Cathy E. Vacirca

Ms. Vacirca is the owner and President of Health-Bridge Associates, LLC, an EMS/Medical Transportation education & consulting firm. She works with hospital, municipal, volunteer & proprietary agencies providing services to improve the quality of clinical, administrative and operational components of their organizations.

Prior to establishing Health-Bridge Associates, Ms. Vacirca held several EMS management positions. For 12 years she served as the Deputy Director for McCabe Ambulance Service, the 911 provider for the City of Bayonne. Subsequently, she held the position of Northern New Jersey Director of Operations for American Medical Response, with oversight responsibilities for five operational sites and more than 230 personnel. Strategic planning, employee development, establishing and implementing policy, creating operational and administrative key performance indicators, monitoring regulatory mandates, initiating and evaluating contractual agreements, and developing community partnerships to promote health and safety were also included in her leadership obligations.

During Ms. Vacirca's nearly 30 years of experience in EMS, she has had the opportunity to participate in many facets of the industry. She has an extensive background in EMS education and holds severl instructor credentials. A focus of Health-Bridge Associates is to provide supervisory education specifically tailored to the EMS/medical transportation community. Ms. Vacirca has also coordinated EMT programs, and currently serves as faculty for the NJ American Heart Association and represents the EMS community on their Emergency management topics at both state and national conferences. In 1998, some of her work and research was presented at the 3rd National EMS Conference in Poland: "Management & Financing of an Integrated EMS System."

Ms. Vacirca holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Literature (honors) from Ramapo College, and an MPA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. During her studies at FDU, she was admitted to Pi Alpha Alpha, Public Administration honor society.

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