Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT

Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, NREMT

Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, EMT, is the public affairs director at MedStar Mobile Healthcare, the exclusive emergency and nonemergency EMS/MIH provider for Fort Worth and 14 other cities in North Texas and the recipient of the EMS World/NAEMT 2013 Paid EMS System of the Year.   

MedStar provides advanced life support ambulance service to 421 square miles and more than 880,000 residents and responds to over 117,000 emergency calls a year with a fleet of 54 ambulances. MedStar is a high-performance emergency medical services (HPEMS) system, providing advanced clinical care with high economic efficiency.

Matt has helped guide the implementation of several innovative programs with healthcare partners that have transformed MedStar fully into a mobile integrated healthcare provider, including high utilizer, CHF readmission reduction, observational admission reduction, hospice revocation avoidance and 9-1-1 nurse triage programs.

He has 34 years’ experience in EMS and holds a master’s degree in Health Service Administration with a graduate certificate in Health Care Data Management. Matt is a frequent speaker at national conferences and has done consulting in numerous EMS issues, specializing in mobile integrated healthcare, high-performance EMS system operations, public/media relations, public policy, health informatics, costing strategies and EMS research.

Matt is adjunct faculty for the University of Central Florida’s College of Health and Public Affairs and adjunct faculty for the University of North Texas Health Science Center, teaching courses in healthcare economics and policy, healthcare finance, managed care and U.S. healthcare systems.


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