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Arkansas Mark King Initiative – A National Registry Partnership

Welcome!

On behalf of the Arkansas Office of Emergency Medical Services and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, we would like to welcome you to this new partnership between our organizations.

Please carefully read the information below. Most Arkansas EMS providers belong to one of these three scenarios. For those who aren’t, please contact the National Registry via the phone number or email provided at the bottom of this email.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?

I am Nationally Certified.  Since you are currently certified with the National Registry, you will not need to take any action. Continue to use your existing account with the National Registry as you have been doing.

 Next steps: There are no additional steps for you currently.

I was Nationally Certified, but my certification has expired.  Good news! Arkansas is participating in the Mark King Initiative which allows former Nationally Certified EMS providers an opportunity to regain National Certification without testing. More information about the Mark King Initiative can be found here.

   Next steps: 

  1. Beginning 10/1/19, log in to your existing National Registry account.
  1. Apply for the Initiative under your “Candidate” role by selecting the Mark King Initiative menu option.
  1. Pay the current recertification fee: EMR $15.00, EMT/AEMT $20.00, Paramedic $25.00.

I have never been Nationally Certified.  We’ve created a National Registry Claim Account process for you to utilize the National Registry’s online education platform. Moving forward, you will be tracking education requirements equivalent to National Registry certification.

Next steps: 

  1. The “Claim Account” process will be available to eligible AR providers beginning 12/1/2019.
  1. You will receive email notification prior to 12/1/2019 with additional detailed steps for claiming your account.

If you have questions about your National Registry account or the Mark King Initiative, please contact National Registry Registrant Services at (614) 888-4484 or via the ‘Contact Us’ page located HERE.  For all other questions, please contact the Arkansas Section of EMS at (501) 661-2262.

We are excited about this partnership and look forward to continuing excellent patient care in Arkansas

Sincerely,

The National Registry Team

Announcements

2013 Vendor Hall Wall of Memories
Arkansas Instructor Coordinator Society Retreat Recap

The Arkansas Instructor Coordinator Society held their yearly retreat in Little Rock on June 22, 2013. The Retreat brought national educators to Arkansas. NAEMSE Implementation of the National EMS Education Standards was designed to provide a framework upon which EMS Educators will build curricula and assessment based on the National EMS Education Standards. The transition to standards-based education is a process that begins with a clear understanding of what education standards are and how to develop benchmarks upon which curricula is designed and competency assessment measures are performed.

The workshop was designed to examine the standards themselves for clarity and understanding. Interactive sessions reviewed ways to develop curriculum, classroom activities and lessons that address the content of the standards in ways that enhance student learning. Lastly, the workshop addressed the manner in which student learning is assessed and measured from an outcome-based approach. This is essential for the accurate measurement of student proficiency according to the standards; and will present strategies through which an instructor will maintain accountability for student learning, and a system for continuous quality improvement.

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Spring Fling '13 Recap

Another Spring Fling has come and gone. If you were there, we certainly appreciated you and if you weren’t, we missed you.

We had several new events this year including an EMS Challenge, a Paramedic/EMT Competition, a First Responder Competition and a Bass Tournament. The EMS Challenge was a fun event that had the participants laughing at each other and with each other. The 1st place team were Mike Berry/Greg Russell, 2nd place team were Tony Lunsford/Justin Womack and 3rd place team were Scott Wiley/Thomas Fultz. All three teams were from Evergreen Packaging. There were no entries in the Paramedic/EMT Competition. The First Responder Competition winners were 1st place team Thomas Fultz/Scott Wiley, 2nd place team Bruce Henry/Kevin James, and 3rd place team Tony Lunsford/Justin Womack. These three teams were also from Evergreen Packaging. The Dumas Fire and Rescue taught an Extrication Class for everyone who competed in the EMS Challenge.

We had some really great lectures, good food (we feed approximately 75 Friday and Saturday), and lots of fun. Air Evac and Pafford Air Ambulance brought their helicopters for the participants to view and talk with the pilots. It was a fun time for all.

We want to thank everyone who helped make it a success this year through their help and donations; Dumas Ambulance Service, Ricky Helton’s Donut Shop, Donald Reed and his Camden crew, Pafford Air Ambulance Service and the crew, Dumas Fire Department, Evergreen Packaging, Fairfield Federal Credit Union and all the workers and vendors. Hope to see all of you at the Parade of Lights in Little Rock on May 22nd.

Ronald Russell, Region 5 Director
Penney Russell, Board Member at Large

Photo Gallery

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2013 Midwest First Responder Conference Recap

The Arkansas EMT Association was a sponsor of the 2013 Midwest First Responder Conference which was held February 22nd,23rd and 24th in Eureka Springs and put on by Eureka Springs Fire & EMS .The three day event included special attractions such as Dr. Todd Baker, author of Baghdad ER, and an overview of Joplin’s tornado response.  The hands-on classes featured items such as rope rescue, an overturned tractor and auto extrication.  Many relevant topics were covered including current drug overdose trends, violent encounters and modern equipment usage.   One of the highlights of the conference was a special two hour simulated school shooting response complete with a real school building and victim actors.  Fire service personnel were also treated to a confidence building obstacle course.

Coordinator Bob Pettus estimates that the conference attendance totaled just short of 150 people.  Based on the success of this year’s conference, ESFD has already begun work on the fourth annual Midwest First Responder Conference.  More information can be found on the Eureka Springs Fire & EMS website @ www.eurekaspringsfire.org.

Photo Gallery

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AEMTA EMS 2012 Photo Gallery

Here’s a photo album from this year’s EMS Conference in Hot Springs, Ark. Click the “Read Full Article” link to view the entire album. To enlarge an image, just click the thumbnail of that image.

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Vendor Hall Photo Gallery

Check out the photos from the vendor hall at the 2012 EMS Conference in Hot Springs, Ark. Thank you to all of our vendors and attendees who made the conference a big success.

New this year, Meet & Greet our vendors

New this year, Meet & Greet our vendors

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2012 Valsalva Bowl Photos

Here is a photo album of the winners of the AEMTA’s annual Valsalva Bowl competition which was held at the 2012 EMS Conference in Hot Springs.

2012 Paramedic Competition Photos

Here is a photo album of the winners of the AEMTA’s annual Paramedic Competition which was held at the 2012 EMS Conference in Hot Springs.

2012 Industrial EMT Competition Photos

Here is a photo album of the winners of the AEMTA’s annual Industrial EMT Competition which was held at the 2012 EMS Conference in Hot Springs.

2012 First Responder Competition

Here is a photo of the winners of the AEMTA’s annual First Responder Competition which was held at the 2012 EMS Conference in Hot Springs.

1st Place First Responder Competition

1st Place First Responder Competition

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Thomas Keith Smith EMT# 29563

Thomas Keith Smith, 37, was born on December 27, 1981 in West Memphis. He died on October 12, 2019, hours after Mindy Harris died on the same day.

 He leaves to mourn his loss, his parents, Kay and Danny Smith of Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas; his three sons, Bryan Steven Smith of Wynne, Arkansas, Kieran Alexandre Smith of Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas, and Hunter Farley of Marion, Arkansas, the son of Mindy Leigh Harris. He also leaves behind his brother, Jeremy Smith (Alex) of Marion, Arkansas; his paternal grandmother, Mary E. Smith of Hughes, Arkansas, as well as additional family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Patricia A. Woodward of Alabama, Tomiko Snyder of Georgia, Kenneth L. Snyder of Georgia and his paternal grandfather, Steven G. Smith.

 In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, East Arkansas Community College, Allied Health Scholarship Fund or Marion Paws Program.

 Visitation

Roller-Citizens Funeral Home

201 North Pine Street

West Memphis, AR 72301

10/19/2019 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Service

Funeral Service

Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel

201 Pine

West Memphis, AR 72301

10/19/2019 at 1:00 PM

Darren Wayne Cowley Arkansas EMT# 27369

Darren Wayne Cowley, 33, of Simms, Texas passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in De Kalb, Texas.

Darren was born August 28, 1986 in Texarkana, Texas to Robert DeWayne Cowley and Linda Gail Cowley. He was a Paramedic with LifeNet and an Instructor of Emergency Services for Texarkana College. He was a member of Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club and Avery First Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Dewie Davis and Lloyd and Sylvia Cowley; one son, Walter DeWayne Cowley; and one sister, Kaitlyn Hollowell.

He is survived by his wife, Taniesha Kennedy of Simms, Texas; his parents, Robert and Melanie Cowley of De Kalb, Texas and Linda Cowley of Avery, Texas; grandmother, Alma Davis of Avery, Texas; four sons, Cole Cowley of Lufkin, Texas, William Cowley of Lufkin, Texas; Wallace Cowley of Longview, Texas, and Jedediah Cowley of Longview, Texas; five daughters, Sylvia Cowley of Lufkin, Texas, Emma Bihary of Texarkana, Texas, Brayli Roberson of Longview, Texas, Rylee Ketchum of Simms, Texas and Hannah Ketchum of Simms, Texas; one brother and sister-in-law, James Cowley and Lindsey Book of New Boston, Texas; one aunt and uncle, Theresa and Rocky Pierce of Shreveport, Louisiana; cousins Jessica and Dennis Williams of Shreveport, Louisiana; and numerous other family members and friends.

Services will be 3:00 P.M. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb, Texas with Rev. Harold D. Lambert and Bro. Bud Callaway officiating. Interment will follow at Old Union Cemetery in Simms, Texas.

Visitation will be held 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb, Texas.

Arkansas Tobacco Quitline Service is now called Be Well Arkansas.

You probably have heard the old statement from Benjamin Franklin that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Did you know the Arkansas Department of Health offers a new program called Be Well Arkansas to help your patients prevent heart attack and stroke? This can be part of your hospital discharge planning process to give out cards provided to you with information on the Be Well Arkansas program to your patients (particularly those who just had a stroke or heart attack) for how they may access these tools. These resources are aimed at improving your patients’ health including controlling blood pressure, managing diabetes and quitting using tobacco. If you are interested in receiving free cards to give to patients (see attachment #1) on the Be Well Arkansas program (seeattachment #1) just send an email with your request to adh.tpcp@arkansas.govand you will receive them!

By giving these cards to your patients, you will connect them with a large number of resources they can access from the state including:

·        1-800 Number – By calling the following number, patients can be connected with resources on not only quitting using tobacco, but also on blood pressure control and management of diabetes:1-833-283-WELL (see attachment #2)

·        Online – The following web site has various resources such including receiving help through online chat and accessing cell phone applications to help address health risk factors:www.bewellarkansas.org

·        Lifestyle Coaches – These coaches are available in every region of the state to help patients eat healthy, be physically active, and manage stress

·        Hypertension Nurse Managers – Some local health units have care managers to help manage high blood pressure

·        Medication Therapy Management (MTM) – Many pharmacies offer the MTM program to help make sure patients are getting the best results out of medicines  for conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes

If you have any questions please let me know. Or you can reach out to Alicia Neppl, ADH Cessation Section Chief, who is an expert on these resources atAlicia.Neppl@arkansas.gov  Best, Dave

p.s. If you click here you will see a 2 minute TV news story on the Be Well Arkansas program:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoFsWxm6_hs&t=42s

David A. Vrudny, CPHQ, MPM, MPH(c)

Section Chief, Stroke and STEMI

Arkansas Department of Health

4815 West Markham Street, Slot #14

Little Rock, AR  72205-3867

(501) 661-2096 (office)

(501) 786-6018 (cell)

(501) 280-4207 (fax)

David.Vrudny@arkansas.gov

Attachments:

Be Well Postcard – English – rev 4.15.19

One-Pager – English – Be Well One Pager

Arkansas Mark King Initiative – A National Registry Partnership

Welcome!

On behalf of the Arkansas Office of Emergency Medical Services and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, we would like to welcome you to this new partnership between our organizations.

Please carefully read the information below. Most Arkansas EMS providers belong to one of these three scenarios. For those who aren’t, please contact the National Registry via the phone number or email provided at the bottom of this email.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?

I am Nationally Certified.  Since you are currently certified with the National Registry, you will not need to take any action. Continue to use your existing account with the National Registry as you have been doing.

 Next steps: There are no additional steps for you currently.

I was Nationally Certified, but my certification has expired.  Good news! Arkansas is participating in the Mark King Initiative which allows former Nationally Certified EMS providers an opportunity to regain National Certification without testing. More information about the Mark King Initiative can be found here.

   Next steps: 

  1. Beginning 10/1/19, log in to your existing National Registry account.
  1. Apply for the Initiative under your “Candidate” role by selecting the Mark King Initiative menu option.
  1. Pay the current recertification fee: EMR $15.00, EMT/AEMT $20.00, Paramedic $25.00.

I have never been Nationally Certified.  We’ve created a National Registry Claim Account process for you to utilize the National Registry’s online education platform. Moving forward, you will be tracking education requirements equivalent to National Registry certification.

Next steps: 

  1. The “Claim Account” process will be available to eligible AR providers beginning 12/1/2019.
  1. You will receive email notification prior to 12/1/2019 with additional detailed steps for claiming your account.

If you have questions about your National Registry account or the Mark King Initiative, please contact National Registry Registrant Services at (614) 888-4484 or via the ‘Contact Us’ page located HERE.  For all other questions, please contact the Arkansas Section of EMS at (501) 661-2262.

We are excited about this partnership and look forward to continuing excellent patient care in Arkansas

Sincerely,

The National Registry Team

Paramedic Job Opportunity with Vital Link EMS

Paramedic Opportunity. Full-Time position with Vital Link EMS located in the beautiful foothills of the Ozark Mountains (Batesville, Arkansas). Wonderful quality of life as well as numerous outdoor activities. Great schools.  **Sign-On Bonus**  Applications are available at www.vitallinkems.org or can be picked up at Vital Link, 1033 EMS Dr., Batesville, AR 72501. Vital Link is an EOE.

Traumatic Brain Injury State Partnership Program – UAMS News

Traumatic Brain Injury Program Seeks Input Through Online Survey, Workshops

By Ben Boulden

The program is supported by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Institute for Digital Health & Innovation through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, and a matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Health.

Information gathered through the survey, and the workshops will be reviewed for inclusion in the Arkansas State Plan for Traumatic Brain Injury. There is no closing date to provide information for the plan. Online needs assessments are available on the program’s website at:  TBI State Partnership Program.

The workshops are being done with assistance from the TBI Advisory Board Workgroup, comprised of representatives from many agencies and organizations and those living with brain injuries. The TBI Advisory Board Workgroup meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be held on Nov. 12.

So far, regional events have been held in Batesville and Springdale. Program director Terri Imus, B.S.N., said that over the next year, additional workshops are planned across the state to allow face-to-face engagement with more of the traumatic brain injury survivor community. Additional support resources, such as a program to document the life experiences of those living with brain injuries and an online support group, are being developed.

The regional events include networking opportunities, education, telemedicine demonstration, and resources, including Smart 9-1-1, service dogs, and life experiences shared by people living with brain injuries.

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,727 students, 870 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on FacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram.

Heroes Behind the Line-Event

From: Serena Leigh Krone‎

Please let me introduce you to our amazing keynote speaker for our upcoming event.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com or you can reach out to me or any other HBL team member. Table sponsorships are available for $450 and includes 10 tickets and a personalized copy of Shilo’s book “Steel Will” and you will be able to meet and take photos with Shilo at the meet and greet. Please talk with your respective departments about getting a table and come out and have a blast supporting the needs of our First Responders’. Let me know if you have any questions at all!

RN to EMT Bridge Program

Madison County EMS Employment Opportunity

EMS World Expo 2019