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Pinnacle 2006 Conference will Address Critical Issues Facing EMS Leadership

Top EMS Leaders to Converge in Exclusive Forum

PLATTE CITY, Mos.—Fitch & Associates, in association with The Coalition of Advanced Emergency Medical Systems (CAEMS) and Sunstar Emergency Medical Services, announces the Pinnacle 2006 EMS Leadership Conference, to be held July 31 through August 2, 2006 at the Don CeSar Beach Resort at St. Pete Beach in Pinellas County, Florida. The first exclusive management forum designed to address the most important issues facing EMS leadership, Pinnacle uses case studies and examples to showcase real-world solutions.

“EMS systems are bending—and in some cases breaking—under the strain of rising costs, reduced subsidies and increasing service expectations,” said Pinnacle program chair Jay Fitch, PhD. “Pinnacle will allow EMS leaders to explore advanced business and operational practices, network with people at the leading edge of the profession, and learn real-world strategies they can put to use right away,” he added.

As a special event, Pinnacle 2006 will bring together, for the first time in public, two nationally recognized EMS authors and educators, Bryan Bledsoe, DO, and Mike Taigman, to debate their famously opposing positions on the effectiveness of System Status Management (SSM) to reduce response times and improve patient care.

The symposium offers specialized tracks for executives, communications/operations, and special interest topics. A tour of Pinellas County’s Sunstar EMS center provides a real-world example of the successful implementation of the most sophisticated technology and processes to effectively provide advanced life support service to Florida’s most densely populated county.

In addition to its prestigious faculty, Pinnacle is expected to attract many of the nation’s top EMS leaders, representing public and private systems across the country.

For further information about Pinnacle 2006, visit or call 816-431-2600.

About Fitch & Associates
Fitch & Associates is the leading consulting firm in EMS/public safety, with service unequaled in depth and breadth. Since 1984, the firm has served clients worldwide, including hospitals, state and local governments, fire departments, public and private ambulance services, and volunteer systems. Visit for more information.

About Sunstar
Sunstar is the trade name for the Pinellas County, Florida all-paramedic ambulance and emergency response service. As the sole ambulance provider for the county, it operates as a public utility model under the Pinellas County EMS Authority. The award-winning service is one of the largest multi-jurisdictional EMS systems in the country. Find out more at

About The Coalition of Advanced Emergency Medical Systems
The Coalition of Advanced Emergency Medical Systems (CAEMS) is a professional association of preeminent emergency healthcare providers. Member organizations are high-performance systems that employ business practices from both the public and private sectors. Visit for further information.