LARGO, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2018) – PatientCare Logistics Solutions is pleased to announce that executives Rob Lawrence and John Peterson have been appointed to the American Ambulance Association’s (AAA) Board of Directors and Ethics Committee, respectively. PatientCare vice president Mark Postma has also transitioned to Immediate Past President of the Association.
The AAA is a national trade association that represents hundreds of ambulance services across the country. The association serves as the voice for the ambulance services industry and promotes health care policies, and provides research, education and communications programs for its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.
Rob Lawrence, PatientCare’s chief operating officer for its operation in Alameda County, California, has been appointed to the AAA Board of Directors as Alternate Director of Region 5. As the Alternate Director of Region 5, Lawrence will help lead the Association in most areas west of Colorado, and assist with the continued effort to create a key cost report to demonstrate the work and value of emergency medical services (EMS).
Lawrence is also serving as the Chairman of the Communications Committee. He will oversee communications strategies for the Association and increase the effort to share patient success stories from EMS agencies around the country. Lawrence is a member of the Active Response Task Force, which responds to national and international media requests about the EMS industry.
John Peterson, chief operating officer for Sunstar Paramedics, PatientCare’s operation in Pinellas County, Florida, has been elected to the Ethics Committee. As a part of the Ethics Committee, Peterson will help promote the association’s ethical standards, and assist in developing and distributing educational materials about improvements in patient care, service delivery and system design.
Peterson is also serving on the Bylaws and Professional Standards Committees. As a member of the Bylaws Committee, Peterson will help ensure the integrity of the association’s bylaws by reviewing and making appropriate recommendations for revisions.
“PatientCare believes in advancing the profession through involvement in industry associations, like AAA,” said Ron Schwartz, president of PatientCare. “Rob and John’s experience in EMS help them to be voices for the EMS industry as it continues to evolve.”
Mark Postma, vice president of PatientCare, concluded his term as AAA President and transitioned to the leadership role of Immediate Past President. As Immediate Past President, he will help the transitioning process of the new President. During his term, Postma helped pass legislation around Medicare Extenders, which continued to allow ambulances reach citizens through Medicare, and built a “rainy day fund” for the association. Additionally, during Postma’s two years as President, the association added 125 new members.
The election results were decided by AAA members and announced at the annual American Ambulance Association Conference and Tradeshow in Las Vegas.
PatientCare Logistics Solutions is a leading provider of ground-based 911 emergency ambulance services and other critical health care transportation logistics solutions. Headquartered in Tyler, Texas, the company operates growing partnerships with representative customers in Florida, Indiana, California, South Dakota, Mississippi and Texas. PatientCare is committed to providing the highest quality of care for each and every patient served and is responsible for transporting more than 350,000 patients annually.