Dennis Rowe Begins Term as President of National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)
Dennis Rowe, a corporate leader at Priority Ambulance, began a two-year term as president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), effective Jan. 1, 2017.
“At Priority Ambulance, we are honored to have industry leaders in our company who will help shape the future of emergency medical services (EMS),” Priority Ambulance CEO Bryan Gibson said. “NAEMT is the only national professional organization representing EMS practitioners from all delivery models, and its leadership influences pre-hospital policies and protocols across the country. We are proud to have Dennis Rowe represent Priority Ambulance and the EMS profession in national discussions.”
The board of NAEMT, serving more than 55,000 members nationwide, consists of five officers, ten directors elected by the active members of the association, and a medical director. The president acts as the CEO and oversees all aspects of the association’s operations.
Firehouse Subs to Offer $1M in Grants for First Responders
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation started in 2005 with disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina, and today funds public safety equipment and more through Firehouse Subs purchases nationwide and other Firehouse of America sources.
The foundation has awarded more than $24 million in grants to date.
For 2017, Firehouse of America will donate 0.13 percent of all purchases at all U.S. locations to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. This alone will result in a minimum donation of $1 million dollars, according to the Firehouse Subs website.
Elevated Lead Levels Found in NJ Hospital's Water
A New Jersey hospital is offering free exams after elevated levels of lead were found in its drinking water.
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center will test workers, patients and visitors who have been at the hospital since September 2015. The hospital is especially encouraging anyone who was pregnant and children under the age of six to get tested. The state Environmental Protection Department notified the hospital last week that water samples from some buildings had high lead levels. Lead can cause serious health problems.
Englewood hospital is now using bottled water, receiving shipments of water and using ice from outside suppliers.
Officials are trying to identify the source of the lead.
Pharmaceutical Company Launches Epinephrine Access Program
Kaléo, a privately-held pharmaceutical company, announced the release of its epinephrine injector last week.
AUVI-Q Auto-injector will be available by prescription starting Feb. 14, and announced AUVI-Q AffordAbility, a first-of-its-kind access program for AUVI-Q. Through this new program, patients with commercial insurance, even those with high-deductible plans, will have an out-of-pocket cost of $0. For patients who do not have government or commercial insurance, and have a household income of less than $100,000, AUVI-Q will be available free of charge.
In addition, the cash price for AUVI-Q is $360 and will be available to those patients without government or commercial insurance. Each AUVI-Q prescription includes two auto-injectors and one trainer for AUVI-Q.