The goal of the Northwest Time Critical Care Collaborative is to support the performance improvement of emergency medical services (EMS) in rural areas and to reduce the time to definitive care. The four focus areas for EMS feedback and improvements are STEMI, Stroke, Trauma, and Sepsis. Collaborative members include rural EMS groups, Critical Access Hospitals, and tertiary care hospitals. This session will highlight progress and results to-date, challenges encountered, EMS improvements and lessons learned.

Tom Vanderwal

Executive Director, Greater Northwest EMS Region
Greater Northwest EMS Region

Tom has been Executive Director GNWEMS for 19 years, on the Rural Health Advisory Committee for 6 years, MN State Stroke Committee for 12 years, the MN EMSC Advisory Committee for 14 years, the ORHPC Flex Committee for 10 years, been a Certified Incident Command System training Instructor for 12 years, an EMT-B for 20 years at Wheaton Ambulance Service and the CFO/Asst Administrator Wheaton Community Hospital for 20 years.

Bill Sonterre, MIS

Strategic Account Executive
Stratis Health

Bill has provided health information technology senior leadership and consulting expertise for over 30 years. As Stratis Health Strategic Account Executive he is building strategic relationships and partnerships with healthcare organizations across the Midwest, leading recruitment of providers/healthcare organizations for many quality improvement programs. Regional Coordinator/Senior HIT Consultant for REACH Regional Extension Center engaging healthcare providers and providing field staff direction across Minnesota and North Dakota; REACH supported 6000 providers/125 hospitals with EHR implementations/achievement of meaningful use.