Hall CCT CAMTS Re-Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) has announced that
Hall Critical Care Transport has successfully completed its second re-accreditation for its air ambulance and ground medical transportation programs.

CAMTS is a peer review organization dedicated to improving patient care and transport safety by providing a dynamic accreditation process through the development of standards, education, and services that support their vision. The recognition demonstrates substantial compliance in the areas of ethical business practices, being patient and safety focused, continuous quality improvement, an honest self-assessment, and transparency in the accreditation process.

The announcement was made after the successful completion of a rigorous three-part review process including a self-inspection, review of documentation by the CAMTS inspection team, and site surveyors who visited Hall CCT where they interviewed key personnel and staff and inspected MEDEVAC 1 and ground unit 460 to ensure the equipment and supplies carried on-board meets or exceeds accreditation standards.

Achieving its second re-accreditation by CAMTS validates the high-quality interfacility transport solutions delivered by Hall CCT, its medical providers, and support staff.  “Congratulations to our paramedics, RNs, and EMTs; as well as, the pilots and mechanics who ensure the safe operations of MEDEVAC 1 through our alliance with Air Methods,  who are committed to this program,” said
Lavonne C. Hall, president and CEO of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc.  “Your accomplishment reinforces the ideals introduced by my late husband and founder of Care, Compassion, and Community.”

“I am proud of the team for their dedication to quality patient care and safety over the last three years,” said Chris Leone, program manager of Hall CCT.  “This reaccreditation process proves once again that the staff of Hall Critical Care Transport continue to strive to achieve the highest standards in the industry. Congratulations to each and every one of them for their ongoing commitment.”

Hall CCT first achieved accreditation in April 2013, when it became the eighth air medical transportation provider and first ground CCT provider in California to be recognized by CAMTS.  As of April 13, 2019, 158 accredited services are operating in the United States.

Centrally located in California with its base of operations in Bakersfield, Hall CCT offers ground and air interfacility transport solutions providing a continuum of care in sync with our healthcare partners.

MEDEVAC 1 is owned and operated by Air Methods Corporation.

Post 26 Opens in Lost Hills

Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. announced today that it has opened a new station in the western Kern County community of Lost Hills.

The strategic placement of the new station is aimed at improving response times to requests for medical aid to residents of Lost Hills and other rural communities west of Wasco; as well as, motorists traveling along State Route 46, a popular route connecting the San Joaquin Valley to the Central Coast, and the heavily traveled Interstate 5 thoroughfare.

Hall Ambulance Post 26, located at 14865 Woodward Avenue is being staffed 24/7 with an advanced life support ambulance crew consisting of a paramedic and an emergency medical technician.

Hall Ambulance began providing service to the Wasco and Lost Hills area in April 2014.  “We are excited to be deepening our roots in the Lost Hills community with our new ambulance station and the EMS professionals assigned to Post 26,” said Lavonne C. Hall, president and CEO.  “Our Company was built on the ideals of Care, Compassion, and Community, and we look forward to providing this enhanced level of service to the area.”

Plans for an open house and community celebration at the new ambulance station are underway for later this spring.

Established in February 1971 by Founder Harvey L. Hall, Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. is the 9-1-1 paramedic provider for 88% of Kern County, California’s population.

Public Notice: CAMTS Site Visit


The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems will conduct an accreditation site visit of:

Hall Critical Care Transport on March 19-20, 2019.

The purpose of the site visit will be to evaluate the program’s compliance with nationally established medical transport standards. The site visit results will be used to determine whether, and the conditions under which, accreditation should be awarded to the program.

CAMTS accreditation standards deal with issues of patient care and safety of the transport environment. Anyone believing that he or she has pertinent or valid information about such matters may request a public information interview with the CAMTS site surveyors at the time of the site visit. Information presented at the interview will be carefully evaluated for relevance to the accreditation process. Requests for public information interviews must be made in writing and sent to CAMTS no later than 10 business days before the site survey begins. The request should also indicate the nature of the information to be provided during the interview. Such request should be addressed to:

Office of the Executive Director
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
PO Box 130
Sandy Springs, SC 29677

The Commission will acknowledge such written requests in writing or by telephone and will inform the program of the request for an interview. The Commission will, in turn, notify the interviewee of the date, time and place of the meeting.

This notice is posted in accordance with CAMTS requirements and shall not be removed until the site visit is completed.

Date Posted: February 11, 2019

CSUB Announces Harvey L. Hall Family Plaza

California State University, Bakersfield President Dr. Lynnette Zelezny announced plans on January 5  for the Harvey L. Hall Family Plaza located on the concourse of the Icardo Center.

This project will further enhance the campus’ aesthetics and will provide a more inviting gathering place for students and Roadrunner fans attending Athletics and University events at the venue.

The announcement came during halftime festivities of the Saturday night’s CSUB men’s basketball game that celebrated the birthday of Bakersfield’s 25th Mayor and noted California emergency medical services pioneer, who passed earlier this year from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

A generous, undisclosed gift from the Hall Family has made the facilities improvement possible and the project is expected to be completed prior to CSUB finalizing its move to the Big West Conference in summer of 2020.

The Harvey L. Hall Family Plaza will be symbolic of the relationship between Hall and the University, which dates back to the early 1970s when he founded Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. and began providing standby ambulance service at each of the school’s home athletic contests. That relationship has only deepened over the past 47 years.

“Harvey was so passionate about CSUB and the educational experience it provided for the student-athletes to succeed,” Lavonne C. Hall said of her late husband.  “Our family has a lot of good memories of attending Roadrunner games and this project will give his name a permanent place on the campus.”

“Harvey Hall was dedicated to Kern County, to Bakersfield, and to CSUB,” said CSU Bakersfield President Lynnette Zelezny.  “He, his wonderful wife Lavonne and the rest of his family loved to support CSUB athletics, so it is only fitting that the Hall family will now have a permanent tribute at the entrance to the Icardo Center.  Their transformational gift will enable CSUB to continue to be outstanding in service to our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community.”

The open space will feature a two-tone brick walkway that will be highlighted by a bronze Roadrunner monument near the south side parking lot.  Park benches, trees, and landscape will complete the renovation.  Harvey L. Hall Plaza signage will be prominently displayed on the monument as well as on the exterior of the Icardo Room building.

Avid Roadrunner Basketball fans, the Hall Family could always be seen courtside during home games and enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas each year for the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) tournament donning their blue and gold apparel, including Hall’s custom CSUB leather jacket.

“Harvey was good friends with the coaches and enjoyed one on one time with the athletes and having conversations with them,” Hall said.

“I want to thank Lavonne, Amy, and the entire Hall family for their transformational gift,” said Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried, Director of Athletics at CSUB. “The Harvey L. Hall Family Plaza will be an inviting area where memories will be made for many years to come. Mayor Hall is truly missed by all of us, but his memory will live on for many years to come on the campus of CSU Bakersfield. It is a great time to be a `Runner!”

Hall is credited with playing a key role in the athletics department’s move from NCAA Division II to Division I status, which was realized in 2007. During Hall Ambulance’s 45th anniversary in 2016, Hall and his wife donated eight automated external defibrillators to CSUB Athletics, one for each of the department’s eight sports facilities.

His relationship with the University and higher education extended beyond athletics as evidenced by Hall donating his salary as Mayor to award more than $250,000 to nearly 300 community college and CSUB students.

CSUB has recognized Hall’s accomplishments and impact on the Bakersfield community on more than one occasion.  In 2010, the CSUB School of Business and Public Administration Executive Advisory Council honored then-Mayor Hall with the prestigious John Brock Community Service Award for his strong record of exemplary community engagement and service.

In 2014, CSUB President Horace Mitchell presented Mayor Hall with the CSUB President’s Award for his leadership, commitment, and service to the University and the community; and, in 2017, President Mitchell conferred upon Hall an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his lifetime of selfless service, leadership, philanthropy, and distinguished achievements.

CA EMSA Honors Boron Crews

A Hall Ambulance Paramedic and EMT serving the desert community of Boron, were among 33 EMS workers honored by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) yesterday at the Marine’s Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco.

Paramedic Ken Sexton and EMT Donnie Self were recognized with a Community Service Award for spearheading what has become an annual tradition—the Boron Senior Center BBQ, which is looked forward to by the locals while raising funds to support the facility. This year’s event marked the tenth year of the BBQ fundraiser, and the biggest yet according to Charlene Sims, manager of the non-profit.

“I am deeply touched by the efforts of our paramedics and EMTs serving Boron and their dedication to this annual event which supports this community asset,” said Lavonne C. Hall, president, and CEO of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. “Their actions further the concept of Care, Compassion, and Community that was introduced by my late husband, Harvey L. Hall, the founder of Hall Ambulance.”

The relationship between the EMS crews and the senior center dates back to 1994 when Hall Ambulance began providing service to Boron through an agreement with the Muroc Healthcare District. Seniors make up approximately 1/3 of the community’s population, and the center provides these golden-agers with the opportunity for social interaction and activities to keep them involved.

From early on, the ambulance crews were invited to stop by and enjoy lunch in appreciation of the emergency medical services they provide to the community. In return, the ambulance personnel started providing complimentary blood pressure checks during the program’s hot lunch meals served on Thursdays. On more than one occasion, their good deeds have resulted in detecting a health-related concern for one of the members. “We have actually found medical issues during the blood pressure checks that required transport to the emergency room,” Paramedic Sexton said.

Wanting to give back, Paramedic Sexton and EMT Self decided to start an annual BBQ hosted by the ambulance crews assigned to Post 17 in Boron. Their grassroots efforts are completely planned, coordinated, and organized by these community servants, who graciously donate enough money each year to cover the cost of the food so all of the proceeds can go back to the senior center.

The impact of this community engagement project has been very beneficial for all involved. Not only does the Boron Senior Center benefit from the annual BBQ fundraiser, but the senior citizens and the Paramedics and EMTs have also developed very strong friendships which are mutually beneficial. “We started the BBQ for the seniors to give back to them,” Sexton said, “They are in their golden years and deserve to be respected.”

In addition to the recognition Sexton and Self received for this project, Paramedic Field Supervisors Steve Prater, Mike Zapiain, and Scott Morgan; Relief Supervisor James Metzger, and EMT Manuel Martinez will be honored locally with a Certificate of Commendation from the Emergency Medical Services Authority for their participation in the Boron Senior Center BBQ.

In a news release from the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, Director Dr. Howard Backer stated, “These men and women epitomize the spirit of caring and commitment to quality healthcare that embodies these awards. They deserve official recognition for their contribution in making California’s EMS system one of the best in the world.”

Hall Earns Accolades from CAA

Hall Ambulance’s founder and two Company programs received statewide recognition by the California Ambulance Association (CAA) during its 70th Annual Convention this week at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Resort.

On behalf of the CAA’s Board of Directors, Ross Elliott, executive director, posthumously conferred Emeritus Recognition upon Harvey L. Hall for his distinctive service to the science & art of ambulance services.   Considered a pioneer of modern EMS in California, Hall dedicated 58 of his 77 years of life to professionalizing the ambulance industry, in part, through his involvement in the CAA, which represents providers of emergency and non-emergency medically necessary transportation services throughout the State of California.

Accepting the honor was his widow, Lavonne C. Hall who serves as President & CEO of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc.  During her remarks, she expressed her appreciation to the numerous CAA member companies who drove hundreds of miles to be a part of the honorary procession that was held as part of the Community Celebration to Honor the Life of Harvey L. Hall on June 2 in Bakersfield, and to those ambulance services who provided mutual aid coverage so that Hall Paramedics and EMTs could attend the service.

Hall Ambulance was also the beneficiary of two awards for the CAA’s inaugural California Ambulance Association Service Excellence (CAASE) Awards.  The program recognizes excellence, resourcefulness, and ground-breaking ideas being implemented by California ambulance operators and showcase the best practices of the ambulance business in the state.

A panel of independent judges reviewed all of the submissions and scored the programs.

Hall Ambulance was honored in the Community Impact category for its Siren the Rescue Dog program.  Patterned after the Hall family’s pet St. Bernard’s, “Siren” and “Rescue” the mascot has become a local celebrity of sorts at community events such as the CSUB Basketball Mascot Dance-Off.  The program was expanded with the creation of a smaller plush version of Siren which the paramedics, EMTs, and RNs give to the children they transport as a means of bringing comfort during a difficult time.

The CAA recognized Hall Ambulance with a second CAASE Award in the Employee Programs category for its Annual Employee Recognition Awards.  Such recognition is a hallmark of the culture at Hall Ambulance established early on by its founder, Harvey L. Hall.  The purpose of the program is to honor those employees who achieve performance excellence in their respective division.  Secondarily, the celebration helps to inspire other employees who can see firsthand what their coworkers have achieved.  Over the course of two days, 114 awards across 34 categories are bestowed and over $12,000 in monetary gifts are awarded.

Established in 1971, Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. is the 9-1-1 paramedic provider serving 88% of Kern County, California’s population.

Strides4CJD In Memory of HLH

On Sunday, October 7, supporters of those affected by Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) will gather at Lake Ming in Bakersfield for Strides for CJD  in memory of Bakersfield’s 25th Mayor Harvey L. Hall.  The event will feature a 2-mile leisure walk and 5K run/walk.

Strides 4 CJD will allow supporters to pay tribute to Mayor Hall and others affected by CJD and to raise awareness of this rare neurodegenerative disease that has no treatment or cure. Hall became suddenly ill in April of this year and in a few short weeks, on May 19, he succumbed to what was diagnosed as the sporadic form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

CJD is caused by “prions,” proteins that can misfold in the brain, with devastating effects, including rapid mental and physical deterioration.  CJD is the most common of the “prion diseases.”  Prion diseases are invariably fatal.

“We expect more than 2,000 people around the U.S. to participate, including many in Bakersfield,” said Debbie Yobs, CJD Foundation President.  “The funds raised will provide vital assistance for our family support, medical education, and research programs.  Participants in Strides for CJD also raise awareness of prion diseases like CJD in their communities and through social media,” she added.

Adult registration is $30 and $20 for children until September 14.  To register, visit www.Strides4CJD.com and scroll down to the Bakersfield event or follow this link: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/team/822576.  Participants can walk in memory of Mayor Hall or create their own team to honor a loved one impacted by CJD.  Registration includes a BBQ lunch, event t-shirt, wrist band, and commemorative event medal.  The registration table opens at 9 a.m. with a 2-mile leisure walk starting at 10 a.m. followed by a 5K run/walk at 10:30 a.m.  A barbecue lunch will be served starting at 11:15 a.m.

Strides for CJD events will also be held that week in Atlanta; Beverly Hills; Boston; Charleston, West Virginia; Chicago; Cleveland; Denver; Joppatowne, Maryland; Minneapolis; Morris County, NJ; Pittsburgh; Scottsdale, Arizona; Seattle; and Wausau, Wisconsin.  In addition, many will participate as individuals and small groups across the country and will post pictures on social media with hashtags #CureCJD and #Strides4CJD to raise awareness of the disease.

“CJD advances at a rapid pace and is difficult to diagnose,” said Debbie Yobs.  “It is crucial that we educate medical professionals about the disease, raise awareness, provide family support, and trigger much more research – and Strides for CJD helps with all of those missions,” she said.

Proceeds will support the CJD Foundation’s General Fund, which supports medical education, family support, and research programs.  To register or sponsor, visit www.strides4cjd.com or www.cjdfoundation.org.

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About the CJD Foundation

The CJD Foundation provides support for families affected by prion disease.  Programs include research grants, a seven-day HelpLine, referrals and caregiving information, family workshops, and support groups, as well as medical education and an annual conference for families and scientists.  For more information, call 800?659-1991 or help@cjdfoundation.org.

Honoring the Life of Mr. Hall


On Saturday, June 2, a Community Celebration Honoring the Life of Harvey L. Hall was held at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California.

In advance of the ceremony, a procession of ambulances and public safety vehicles wound their way through downtown Bakersfield to honor Mr. Hall, who is considered a pioneer of modern EMS in California.  The honorary procession ended in front of the arena where an oversized American Flag was proudly displayed between a Bakersfield Fire Department and Kern County Fire Department ladder trucks.

Just prior to the 10 a.m. start, uniformed Hall Ambulance personnel entered the Arena from the foyer walking in unison before taking their seats on the floor.

The Bakersfield Police Department and Bakersfield Fire Department Joint Honor Guard presented colors, followed by the National Anthem sung by Officer Robert Rodriguez with the California Highway Patrol.

Pastor John M. Scoggins, Jr. delivered the invocation.  Jim Camp read a letter from Monsignor Craig Harrison, who was out of the country, but had delivered a mass in Mr. Hall’s name at the Vatican.

Master of Ceremonies Corey Costelloe, the former voice of the CSUB Roadrunners set the stage that this was not a funeral but a celebration honoring a community leader who left an indelible mark on our city.

Our greatest appreciation to Gene Tackett, Dr. Horace Mitchell, Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin, and John Surface for taking the stage after short video montages to personalize a different aspect of the man’s life who was known as Mr. Hall, Mayor Hall, and Doctor Hall.

Alas, Amy Hall, Mr. Hall’s daughter, provided an emotionally powerful reflection of the many positive ways her father influenced her life and the special times that they shared.

In tradition, a final call was broadcast over Hall Ambulance’s radio communications system and simulcast in the Rabobank Arena, by Emergency Medical Dispatcher Nedra Thompson, logging “Lincoln 1” off for a final time.  A lone bugle player performed Taps, followed by Amazing Grace performed by bag pipers.

Rev. Ralph Anthony with St. Peter Restoration Community Christian Ministries delivered the Benediction.

The entire event was broadcast live on the local CW affiliate, and on KERO, and KBAK.  KGET replayed the ceremony that evening.

To allow for the maximum number of Hall Ambulance employees to attend, our fellow ambulance service partners from across California responded from as far north as Sacramento to provide coverage on the streets of Bakersfield during the service.  Look for a complete recap in the next edition of the HallMark, detailing each of the ambulance companies who assisted and the logistics involved in ensuring continuity of the 9-1-1 system.

Mr. Hall has Passed at Age 77

Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. Founder, Harvey L. Hall has passed away at the age of 77.

Hall became ill in mid-April and was hospitalized when doctors made an initial diagnosis of an untreatable and rapidly progressive disease. At their request, Hall sought a second opinion which was confirmed at an out of town medical center on May 8.

Hall was released on May 12 and returned to his residence to enjoy the comforts of home while surrounded by his loving family and three dogs.

Plans for a Community Celebration Honoring the Life of Harvey L. Hall is being planned. Details will be released soon. The public will be invited to attend as we reflect on the life of this distinguished gentleman.

Hall dedicated a lifetime of benevolence to the city he loves and people he adores while serving sixteen years as Bakersfield’s 25th Mayor, and as founder and longtime president of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc.

As mayor, he followed a belief of “Unity in Our Community” eager to help recognize the accomplishments, celebrations, and pride of Bakersfield’s diverse population. Among his highest priorities was litter clean-up and beautification, tackling chronic homelessness, fostering sister city relationships, and mentoring Bakersfield’s youth.

Considered a pioneer of California’s modern EMS system, Hall started his ambulance company in 1971, from his residence, and has since grown it to be one of the largest privately-owned ambulance companies in California. With 471 employees, Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. Serves as the 9-1-1 paramedic provider for 88% of Kern County’s population.

Hall stepped down as president of the Company due to illness on May 7, 2018. His wife, Lavonne Hall was named president and supported by the Company’s long-time executive staff and employees will continue to operate Hall Ambulance Service, Inc.

Mr. Hall Steps Down as President

Hall Ambulance Service, Inc., Kern County’s leading ambulance service, announced today that Harvey L. Hall has stepped down as president of the company due to illness.  His wife, Lavonne Hall has been named president and, supported by the company’s long-time executive staff and employees, will continue to operate the company.

Hall, who served four terms as Bakersfield’s 25th Mayor, became ill in April.  His physicians have recommended Hall step away from his day-to-day business responsibilities. Further medical treatment is currently being sought outside of Bakersfield at the recommendation of Hall’s local physicians.

Hall founded the company in 1971 and over the past  several years has implemented a succession plan to ensure that the company’s high standards are upheld. Hall Ambulance serves as the 9-1-1 paramedic provider for approximately 88% of Kern County’s population.

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