EMS Round Table


Welcome to our 2015 membership drive!

As membership chairperson for Central Iowa EMS Directors, I would like to encourage your continued support for this valuable collaborative organization. If you have not already decided to join or rejoin our organization, I would like to provide you with a few details that will demonstrate the strong work being done to keep our membership both valuable and relevant to your department’s needs.

In 2014, CIEMSD offered its members many opportunities for growth, collaboration and quality improvement for departments, community, and individuals.

Below are a few of the highlights:

  • The STEMI Task Force began collecting data in May in the form of the STEMI alert tags. Data from both health systems quickly identified changes that were necessary in the process for STEMI alerts to streamline the process for our patients.
  • Several agencies participated in the NDMS drill for patient movement from the airport to local hospitals.
  • In the late summer, we began to gear up for the Ebola outbreak that we hoped would not happen. Although we have not experienced any local cases of Ebola, the preparation and interaction with the hospitals has greatly enhanced our awareness and capabilities for dealing with infectious diseases in the out of hospital setting.
  • Our annual EMS conference which doubles as a National Registry Refresher is subsidized greatly by grant funding and member dues. This allows us to offer national speakers at discounted member rates for formal continuing education.
  • Also new in 2014, we launched our Facebook page in an effort to increase information sharing among providers. Join us on Facebook to learn more about what is going on in our area. Our page is the Central Iowa Emergency Medical Services Director’s Association (all spelled out).
  •  The seasonal publication of our newsletter “Synergy” has continued to be an excellent source of information for communication centers, pre-hospital and hospital providers-helping to bridge the gap on many topics of interest and common concerns.

I have no doubt, 2015 will be another year of exceptional opportunity for our organization and its members.

February kicks off our newest endeavor, The Roundtable Leadership Workshops. We continue to strive to meet the needs of our members and hope that you will join us in membership for another productive and highly collaborative year of successes.

Sincerely, Katy Hill

Membership Chairperson