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Deputy director's update
The EMS and Trauma Systems program has many new and exciting announcements to make. First we would like to welcome to the team the new pre-hospital all-hazards planner, Larry Torris. Please take a moment to read a bit about him.
 
We will also soon welcome many more members to our team including a committee support specialist, an EMS administrative specialist, an EMS licensing and compliance specialist, a professional standards representative, a Mobile Training Unit coordinator, and an EMS education coordinator.
 
With all those open positions, we must also take a moment to say goodbye to some very valued employees. Nancy Gillen has announced her retirement. Her last day will be May 31, 2013. Nancy has been with the EMS office for 28 years and has been a state employee for 31 years. We are sad to see her go, and she will be greatly missed in our EMS community. But we celebrate with her and wish her well in her new adventures.
 
Elizabeth Morgan has accepted a position with the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division’s Health Care Regulation and Quality Improvement Program after more than 12 years of service in the EMS and Trauma Systems Program. Laurel Conley has also accepted another opportunity and has moved onto the next chapter of her life. We wish Nancy, Elizabeth, and Laurel well and thank them for their service in EMS.
 
We are quickly approaching the end of the 2013 license renewal period, which means that it has been a busy period for the EMS and Trauma Systems office with approximately 10,000 license renewal applications being processed. If you believe you have completed your license renewal, and you have not yet received your license, please check our website electronic verification.
 
If you still show a 2013 expiration date, and you believe your license should have been renewed, please contact our office at 971-673-0520 to check the status. It is possible that your application is in an incomplete status and cannot be processed. We realize that license renewal is very important and have made it our top priority; with that, it is possible that some other processes may be slightly delayed during the months of April through June. We thank you for your patience.