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Rich Straub

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Rich Straub EMT-P
Director of Community Paramedicine

Rich Straub comes to Care2U with ten years of experience in 911 and critical care emergency medical Services in the Greater New York region. Rich Graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in Political Science and Government with a focus on policy. 

Most recently, with the support of his colleagues and reimbursement policy advances, Rich has been integral in the development and implementation of one of the first Community Paramedicine Programs in New York State while working at Empress EMS. During his tenure with Empress Rich developed many innovative mobile healthcare programs. These included projects with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the American Ambulance Association and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.  These programs created a foundation to position Empress EMS as one of 175 Agencies in the country to participate in ET3, an innovative new reimbursement model which allows EMS to treat in home and transport patients to non-hospital settings.  

 During the height of the pandemic, Rich worked closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Health and other government agencies leading multiple task force teams to implement and execute on New York State’s first COVID testing strategy. Notably, Rich was recognized by New York State for his efforts taking over and leading operations of a struggling vaccination site in Binghamton, New York and turning it into the most successful site in in the State; the model implemented in Binghamton was replicated across all major vaccination sites in NYS. In addition, Rich’s team played part in vaccinating over 250,000 residents with the primary focus on home-bound seniors. Rich was also the program lead for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Project Hope providing crisis counseling and resources for those impacted deeply by the pandemic. These Programs became a lead field placement site for Iona University school of social work. 

With Care2U, Rich’s Primary focus will be to deliver programs that will reshape the way healthcare is delivered in the United States. Rich is passionate and committed to improving and delivering patient centered care.