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On Tuesday and Wednesday, August 4th and 5th, Diane Witteman and Shelley Iverson with Mohall-Tolley-Lansford-Sherwood Ambulance Service attended the first EMS Management Conference in Bismarck, ND. Diane Witteman was also a presenter at the conference.

The North Dakota EMS Association has hosted a number of EMS Leadership Academy training sessions since 2012 and the following year began providing one-day EMS Management Courses. A total of seven EMS Management Courses have been held that covered a variety of topics that included basics of EMS management, bylaws and protocols, supply management, hiring procedures, EMS system finance and budgeting, and human resources. This conference included these topics along with several other sessions applicable to EMS leaders and were taught by subject matter experts from not only this region, but nationally. This first of its kind conference in North Dakota hopes to become an annual or bi-annual event to bring leaders together from across the tri-state region to not only learn about management-related matters, but also network and establish long-lasting business relationships.

This training was made possible through the planning and coordination of the North Dakota EMS Association, technical expertise and travel grant opportunity from the North Dakota Department of Health-Division of EMS and Trauma, and the UND Center for Rural Health Flex Program.

The conference started out on Tuesday, August 4th with concurrent sessions designed for your ambulance service, such as Staff Orientation, Mentorship, Competency Verifications, or Systems Development and Collaboration. Then as the conference progressed, you would choose different subjects which would benefit your ambulance service. There were subjects geared towards being a B.O.S.S. or Multi-tasking in EMS, First Responder Resiliency, Protocols, and Guidelines. As the first day concluded they were treated to supper and a brainstorming session on Mentor…Ship and a representative of NDEMSA buying group.

On Wednesday, August 5th they again chose their sessions, topics that best met the needs of their respective Ambulance Services. Some of the sessions were Creative Destruction: How to Improve the Quality of Your Organization, QA/QI…Q…What?, Clinical Issues and Remediation, Long May You Run, which dealt with providing comfort and compassionate care to the patients in need, and The Problem Child, dealing with difficult people in the ambulance organization who are difficult to work with. They had sessions on HIPAA Compliance and Procedures, Recruitment, Onboarding, Retention, and wrapping up with a panel discussion involving all of the presenters, who discussed hot topics surrounding management and took questions from the attendees.

This conference offered all Ambulance Services good information to take back to their services. It also gave them a lot to think about the way their Ambulance Service is doing right now! Diane and Shelley both look forward to attending future conferences, as this was a very good conference to obtain much needed knowledge for management personnel and anyone interested in becoming more involved with their services.

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