On 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 -
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
2015 KEMSA CONFERENCE & EXPO - EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION OPEN
We 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.
Bylaws Amendments Notice
This information is to notify you of recent amendments to the KEMSA Bylaws recommended by the KEMSA Board of Directors. As set forth in the bylaws, this is your notice of the changes, and you can view them at the link below.
Changes to the bylaws include:
- Increasing the Board of Directors to 14 members plus the immediate past president (from 12) to allow for more participation.
- Allowing officers to fulfill their officer term before having to be re-elected by the membership.
- Changing the notification period of bylaws amendments from 60 days to 30 days before voting.
After 60 days, we will hold a vote electronically for members to vote on the bylaws amendments. Electronic voting will be open August 12-14, 2015 and members will also be allowed to vote in person at the annual conference. Contact the KEMSA office with questions.
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.
EMS World Expo 2015
EMSWorld Expo - September 15-19, 2015, Las Vegas, NV
The Kansas EMS Association is partnering with EMS World Expo to provide discounted registration to our members.
KEMSA members save $100 off the 3–day conference and/or a free exhibit hall pass (value $30). NAEMT members receive $125 off a 3-day conference. KEMSA members also get a group discount for 6 or more members who want to attend, and the attendees don't have to be from the same EMS service. Feel free to coordinate with others for even greater savings! Prices increase after Aug. 14, so register now!
EMS WORLD EXPO sets the standard in EMS education, offering the training EMS professionals need to do their jobs today, coupled with the progressive curriculum and technology that provides solutions for tomorrow. EMS World Expo delivers:
- State-of-the-art technologies to improve lifesaving skills
- Emerging trends in prehospital care and operations
- Largest exhibit hall in the industry
- Exclusive events like the Integrated Healthcare Forum and the World Trauma Symposium
For the most affordable and superior learning opportunities available to EMS providers at all levels, join us at EMS World Expo 2015 as we chart the future of EMS. Get complete details on our flyer here or visit www.emsworldexpo.com.
TO REGISTER, visit EMSWorldExpo.com. Enter code KEMSA and receive a free exhibit hall pass (value $30) and/or save $100 off the 3–day conference (and an additional $25 for NAEMT members).
get aboard the next EMS Cruise in 2016!
Sailing 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!