Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)


The mission of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) is to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity sustained due to severe illness or trauma.

Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) aims to ensure the following.

  • State-of-the-art emergency medical care for the ill and injured child or adolescent
  • Pediatric service is well integrated into an emergency medical service system backed by optimal resources
  • Entire spectrum of emergency services, including primary prevention of illness and injury, acute care, and rehabilitation, is provided to children and adolescents as well as adults.

Georgia's EMSC program is supported by the federal EMSC program and works in collaboration with several offices and organizations.

EMSC has been federally funded in Georgia since 1994 and has developed many programs, distributed equipment, and disseminated pediatric education in the state quite successfully. Most recently EMSC has been involved in the following projects.

  • Providing safe transport devices to EMS agencies throughout the state.
  • In conjunction with the Medical Recognition Committee is developing and implementing a pediatric medical facility recognition program. This effort is part of a national initiative, The National Pediatric Readiness Project.
    • One of the cornerstones of the Pediatric Readiness Project for both in-hospital and pre-hospital is the Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) also known as a Peds CHAMP here in Georgia. The Peds CHAMP is responsible for coordinating pediatric specific activities and bringing the pediatric interest to protocols and policies.
  • The EMSC Program Manager also provides support and collaboration with the Georgia State EMSC Regional Council.

Program Members

Samantha Sindelar, Program Manager

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 404-909-2207

Samantha comes to Georgia Department of Health with a robust, decade long EMS experience in Metro Atlanta. Sam completed her AEMT and Paramedic training at Gwinnett Technical College, where she is an adjunct instructor today. She served the city of Atlanta while working for Atlanta’s 911 provider, Grady EMS for seven years. Sam gained vast pediatric knowledge and a wealth of understanding of the pediatric services rendered around the state during her time with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Pediatric Transport Team. Samantha is excited to step into the role as EMSC Program Manager. Please reach out to her with any comments, concerns, or ideas.

Juana Smith, Administrator

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 470-606-4229

EMSC Email: [email protected]


Page last updated 8/24/2022