Buena Vista Regional Medical Center emergency EMT Julie Scadden was recently elected to the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association (IEMSA) for the Northwest Region.
IEMSA's vision is to promote and advance the quality of care and professionalism of those who deliver emergency medical care throughout Iowa, public education, better communication in the EMS field, promotion of ethical standards, and furthering teamwork among those who are dedicated to saving lives and helping the sick and injured.
A 22-member Board of Directors oversees the organization, creates policy and implements the activities of the organization. All Board
members volunteer their time and expertise to the organization.
The role of the IEMSA board member is to participate in the management of the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association.
Scadden's term began Dec. 15 and will run for two years.
Scadden started as a volunteer for Schaller Ambulance in 1992. She completed the EMT-I and then the Paramedic Specialist programs. She completed her paramedic training at Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City. She now works full-time for the Buena Vista Regional Hospital Ambulance in Storm Lake (since 1999) and part-time for the Sac County Ambulance Service.
Scadden is very active in EMS serving on the Iowa Scope of Practice Committee, Buena Vista County EMS Association Board as President, and several other committees, on both the state and regional level. She maintains her paramedic certification along with PHTLS Instructor, ACLS Instructor, AMLS Instructor, AHA Regional Faculty, and PEPP Coordinator. She is also a member of the DMAT-B team and spent time in Florida in 2004 for hurricane relief for the State of Iowa EMAC team.
Scadden is the mother of four children, volunteering her spare time serving on a citizen's advisory group for the Schaller-Crestland Schools and Football Cheerleading coach until this past year. Julie continues to be a volunteer paramedic on the Schaller Ambulance squad, serving currently as the secretary on their board.
Scadden, along with Tami Glienke and Colleen Grimes, made a quilt in just three days and donated it to be sold by silent auction at the IEMSA conference last week. The auction was held to raise money for the National Association of EMT's Rescuer Relief fund. The money in this fund will go, in its entirety, to the families of EMS providers in the South who lost their homes to Katrina and Rita. Approximately $1,800 was raised, with the quilt being sold for $250.
Air Evac, the company that bought the quilt, has requested that the quilters make another one for them using the emblems of all the Air Services that work in Iowa.
"I'm very honored to be voted in," said Scadden, who will represent 16 counties in northwestern Iowa.
Scadden, of Schaller, has firsthand experience with disaster victims, volunteering after a triple whammy of Hurricanes Francis, Jean, and Ivan more than a year ago hit Florida.
More recently, she was attending a national EMT conference in New Orleans which ended the day before Katrina hit.
While Scadden was fortunate to escape, she still found herself helping train Iowa volunteers who went to Louisiana to provide relief efforts following Katrina, or as she said, "prepare them for what they're going to see."
From her personal experience, Scadden was able to tell volunteers that they would find themselves on "an emotional high the whole time" while providing relief.
As a member of the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association Board of Directors, Scadden finds herself acting as a voice for both paid and volunteer EMS providers in Iowa. That includes supporting the Association's legislative agenda. Scadden also serves on the Scope of practice Committee for the Association.
With an 82 percent volunteer base, Iowa EMS volunteers were particularly hard hit with 80 percent cuts in the Public health Block Grant. The cuts affected a number of training programs for volunteer EMS providers.
Cuts in EMS funding mean that the EMS Bureau of the Iowa Department of Public Health could be cut from 15 to four employees, Scadden said. In Sac County, EMS training funds have been cut from $7,100 two years ago to $6,100 currently.
Ken Bouvier, president of the National Association of EMS Providers, personally called Scadden to thank her for heading up the quilt fund-raising project, Scadden said.