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KEMSA is proud that we have members in all 6 regions in Kansas with members located in 90 of the 105 counties in Kansas and five other states. About 85% of the services in Kansas have a service membership with KEMSA. KEMSA has more than 95 active service memberships, which represents more than 5,000 certified EMS attendants working within Kansas EMS agencies, and more than 1,100 active individual memberships.

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Registration Open - 2015 KEMSA Conference &  Expo
KEMSA ConferenceOn behalf of the Board of Directors of KEMSA, you are invited to attend the annual KEMSA Conference & Expo at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Topeka, August 13-16, 2015.  Our blend of speakers and the variety of the classes offered make this conference one you won’t want to miss.  
 
Earn affordable CEs - Earn CEs at an affordable price.  See the schedule and CE information for the amount of hours you can earn.
Who Should attend - Basic Providers, ALS providers, Educators, Managers/Supervisors, Service Directors, Medical Directors, and Nurses.
Our biggest vendor hall yet
KEMSA Conference Brochure
The Vendor Hall is a valuable part of your conference education.  It allows you the opportunity to see and try out many of the newest EMS products on the market, pick up some freebies, and make business contacts that could benefit your department.  
Honoring Our Own - Again this year, we will hold our Honoring Our Own awards banquet featuring a Table of Honor.  Make your nominations at: www.kemsa.org/annual-awards by July 1.
 
In addition, for 2015, KEMSA is moving forward with some great new ideas and opportunities!   
New Location - It was apparent in 2014, that we had exceeded our meeting and exhibit space at the Wichita Marriott.  Therefore, we have made the move to a larger convention center in Topeka in order to expand our educational opportunities for attendees.
New Event Name - Formerly known as the KEMSA Last Blast of Summer Conference, this event is now called the KEMSA Conference & Expo to better represent the entire scope of the event and highlight our exhibit hall.
One Exhibit Hall for booths - For the first time, all our exhibitors will be located in one room allowing you to see all the vendors up close and personal with ease. Ambulances will be located right outside the exit doors in the parking lot.
Mobile Event Guide/App - We strongly encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at the 2015 KEMSA Conference & Expo. You’ll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps, and get general show information.  Also speakers, photos, biographies, handouts and more are located in the mobile guide!  Learn more here.
 
Check out all the conference information on the pages listed under the Conference heading above or go to www.kemsa.org/conference.
Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership Course

In June, KEMSA will present the NAEMT Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership (PEPL) Course in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment.

PEPLCOURSE DETAILS:

Date:  June 22 & 23, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm (lunch provided both days)
Location: Hutchinson CC Fire Science Building, 3211 E 4th, Hutchinson, KS 67501

ONLY FIVE SPOTS LEFT - REGISTER NOW!  After this first course, KEMSA will be able to present this course again in different parts of the state.  So, if you don't get approved for the first one, we will provide other opportunities.

COST:
$30 for Qualifying Kansas Rural EMS Providers
$150 Non-Rural EMS Providers

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership (PEPL) is an NAEMT course that provides EMS and Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) practitioners at all levels with the skills they need to effectively interact with patients and their families, medical personnel, coworkers, supervisors and the community. Course topics include personal and professional core values, ethics, decision-making, duty to serve and conflict resolution. The goal of the PEPL course is to facilitate awareness and development of skill sets for the effective exercise of ethics and personal leadership. Learn more at www.naemt.org/education/pepl.aspx.

Get complete details at www.kemsa.org/pepl

2015 ICD10 CLASSES

Provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of KS And LifeTeam

ICD10-CM classes will once again be provided in each region of Kansas and free of charge for all Ambulance billers, service directors or other interested parties.  

The classes will run from 10:00am to approximately 4:00pm and will include actual coding practice with the new ICD10 codes.  You do NOT have to attend the class in your region.  If another date suits you better, you are welcome to attend that class instead.  In most locations, lunch will be on your own.  For dates, locations, classes and registration information, visit our ICD10 Class page here.

KEMSA Board of Directors - Seeking Nominations
 
The nomination process is now open to fill FOUR vacancies on the KEMSA Board of Directors that will take office August 15, 2015 (during the KEMSA conference). These vacancies are for 3-year terms.
 
If you are interested in making a self-nomination or would like to nominate someone else, nominations should include (at a minimum):
  • the name of the nominee
  • confirmation of KEMSA membership
  • contact information of the nominee
  • brief biography of the nominee (250 words or less)
  • a statement about why this person would be a good board member or why you want to be on the board
  • and a photo
Feel free to submit other support materials as appropriate. Send nomination materials to mary@kemsa.org by Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
 
A brief summary of board duties includes, but is not limited to: attending bimonthly board meetings in person and by conference call, attending and working at the Annual KEMSA Conference & Expo in August (4-5 days) and working with a committee to help move KEMSA and Kansas EMS forward. (Travel is not reimbursed.)
 
**A commitment to attend board meetings and functions is required. Please discuss with your employer that you will have the availability to attend the necessary meetings and functions.**
 
Once the members of the board of directors are elected by the membership, the board of directors will elect its officers.  If you would like more information or to see the board policy manual, e-mail mary@kemsa.org.
KEMSA Educator's Society - Call for Nominations
 
The KEMSA Educator's Society is seeking nominations for its executive committee positions: Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary as well as three at-large member positions on the board of directors.  These are two-year terms. 
 
If you are interested in making a self-nomination or would like to nominate someone else, nominations should include (at a minimum):
the name of the nominee
confirmation of KEMSA membership
contact information of the nominee
what position they are nominated for
brief biography of the nominee (250 words or less)
a statement about why this person would be a good or why you want to be involved
and a photo
Feel free to submit other support materials as appropriate. Send nomination materials to mary@kemsa.org by Friday, May 22, 2015.
 
To view a copy of the minutes from the May 1 Educator's Society Strategic Plan, download them here.
get aboard the next EMS Cruise in 2016!
 
EMS CruiseSailing March 12-19, 2016, from Port Canaveral, Florida, on the Carnival Valor, we’ll depart on a week-long Eastern Caribbean cruise with stops at four ports of call. We will begin with an all-new port for the EMS Cruise as we dock at Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. Next up is St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, an Eastern Caribbean port favorite. Our third stop is at San Juan, Puerto Rico followed by another first-time EMS Cruise docking at Grand Turk. Plus, because the ship departs a short distance from the Orlando area, you can add several days to either the start or end of the cruise to take advantage of everything Orlando has to offer.
 
Taking a cruise has become a very popular way to vacation. In fact, more than 20 million people go on a cruise every year! Participating in the EMS Cruise is even better because in addition to everything already included with cruising, the EMS Cruise adds on a bunch of extras not available to the general public.

 

You’ll get a $25 per cabin shipboard credit to use however you would like. We’ll host, the welcome aboard cocktail party which all EMS Cruisers are invited to attend. Reserved exclusively for EMS Cruisers, you’ll enjoy complimentary cocktails, soft drinks and snacks. Plus, you’ll be able to meet everyone else on the EMS Cruise. We’ll also host a final farewell party on the last night of sailing. A group photo will be taken during the cruise and made available to all EMS Cruisers in electronic form or for print purchase at reduced rates after the cruise. All EMS Cruisers receive a subscription to the EMS Cruiser’s Newsletter. Published several times prior to departing, it provides a wealth of information and travel tips so you’ll get the most from your vacation.

Perhaps best of all, bookings include the services of the EMS Cruise staff along with representatives of Lake Country Travel, the official travel agency for the EMS Cruise. These veteran travel professionals will accompany the group for this event and be available to help with every detail both prior to departure and onboard while we sail. As we said, everything has been taken care of for you so all you need to do is relax and have a great time!

While this is an EMS Cruise and many who go along are involved in the emergency services, just as many EMS Cruiser’s are not EMTs or firefighters, they are the family and friends of EMS providers. They sometimes think that an EMS Cruise will be all about EMS or firefighting, and a week packed full of “shop talk.” Nothing could be further from the truth. While no doubt a little bit of “shop talk” sneaks in now and then, many are surprised at how well EMS Cruisers are able to leave the job back on the dock – or back at home. If you, your spouse or your family is worried that they will feel left out, don’t! This trip is first and foremost a vacation. It just happens to be a vacation with hundreds of EMTs, paramedics, first responders and firefighters.

Book your vacation now at www.EMSCruise.com!

2015 KEMSA Conference & Expo - Exhibitor Registration Open


Exhibitor PacketWe are now ready to take your reservations for your exhibit space and sponsorship requests.  We are expecting a sold out vendor hall, so get your registration in early!

EXHIBITOR MOVE-IN:  AUG. 13 | EXHIBIT DAYS:  AUG. 14 & 15, 2015
LOCATION: CAPITOL PLAZA HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER 
1717 SW TOPEKA BOULEVARD, TOPEKA, KS 66612
 
Get all the details on changes we made to enhance your experience for 2015, download an exhibitor packet, register online and more at www.kemsa.org/exhibitors.
 
 
 
 
 
KEMSA CORPORATE PLATINUM Sponsor