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Medical Program Director (MPD)

All pre-hospital personnel are required to work under the protocols of an oversight physician.  Most often, that physician oversees personnel in a whole county.  The Medical Program Director (MPD) for Cowlitz County is Dr. Marc Kranz.  Dr. Kranz currently works in the Emergency Department of the local hospital, St. John Medical Center.  He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.

St. John Medical Center Emergency Department is designated as Cowlitz County's "Medical Control" for clarification of orders, patient dispositions, cases of disparity between pre-hospital guidelines and other physician wishes, medical and controlled substance information and direction and other extraordinary situations that may arise during patient care.  Telephone contact may be established with any physician working in the Emergency Department at that time.  This form of direction is referred to as "on line medical control".

The MPD meets twice a month with paramedics in Cowlitz County to review cases and to present an education topic.  The MPD also conducts a surgical skills lab annually for paramedic and EMT-IV technician participation.

Dr. Kranz has an assistant to process paperwork, set up continuing education and clarify issues between EMS personnel.  His assistant is Ron Stewart, EMT-P.

To Contact the MPD's Office:
Cowlitz County Medical Program Director
1105 D 15th Ave #411
Longview WA 98632
360.414.7569 (phone)
360.414.7834 (fax)

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