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We recently asked Dr. John Janikas 5 Questions about his service with Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency. Here is what he shared.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got involved at CPHM EMS?

I'm an ER doctor and the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Samaritan, Albany Memorial, and St. Mary's Hospital. Years ago I was approached to see if I was interested in serving on the Board of Directors. At the time I wanted to serve my community and also learn more about the inner workings of a non-profit EMS agency.

What is it like to serve on the Board of Directors at CPHM? How would you define your role as the Chairman?

Serving on the Board is interesting and I've learned a tremendous amount over the years. We have one meeting per month, and occasionally we have to address topics by email. Our goal is to provide fiduciary oversight and help advance the mission (Premier Patient Care and Community Partnerships) of the organization. Currently, there's no fundraising requirement, although the Agency does an Annual Fund Drive to support our Community Outreach.

Everyone on the Board is there to use their talent to help the agency. As Chairman I create the agendas, run the meetings, and manage issues that arise between meetings.

What's an accomplishment you are most proud of during your Board service?

I'm most proud of the way the agency was reorganized years ago. After I joined the Board there were a lot of changes made that have transformed us from a smaller agency to a larger organization that has increased the quality of care for our patients. Everything from the clinical operations to the budgeting process has been improved and continues to improve. It was a team effort and has set up for success over the next 10-20 years.

Please share something about CPHM that might be surprising about Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps.

Besides being an agency that provides excellent clinical care, the staff at CPHM are highly involved in providing services to the community. We've made it part of our mission to be more than just an EMS agency. We've invested in the overall health and safety of the people in the towns we serve.

How can someone get involved? Are you looking for more Board volunteers?

We're always looking for engaged people to volunteer and serve as Board members. Currently, we have a couple of openings and we're interested in finding individuals who can round out the skill set we have so we're an effective Board. If someone is interested they can contact the agency through the Facebook page or by calling us.

So, you are known to recommend some great, inspirational articles and books on leadership and service.
What's at the top of your list today?

Ah, that's easy. This is water.