- Associate Professor, Chief, Division of Prehospital Medicine, Emergency Medicine
The Division of Prehospital Medicine’s focus is on the education, performance, medical direction, quality assurance, and research of patient care in the out-of-hospital environment. Our mission extends over a wide variety of out-of-hospital patient care, including:
- fire departments/first responders
- emergency medical services (EMS) both at the basic and advanced levels (BLS and ALS)
- tactical EMS (working with law enforcement)
- event medicine (providing EMS coverage at mass gatherings)
- basic interhospital transport, critical interhospital ground transport
- helicopter EMS (HEMS)
- specialty transport teams such as neonatal, pediatric, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) teams
In addition to working with those individuals and teams, the division also:
- operates an EMS Physician Response program to assist rural EMS agencies
- contributes to research, policy and protocol development/implementation
- consults on EMS legislation
- functions as a resource to assist the West Virginia EMS Advisory Council (EMSAC) and the State Office of EMS (WVOEMS)
- We perform medical direction for our system’s 10 EMS helicopters that perform over 4,500 transport per year.
- We provide medical direction for EMS agencies that perform over 64,000 transports per year, ranging from BLS to critical care transports.
- Our EMS Medical Command center handles over 70,000 medical command interactions annually.
- Our system faculty, fellows, residents, and advanced practice providers care for over 181,000 patients annually.