobneck is President of Novum Concepts Ltd. Mike has developed an APP called BioPhone that capture images and securely send them to a base client such as an Emergency Room from the field. Before the business side struck Mike, he was a paramedic with Denver Health and AMR. We talk about why he developed and how BioPhone works as well as what led him to leave the field to create the APP? His focus is to improve the quality of systems and tools used by paramedics.
Episode 55: William Sukitch is a Paramedic with over 24 years of experience in EMS. His path to EMS started while in college. We talk about his early days in EMS and what drove him to join the Navy. In the Navy, Bill was a combat medic. Bill talks openly about about those times and the affect his career in the military had on him. The PTSD that he experiences and how he handles it hopefully will help others. Bill met his wife at Medical Rescue Team South Authority (I had a small part in this), and is a full time Paramedic at Medical Rescue Team Authority.
Episode 56: Mic Gunderson has over 40 years of experience in EMS, leadership and clinical roles. Listen how he goes from a film and photography interest as a career, to the military to EMS. It is a great story. He is currently the Director of Clinical Systems in the Quality and Health Technology Division of the American Heart Association. Mic has authored numerous journal articles. Mic and I meet way back when I was working in Philadelphia, which we touch on during our conversation. See how many people in our careers that we have in common that have influenced our careers.
Episode 60: Wendell Hissrich is the Public Safety Director for the City of Pittsburgh. Wendell’s experience includes EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement. His career path includes the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS and many years in the FBI. While in the FBI, Wendell was involved with strategic management of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) program for field coordination in the 56 field divisions with a focus on WMD operational response and investigations, both domestically and internationally. We talk about how the FBI integrated EMTs and Paramedics into the agency. We discuss the challenges he faces as the Director and our connection to Medic 5.
Victims Unit for eleven seasons. Dr. Baer was also a Writer and Producer of the NBC hit series ER for its first seven seasons, where he received five Emmy nominations as a producer and two for writing.
We discuss how he goes from Medical School to ER. We talk a lot about ER and how the ideas for that show came about and how the medicine goes from the written pages to the actors and how it looks so real. Dr. Baer gives an inside look on how medicine and TV work.
We talk about all of the above and how her blog and writing started (another interesting story). Amy likes to teach and educate on different EMS subjects. Amy will be a Speaker at the North Carolina EMS State Conference this October.
Episode 65: Dr. Jose G. Cabanas is a board-certified emergency medicine and EMS physician with a particular expertise on prehospital systems of care, continuous quality improvement and resuscitation. Dr. Cabanas is the incoming Director/Medical Director for Wake County EMS in Wake County, North Carolina. Dr. Cabanas currently serves as a member of the National AHA ECC Systems of Care committee and Mission Lifeline Resuscitation Committee. He also serves as Member-at-Large for Board of Directors NAEMSP. In addition to his interest in the practice of prehospital medicine, Dr. Cabanas has an interest in clinical research and regularly publishes scientific articles on a number of topics in EMS, Emergency Medicine and Resuscitation.We discuss his early interest and start in emergency care, his leadership style and Dr. Cabanas reveals a few unknown facts about himself during our conversation. We discuss what is upcoming in EMS as well as in the Wake County EMS System.
Episode 70: A Special Pink Edition of the podcast. A year ago our friend and colleague from Cary Area EMS Division Chief Tammy Patton was diagnosed with breast cancer. Tammy joins me for a second time on the podcast to talk about her journey, her positive attitude and how the EMS community rallied around her. Check out this album of the fundraiser held for Tammy.
Episode 71: David Page, MS, NRP, is the director of the Prehospital Care Research Forum at UCLA and field paramedic with Allina EMS in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. He is an adjunct Senior Lecturer and PhD candidate at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. David was awarded the prestigious Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Educator of the Year in 2011. He was also recognized as one of the 2012 EMS 10 Innovators for his role in creating the Saint Paul Fire Department’s EMS academy and Freedom House BLS unit. We discuss all the above and more. David is my third Eagle Scout to be a guest on the podcast. Is there a correlation between scouting and EMS? We talk about his first EMS call, which is one heck of a first call. David mentions what it was like to meet James Page for the first time. There is a great conversation about diversity and EMS.
Gene is a great storyteller and our podcast includes behind the scenes of some of my favorite television shows and stars. We also learn about the story behind the almost TV Series based on the film Mother, Jugs, and Speed. You will hear his passion, determination and the ups and downs to make the documentary and his EMS career.
Episode 80: Eric Bernard is a Pittsburgh, PA native beginning his public safety career as a volunteer EMT in the Pittsburgh suburbs (Swissvale) starting at the age of 15. That is how we meet. Only a few people call me Stevie and Eric is one. In 2004, he was selected as the first executive director for the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association where he continues today. Eric works directly with the County Fire Chief, County Executive, County Council, and the public representing the needs, efforts, and work of the over 2,400 volunteer, fire, rescue and EMS professionals in 19 local volunteer fire and rescue departments of the County. He served in the United States Navy as a combat airborne medic and emergency/healthcare provider both as a US Navy hospital corpsman and later as a medical officer for eight years, including assignments supporting Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Our discussion goes from how we meet, jumping out of planes, leadership, EMS and much more.
Episode 81 Chief Lloyd Parker: The podcast goes international this week as my guest works in Kuwait. Chief Lloyd Parker since June of 2011 has served as the Chief of Emergency Medical Services for the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, Department of Emergency Medicine for the US Army Central Command Bases in the State of Kuwait. Chief Parker has served in leadership roles at eleven Type I Incidents (Haiti, Florida Wildfires, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina to name a few). Chief Parker worked on National Security Special Events like the Obama Presidential Inauguration and 4th of July in Washington DC. Our discussion includes how EMS works in Kuwait and the pros and cons on being a Paramedic in Kuwait. We touch on his career, working on the top level security events, leadership style and how he got to Kuwait.
Episode 82: Brian Behn is a Critical Care Paramedic in Colorado and is known on the Facebook Page EMSQAQI. You can say that Brian is pro QA/QI and he is a dedicated educator. Brian has spoken at State Conferences, written for EMS1.com and likes to write test questions for a well known EMS review site. Our conversation touches on all the above subjects as well as Brian takes inside a call that every EMS provider can learn from.
Episode 83:Episode 83: David Bunnell is a Paramedic whose plan was not to become a Physician Assistant. That changed and he now works as a PA at VA in Washington DC. Dave’s practice experiences include Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. Before becoming a PA, Dave was Paramedic (still has his certification in Pennsylvania) and an Organ Recovery Coordinator. Dave is very active in leadership of the Association of PAs as well as peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. We discuss how he got his start in EMS, his days at the Center for Emergency Medicine and Medical Rescue Team South. We spend time discussing what it is like in the operating room as PA, team leadership and a work day for Dave.
Episode 84: Chris Cebollero is the co-host of EMS1.com’s podcast Inside EMS. The podcast brings expert perspective to EMS topics, clinical issues operational and leadership lessons to EMS personnel. Chris has over 30 years of EMS experience. Chris is an internationally recognized leadership specialist, coach and bestselling author. Chris is currently the Senior Partner of his own consulting firm specializing in Leadership Development, Individual and Executive Coaching, and Organizational Process. Chris has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX speaking on the above issues. Our discussion includes his start in EMS, how he and Kelly Grayson became host of Inside EMS, his strong views on leadership and the EMS profession.
Episode 85:The podcast goes international once again. This time it is Israel. Mr. Dov Maisel is the senior Vice-President of International Operation for United Hatzalah/Untied Rescue volunteer emergency response organization. He is Combat Medic and a Company Commander (Res.) in the Israel Defense Forces and specializes in a mass disaster, rescue and recovery training for both the civilian and military arenas. He is an innovator and inventor of medical technologies and devices and is on the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). Our discussion goes back to Dov’s school days and how EMS was made for him. You won’t believe the number of volunteers that United Hatzalah has responding to emergencies and who those volunteers are. Dov tells a compelling story of a terrorist attack and the unbelievable situation he faced. If you want to know how EMS works in Israel, Dov and I kibbitz (talk) about that subject too.
Episode 86: Jane Smith is an EMS expert with over 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, including Public Health, Education, the Fire Service and Nonprofit business. She has worked in all ranks up to and including EMS Department head where her responsibilities included QI/QA, education and training, strategic planning and budget management. She has taught for 10 years as a tenured teacher with the Community College. As an entrepreneur, she worked with a number of other professionals to lead a nonprofit community base Paramedic organization to become a premier educational institution to provide a voice for EMS throughout the State of California. Jane is a California paramedic and currently is a Commissioner for the California EMS Authority. She has a MA in Education and a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Jane has a powerful story about her start in EMS and she talks about the challenges she faced both in and out of EMS. Our conversation covers politics, EMS education, EMS leaderships, EMS in San Francisco and her love for education.
Episode 91: Scott Cravens is the the Group Publisher SouthComm Communications, which publishes EMS World. Scott entered the EMS world after 20 years in a different role in publishing. Scott also sits on the board of the National EMS Museum Foundation. This museum is dedicated to memorializing and commemorating the history of EMS and the people and organizations that provide emergency care. We discuss why Scott got involved in EMS and why he felt that he needed to become and practice as an EMT. We also discuss the competition in today’s world of EMS publishing and information.