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It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of Dr. James H. Creel Jr. Dr. Creel was the father of Georgia EMS Region 1 EMS Systems. He was the first EMS Region 1 EMS Medical Director and the 16 county EMS Regional System was created in 1980 using the template of his design of the mini system in Dade, Walker and Catoosa counties. He oversaw the early regional development with the first EMS Regional Training Officer Bob Gammon, also from the tri-county area. As his first act, he personally toured the entire region visiting every licensed ambulance service. Dr. Creel created the medical control system in the region and integrated courses involving both emergency medicine physicians and EMS personnel. This brought about a trust bond which enabled the use of standing orders by EMS personnel. He conducted Advanced Trauma Life Support courses to train physicians in the treatment of severe trauma patients. He also was involved in ACLS, BTLS and other courses which continued to integrate EMS personnel, nurses and EMS personnel which created a team approach of all these professions. He represented the Region at the state level and pushed for the creation of the Emergency Medical Physician level. Anyone who has ever met Dr. Creel is immediately struck by his kindness and humility no matter what your level of licensure. His dream was to create and head a training program for Emergency Medicine physicians and he achieved his dream in Chattanooga. He was a lifelong fan of the Texas Longhorns which he shared with his friend Dr. Paul Nassour who passed away last year. They are now together again. My condolences are with his family, co-workers and friends in his passing.  We will post his funeral arrangements on this website and on the face book page.

David Loftin






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Dr. Creels arrangements

Sunday December 4th from 1pm to 5 pm will be visitation at Wann Funeral Home on Tennessee Ave.

Monday December 5th will be the funeral at 3 pm at St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church on E. 8th street.Following the funeral there will be a reception at the Mtn City Club.

Dr. Creel is being cremated. Please keep the Creel family in your thought and prayers during this hard time.

There will not be a procession for the funeral. However if a service wants to have an ambulance stand by at the funeral home, please let me know and I will set up times for each agency. The space is limited so I ask that one unit per service be available to stand by if desired

My contact is: John Combes
423 209-5005
423 240-0671

let John know if you will have a participating unit








Since notification will be sent from the Georgia Office of EMS and Trauma to personal e-mails, it is vitally important for each person to make certain the Georgia Office of EMS and Trauma has the correct e-mail address. The information can be updated at  . The deadline for re-licensure submission has changed to March 30, 2017 in order to align Georgia re-licensure with National Registry renewal.  You can print your license now at the above site before you submit re-licensure information. All cards will carry an expiration date of March 30, 2017 which are printed before you submit re-licensure for the next period. Print your card now and update your information.


Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016

Dr. Julio Lairet will be attending a U.S. House of Representatives committee meeting on HR4365 which has been renamed “Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016”. This resolution if passed will make the handling of controlled substances easier for Emergency Services.  HR 4365 was introduced by Representative Hudson on January 12, 2016 and would make the following changes for EMS:

1. Permit EMS agencies to have a DEA number instead of using their medical director DEA number

2. Permit EMS agencies to have a single DEA number instead of one for each location where drugs are stored

3. Permit EMS agencies to have standing orders for controlled substances issued by their medical director

4. Update the procedures for receipt, movement and storage of controlled substances

5. Change the requirement of the completion of form 222 whenever controlled substances are moved.

The same legislation was simultaneously introduced in the United State Senate to speed up the process of approval for the president’s signature.

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