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Hudson Valley (N.Y.) Education Day Integrates EMS, Primary Care Topics

Expanding the duties of emergency medical services providers beyond their customary emergency-response and transport roles will be among the topics discussed at an EMS Education Day seminar Nov. 22.

The second annual event for paramedics and emergency medical technicians will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mohonk Mountain House, a historic resort hotel at 1000 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, N.Y. A conference fee of $25 a person includes a morning snack, lunch and handouts.

The event’s theme this year is “EMS: A Changing Environment.”

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, one of the region’s leading healthcare systems, is a sponsor of the event as part of its commitment to community education.

Other sponsors include MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, Mobile Life Support Services and Mohonk.

Participating vendors include Ellenville (N.Y.) Regional Hospital, HealthAlliance, Medical Warehouse EMS products, MidHudson Regional Hospital and Zoll Medical Corp. medical products and software.

Scheduled topics and speakers include:

  • Psychiatric emergencies and their management — Dr. Matthew Stupple, an emergency medicine physician at HealthAlliance Hospital’s Broadway campus in Kingston, N.Y.
  • “Maintaining Responder Resilience: Occupational Hazards and Self-Care” — Karla Vermeulen, deputy director of the State University of New York at New Paltz’s Institute for Disaster Mental Health, and Rebecca Rodriguez, the institute’s program coordinator
  • Controversy in spinal immobilization — Dr. Adam Frisch, an emergency medical physician at Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center
  • Geriatric trauma — Dr. Gregory Zale, a general surgeon in MidHudson Regional Hospital’s trauma service in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • EMS changes in New York state — Lee Burns, director of the New York state health department’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
  • Community paramedicine — Dr. Kevin Munjal, an emergency medicine physician and founder of the New York Mobile Integrated Healthcare Association, an organization, based in New York City, dedicated to exploring the possibility of expanding the EMS role and overcoming barriers preventing EMS from being better integrated into the healthcare system.

Community paramedicine is a new and evolving model of community-based healthcare, in which paramedics, working with doctors, hospitals and other practitioners, use mobile resources to provide non-emergency healthcare services to patients in their own homes and other non-hospital locations to prevent or improve medical conditions so the patients don’t have to go to the hospital.

“The idea behind it is for emergency workers not to wait for crises to happen, but rather to go out and prevent them,” said EMS Education Day committee Chairman Richard Parrish, who is also HealthAlliance director of safety and emergency management.

“This can improve the quality and coordination of people’s care, fill some gaps in the current healthcare system and increase the EMS value to society,” he said.

For more information about the educational event, contact Parrish at [email protected] or at 845-334-2839.

About HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley is the alignment of HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus and Broadway Campus in Kingston, N.Y., as well as Margaretville (N.Y.) Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville and Woodland Pond at New Paltz, N.Y. As the parent organization with a unified governance structure, the goal of HealthAlliance is to strengthen the quality of care and bring forward enhanced technology to serve the present and future healthcare needs in the Hudson Valley. HealthAlliance and its affiliate facilities are committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered care and ensuring patient safety, privacy and dignity to all. For further information about HealthAlliance visit our website at