UC Irvine physician, nurse appointed to Orange County EMS quality board

Dr. Christopher E. McCoy, Christy Carroll will serve two-year terms

November 04, 2010

A UC Irvine physician and nurse will join the Orange County Emergency Medical Services Quality Assurance Board, which monitors and studies how to enhance the level of care provided by the county’s EMS system.

Dr. Christopher E. McCoy, assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine, and Christy Carroll, trauma injury prevention coordinator, were among eight people recently appointed to two-year terms by county supervisors.

“The EMS Quality Assurance Board is extremely important to the operation of the county’s emergency medical system,” said Laurent Repass, EMS coordinator for the agency. “It takes a specialized group of people to help evaluate and recommend ways to improve our system and better serve the county.”

Orange County EMS oversees pre-hospital and emergency medical care administered by ambulances, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and hospital emergency departments.

“Dr. McCoy has expertise in pre-hospital care, having completed a fellowship in emergency medical services and disaster medicine, with a master’s in public health from UCLA,” said Dr. Mark I. Langdorf, chair of the UC Irvine Department of Emergency Medicine. “He’s the ideal physician to serve in this capacity.”

“Christy Carroll has expertise in emergency nursing, pre-hospital care and quality risk management,” said UC Irvine Trauma Program Manager Stephanie Lush. “In her current role as trauma injury prevention coordinator, she is dedicated to increasing the public’s awareness of such injuries.”

UC Irvine Medical Center’s emergency department and trauma center are among the busiest in Orange County. The latter is the county’s only top-level center and treats about half of its most critical cases each year. UCI was also the county’s first Joint Commission-certified stroke center and one of the county’s first Stroke-Neurology Receiving Centers.

About UC Irvine Medical Center: Orange County’s only university hospital, UC Irvine Medical Center offers acute- and general-care services at its new 482,000-square-foot UC Irvine Douglas Hospital and is home to the county’s only Level I trauma center, American College of Surgeons-verified regional burn center and National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. U.S. News & World Report has included UC Irvine for 10 consecutive years on its list of America’s Best Hospitals, giving special recognition to its urology, gynecology, and ear, nose & throat programs.