Governor Bobby Jindal Announces the Appointment of Michael "Mickey” Hopkins to the Louisiana Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Michael "Mickey” Hopkins to the Louisiana Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission.
The Louisiana Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Certification Commission serves to identify, define and implement the appropriate functions and authorize pre-certification and post-certification training programs for emergency medical personnel.
According to the statute, the commission is comprised of nine voting members and one non-voting member, all appointed by the governor. The non-voting member must be a registered nurse and state-certified paramedic and is appointed from nominations submitted by the Louisiana State Nurses Association on recommendation from the Louisiana Emergency Nurses Association. The remaining nine voting members, selected from nominations from the EMS task force, which is comprised of individuals appointed by the assistant secretary of the Office of Public Health, include the following:
· One emergency medical services administrator representing the private sector;
· One emergency medical services administrator representing the public sector;
· Two certified emergency medical technician-paramedics and one emergency medical technician-basic (all must be certified as EMS instructors and at least one must be a full-time employee of a fire department);
· One physician from The American College of Emergency Physicians;
· One physician from The American College of Surgeons;
· One physician from Louisiana State Medical Society;
· One Physician from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Michael "Mickey” Hopkins, of Gonzales, is the EMS chief at the Gonzales Fire Department. Hopkins will serve as a certified emergency medical technician-paramedic, as required by statute.