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71 minutes | Oct 23, 2021
Ben Boyko and Scott Ryckman
Episode 245 are Division Chiefs of EMS Ben Boyko and Scott Ryckman. Ben is the Division Chief for Ferndale Fire District 7, and Scott is the Division Chief for Bellingham Fire Department. They work together very well to provide leadership, guidance, patient care just not for their departments but for the Whatcom County EMS System. Ben and Scott have interesting and unique paths into the Fire and EMS Service world, which we discuss. During our conversation, we learn about their departments, their duties as MSOs, leadership style, challenges, and what they would be doing if they were not in public safety.
34 minutes | Oct 9, 2021
Episode 244 is Kevin McGarvey Kevin is an emergency physician and entrepreneur with a passion for commercializing healthcare innovations that patients and providers love. Today, he is the CEO and co-founder of Hippo Health, a team-based telehealth platform that has had explosive growth over the last 2 years in Colorado. Over the last year, the platform has become focused on EMS Telehealth, where it is enabling paramedics to treat patients in place in the home with on demand emergency physicians. Kevin discusses how he goes from studying Religion to Medical School? We also discuss his entrepreneurial spirit, HIPPO Health, and telemedicine in EMS.
39 minutes | Sep 25, 2021
Episode 243 is Mike Hilley. Mike is the EMS Manager of Whatcom County EMS and my boss. Mike brings over 25 years of EMS and Fire experience as a Paramedic, Firefighter, and EMS Chief to his role here in Whatcom County. Mike takes on his journey from Birmingham, Alaska, King County, and Whatcom County. We talk about his career in the Coast Guard, leadership, and a few of his adventures.
40 minutes | Sep 11, 2021
Steve Wirth And Matthew Konya
Episode 242 is Steve Wirth and Matthew Koyna from PW&W Law Firm. PW&W is a legal leader in the EMS industry. Steve and Matt speak about the Paramedics that have been indicted in Colorado regarding the Mr. McClain case and the use of Ketamine.
34 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Episode 241 is Joe Frank. Joe is a Captain in the Bellingham Fire Department and leader of the Community Paramedic program here in Whatcom County. Joe started his career in 2008 with BFD and was promoted to Captain in 2017. Joe takes us through his path from a small town in Washington State, his introduction into EMS, & fire service, to Alaska, and to his current role. We talk about becoming a Paramedic, Paramedic school, and the beginning, current status, and the future of the Community Paramedic program in Whatcom County.
41 minutes | Aug 14, 2021
Episode 240 is James DiClemente. James is a paramedic in Cambridge, MA and has spent the last 10 years focused on providing quality EMS education. James spent 8 years as a paramedic program director and currently runs the day to day operations of Prodigy EMS and was part of the team that brought you Refresh 2021. Why did James pick EMS? He lets us know and why and how he went against the advice of a friend to enter the EMS world. James is passionate about EMS Education and you will his passion as he speaks about the current and future of EMS education. If you have not heard about Prodigy and Refresh2021, we get the inside story on the collaboration.
34 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
Episode 239 is Joe Bertels. Joe in July retired from the Bellingham Fire Department after 33 years of service. Joe takes us from building boats to joining the department as a firefighter/paramedic. His first experience with an ambulance crew is an interesting story that occurred many years before entering public safety. Joe explains what made him choose the EMS side and that story you don't want to miss. Joe led the BFD to establish their High-Performance CPR program. Congratulations Joe on 33 years and welcoming this east coaster.
28 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
Episode 238 is Elizabeth Marshall. Elizabeth is an internationally published cover model, bodybuilder, entrepreneur, and fitness professional. Elizabeth has teamed up with Brothers N Arms (BNA) (https://www.thebrothersnarms.co) to talk about CBD. BNA is a full-service lifestyle brand/CBD company focused on working with Veterans, Athletes, and First Responders. We were also joined by BNA's Director of Operations Mervin Forero. During the podcast, Elizabeth tells us about her beginnings in the world of modeling, struggles, and how CBD has helped her with her anxiety. We talk about the misconceptions that surround CBD use and the education that is needed.I want to thank Tim Nowak, CEO of Emergency Medical Solutions for reaching out to his network and for creating a poll on CBD use in the public safety arena. The results are mentioned in the podcast. https://www.spreaker.com/user/8261019/elizabeth-marshall
41 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
Episode 237 is Leigh Goodman. Leigh is the Director of Emergency Medical Services for the Town of Trumbull. Leigh combines her passion for Emergency Medical Services & Education and brings this passion to her leadership as Chief. Previously Chief Goodman has taught elementary school students and children with special needs. Leigh who spent time on four different continents then becomes Chief in the Town of Trumbull, CT is a story within its self that you will hear. Trumbull EMS has gone under a transition over the past year and Leigh talks about how their transition occurred and why. We also discuss Trumbull EMS's successful social media program.
30 minutes | Jun 19, 2021
Episode 236 is Michael Diaz. Michael is an EMT for AMR in Los Angles County and was featured in an article titled "The Broken Front Line", by Ava Kofman from ProPublica.The article takes us inside the ambulance during the height of the pandemic and Michael shares his experiences. Michael was in film school before discovering EMS. He is a Lead Training Officer and union president of IAEP R12-077. We discuss his path into EMS, this first encounter with a Covid patient, the article, and being president of the union during the pandemic.
33 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
Episode 235 is Keenan Hart. Keenan is the Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Integrated TeleHealth Solutions (ITS). The use of TeleHealth Services is becoming mainstream in healthcare and starting to enter the world of EMS. Keenan's path into this industry and the start of ITS is unique and he shares his story, his entrepreneurial spirit, and the start of ITS. There is also a connection to the television show The Big Bang Theory that is part of his story.
31 minutes | May 23, 2021
Episode 234 is Andrew Odgers. We head to New Zealand this week and speak to Andrew Odgers. Andrew is a Paramedic in New Zealand for the Emergency Ambulance Service. Andrew gives us an inside look at the EMS practice in New Zealand as well as the EMS educational structure. Andrew takes us through his first call and what has learned over the years. We learn about "Coffee and Cases" and a mentoring program that Andrew is establishing.
41 minutes | May 16, 2021
Episode 233 is Melissa Bernstein. Melissa along with her husband Doug is the Co-Founder of the toy company Melissa & Doug, which has created over 5,000 children’s products and sold billions of dollars of toys since its inception. Raised by educators, Melissa and Doug started the business in their garage in 1988. With all the success of Melissa’s remarkable career, she kept secret her lifelong battle with severe depression and anxiety. During our conversation, we talk about the struggles, suicide, and anxiety. We also discuss when they began, and she reveals much more in her book LIfelines. Melissa wrote the book to help others who are also suffering. Melissa’s book heralds the launch of Lifelines.com, an online ecosystem she and Doug are underwriting to support those seeking support, guidance, and community on their mental health journeys.
28 minutes | May 3, 2021
Episode 232 is Cali Estes. Dr. Estes has over 20 years of experience working with drug, alcohol, and food addictions. Her deep understanding of drug and alcohol addiction, including the behaviors and ramifications that areassociated with it, place her at the top in the field of addiction therapy. Cali has a program for first responders that we talk about. Cali shares personal stories about her struggles and how she overcame her addiction to become a leader in the field of addiction therapy.
36 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Episode 231 is Rob Lawrence. Rob is the Executive Director of the California Ambulance Association as well as the part-time Director of Strategic Implementation for Pro EMS of Cambridge Massachusetts. Rob is originally from the United Kingdom where he served in the military for 22 years and has served in leadership roles in the EMS world in the UK. Rob came to America to be the Executive Director of Richmond Ambulance Authority. We talk about his journey from the UK to America, his military service, and numerous EMS topics.
30 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
Ann Doll and Jonathan Larsen
Episode 230 is Ann Doll and Jonathan Larsen. Ann Doll serves as Executive Director of the ResuscitationAcademy Foundation. Ann helped create the RA in 2008. She also serves as the Secretariat for the Global Resuscitation Alliance, a coalition of worldwide leaders committed to saving more lives from sudden cardiac arrest. Jonathan Larsen retired from the Seattle Fire Department as a Senior Paramedic and the Captain of Medic One. He is one of the founding faculty of the Resuscitation Academy and leads the HP-CPR effort. Ann and Jonathan have fun during our conversation that takes us through their unique beginnings in healthcare and the Resuscitation Academy. We discuss numerous aspects of the RA and how this program makes a difference.
30 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
Episode 229 is Malora Christensen. Malora is the Program Manager for Whatcom County’s high-intensity diversion programs; GRACE and LEAD. Both programs provide intensive services for people in Whatcom County who have complex challenges and often interact with crisis response systems in ineffective and avoidable ways. We discuss Malora's path to social work, her India experience, diversion, EMS, Community Paramedicine, the development of both programs in Whatcom County, and the success and possible future of the GRACE and LEAD programs. If you want to learn more about Whatcom County's Diversion Programs you can contact Malora at email@example.com or respondwhatcom.org
36 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
Nick Nudell and Katie Siman
Episode 228 is Nick Nudell and Katie Simon. Nick is the Co-founder and Katie is the Executive Director of the American Paramedic Association. Nick is a paramedic currently working in a moderately busy suburban remote 911 system in Colorado. He is completing his dissertation for a Ph.D. and making his second appearance on Medic2Medic. Katie is an NREMT-P and has been in EMS for 16 years and has a passion for EMS and Cardiac Care. Both Nick and Katie have interesting paths into EMS and we talk about their path. Katie became the Executive Director a short time ago and Katie and Nick provide us the mission and vision of the American Paramedic Association in this podcast.
36 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Episode 227 is Scott Moore. Scott Moore, Esq. is the owner of Moore EMS Consulting, LLC and an active EMT for over 30 years. Scott has held various executive positions, at several ambulance services in Massachusetts. Scott specializes in Human Resources, employment law, reimbursement, and compliance matters. During my recertification for the NREMT process and using Refresh2021, I attended Scott's Violence in the EMS Workplace lecture. This topic is important, and we expand on his lecture in the podcast. Scott provides alarming statistics on the violence occurring to EMS. providers. Scott provides us a few stories that occurred in his life that you want to hear and how he survived. We also talk about tips on avoiding violence to EMS providers.
32 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
Episode 226 is Rick Pionkowski. Rick is an Emergency Physician and the Co-Founder of Julota. Julota automates collaboration between emergency responders, clinical practitioners, and caseworkers. Julota is the first and only platform built to connect the helper community. We discuss his beginning in medicine and his interest in computers. Rick provides the details behind the workings of Julota, the impact the software is having, and the incredible story behind the name creation.
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