Advancing the EMS profession

EMS Transformation Summit Program


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – Hilton Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia

6 hours of CAPCE CE provided.

10:00 am 

Welcome all participants

10:05 am
The State of the Transformation: Where We Were, Where We are Now, and Where We Need to Go
  • Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT; President of NAEMT

The evolution of EMS from a traditional system of response/transport to emergent incidents, to a system of emergent, urgent, and preventive out-of-hospital, patient-centered care.

10:30 am All Politics is Local: Advocating for EMS Transformation to Community Leaders
  • Mark Fletcher, NRP, EMS Chief, Caroline County (MD) and former Deputy Chief (Ret), Baltimore City Fire Department 
  • Dr. Robert P. Holman, MD, Medical Director, DC Fire and EMS Department
Engaging your local elected officials and community leaders on quality, appropriate patient-centered care that demonstrates cost-savings.

11:05 am A State of Mind: Creating the Right Association Environment for EMS Transformation
  • Tim Dienst, MPA, NRP, President, Colorado EMS Chiefs, Managers and Directors Section, EMS Association of Colorado
  • Henry Lewis, President, South Carolina EMS Association
Building an effective grassroots advocacy program for transformation and state legislative/regulatory change through your state EMS association.

11:40 am Buy-In: How State Offices Can Support the EMS Transformation
  • Ryan P. Greenberg, Director, Bureau of EMS, New York State Department of Health
  • Steve McCoy, Emergency Medical Services Administrator, Florida Department of Health
Lessons on building State Office leadership support to transform EMS and current EMS innovation programs/demonstrations being enacted by State Offices.

12:15 pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker

1:30 pm

Affecting Change: Representing EMS on State and Local Governing Bodies
How EMS professionals can successfully run for office to affect change in their communities and states.

Mini-session #1: Why run for office?
Mini-session #2: Running for office - steps in the process
Mini-session #3: How to gather support for your campaign
Mini-session #4: I won - now what? How to change laws and regulations to support EMS

  • Dennis Nolan, NRP, MS, CSP, EMS Division Chief, Reno Fire Department and Former Nevada State Senator
  • Aidan O’Connor Jr., Former Greene County Legislator (NY) and Minority Leader, and Regional Business Development Manager and Account Executive at Air Methods
2:45 pm


3:00 pm Building your Local and State EMS Transformation Advocacy Strategy
A facilitated table discussion with Summit presenters to outline fundamental strategies on how to advocate for EMS transformation in your community and State.


4:00 pm

Wrap-up and adjourn