Healthcare Industry News: vascular access
News Release - June 5, 2007
Intraosseous Device Company Vidacare(R) Appoints Medical DirectorDr. Jullette Saussy Brings EMS Expertise to Executive Team
SAN ANTONIO--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Vidacare®, the leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of advanced intraosseous access technology for multiple diagnostic, monitoring and therapeutic applications, today announced the appointment of Jullette M. Saussy, M.D., as medical director.
Dr. Saussy will support Vidacare's professional services teams to help customers attain the full benefits of improved intraosseous vascular access in the pre-hospital and hospital markets. Additionally, her responsibilities will include peer-to-peer outreach, education and business development.
Dr. Saussy, a board-certified emergency physician, brings to the Vidacare team more than 12 years' experience directing Emergency Medical Systems. Since 2004, Dr. Saussy has served in multiple EMS leadership positions for the City of New Orleans, including serving as the director and medical director of EMS and medical director for the New Orleans Fire Department. She will continue to serve as EMS director for the City of New Orleans while undertaking her new responsibilities for Vidacare.
"We are very impressed with Dr. Saussy's experience and passion for advancing technology for Emergency Medical Systems and Emergency Departments. The strong relationships and outstanding reputation she has forged within the EMS and Emergency Medicine community speak to her extensive experience and dedication," said Philip W. Faris Jr., president and CEO of Vidacare. "She has served the city of New Orleans admirably in her various leadership roles, including the very challenging times during and after Hurricane Katrina, and brings with her a unique insight into the needs of emergency medical professionals."
Dr. Saussy is an assistant clinical professor of Medicine in the Section of Emergency Medicine at the Medical Center of Louisiana (formerly Charity Hospital), a Level I Trauma Center which, prior to Katrina, processed an average of over 300,000 visits per year. Dr. Saussy has also served as director of medical evacuation planning for the City of New Orleans since 2005, and has worked on MMRS strategic planning as well as the UASI strategic plan and is currently the ESF-8 lead for the City of New Orleans in line with the National Response Plan. She began her career as a nationally registered paramedic for the City of New Orleans prior to entering Medical School in 1990. She attended LSU Medical School in New Orleans and completed her pre- and post-graduate training at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. She has three teenage daughters and currently resides in New Orleans, LA.
About Vidacare Corporation
Vidacare® is the leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of advanced intraosseous (IO) access technology for multiple diagnostic, monitoring and therapeutic applications. The company's initial product line, the EZ-IO® product system by Vidacare, serves the emergent care industry as the world's only lithium-battery powered drill and patented needle set for gaining immediate vascular access when conventional IV access is difficult or impossible. Vidacare's suite of hematology/oncology products includes a power driver and specially-designed needle sets for bone marrow aspiration and biopsy. The OnControl® Aspiration System by Vidacare represents the first in this series of products and will be commercially available in June 2007. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Vidacare was founded in 2001 and owns the exclusive rights to innovative IO technologies developed at the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio. For more information, visit www.vidacare.com.
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