Providers Indicted in Certification Scam

first_imgThe cot stuck out of the voting booth while Gorby fulfilled his civic responsibility, but his vote still counted. Get Him to the Polls on Time Wissinoming (Pa.) Volunteer Ambulance Operations Manager Mike Fasone says it’s not unheard of for patients being transported to ask to make a stop along the way. “We get a lot of requests for fast food,” he says. These are primarily from people who don’t get out of their homes much. The other four people involved–two paramedics and two EMTs–were employed by private ambulance companies in the Boston suburbs and by the Boston Fire Department. They reportedly collected names of colleagues for the rosters the instructor submitted. Fraudulent BehaviorIn November 2010, five EMS providers were indicted in Massachusetts for falsifying their recertification training records. Johnson says that once another ambulance arrived and they’d transferred care, all that was left to do was put on bunker gear and put out the fire in his own ambulance. Johnson says the lights and sirens came on, but the siren soon succumbed to the heat of the fire and wound down to silence. They moved the stretcher about 50 yards away, shielding it from the burning ambulance. “The patient was as cool as a cucumber,” says Johnson. We applaud the Wissinoming Volunteer Ambulance crew for their extra special customer service, helping a patient cast his vote and keep his patriotic record intact. In the first week of November, EMT Anthony Maresca made such a run. Maresca was one of the crew members who picked up Charles Gorby, MD, 83, from Lankenau Hospital near Philadelphia. Gorby was headed home when he asked about making a slight detour. The detour was “just a few minutes out of the way,” says Maresca.With chronic health issues, Gorby is no stranger to the ambulance company, so the crew was happy to oblige. It seems the retired physician hadn’t missed voting in an election since he turned 21, and it was Nov. 2–Election Day. Fortunately, his polling place was a fire station, so there was plenty of room to wheel in the ambulance cot after clearing it with election officials. “We allege that the conduct of these individuals severely undermined the state’s EMT certification process,” Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says. “These acts posed a risk to public safety and public health, and our office is continuing our probe into this matter.” We give Johnson and Dahms a thumbs up for their quick, reasoned reactions that helped avert a potential catastrophe. A New Hampshire paramedic who worked for a Massachusetts ambulance service was named as the “central operator.” Between 2006 and 2009, he was approved by the state Office of Emergency Medical Services to teach more than a dozen training sessions. Next, Johnson pulled the monitor, IV pump, oxygen, pediatrics kit, trauma kit and narcotics out of the ambulance and then secured the narcotics in a police vehicle on scene. This article originally appeared in January 2011 JEMS as “Last Word: The Ups and Downs of EMS.” Johnson and his partner, Cory Dahms, were transporting a stable patient who was “in the middle of a myocardial infarction” to a higher level of care hospital when they noticed smoke entering the cab of their ambulance. Dahms pulled off the road. Johnson says, “We de-boarded rapidly.” When Johnson saw flames under the cab, “the sense of urgency increased,” he says. An Exciting RideYou don’t always need lights and sirens to have an exciting trip in an ambulance. If you don’t believe us, next time you’re in Jacksonville, Texas, ask paramedic/firefighter Madison Johnson about that fiery patient transfer in October. We give a thumbs down to these providers for their attempts to cut certification corners. These fraudulent actions not only reflect poorly on the professionalism of EMS, but they also put future patients at risk. JEMS The allegation is that he conspired with four others to submit attendance rosters for sessions that were either incomplete or never occurred. According to the state attorney general’s office, more than 200 EMTs fraudulently qualified for recertification under the scheme.last_img read more

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Arnett’s Fabian Reid hits form

first_imgAfter taking some time to find his goalscoring form this season, last season’s runner-up in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) scorer’s race, Fabian Reid, has found his scoring boots this campaign and has climbed to the top of the charts with 11 goals. Reid netted one goal in his team’s 3-1 win over Tivoli Gardens in their west Kingston derby last Sunday. Reid finished with 16 goals last campaign, one goal behind top scorer Craig Foster, and after outscoring fellow golden boot challenger Colorado Murray, who came into their contest tied on 10 goals, Reid assumed the leadership of the scoring table with seven rounds of matches to go. But Reid said that his slow start to the season was a result of defenders and teams paying him more attention. However, he said that he has never lost focus or his determination and that his continued hard work is now bearing fruit. The striker has scored in three of his team’s last four matches. STRONG DEFENSIVE TACTICS “This season, defenders are marking me a lot more. They are not giving me any chance because they know how dangerous I am. But I just continue to work until I find it (form), and it’s coming on now. I was the goal man for Arnett Gardens last season, and now that I got back my form, I am just looking to get the job done,” he said. Coincidentally, Reid and Arnett Gardens have hit form around the same time, and he says that it usually goes hand-in-hand. “This is our time of the season now, and our form is coming around, so we have to make the most of it, and from I am scoring, the team is going to be up. “We have seven games to go, and if we win those seven games, we can finish second or first. So we can still reach first. We just have to continue working hard as last year is last year, and we don’t want to live in the past,” he said. Reid was disappointed after letting the scoring title slip from his grasp last season, but with seven games to go, plus the play-offs, he believes that he can hold on and take the award this term. “I am looking to get about 20 goals this season, and if I can get 20 goals, that would be all right. Yes, I am looking to get the top scorer award as last year I slipped up, but I am not living in the past. I am working to do it this season,” he said. Reid leads the goalscoring chart with 11 goals, followed by Colorado Murray and Tremaine Stewart on 10 and Rondee Smith and Deshane Beckford with nine. [email protected]last_img read more

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Argentina removes boastful banner from team base

first_imgArgentine media visiting the “Cidade do Galo” (Rooster City) sports compound in Belo Horizonte ahead of the team’s arrival found a triumphalist sign on the gate saying “Welcome future champions.”Juan Carlos Crespi, an Argentine football association official, admitted late Saturday it was his idea and that it didn’t go down well with captain Lionel Messi and coach Alejandro Sabella, both modest men.Their concerns appear to have been duly noted. Photos Sunday by Argentine newspaper Clarin showed the sign had been taken down and replaced by a simple “Welcome.”Argentina arrives Monday and opens against Bosnia on June 15.last_img

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