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ODPS Emergency Medical Services Committees

  Board & Committee Meeting Schedule  


Critical Care Subcommittee

The purpose of the Critical Care Subcommittee is to identify and address issues pertinent to transporting the critically ill and injured patients in the state of Ohio by all modes of medical transportation. The Subcommittee is an advisory capacity of the Medical Transportation Committee.

Subcommittee Members: Kent Appelhans (Vice Chair), Daniel Ellenberger, Amy Haughn, Linda Hines, Michael Jackson, Marisa Maxey, Lori Mizla, Julie Rose (Chair), Scott Swickard, Natasha Meinert, Keith Wohlever

EMS Staff Liaison: David Fiffick — (614) 644-6387



Education Committee

The Education Committee consists of EMS Educators from all levels of education, i.e. college, vocational, private, and fire-based. The committee reviews all rules and curriculum related to the education of pre-hospital providers in the State of Ohio.

Committee Members: : Mary Ahlers, Kristopher Alexander, Karen Beavers (Interim Chair), Pamela Bradshaw, Steven Harrison, Mark Mankins, George Snyder, Charles Sowerbrower, Joshua Tilton, David Yarmesch

EMS Staff Liaison: Linda Mirarchi — (614) 387-0648



EMS - Children

EMS for Children is a national program designed to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness and injury. Ohio EMS for Children, within the Division of EMS was created to incorporate pediatric issues into all aspects of Ohio’s EMS system. Ohio EMS for Children is currently working to improve pediatric pre-hospital medical direction, pediatric pre-hospital equipment, and pediatric care in the emergency department.

Committee Members: Karen Beavers (Vice Chair), Deena Brecher, Laura Chagin, Kenneth Crank, Deanna Dahl-Grove, Kathy Haley , Kenny Hoffman, Carol Jacobson, Heather Koss, Julie Leonard, Dr. Hamilton Schwartz (Chair), Rachel Stanley, Tami Wires

EMS Staff Liaison: Joe Stack — (614) 387-1949



EMS System Development Committee

The EMS System Development Committee is charged with improving the Emergency Medical System in Ohio. Current initiatives include emergency medical dispatch, EMS and trauma data analysis, and provider health and safety.

Committee Members: Karen Beavers, James Davis (Vice Chair), Herb de la Pote, Daniel Ellenberger, Deanna Harris (Chair), Mark Resanovich, Barry Seth, Joshua Tilton

EMS Staff Liaison: Ellen Owens — (614) 644-5708


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the Committee Chairperson from each committee and subcommittee established by the EMFTS Board. The committee works to develop a cohesive EMS system, through coordination of legislative and rule-making initiatives, EMS Strategic Plan implementation and committee activities.

Committee Members: *Thomas Allentstein, *Rebecca Baute, *Pamela Bradshaw, *James Davis, *Geoffrey Dutton, *Deanna Harris, *Daryl McNutt (Chair), *Mark Resanovich, *Julie Rose, *Jonathan Saxe, MD, *Hamilton Schwartz, MD, and *Steve Steinberg, MD

EMS Staff Liaison: Mel House — (614) 995-4752



Firefighter & Fire Safety Inspector Training Committee

The Firefighter and Fire Safety Inspector Training Committee is charged by the board chair with establishing goals that promote safety to the public through prevention and education of life safety to firefighters while conducting life safety inspections in public occupancies. As the committee works with other partners such as the Fire Marshal's Office and other teaching institutions to promote the health and safety of Ohio's firefighters through the establishment of safe, meaningful and current education programs that provide the firefighter the best chance for success. In addition the committee is responsible for advising the EMS Executive Director on provider military and medical exemptions and disciplinary matters.

Committee Members: *James Davis, *Deanna Harris, *Daryl McNutt, *Mark Resanovich, and *Dudley Wright II

EMS Staff Liaison: Mel House — (614) 995-4752



Firefighter & Fire Safety Inspector Training Subcommittee

The Firefighter and Fire Safety Inspector Training Subcommittee under the auspices of the EMFTS Board advises the EMS Executive Director on issues including, but not be limited to, training curriculum, certification examinations, training schedules, minimum hours of instruction, attendance requirements, required equipment and facilities, basic physical requirements, and methods of training for all persons in positions of any fire training certification level approved by the EMS Executive Director.

Subcommittee Members: Eric Waltemire (Chair), Phil McLean, Steve Robertson, and *Dudley Wright II

EMS Staff Liaison: Doug Orahood — (614) 752-3960



Homeland Security Subcommittee

The Homeland Security Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the EMS System Development Committee. The subcommittee deals with issues which affect the fire and emergency medical services. The subcommittee has been instrumental in revising and teaching CHEMPACK deployment and use in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and has helped support ODH in the continued development of hospital preparedness planning. The subcommittee developed guidance for Crisis Standards of Care and identified strategies and programs to protect the EMS workforce and their families during a disaster.

Subcommittee Members: Karen Beavers, Brian Byrd, Geoff Dutton (Vice Chair), David Gerstner, Ray Friedmann, Ashish Panchal, Mark Resanovich (Chair), Barry Seth, Eric Wiedlebacher, Dr. Michael Zorko

EMS Staff Liaison: Joe Stack — (614) 387-1949



Medical Oversight Committee

The Medical Oversight Committee addresses issues pertaining to quality assurance, medical control, scope of practice, medical standards of curricula or other related issues assigned by the EMFTS Board.

Subcommittee Members: Dr. Eric Cortez, Dr. Thomas Charlton, Dr. Deanna Dahl-Grove, James Davis (Vice Chair), Geoff Dutton (Chair), Matin Fuller, Bill Longworth, Mark Marchetta, Brent Parquette, Daniel Schwerin, Eric Wiedlebacher, Tami Wires, Allen Young

EMS Staff Liaison: Sue Morris — (614) 466-8015
EMS Staff Support: Susan Edwards — (614) 728-1525



Medical Transportation Committee

The purpose of the Medical Transportation Committee is to identify and address issues pertinent to all medical transportation throughout the state of Ohio.

Subcommittee Members: Tom Allenstein (Chair), Kent Appelhans (Vice Chair), David DeVore, Kristie Gallagher, Vincent Harris, Amy Haughn, Linda Hines, Michael Jackson, Phillip Koster, Nathasha Meinert, Lori Mizla, Mark Resanovich, Tom Wappner, Paul Westlake, Dudley Wright, Paul Wright, Douglas Wolters

EMS Staff Liaison: David Fiffick — (614) 644-6387



Rural EMS Committee

Subcommittee Members: Mary Ahlers, Karen Beavers (Chair), Pam Bradshaw, Thomas Charlton, MD, Charles Davis, Daniel Ellenberger, Steven Harrison, Michael Jackson, Doug LaRue, Diane Simon (Vice Chair), Barry Seth, Joshua Tilton

EMS Staff Liaison: Tim Erskine — (614) 387-1951


Specialty Care Subcommittee

The Specialty Care Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Education Committee. The subcommittee addresses issues pertaining to education and training outside the established EMS curriculum. Areas of importance include, but are not limited to, aeromedical, critical care transport, HAZMAT, and tactical EMS.

Subcommittee Members:

EMS Staff Liaisons: Linda Mirarchi — (614) 387-0648
                                   John Sands — (614) 387-0649



Time Critical Diagnosis Ad Hoc Committee

The Time Critical Diagnosis Ad Hoc Committee advises the EMFTS Board on initiatives to ensure patients with time-critical illnesses or injuries are diagnosed, treated and transported to the most appropriate hospital as quickly as possible. The committee, while focused on EMS, seeks broad input from stakeholders across the continuum of care.

Subcommittee Members: : Geoff Dutton (Chair), Carol Jacobson, Mark Resanovich (Vice Chair), Diane Simon, Joshua Tilton

EMS Staff Liaison: Tim Erskine — (614) 387-1951



Trauma Committee

The Trauma Committee was created as part of the Ohio Trauma System to advise and assist the EMFTS Board in matters related to the care of severely injured persons, provide oversight of the Ohio Trauma System and operations of the Ohio Trauma Registry. The Trauma Committee is composed of 24 members appointed by the Director of Public Safety from a wide array of professions. The Committee is charged with reviewing trauma triage rules and setting priorities for trauma research grants.

Subcommittee Members: Marco Bonta, Joyce Burt, John Crow, Herb De la Porte, Kathy Haley, Kitty Hevener, Laurie Johnson, Nicole Kolacz, Peter Larsen, Greg Nemunaitis, John Ross, James Sauto, Michael Shannon, Diane Simon, Howard Werman

Liaisons: Jolene DeFiore-Hyrmer (ODH), Kitty Hevener (GCPD), Carol Jacobson (OHA), Steven Steinberg MD (EMFTS Board)

EMS Staff Liaison: Tim Erskine — (614) 387-1951