Alliance Membership Meeting: July 2019

Quarterly Membership Meetings for the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance (LAA) are key resources for over 60 EMS providers, throughout the state of Louisiana, who are members. The summer meeting was hosted at the Bossier Civic Center in Bossier, Louisiana, and, like previous meetings, covered Alliance business and a variety of topics related to the EMS industry.  

There’s lots of planning that goes into a successful meeting. “Preparing for a membership meeting begins months in advance,” said Yvette LeBlanc, LAA’s Administrative Assistant. “In fact, our team works together to make meetings successful by reserving the venue, contracting caters, securing meeting sponsors, and gathering the materials for the packets and agendas.” Yvette takes a lead role in ensuring arrangements are made for each meeting. 

Among the July 2019 meeting’s presenters was Asbel Montes, Vice President of Government Relations and Reimbursement of Acadian Companies, who discussed the ET3 Model which included the new eligibility criteria for participation, the application process for participation, the revised rates to be paid under the model, performance requirements and more. In addition, LAA/LRAA staff presented on assets, communications and marketing, surge response and more. Megan Hedges, LAA Consortium Director for End the Epidemic Louisiana, updated meeting attendees by stating, “We are working on our Needs Assessment, Strategic Plan, Workforce Plan and Sustainability Plan.” Hedges joined the Alliance staff earlier this year and is making progress with the End the Epidemic partnership and grant. 

“As a volunteer of my local fire department for a number of years, I have an appreciation and understanding of how important the Alliance’s role is in the rural areas of our state,” added LeBlanc. “Alliance Membership Meetings ensure that the providers are informed and prepared to act in many different capacities throughout Louisiana.” 

Alliance Staff (LtoR): Rob Daughdril (Emergency Preparedness Coordinator), Megan Hedges (End the Epidemic Louisiana – Consortium Director), Evon Smith (ACE4EMS Director), Yvette LeBlanc (Administrative Assistant), Donna Newchurch (CEO), Curry Landry (Policy Director) and Verinique Bailey (Communications and Marketing Manager). 

Special Thanks to the Meeting Sponsors:

LAA’s 2019 Membership Meetings: 

November 13, 2019: Chateau St. Denis – Natchitoches, LA

Register here for the next Alliance Membership Meeting. 

About the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance

The Louisiana Ambulance Alliance (LAA) is a diverse group of EMS providers who promote emergency medical transport as a distinct concern in Louisiana; serve as a forum for a unified voice for healthcare providers, public officials, healthcare workers, educators and consumers working to improve emergency medical transport in Louisiana; provide a forum for the exchange and distribution of ideas and information related to the improvement of emergency medical transport; serve as an advocate for emergency medical transport, promoting improved health status and improvements to the health system for residents of Louisiana; and encourage the development of appropriate health resources for Louisiana. 

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