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Jerry Overton Installed as President of the American Ambulance Association; First Director of a Public Ambulance System to Lead this Organization.

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RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 27, 2002

Jerry Overton, executive director of the Richmond Ambulance Authority, was installed as president of the American Ambulance Association (AAA) in Indianapolis today, making him the first director of a public ambulance system to hold this position.

Overton will serve a 2-year term and focus on humanitarian efforts both here in the United States and abroad.

"The American Ambulance Association has done a superb job over the years in helping ambulance organizations here in the United States improve pre-hospital care," said Overton. "As president of the AAA, I am committed to extending this effort on an international level. We have a responsibility to fellow humans throughout the world and will escalate our humanitarian efforts through education and donations. Any equipment that exceeds its useful life here, such as ambulances and medical supplies, would be a godsend to many other countries. I look forward to the challenges of this role and am eager and honored to serve."

Founded in 1979, the American Ambulance Association is comprised of 834 ambulance operation members across the United States that provide emergency and non-emergency medical transportation services to more than 95 percent of the country's urban population. The organization promotes health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provides research, education and communications programs to enable members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve.

"Jerry Overton was elected president of the American Ambulance Association because of his years of expertise in EMS, his vision and exemplary leadership skills," said Maria Bianchi, executive vice president of the American Ambulance Association. "He will lead the AAA using the same qualities he uses to lead the Richmond Ambulance Authority - extraordinary management skills, creativity and passion."

Overton serves as the executive director of the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA), Richmond, Virginia, and is responsible for the overall supervision of the Richmond Emergency Medical System. His duties extend to planning and administering the high performance EMS system design, negotiating and implementing high performance provider contracts, maximizing fee for service revenues while minimizing governmental subsidies, developing quality patient care protocols, and the implementation of innovative equipment and treatment modalities. Mr. Overton was previously the Executive Director of the Kansas City, Missouri, EMS system. In addition, he has provided technical assistance to numerous Emergency Medical Services systems throughout the United States and to governments and agencies in Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, and Canada. He also designed an implementation plan for an Emergency Medical Transport program in Central Bosnia - Hercegovina. Mr. Overton is a faculty member of the Emergency Medical Department of the Medical College of Virginia and the National EMS Medical Directors Course, National Association of EMS Physicians. He serves on the Board of Directors of the North American Association of Public Utility Models and is also a member of the College of Fellows of the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch.

About Richmond Ambulance Authority:

Richmond Ambulance Authority's response times are among the fastest in the nation with an emergency response time of 8 minutes, 59 seconds or less 90 percent of the time, assuring that all citizens are equitably served. In 1994, RAA became the first ambulance service on the East Coast to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and in 2000, was awarded another three-year accreditation. In 2001, RAA's Communications Center was named an "Accredited Center of Excellence" (ACE) by the National Academy of Emergency Dispatch making the Authority one of only four ambulance services in the world to hold both the CAAS and ACE designations.

For additional information on the Richmond Ambulance Authority, please visit http://www.raaems.org.
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