MedStar Board of Directors Elects Officers

A MedStar ambulance waits outside the ambulance bay.

At the September 8, 2021 meeting of the Metropolitan Area EMS Authority (MedStar) Board of Directors, three board members were elected to officer positions.

Dr. Janice Knebl was elected Chairman of the authority. Dr. Knebl is a City of Fort Worth appointee to the board and has served since August 2017. She is a professor of geriatrics, and director of the Center for Geriatrics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Knebl also serves as Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Interim Chair of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, and the Health Science Center’s Health Clinical Practice Chief Medical Officer. In August, Dr. Knebl received the Leadership in Integrated Healthcare Award from the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration for her advocacy promoting the inclusion of EMS in the greater healthcare system through numerous initiatives here in Fort Worth.

Matt Aiken was elected vice chairman of the authority. Mr. Aiken is a suburban city representative to the board, elected by the 14 suburban cities that are part of the authority. He has served on the board since March 2019. Mr. Aiken is an attorney and former Burleson City Council member.

Saginaw Fire Chief Doug Spears was elected secretary of the board. Chief Spears serves on the Authority Board as an appointed representative from the First Responder Advisory Board (FRAB), and has served on the Authority Board since August 2020.

Other Authority Board members include:
• Susan Alanis, Tarrant County College
• Dr. Chris Bolton, Baylor Scott & White Health System
• Dr. Brad Commons, Texas Health Resources
• Jim Davis, Fort Worth Fire Chief
• Carlos Flores, Fort Worth City Council
• Teneisha Kennard, JPS Health System
• Ken Simpson, MedStar’s Interim CEO (Ex-Officio)
• Dr. Veer Vithalani, MedStar’s Chief Medical Officer and EMS System Medical Director (Ex-Officio)

The eleven-member Metropolitan Area EMS Authority Board of Directors includes nine voting members, four members representing the City of Fort Worth, one member representing the suburban member jurisdictions, two physician representatives of the Emergency Physicians Advisory Board (EPAB), the Fort Worth Fire Chief and an additional representative of the First Responder Advisory Board (FRAB). The System Medical Director and the EMS Authority’s CEO serve as ex-officio (non-voting) members of the Board.

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