The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District Board of Directors named Marty Newman the new board chairman and filled the District 1 vacancy during the April and May board meetings.
Newman, who has represented District 2 in the Barry County portion of Monett since 2000, was elected at the April meeting to succeed Daryl Fenski in the top position. Fenski moved to the vice president's job, which Newman held for several years.
Office manager Jeaneittia Pierce was reappointed secretary. Accounts manager Stacy Cloud was named board treasurer.
The District 1 representative remained vacant after incumbent Rick Vanderpool chose not to run for re-election. The four write-in candidates received letters asking if they would be willing to serve.
According to Pierce, three declined the offer and one did not respond. Vanderpool was contacted and agreed to continue his service. With that news, board members voted at the May meeting to appoint Vanderpool to serve until the April 2013 election.
A new policy was adopted concerning the use of emergency responders. The policy puts into writing for the first time when non-district personnel interact with staff in situations where patient aid and assistance is necessary. Board member Howard Kuhnert proposed the policy after realizing a version in writing did not exist.
The policy specified no advanced life support procedures would be conducted by non-ambulance district staff or off-duty personnel. All drugs, injectables and narcotics must be administered by ambulance staff.
The district will continue to replenish oxygen tanks and consumable items to first responder teams. The items will remain with the fire departments called as first responders and will be subject to semi-annual inventories conducted by the firefighters.
All items provided by the ambulance district would be labeled "Property of BLCAD" and would be subject to recall at the discretion of the district, the policy stated. The ambulance district would also maintain inventory records of disbursed items.
Pierce said the policy only spelled out actual practices and introduced no new ways of conducting business.
The board voted to purchase a new Sharp copier from Ozark Business Systems for $3,314. The new copier includes a fax kit and offers a number of features not previously available.
The board voted to renew health insurance for employees through Anthem for the 2012-13 coverage year. Pierce said an increase of 8 percent had been projected and the final cost was only a 4.9 percent rise.
In personnel action, William Walker was termined in March as a paramedic. Randy Chandler was hired in April as an on-call paramedic.
For the 11th consecutive month, crews made more runs than made in the same month a year earlier.
Crews made 250 runs in March, up from 202 in the previous March. Of the 196 patients treated, 57 went to Cox Monett Hospital, 77 to Springfield hospitals, 11 to Joplin hospital, 10 to Mercy Hospital-Aurora, four to Mercy Hospital-Cassville, 17 to nursing homes, nine to helicopter landing zones and three to patients' homes.
In April, crews made 259 runs, up 22 from a year earlier. Of the 184 patients treated, 59 went to Cox Monett Hospital, 85 to Springfield hospitals, seven to Joplin hospitals, five to Mercy Hospital-Aurora, three to Mercy Hospital-Cassville, eight to nursing homes, five to helicopter landing zones and three to patients' homes.
In March, crews turned 12 calls over to different services, though it was determined later local ambulances were available for three calls. Four calls were picked up from other services.
In April, four calls were turned over to other services and nine calls were picked up as mutual aid responses.
Education director Andy McCaslin reported providing a driving class for newly hired employees and area first responders. A preceptor class teaching assessment and teaching skills was offered to five employees in April.
Crews participated in the open house at the Monett Police Department on April 13. Cub Scouts toured the station on April 27 to learn about first aid and safety to earn their badges. Jone Egleston from the staff distributed coloring books and provided ambulance tours during the YMCA Healthy Kids Day at Monett's South Park.
The next board meeting will be on June 12.