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  • March 29, 2018 4:01 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Chris Cates Miller
    Clinical Operations Supervisor
    Hughes County EMS
    Holdenville, OK

    Hughes County EMS is proud to nominate Christopher Miller, NRP as a 2018 Star Of Life. Since 2015, Chris has been instrumental in the growth and advancement of Hughes County EMS.

    Chris began his career at HCEMS as a field paramedic. He then rose in rapid succession to Field Training Officer and Clinical Operations Supervisor.

    In his position as Clinical Operations Supervisor and Lead Instructor, Chris has implemented training programs to help HCEMS provide the most advanced levels of care possible. He was also instrumental in the campaign for the 2016 HCEMS Bond and Capital Improvement Project.

    Chris strives for excellence in all he does, and he is always available to help medics advance their skills or learn new procedures as they are developed.

    Chris has become one of the public faces of HCEMS. He is always the first person to volunteer to represent us at community meetings, education festivals, and health fairs across the county. Our community knows that if they have a concern, Chris will do his best to find a solution.

    It is for these attributes that HCEMS is proud to nominate Chris Miller as our 2018 Star of Life recipient.


  • March 29, 2018 12:50 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Kristy A. Lashbrook
    Director
    Hughes County EMS
    Holdenville, OK

    Hughes County EMS is proud to submit Kristy Lashbrook as an OKAMA Star of Life. Kristy, a Holdenville native, is very passionate and driven in her role as Director of EMS, where she has served since 2010. Prior to that time, she served first as an EMT and then a Paramedic, starting her career at HCEMS in 2006.

    When Hughes County EMS was on the verge of financial ruin in 2010, Kristy was tapped by the EMS Board to serve as director, where she played a significant role in reorganizing the service and mapping out a sustainable plan for its future. She implemented the use of a new billing company and a new electronic patient care reports vendor, as well as hired of grant writers. She worked diligently to help the service become a bigger partner in the community, helping to pass a $1 million EMS bond as well and the largest capital improvement plan in HCEMS History.

    Kristy led Hughes to become an affiliate campus for our Voc-Tech, providing free EMR classes to area fire departments, stocking the medical supplies for all fire department and law enforcement vehicles, attending countless community meetings, tireless outreach support, and so much more. Kristy ensures that even though we are a county service that the county citizens know we are there for them in every way.

    As a paramedic, Kristy is best exemplified by the following words: professional, reliable, passionate, caring and community-focused. As director, Kristy never fails to lift the spirits of a coworker with a kind word or to take extra time to ensure staff really understands Hughes County EMS’ goals and their role in helping attain them. For these reasons and more, Hughes County EMS and our Board of Trustees nominate Kristy Lashbrook as a 2018 Star of Life.

  • March 29, 2018 8:41 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Brandon Jones
    Paramedic & Emergency Medical Dispatcher
    EMSA
    Tulsa, OK

    Some people are known to wear their hearts on their sleeves. Brandon Jones is known to wear his life’s mission on his forearm—literally. Two verses from the 82nd Psalm are tattooed on Brandon’s arm and speak to his commitment to be a servant and protector of those in need. It’s both ironic and poignant, given that Brandon has found himself in great need more than once.

    Brandon joined the EMSA team as an EMT in 2009. He started paramedic school in 2010, but battled alcohol abuse, financial crises and, ultimately, homelessness. With support from his EMSA family, Brandon got back on his feet, stopped drinking and graduated. But Brandon relapsed after responding to an apartment fire that killed two children. Then, while working to maintain good health, Brandon suffered a devastating injury that took him off the ambulance. He was offered a position as an emergency medical dispatcher in 2014 and has since flourished, personally and professionally. Brandon is renowned for making quick, strategic decisions and championing the interests of patients and field crews alike.


  • March 29, 2018 8:28 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Brandon Levi Holsapple
    Paramedic, CRC/ Supervisor/ Safety Officer
    Creek County Emergency Ambulance Service
    Sapulpa, OK

    Brandon has been with Creek County since September of 2009. Originally employed as a paramedic, Brandon was promoted to Field Training Officer in 2011. In 2014, Brandon was promoted to Supervisor / Compliance Resource Center position.

    Brandon is highly respected by his peers and his opinion is frequently sought by other staff members. He has always shown great mentorship to junior paramedics. In 2017, Brandon was tapped to become the company's Safety Officer. As he is self-motivated and highly attentive to detail, Brandon has brought the safety program for our agency to fruition. He developed policies and implemented features that enhance the security and protection of every aspect of our organization. His development as a safety officer has become a valued asset to our company. Brandon is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in environmental health and safety management.

    He is a member of the Oklahoma Safety Council and the American Society of Safety Engineers. To help support his lovely family consisting of a spouse and two daughters, Brandon works part time with a flight service and is a mem ber of the International Association of Flight and Critical Care paramedics. In his very limited spare time Brandon enjoys hunting and is a firearms enthusiast.

  • March 28, 2018 10:33 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    From Novitas

    The Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Satisfaction Indicator is the best way to share your opinion of our service directly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This survey should only take about 10 minutes of your time and helps us understand how we can better serve you.

    To take the survey beginning Monday, March 12, 2018, click here.

    If you would like us to contact you about your responses to the 2018 survey, send your name, telephone number, and email address to Education@novitas-solutions.com (optional).

    We found your 2017 feedback helpful, and we made improvements to our services.

    Here are some highlights of changes and enhancements made to our website as a result of your feedback in 2017:

    • Added a "Was this page helpful?" feature to all content pages to enlist real-time website feedback
    • Redesigned new information centers for Enrollment, Appeals and Claims to assist with website navigation
    • Enhanced and expanded many of our self-service lookup tools

      Thank you for your feedback.


    • March 09, 2018 12:48 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

      Thanks to all of the legislators and staff who joined the Oklahoma Ambulance Association board of directors for breakfast on Wednesday. The event, held in Senate Room 535 at the OK State Capitol, was a huge success. View pictures on OKAMA's Facebook page.

    • March 08, 2018 2:33 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

      Jason Roe
      Paramedic
      Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service
      Ardmore, OK

      Jason Roe has shown exceptional dedication, not only as an outstanding Paramedic but as a key player in maintaining the company’s fleet and facilities. Jason is known for his positive, encouraging attitude and his intense work ethic. While others are sitting around between calls, Jason is always up working on the facilities. As a result of his organizational skills, Jason has taken responsibility for ambulance maintenance and consumable inventory and ordering. His efforts help keep us organized and ready to respond to the next emergency. Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service is proud to nominate Jason as our 2018 Star of Life!

    • February 13, 2018 11:00 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

      Brandt Hiler
      Paramedic, Field Training Officer
      Muskogee County EMS

      Brandt Hiler has always had a passion for helping others. As a teenager, Brandt began volunteering for a local fire department. He began his career with Muskogee County EMS in 2004 as an NREMT-Basic and in 2007 he received his certification as an NREMT-Paramedic. Brandt has served the citizens of Muskogee County for 13 years.

      In 2015 Brandt became a Field Training Officer. Brandt says he enjoys helping new employees and co-workers, whether they are beginning their EMS career or when transitioning to a new licensure level. He is well-known for taking the time to explain and educate others.

      In 2016, Brandt was honored for his service to a pediatric car accident victim. The physicians who were caring for the patient at a pediatric rehabilitation facility said, “Had it not been for the care that the patient received on the scene of the accident, the patient would not be alive today.” In 2017 Brandt also received awards for saving the lives of two patients, and was voted Paramedic of the Year by his peers.

      Brandt is known for his compassion, hard work, and dedication. He remains calm under pressure, and shows true leadership by quietly going above and beyond and never asking for acknowledgement or recognition.

      Brandt is admired by all who know him, most especially by his wife, Angela, and his children, Kaben and Kendall. When off-duty, Brandt enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, fishing, hunting, and flying.

      Because of Brandt’s outstanding professionalism and his exemplary performance, Muskogee County EMS is honored to endorse Brandt Hiler for the Oklahoma Ambulance Association Star of Life Award 2018.

    • February 13, 2018 10:50 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

      Kristen Bias
      AEMT, Field Training Officer
      Muskogee County EMS

      Kristen began her career at Muskogee County EMS in 2015 as an EMT. In 2016, Kristen earned her certification as an Advanced EMT and in 2017 she became a Field Training Officer.

      In 2017 while on a medical call, a shooting that was not related to her initial call occurred on scene. Kristen immediately triaged the scene to allow for the continued care and safety of her initial patient and partner while also locating the shooting victim and rendering care until another unit could arrive. This call is just one example of why Kristen is known for remaining calm under pressure and showing true leadership. Kristen did not hesitate to go to the aid of the victim even though it was an unsecured scene and her own personal safety was compromised.

      Kristen has always had a passion for helping others. She is selfless, hardworking and dedicated. She is always willing to work, whether she is putting in extra shifts, assisting with Public Relations events, or teaching a new employee. She is also known for her positive attitude and smile, no matter how busy her shift has been. In 2017 Kristen was voted by her peers as the the Advanced EMT of the Year.

      Kristen is admired by all who know her, most especially by her husband, Matthew. and her children Emma, Tuxie, Jacy, Alex, Caden and Addison. When off-duty, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family at sporting events and boating at the lake. Kristen also enjoys painting and playing with her dog, Lucy.

      Because of Kristen’s outstanding professionalism and her exemplary performance, Muskogee County EMS is honored to endorse Kristen Bias for the Oklahoma Ambulance Association Star of Life Award 2018.

    • February 07, 2018 7:46 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

      John Johnston
      Relief Crew Chief
      EMSStat EMS
      Norman, Oklahoma

      John Johnston is a Relief Crew Chief (Lieutenant), and has been with EMSStat for three years. 

      John is one of the most professional people we have ever had the pleasure of working with. John is the type of person whose efforts are never less than 100%, and therefore never marginalized. John is respected equally by his peers and leadership because of his "can do" attitude and desire to succeed. John is always the first one to tackle any task, usually without being asked.

      John recently left the Oklahoma National Guard after 15 years of service, first in the infantry, then as a combat medic. John was the senior Staff Sergeant in his unit and has been deployed twice to the Middle East, most recently to Afghanistan.  

      John Johnston is a cornerstone member of our team,an excellent Field Training Officer, and a committed member of EMSStat’s SWAT Team. John also has exceptional documentation and teaching skills that he shares with the EMSStat staff and new recruits.


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