Who We Are

The Maryland Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System is a coordinated statewide network that includes volunteer and career EMS clinicians, medical and nursing personnel, communications, transportation systems, trauma and specialty care centers and emergency departments.

The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) oversees and coordinates all components of the statewide EMS system in accordance with Maryland statute and regulation. This includes planning, operations, evaluation, and research. MIEMSS provides leadership and medical direction, conducts and supports EMS educational programs, operates and maintains a statewide communications system, designates trauma and specialty centers, licenses and regulates commercial ambulance services, and participates in EMS-related public education and prevention programs.

The Leadership

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Theodore R. Delbridge, MD, MPH
Executive Director



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Randy Linthicum, MS
Deputy Director 

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Timothy P. Chizmar, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
State EMS Medical Director

Director, Office of Clinician Services

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Kenny Barajas, DNP, CEN
Chief, Office of Care Integration

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Rich Berg
Director, Communications Engineering

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Doug Floccare, MD, MPH
Aero Medical Director

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Scott Legore
Director, State office of Ambulance Licensing and Regulations

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Cyndy Wright-Johnson
Director, Office of EMS for Children

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William Thompson, PhD
Director, Data Analysis and Information Management

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Chris Bechtel, MS
Director, Information Technology and Systems Management

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Todd Abramovitz, MS
Director, Media Services and Public Information

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Lisa Chervon
Director, Office of Integrity

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Kelly Hammond, CPA
Chief Administrative Officer

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Claire Pierson
Assistant Attorney General

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Adam Malizio
Assistant Attorney General

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Patricia Gainer, JD, MPA
Government Affairs

Our Mission, Vision, and Goals

The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) provides the executive support for the EMS Board in reviewing and approving the budgets for agencies receiving funds from the EMS Operations Fund, developing and promulgating regulations and protocols, proposing EMS system legislation, licensing/certifying and disciplining EMS clinicians, and conducting other EMS Board business. MIEMSS also provides the administrative and staff support for the Statewide EMS Advisory Council (SEMSAC) and five EMS regional councils.


Consistent with Maryland law and guided by the EMS Plan, to provide the resources (communications, infrastructure, grants, and training), leadership (vision, expertise, and coordination), and oversight (medical, regulatory, and administrative) necessary for Maryland’s statewide emergency medical services (EMS) system to function optimally and to provide effective care to patients by reducing preventable deaths, disability, and discomfort.


To be a state EMS system acknowledged as a leader for providing the highest quality patient care and that is sought out to help other EMS systems attain the same level of quality care.

Key Goals

To meet our vision, MIEMSS works to Ensure EMS clinicians are optimally prepared and qualified for the care they are called upon to provide; Ensure all aspects of the EMS system benefit from qualified EMS medical direction; Ensure Maryland EMS educational programs meet the needs of EMS clinicians and the patients they serve; Ensure EMS clinical care reflects best practices, statewide; Develop systems of care appropriate for the emergency conditions encountered by Marylanders; Ensure that EMS is considered part of the continuum of health care; Develop and maintain EMS communications systems that are integrated and interoperable; Support implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1; Ensure the Maryland EMS Operations Fund is a sustainable source of support for system infrastructure; and Ensure that evaluation is part of the EMS culture at all levels.

Vision 2030

The goals and objectives of the statewide EMS system are found in the statewide Maryland EMS Plan, Vision 2030 Plan

Annual Report

The goals and objectives for 2022-23 that align to the EMS Plan can be found in the MIEMSS Annual Report

EMS Protocols

The MD Medical Protocols for Emergency Medical Services Clinicans. These are the Protocols for EMS, effective July 1, 2023.

RegionsMaryland’s EMS system is composed of five regions. Each region has a Regional EMS Advisory Council responsible for and defined by regulation. Each council meeting covers a range of topics, including grants, training, EMS policies and protocols, legislation, and communications. Input from each Regional EMS Advisory Council is provided to the Statewide EMS Advisory Council for recommendation to the EMS Board. MIEMSS’ regional coordinators support the councils, facilitate communication, and address regional EMS issues.


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