Diana Fendya to Retire from the EMSC and Welcome Lisa Gray



Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Over the years the EMSC Community has worked together to ensure better emergency care for our most important citizens – OUR CHILDREN. Over the past 30 years our work has paid off; both prehospital and hospital communities are working together to ensure pediatric policies, procedures, education and quality improvement are available and addressing the unique needs of children. We have never done things alone – we have gained strength and momentum by extending the breadth and depth of EMSC through our many partners, state EMSC advisory committees, family advisory network representatives, individual communities and of course our EMSC family of state partnership, targeted issue, SPROC and PECARN grantees as well as HRSA leaders and colleagues and the numerous federal agencies that have been mindful that children are the future of our country.

I have been blessed to be part of the mission of EMSC for almost 30 years. I have treasured learning SO much from each of you and having numerous opportunities to share both your experiences, best practices and new knowledge to improve pediatric emergency care. I have been wowed by your incredible knowledge, willingness to share that knowledge and so honored to have worked with so many of you. Your passion for children has driven amazing improvements in the emergency care of children while being cognizant of the importance of families and caring for them as well. You have banned together to accomplish much but always aware that there is still more to be done; and so the mission continues. Though I cannot imagine EMSC not being part of my life, I am finding it is time to retire from this adventure and start another. My husband has been retired for several years as many know, and wanting more of my time to accompany him in new adventures while my 6 adorable grandchildren are demanding more “Hot Dog Thursdays” and special adventures with Grandma and Papa. Thus on Oct. 31st I will officially retire from the EMSC Program and the EIIC as the Trauma/Acute Care Specialist. To work with each of you and share your many successes has been a true honor. I thank you for taking me along for the ride, such a wonderful ride it has been. And though I will miss you each, please know that many of you will continue to hear from me; and I will hope to hear from you as well. Mostly, I will continue to look forward to your many successes. For your achievements, regardless how little or how great, our children, their parents and grandparents benefit – thank you for all you have done and your continued anticipated future accomplishments- Best, Diana

Though Diana will be starting new adventures with her family, she will continue to be available to the EIIC and EMSC as a consultant.

We are happy to announce that Lisa Gray, MHA, BSN, RN, CPN will be joining the EIIC as the new Trauma Project Specialist.

In addition to her consultant position with the EIIC, Lisa is the Director of Trauma Services at St.

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Vincent Evansville, an ACS Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center in Evansville, Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Southern Indiana. Prior to her leadership role in Trauma Services, Lisa was a staff nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for 15 years. Lisa has a passion for pediatric trauma care and is always looking forward to improvement and challenges and will bring valuable expertise to the EIIC.

Lisa is the Immediate Past President of the Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS). She has also been involved in EMSC/EIIC activities in the recent past. She currently serves as the PTS liaison to the Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative. Lisa has a special interest in pediatric trauma care in rural settings. She is actively involved in regional and state trauma system development as a member of the Indiana District 10 Trauma Executive Committee (D10TRAC), the Indiana Trauma Care Committee and the Indiana Trauma Network. She is also a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses and is past chair of the Pediatric Committee. She represented STN as a contributor on the EMSC Inter Facility Transfer Tool Kit for the Pediatric Patient. Lisa will be working with Diana as she transitions into her new role. Lisa can be contacted by email at lgraypedstrauma@gmail.com or on her mobile at 812-449-1509.

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