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  • May 07, 2024 12:41 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    May 13, 2024

    Contact

    Amanda Riordan

    Telephone

    703-615-4492

    Email

    maa@ambulance.org

    Website

    www.massambulance.org

    Massachusetts Ambulance Association Honors Ambulance Providers with Convoy of Champions Parade During EMS Week

    Bedford, MA—The Massachusetts Ambulance Association (MAA) will celebrate the exceptional dedication of the Commonwealth’s emergency medical services (EMS) professionals during the 50th Annual National EMS Week. On May 23, the MAA will host the fifth annual Convoy of Champions ambulance parade to recognize the extraordinary contributions of emergency medical services (EMS) in our communities.

    A parade of ambulances (“Convoy of Champions”) will depart UMass Medical Science Park in Worcester at 11:00 am ET on Thursday, May 23, with an expected arrival at Boston MedFlight in Bedford at 11:45am. Participating ambulance providers hail from across Massachusetts and will be escorted on the highway by the Massachusetts State Police. UMass Memorial LifeFlight and Boston MedFlight air ambulances will also fly over the parade route.

    At this year’s event, mobile healthcare services will be honored with awards recognizing their collective service to the 6.9 million residents of the Commonwealth. The program recognizes the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our health care infrastructure. As healthcare evolves, so had EMS with the advent of mobile integrated healthcare, community paramedicine and partnerships with key entities in breaking down the brick and mortar barriers to provide care where the patient needs it most.

    Speakers include Representative John J. Mahoney of the Massachusetts State Legislature’s 13th District, Dr. Todd Ellerin of South Shore Health, MAA President Dennis Cataldo, and Boston MedFlight CEO Maura Hughes.

    Timeline of Events for Thursday, May 23

    • 10:00 Ambulances assemble at UMass Memorial
    • 11:00 Convoy leaves Worcester
    • 11:45 Convoy arrives at Boston MedFlight in Hanscom
    • 12:00 Lunch buffet opens
    • 12:15 Program begins (Speakers: Representative John J. Mahoney, Dr. Todd Ellerin, Dennis Cataldo, Maura Hughes; Awards; Group Picture)
    • 14:00 Program concludes, ambulances depart

    Media are invited to join the Convoy in Worcester and/or at the Boston MedFlight Hangar at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford. Interviews are available with Massachusetts Ambulance Association leaders.

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    About the Massachusetts Ambulance Association

    The Massachusetts Ambulance Association’s membership is composed of more than 30 ambulance service providers from across the Commonwealth. MAA’s 6,000 employees provide 75% of the emergency medical services transports in Massachusetts. Together, MAA members advocate for high-quality, sustainable mobile healthcare.

    About EMS Week (May 19–25, 2024)

    During the 50th Annual National EMS Week, communities will honor frontline heroes who provide emergency medical care that saves and sustains so many lives every day. The 2024 EMS Week theme is "Honoring Our Past. Forging Our Future."  


  • May 17, 2022 10:16 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    The Massachusetts Ambulance Association board honors the 2022 Massachusetts Stars of Life!


    Glen Biddiscombe, Lead EMT, Boston MedFlight

    Daniel Brown, Advanced EMT, Brewster Ambulance Service

    Jose Caballero Ortega, District Commander/Paramedic, Transformative Healthcare

    Kathy Carroll, Communication Supervisor & EMT, Cataldo Ambulance Service

    Peter Chirigotis, BLS Field Supervisor/Hospital Liaison, Transformative Health Care

    Samantha Clark, EMT, Northern Berkshire EMS

    Timothy Coleman, Paramedic, Patriot Ambulance

    Linda Devereaux, Community Paramedic, Cataldo Ambulance Service

    Nick Henderson, Senior Clinical Manager, Armstrong Ambulance Service

    Julie Inzerillo, Community Paramedic, Worcester EMS

    Greg Johnson, Paramedic, National Ambulance Service

    Delaney Kenny, EMT & Field Training Officer, Armstrong Ambulance Service

    Samantha Kuenzler, Paramedic, Trinity EMS a Division of PRIDESTAR

    Thomas Mackey, EMT, Patriot Ambulance

    Greg McAllister, EMT & Field Training Officer, Brewster Ambulance Service

    Dennis Perkins, Paramedic & Field Supervisor, Brewster Ambulance Service

    Kevin Pywell, EMT, Boston EMS

    Brian Rettger, Paramedic, Worcester EMS

    Harold Reynolds, Paramedic & Field Supervisor, Brewster Ambulance Service

    Scot Spring, Advanced EMT, Northern Berkshire EMS

    Aleksey Taganov, Paramedic, National Ambulance Service

    Bobby Thorne, Paramedic, Trinity EMS a Division of PRIDESTAR

    Michael Walker, EMT, Boston EMS


  • March 04, 2022 11:28 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Massachusetts Ambulance Association

    Executive Director

    Position Description | Updated March 4, 2022

    Interested candidates, please send a resume and cover letter to maa@ambulance.org.

    Position Summary

    The Massachusetts Ambulance Association (MAA) board seeks a highly skilled leader to serve as the organization’s chief executive. The Executive Director is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.

    The successful Executive Director will effectively promote the MAA and its public policy initiatives while engaging EMS providers and other stakeholders.

    Responsibilities

    • Manage the annual membership renewal process.
    • Drive sustained membership growth through marketing and communications to ambulance services and EMS vendors.
    • Facilitate annual Association strategic planning to set short and long term goals. In collaboration with board leaders, sustain progress toward these objectives.
    • Manage contracts with the Association’s vendors and contractors, including but not limited to attorneys, accountants, insurance brokers, and lobbyists.
    • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in federal and state emergency medical services (EMS) policy, reimbursement, patient care, licensure, and regulation. Support advocacy efforts driven by the board and lobbyists.
    • Engage members, legislators, regulators, and other partners to advance advocacy for the EMS profession.
    • Ensure compliance with MAA by-laws and adopted governance structure.
    • Communicate routinely and effectively with members and board leaders. Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals as appropriate.
    • Grow and manage social media channels.
    • Develop agendas and take minutes for all board, membership, and committee meetings. Manage the Association content calendar.
    • Lead the annual budgeting process and develop monthly financials for board review.
    • Identify, engage, and support outside CPA firm for an annual audit.
    • Ensure that adequate funds are available to allow the MAA to carry out its work.
    • Draft official correspondence of the organization and execute legal documents.
    • Plan and execute MAA education and events at the direction of the board.
    • Represent MAA members at local, state, regional, and national meetings and conventions as directed by the board.
    • Collaborate with the board and committee chairs on industry educational events for MAA members.

    Qualifications & Experience

    • Excellent writing and communication skills.
    • Extensive knowledge of healthcare regulations and public policy in Massachusetts.
    • Strong technology skills including Microsoft Office, social media platforms, and website content management systems.
    • Experience association management, event planning, and/or nonprofit management are a significant plus.
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

    Salary Range

    Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

    About the Massachusetts Ambulance Association

    The Massachusetts Ambulance Association is the trade association for private ambulance services throughout the Commonwealth. Our association members employ over 6,000 employees and operate 80% of all licensed ambulances within our state. Together our members advocate for the policy supporting the highest quality pre-hospital care. www.massambulance.org


  • December 10, 2021 10:33 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Worried about your child’s mental health? Not sure where to start or who can help? Visit www.HandholdMA.org, a new family-friendly website with mental health tips, tools, and resources created especially for parents

    #HandholdMA

    The mental health resources on #HandholdMA's website are available for kids of all ages in multiple languages, including Portuguese, Creole, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

    Visit www.handholdma.org and navigate to the bottom right to select your language.


  • May 17, 2021 4:40 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)


    Robert "Bob" Tetreault
    EMT
    Lifeline Ambulance Service
    Transformative Health Care


    Bob has worked at Lifeline Ambulance Service for five dedicated years. Bob is a champion of the virtues of hard work and dedication. He has never been late to a shift and is always ready, willing, and able to help a community member in need. Embarking on a long trip with a sick patient isn’t easy, but service is what we are all about.

    Bob is the first person we call when a long job gets called in and to date has not rejected one of them. In EMS having a set partner, truck, or base assignment is something we strive for because it allows for some sense of normalcy in one of the most demanding professions. Bob is a true team player who remains fluid and flexible in any given situation the system sends his way. His patience does not go unnoticed, and his benevolence never goes unnoticed. Bob’s virtues and professionalism inspire all of us.

  • May 17, 2021 4:38 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    May 12, 2021 (Updated May 17)

    Contact

    Amanda Riordan

    Telephone

    703-615-4492

    Email

    maa@ambulance.org

    Website

    www.massambulance.org

    Massachusetts Ambulance Association Honors EMS Providers with Convoy of Champions Parade, Stars of Life Awards During EMS Week

    Bedford, MA—The Massachusetts Ambulance Association will celebrate the exceptional dedication of the Commonwealth’s emergency medical services (EMS) professionals during the 46th Annual National EMS Week. On May 18, the MAA will host the second annual Convoy of Champions ambulance parade as well as the first-ever Massachusetts Stars of Life awards ceremony to recognize specific field providers for their personal contributions to their communities.

    Second Annual Convoy of Champions Parade

    A parade of ambulances (“Convoy of Champions”) will depart UMass Medical Science Park in Worcester at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 18, with an expected arrival at Boston MedFlight in Bedford at 1:00pm. Participating ambulance providers hail from across Massachusetts and will be escorted on the highway by the Massachusetts State Police. A UMass Memorial LifeFlight air ambulance will also fly over the parade route.

    Inaugural Massachusetts Stars of Life Award Ceremony

    At this year’s inaugural Massachusetts Ambulance Association Stars of Life event, exemplary mobile healthcare professionals will be honored with medallions in recognition of their service. The Massachusetts Stars of Life program showcases the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession in our state. The program recognizes the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our health care infrastructure, especially in the face of the crucial role that mobile healthcare has provided in COVID-19 testing and vaccination.

    Speakers include MAA President Dennis Cataldo, Boston MedFlight CEO Maura Hughes, and 2021 Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians (MACEP) ER Physician of the Year Dr. Paul Biddinger of Mass General Brigham Hospital. US Senator Edward Markey and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will appear via video as well to congratulate the honorees. The 2021 Massachusetts Stars of Life are:

    Timeline of Events for May 18

    • 11:30 - Ambulances driven by Stars of Life arrive at UMass Medical Science Park (381 Plantation Street, Worcester) for line-up and boxed lunch.
    • 12:00 - Convoy of Champions leaves Worcester for Boston MedFlight
    • 13:00 - Convoy of Champions arrives at Boston MedFlight hangar (150 Hanscom Dr, Bedford, MA 01730)
    • 13:10 - Massachusetts Stars of Life Medallion and Pin Ceremony at the Boston MedFlight Hangar
    • 14:30 – Adjournment

    Media are invited to join the Convoy in Worcester and/or at the Boston MedFlight Hangar in Bedford. Interviews are available with Massachusetts Ambulance Association leaders as well as the Star of Life heroes.

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    About the Massachusetts Ambulance Association

    The Massachusetts Ambulance Association’s membership is composed of more than 30 ambulance service providers from across the Commonwealth. MAA’s 6,000 employees provide 70% of the emergency medical services transports in Massachusetts. Together, MAA members advocate for high-quality, sustainable mobile healthcare.

    About EMS Week (May 16–22, 2021)

    During the 46th Annual National EMS Week, communities will honor frontline heroes who provide emergency medical care that saves and sustains so many lives every day. The 2021 EMS Week theme is "THIS IS EMS: Caring for Our Communities." 


  • May 16, 2021 8:17 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)


    Kevin Robischeau
    Paramedic
    Transformative Healthcare

    Kevin has been with our team for almost 34 years. He has displayed such dedication, and is one of our hardest workers. Kevin is always willing to pick up extra shifts and help the team however he can.

  • May 16, 2021 8:16 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)


    John (Yanni) Smiliotopoulos
    Field Training Officer
    Fallon Ambulance
    Transformative Healthcare

    Yanni has 8 years of experience in EMS. He has worked at Fallon for 6 years! He is a great role model for new team members and it a very valuable Field Training Officer. Previously, Yanni was a small business owner for 16 years. He also works as Head of Security at a local restaurant in Cambridge. His hobbies include cooking and drumming!


  • May 11, 2021 6:10 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    MacKenzie Mills
    EMT
    Boston EMS

    On Sunday March 14th, while working in Ambulance 22, Boston EMS EMT Mackenzie Mills and her partner, EMT Cassandra Cohen, came upon a 3-story building in Dorchester with fire showing on the top floor. After alerting Dispatch Operations of the fire, prompting a Fire Department response, they entered the building. Without regard for their own safety, they heroically went floor to floor, ensuring all occupants safely evacuated the building. EMT Mills and EMT Cohen reflect the highest standards of EMS professionals.

  • May 11, 2021 6:08 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Cassandra Cohen
    EMT
    Boston EMS

    On Sunday March 14th, while working in Ambulance 22, Boston EMS EMT Cassandra Cohen and her partner, EMT Mackenzie Mills, came upon a 3-story building in Dorchester with fire showing on the top floor. After alerting Dispatch Operations of the fire, prompting a Fire Department response, they entered the building. Without regard for their own safety, they heroically went floor to floor, ensuring all occupants safely evacuated the building. EMT Cohen and EMT Mills reflect the highest standards of EMS professionals.

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