CLEARWATER, Fla. (December 1, 2014) – Paramedics Plus is pleased to announce that Mark Postma, vice president of Paramedics Plus and chief operating officer of Sunstar Paramedics, has been selected as President-Elect of the American Ambulance Association (AAA).
Postma will lead the national trade association for the ambulance services industry as president-elect in 2015 and as president in 2016. The association promotes health care policies, and provides research, education and communications programs for its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve. Members of the AAA serve more than 75 percent of the United States population with emergency and non-emergency care, and medical transportation services.
“I am excited and honored to be continuing my work with AAA as President-Elect,” said Postma. “I hope to work with the association on government regulations for EMS, and ambulance standards and design.”
Postma currently serves on the AAA Board of Directors, and previously served as co-chair of the organization’s Professional Standards Committee. In addition, he represents AAA on the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) as vice-chair of its Board of Directors and chairman of the CAAS Grant Committee.
“Mark brings valuable experience, knowledge and leadership to the position,” said Mike Hall, AAA incoming 2015 President and president and CEO of Nature Coast EMS. “His talents will serve our membership well as AAA leads our industry through the healthcare evolution.”
A Nationally Registered Paramedic since 1982, Postma has led Sunstar Paramedics since 2004, and gained additional responsibilities with a promotion to vice-president of Paramedics Plus in 2011. He holds an associate’s degree in paramedicine from Minnesota State University, bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in health care administration from St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois.
The election results were decided by a national vote among all AAA members and announced on Nov. 18 at the annual American Ambulance Association Conference and Tradeshow in Las Vegas.
About Sunstar Paramedics
Sunstar is the 911 ambulance transport service for Pinellas County residents, employing 550 local residents, and responding to approximately 500 calls a day. Highly awarded and accredited, Sunstar utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and software, and (along with parent company Paramedics Plus) is an innovator of the industry’s best practices. Sunstar’s people are heavily involved in Pinellas communities, focusing largely on public safety programs for the public and for schools, including the Stay Alert, Stay Alive public safety campaign aimed at keeping Pinellas County residents safe.
Sunstar Paramedics is also a recipient of the Florida Governor’s Sterling Award, the state’s most prestigious award recognizing “role models for organizational performance excellence.” More information is available at www.SunstarEMS.com.
About Paramedics Plus
Formed in 1998, Paramedics Plus is an EMS system management organization that offers staffing and leadership options for large-scale ambulance services. Headquartered in Tyler, Texas, where it works with the East Texas Medical Center, the company also operates Sunstar Paramedics in Pinellas County, Florida; Three Rivers Ambulance Authority in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Paramedics Plus in Alameda County, California. Paramedics Plus ambulance services are responsible for transporting more than 500,000 patients a year. More information is available at www.paramedicsplus.com.