Jeff Mincy started his two-year presidency of TEMSA at EMS EVOLUTION 2019. He serves as the director 0f Coryell Memorial Health EMS. TEMSA recently sat down with Jeff Mincy to learn more about his thoughts on the future of EMS in Texas.
TEMSA: Tell us about your background that led you to Coryell County.
Jeff Mincy: I started my career as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy and spent eight years on active duty with time in Japan, California, Florida, and South Texas.
When I transitioned to civilian life, I moved back home to Fort Bend County, Texas and worked EMS for the county. Climbing the career ladder took me to several places, including: Waller County EMS, Critical Air Medicine, Medcor, Scott & White EMS, and ultimately to Coryell Health as the EMS Chief.
Through the years I attended various leadership seminars and courses, including ASM, and eventually completed a BS in Healthcare Management at Texas Tech Health Science Center, where I am currently pursuing an MS in Healthcare Administration.
TEMSA: How have you seen EMS evolve in Texas over the years?
Jeff Mincy: EMS has changed dramatically over the 30 years in which I have been involved It has gone are my trusty LIFEPAK 5 and my hard case “747” med box. We have seen tremendous strides in clinical care as our industry entered into evidence-based medicine and started performing research. I remember cleaning our BVM before putting it back in service, and today we have fully functioning “hospital quality” ventilators in the field. Paramedic school used to be six months long at the local EMS, and today it is four semesters of college. We’ve come a long way towards recognizing that EMS is in the business of providing health care.
TEMSA: Where do you see EMS in Texas over the next five years?
Jeff Mincy: I think we will continue to see progress towards making our industry safer for both our personnel and our patients. Due to rapidly advancing technology, what will be common place in five years may not even exist today. I hope to see changes in how we are paid, which is contingent upon how we are viewed by the public, other health care professionals, and by our lawmakers.
I believe in five years we will be more cohesive as an industry. I believe we will continue to grow the number of agencies that recognize the importance of coming together to fight for our agencies, our employees, and ultimately for our patients through a unified voice.
TEMSA: Why is an organization like TEMSA important?
Jeff Mincy: TEMSA is important for several reasons. This organization provides an avenue to network with other EMS professionals and networking is one of the best ways to share ideas and experiences. TEMSA also provides exposure to the things that are important to all EMS agencies. It’s a one stop shop for all things EMS when it comes to staying informed of things that effect our industry. But most of all, TEMSA provides a unified voice to the agencies that govern our industry and lawmakers that govern them. This is why getting our friends and neighbors to join TEMSA is so important. We have a voice in Austin now, representing just 10 percent of the industry. How much more influence will we have when we represent 80 percent? When we go to legislators and say we represent the EMS industry, we need to have members in that legislator’s home district. The ability to influence law makers grows exponentially when there is a name and a face from home represented.