New state EMS leader appointed

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INDIANAPOLIS — Dr. Eric B. Yazel, current health officer in Clark County, has been appointed as the new chief medical director for Indiana EMS, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security announced.

Yazel brings to the role a history of public health experience, including leadership positions with health systems, hospitals, emergency medicine and more. As the Clark County health officer, Yazel has been recognized for his innovation as well as his success working through the local challenges presented during the height of COVID-19.

His first day at IDHS will be May 31.

Yazel is a graduate of Ball State University, Indiana University and the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Along with the Indiana EMS Section Director Kraig Kinney, the medical director will help guide laws and administrative rules governing the EMS system.

Dr. Yazel fills the vacancy created in early April left by the departure of Dr. Michael Kaufmann.

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