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August 11-14, 2016 ~ Kansas Star Event Center ~ Mulvane, KS

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Sessions at the 2016 KEMSA Conference & Expo:

Thursday Pre-Conference: 
  • Billing Workshop - Presented by KEMSA Society of Billing Professionals
  • Educator's Workshop - Presented by KEMSA Educator's Society
  • BLS Skills Workshop - Presented by Hutchinson Community College
  • Street Medic Workshop for Paramedics (ALS) - Presented by Cowley College
  • Pediatrics Workshop - Presented by EMSC
  • Current care management techniques for spine injured football players - Presented by the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society
Friday-Sunday Regular Conference Sessions
  • KEYNOTE: Excellence in EMS - Reuben Farnsworth
  • The ‘Art’ and Choreography of Cardiac Resuscitation - Mike Helbock
  • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care - Roger Lippert
  • Sepsis: Making Best Practice, Common Practice - Daren Pfeifer
  • Stroke 2016 – Reviews and Previews - Lee Rosterman, MD
  • What’s Killing Our Medics? - John Harvey
  • Kansas Statewide Interoperable Communication - JL Ellis
  • What The Heck Is A V/Q Mismatch: RT 101 for Paramedics - Reuben Farnsworth
  • “Live” From the Street, You Solve and Treat! - Mike Helbock
  • The Wild World of Rodeo Trauma - Reuben Farnsworth
  • “High Intensity,” High Performance CPR (HP-CPR) - Mike Helbock
  • Medical Research Review 1: Evidence Based Medicine for EMS - Dr. Charles Foat
  • Handling The Potentially Violent Patient - David Gurchiek
  • Electronics in EMS: Treat Your Patient, Not Your App - Reuben Farnsworth
  • The Surgical Airway - Dr. Ryan Jacobsen
  • Naloxone Strikes Back: The Changing Face of the Opioid Epidemic and Impact on Pre-Hospital Care - Dr. Stephen Thornton
  • Kansas Con Ed Plan / Board Update - Curt Shreckengaust
  • Safe Sleep and the EMS Provider Role - Christy Schunn
  • Drug Abuse After Hours: Responding To The Party - David Gurchiek
  • The Hesston Mass Shooting: Not Your Typical MCI! - Mark Willis
  • You Take My Breath Away: Wheezing & Other Bad Sounds - David Gurchiek
  • Medical Research Review 2: Trends for BLS and ALS EMS Providers - Dr. Charles Foat
  • State of the Art in EMS - Dr. John Gallagher & Dr. Ryan Jacobsen
  • Differential Diagnosis: A Disciplined Approach To Medical Emergencies - David Gurchiek
  • EMS Mythbusters - Dr. John Gallagher

Speakers at the 2015 KEMSA Conference & Expo:

National Speakers
  • Reuben Farnsworth, NR-Paramedic, CCP-C
    Critical Care Paramedic/ Instructor, RockStar Education and Consulting
  • David Gurchiek, PhD, NRP
    Director, Paramedic Degree Program and Department Chair for Nursing, Health and Public Safety Programs, Montana State University Billings
  • Mike Helbock, M.I.C.P., NR-P
    Senior Paramedic/Clinical Educator – Prehospital Medicine, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine / Senior Faculty – Seattle/King County Resuscitation Academy
Regional Speakers
  • Tim Boswell, S.E., CUSA, Paramedic
    Field Safety & Training Coordinator, Westar Energy
  • JL Ellis
    Interoperable Communications Training and Exercise Specialist, Kansas Office of Emergency Communications
  • Dr. Charles Foat, Ph.D., Paramedic
    Director of EMS Program, Johnson County Community College
  • John M. Gallagher, MD
    Emergency Physician and the EMS System Medical Director for Wichita/Sedgwick County
  • John Harvey, FP-C, I/C
    Battalion Chief A-Shift, Miami County EMS
  • Ryan Jacobsen, MD, EMT-P, FACEP
    Medical Director, Johnson County EMS System
  • Roger Lippert, EMT-P, BPHE
    Division Chief, Johnson County MED-ACT
  • Daren Pfeifer, BSN, RN, NREMT-P
    Director of EMS Relations, HCA Midwest Health
  • Lee Rosterman, DO
    Neurology, The University of Kansas Hospital
  • Christy Schunn, LSCSW
    Executive Director, Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network
  • Curt Shreckengaust, Paramedic, TO-I
    Deputy Director, Kansas Board of EMS
  • Stephen Thornton, MD
    Medical Director, University of Kansas Hospital Poison Control Center, University of Kansas Hospital
  • Mark Willis, Paramedic, I/C
    Fire/EMS Chief, Newton Fire/EMS

    Awards Presented at the 2016 KEMSA Conference & Expo:

    • Lifetime Achievement Award - Mark Willis, Newton Fire/EMS
    • EMT of the Year Award – Jake Power, Norwich Ambulance Service
    • Paramedic of the Year Award – Mark Pohlman, Ellinwood EMS & Great Bend Fire & EMS
    • Administrator of the Year Award – Aniello (Tony) Burr, Edwardsville Fire Department
    • EMS Educator of the Year Award – Kara Lawrence, Finney County EMS
    • EMS Support Person of the Year Award – Kris Hill, Via Christi Health
    • Type I/Air Service of the Year Award – LifeTeam
    • Type II Service of the Year Award – Hesston EMS
    • Community Service Award – Newton Fire/EMS DMSU, Halstead DMSU, MERGe

    Other Fun Activities at the 2016 KEMSA Conference & Expo:

    • 20th Anniversary Reception and Champagne Toast sponsored by American Response Vehicles
    • Vendor Showcase
    • Networking Social in the Fire Club
    • Karaoke and Photo Booth in the Fire Club
    • Giveaways
    • Networking

    Supporting Sponsors

    Other Sponsors and Prize Sponsors


    Botanica Wichita  |  Capitol Plaza Hotel  |  Coleman Company, Inc.  |  Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum
    Hyatt Regency Wichita  |  Kansas Aviation Museum  |  Kansas City Royals  |  Kiowa County EMS  |  K-State Alumni Association
    Museum of World Treasures  |  Page Wolfberg & Wirth  |  Panera Bread  |  QuikTrip Corporation  |  Tanganyika Wildlife Park
    The Inn at Tallgrass  |  Wichita Art Museum  |  Wichita Wingnuts  |  WSU Athletic Department

    2016 KEMSA Conference & Expo Sponsors

    We would like to thank all our sponsors who helped make the 2016 KEMSA Conference & Expo a success!  Without them, our event would not be possible. Please show them your thanks by seeking them out when you need information on their types of products or services!

    Corporate Platinum Sponsor & 20th Anniversary Reception Sponsor

    Corporate Gold Sponsor

    Corporate Bronze Sponsor

    Conference Co-Sponsors


    Conference Premier Sponsor


    Pre-Conference Sponsors


    Conference Supporting Sponsors



    Conference Break Sponsors



    KS Region 6 EMS Council

    Conference Session Sponsors


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