EMS Champions

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Safety/Quality Champions Fellowship was an initiative of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) to improve EMS care delivery and outcomes in southwestern Pennsylvania. Eighteen Champions throughout the region, representing frontline paramedics as well as EMS chiefs and executive directors, completed the Fellowship.

To create a greater sense of community and facilitate training in the largest Champions program to date, the EMS Champions used Tomorrow’s HealthCareTM, PRHI’s online quality improvement and community portal. Through Tomorrow’s HealthCare, the EMS Champions were exposed to core literature, and principles and tools of Perfecting Patient CareSM, PRHI's flagship process improvement methodology. Additionally, each Champion was paired with an experienced EMS mentor, and had access to PRHI coaches and staff for guidance with their quality improvement projects.

Champions’ projects varied widely, from research on “frequent flyer” patients, to adopting the safety culture used in the aviation industry to pre-hospital care, to developing checklists for reducing errors in endotracheal intubation. Beyond improvements to patient and provider safety, perhaps the most important accomplishment of the Fellowship was the new collaborations spawned by colleagues brought together to work toward common goals.EMS Champions Group Photo

Mentoring

Along with mentoring provided by PRHI coaches and EMS Champions Daniel Patterson, Dan Swayze, and Adam Tobias, the Champions were supported by:

Volunteer Medical Director and "Super-Coach"

Paul Paris, MD, FACEP, LLD (Hon)
Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Medical Director
Emergency Medical Services Institute

Senior Medical Advisor
City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety

Chief Medical Officer
Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania

Medical Director
Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation

 

Senior Mentor

Maria Koenig Guyette, MD, FACEP
Associate Chief of Emergency Services - UPMC Shadyside
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 

Alumni

Quincy Chopra, BS, NREMT-P, CCEMTP
Flight Paramedic
STAT MedEvac

Christopher M. Dell, AS, NREMT-P
Chief/Executive Director
Elizabeth Township Area EMS

Wayne Epps II, EMT-P
District Chief
City of Pittsburgh EMS

Jennifer Hahn, MSL, RN, PHRN, CFRN
Compliance Manager
STAT MedEvac

James Husar, NREMT-P
Clinical Education Specialist
Emergency Medical Service Institute

Patrick Lambert, BS, NREMT-P
Paramedic
City of Pittsburgh EMS

Jonathan Lever, MPH, NREMT-P
Coordinator of Medical Education
Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.

John W. Lovett, RN, MSN, MBA, CMTE, CFRN
Director of Clinical Operations
STAT MedEvac

Curtis W. Neill, EMT-P
Manager, Special Projects
UPMC Prehospital Care/Emed Health

Daniel Patterson, PhD, MPH, EMT-B
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Mark E. Pinchalk, MS, EMT-P
Paramedic Crew Chief
City of Pittsburgh EMS

Linda Reiger, MS, EMT-P
EMS Specialist, UPMC St. Margaret
UPMC Prehospital Care Program

Jeffrey M. Reim, BS, EMT-P
EMS Specialist
UPMC Prehospital Care Program

Shane Spielvogle, RN-BSN, PHRN
EMS Specialist, UPMC Mercy
UPMC Prehospital Care Program

Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P
Professor and Director, Emergency Medicine Program
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Pittsburgh

Director, International Business Development
UPMC International and Commercial Services Division

Research Professor of Emergency Medicine  University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Director, Office of Education
Center for Emergency Medicine

Dan Swayze, DrPH, MBA, MEMS
Vice President
Center for Emergency Medicine of Western PA, Inc.

Adam Z. Tobias, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Megan Wood, BS, NREMT-P, FP-C, CCEMT-P
Flight Paramedic
STAT MedEvac