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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2004 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
James O. Page, a Southern California fire-service veteran who was widely viewed as the most influential proponent of emergency medical services, particularly within fire departments, has died. He was 68. Page, founder of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, died Sept. 4 of cardiac arrest while swimming in a pool in Carlsbad, Calif. He had no known history of heart disease, said a spokeswoman for San Diego-based Jems Communications. Results of an autopsy were pending.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2010 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
City and Fire Department officials face opposition from organized labor and some City Council members over a proposal to contract out billing and collections for the Los Angeles Fire Department's emergency medical services. The proposed outsourcing of collections is bundled with a popular initiative to move to electronic collection of medical data by the Fire Department's emergency medical services unit. The proposal would give paramedics hand-held tablet computers on which they would input patient medical information at the scene of an emergency, eliminating the current system of hand-printed forms that department staff called cumbersome and prone to transcription errors.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the city's Fire Department was stripped of its ability to provide fast, cheap ambulance services last year, tough questions lingered about reaching an agreement with the company hired to replace Ventura's paramedics. But nine months later, city officials and company representatives say an unlikely partnership has developed--one they hope will serve as a statewide model for delivering emergency medical services more efficiently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2007 | Rich Connell, Times Staff Writer
A state regulator who pushed for stronger oversight of California paramedics and backed an unsuccessful proposal to consolidate licensing of tens of thousands of emergency medical technicians has announced his resignation. Dr. Cesar Aristeiguieta, director of the state Emergency Medical Services Authority, said in an interview that he would step down Jan. 1, citing a desire to return to the private sector for personal financial reasons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1997 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nine months ago, Ventura became the first city in the county to provide its own paramedic services--a move that officials say has resulted in shorter response times to emergency calls and reduced costs for ambulance users. But depending on the outcome of a precedent-setting case argued before the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, the city could be forced to shut down its paramedic services within 48 hours.
NEWS
October 14, 1993 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Emergency medical treatment by the Fire Department now costs $75 under a resolution and ordinance enacted Tuesday by the City Council. The new fee, imposed as part of the council's ongoing drive to balance a tight budget, is expected to raise about $175,000 annually. Nearby cities, including Pasadena and Los Angeles, have been charging similar fees for several years, Glendale officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
The city's firefighter paramedics are celebrating 22 years of service to residents and businesses during Emergency Medical Services Week. Of the Fire Department's 210 sworn members, 67 are firefighter paramedics. They work from nine of the city's 10 fire stations, which respond to nearly 22,000 calls for emergency medical services each year. This year's Emergency Medical Services Week theme is "Making a Difference for Life."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1998 | Lisa Chiu, (714) 965-7172
The City Council has continued a public hearing on the Silver Oaks Senior Retirement Community to Jan. 5. Planning Manager Andy Perea said the city is still working with developer Cameo Homes on how to pay for projected increases in emergency services to future tenants. "Developers are required to pay their fair share on their impact on emergency medical services," Perea said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1989
Having been a principal architect of the Emergency Medical Services of Orange County and founding director of the trauma service at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, I have been following with concern the deterioration of emergency medical services in Orange County and the impending demise of the Fountain Valley Regional Trauma Center. The loss of the trauma center impacts almost exclusively on relatively affluent cities, like Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Fountain Valley, whose population of about 400,000 is able and willing to pay for emergency medical services.
NATIONAL
June 15, 2006 | From Reuters
U.S. emergency rooms are understaffed, overwhelmed and unable to cope with a crisis, whether a pandemic, attack or natural disaster, according to reports released Wednesday. Americans rely heavily on emergency departments and emergency medical services to save their lives when sudden illness or disaster strikes, yet these services are not properly funded and often do not live up to expectations, the reports from the independent Institute of Medicine found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2004 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
James O. Page, a Southern California fire-service veteran who was widely viewed as the most influential proponent of emergency medical services, particularly within fire departments, has died. He was 68. Page, founder of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, died Sept. 4 of cardiac arrest while swimming in a pool in Carlsbad, Calif. He had no known history of heart disease, said a spokeswoman for San Diego-based Jems Communications. Results of an autopsy were pending.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO
Paramedic services will be discussed during a public meeting of a Fire Commission subcommittee Thursday at Valley College. The 9 a.m. meeting is being held by the Paramedic/Emergency Medical Services subcommittee of the Fire Commission. The Fire Department has proposed splitting up the current two-paramedic teams that are assigned to ambulances in the Valley. Under the pilot program, which is under review, one paramedic would be teamed with an emergency medical technician on an ambulance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2000 | SUE FOX
A county panel that oversees emergency medical services approved a controversial plan Wednesday to reorganize paramedics in the San Fernando Valley. The plan, pushed by Los Angeles Fire Chief William Bamattre in an effort to reduce emergency response times in the far-flung Valley, sparked opposition from many paramedics and other medical experts, who said it would harm patient care by watering down the expertise of the caregivers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2000 | SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than a dozen paramedics, nurses and firefighters testified Wednesday against a plan to reorganize some emergency medical services, telling a county commission that the change would jeopardize patient care. But Los Angeles Fire Chief William Bamattre, the architect of the proposal, told members of the Emergency Medical Services Commission that the plan would trim at least two minutes from the average emergency response time in the San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1998 | Lisa Chiu, (714) 965-7172
The City Council has continued a public hearing on the Silver Oaks Senior Retirement Community to Jan. 5. Planning Manager Andy Perea said the city is still working with developer Cameo Homes on how to pay for projected increases in emergency services to future tenants. "Developers are required to pay their fair share on their impact on emergency medical services," Perea said.
BUSINESS
May 7, 1994
The Irvine-based ambulance services company had a first-quarter profit of $865,000, or 6 cents per share, on revenue of $19.86 million. This was up from net income of $173,000, or 2 cents per share, on revenue of $4.33 million the year before. The increase is largely attributable to the nine acquisitions the company completed before the end of March.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2000 | SUE FOX
A county panel that oversees emergency medical services approved a controversial plan Wednesday to reorganize paramedics in the San Fernando Valley. The plan, pushed by Los Angeles Fire Chief William Bamattre in an effort to reduce emergency response times in the far-flung Valley, sparked opposition from many paramedics and other medical experts, who said it would harm patient care by watering down the expertise of the caregivers.
NEWS
April 20, 1998 | MARK FRITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the call came in, medic Matt Goldberg and his partner slid into their ambulance and sped off, siren shrieking, lights flashing. They rolled through a string of tiny Delaware County towns in suburban Philadelphia before reaching a rest home in a city called Wawa. There they found Helen Miller, a 93-year-old retired teacher, suffering from congestive heart failure. And right behind them came an angry police officer named Michael Irey with his ticket book in hand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Los Angeles Fire Department should maintain its current staffing schedule for paramedic supervisors even though it will cost the city almost $250,000 in overtime pay between now and July, a city panel has recommended. The recommendation, which reversed an earlier proposal by fire officials, was made Friday during a special joint meeting of the City Council's Public Safety and Personnel committees.
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