Jerry Overton has been appointed as the new IRHC Treasurer.
Jerry Overton is President of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® (IAED™)In his new position, and will oversee the processes that clinically and technically combine emergency medical dispatch (EMD) protocols and nurse triage for health care access management.
Jerry Overton brings extensive emergency medical services experience to the position, including 19 years as executive director of the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) in Virginia and similar positions with the Metropolitan Ambulance Service Trust (MAST) and Kansas City EMS, both in Kansas City, Mo. Overton was among the first directors of a large EMS to embrace the Medical Priority Dispatch System™ (MPDS®).
He is a member of the NAED College of Fellows, a position he will continue to hold. His dedication to the dispatch process is reflected in the Jeff Clawson Leadership Award he received at the Academy's Navigator 2010.
“If you ever hear me talk about EMS system design, you know my beliefs regarding where it all begins,”said Jerry, following the award presentation. “That's dispatch. When it goes right we're going to save a life. When it doesn't, there's going to be a problem.”
In addition to his EMS career, Jerry has provided technical assistance to numerous EMS systems throughout the United States and to governments and agencies in Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, and Canada. He also designed an implementation plan for an Emergency Medical Transport program in Central Bosniaâ€”Herzegovina.
His EMS credentials are striking. He is on the governing board for the North American Association of Public Utility Models (NAPUM) and a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee for the Future of Emergency Care in the U. S. Health Care System. He is a past president of the American Ambulance Association. He is chief financial officer of the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine. He was selected as EMS Administrator of the Year in Missouri and Virginia. He serves on the editorial boards of two emergency peer review journals.
The Fire, Police, and Medical Priority Dispatch Systems are found in 3,000 communications centers around the world, including centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
On his appointment as IRHC Treasurer Jerry said " As a current IRHC Advisory Council Member, I am delighted to take up the challenge of supporting the goals of securing financial viability of the Institute of Remote HealthCare, to contribute to the ongoing expansion into a world class organisation representing the interests of Remote Healthcare Practirioners."