Emergency Medical Services for Children

  • The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program at MIEMSS addresses the unique needs of children within the EMS system, providing a focal point for statewide resources and networking on emergency care for children and their families.
  • The EMSC Program is responsible for the development of statewide guidelines and resources for pediatric care, review of pediatric emergency care and facility regulations, coordination of pediatric education programs, collaboration with other agencies and organizations focused on childhood health, and illness and injury prevention.
  • The EMSC Program coordinates the state Pediatric Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (PEMAC), the state Pediatric Quality Improvement Committee, and the five Regional Pediatric EMS Advisory Committees.
  • The EMSC Program in Maryland is integrated into all levels of EMS Services at the local, regional, and state levels and includes: Pediatric Education; Prevention Initiatives; Specialty Care Facility Designation; Pediatric Base Stations and Medical Consultation; and Quality Management.
  • With the belief that the EMSC Program is an integrated part of the overall statewide EMS System, both pediatric equipment standards and pediatric protocols are included in the state Volunteer Ambulance Inspection Program, the Statewide Maryland Medical Protocols for EMTB and ALS providers, and the Interhospital Transfer Guidelines.
  • Federal EMSC grants are coordinated through the Maryland EMSC program office involving statewide projects, specialized targeted issues projects, and research initiatives at academic universities.

Mission Statement

The EMSC program’s mission, consistent with the MIEMSS leadership mission, is to provide the leadership, direction, expertise, and coordination of resources that focus on the unique needs of children and their families in a manner that facilitates the efficient and effective delivery of out of hospital, hospital, and restorative care throughout the state.  These resources include injury and illness prevention, clinical protocols, standards of care and facility regulations, quality improvement initiatives, interagency collaboration, and initial and continuing education for providers across the continuum of care that will promote the health and well-being of children in Maryland.

EMSC Program Staff

Cynthia Wright-Johnson, MSN RNC
Program Director for Maryland EMSC
Email: cwright@miemss.org

Joseph L. Wright, MD MPH
Associate State EMS Medical Director for Pediatrics
Liaison for State and National Programs
Email: jwright@miemss.org

Allen Walker, MD MBA
Associate State EMS Medical Director for Pediatrics 
Liaison for Regional and Local Programs
Email: awalker@miemss.org

Susanne Ogaitis-Jones, MSPH, CHES
CPS & OP Health Care Project Coordinator
Email: sogaitisjones@miemss.org or cps@miemss.org

Danielle Joy, MS, NREMT-P
EMSC Education Specialist
Email: djoy@miemss.org

Susan Catterton
EMSC Administrative Coordinator
Email: scattert@miemss.org