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Release: July 27, 1999

Hansen is elected to state EMS advisory council post

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Members of Iowa's Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council have elected Dr. Alfred Hansen vice chair. Hansen is the director of emergency medicine with University of Iowa Health Care.

Iowa has long been recognized as a national leader in providing emergency medical services (EMS). For example, EMS specialists in Iowa were pioneers in the use of automatic defibrillators by first responders in treating people with heart attacks.

"EMS providers in Iowa have demonstrated enormous vigor and outstanding leadership in addressing difficult issues and promoting system-wide solutions," Hansen said. "It is a privilege and an honor for me to work with dedicated people who have done so much to provide state-of-the-art emergency medical services to the citizens of Iowa. Their efforts will have far-reaching implications in developing effective models for health care delivery in rural environments."

The Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council, under the auspices of the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Emergency Services, is currently developing a statewide system for caring for patients with traumatic injuries that will involve numerous individual centers in a coordinated process.