Advisory  Board


Meet the Advisory Board

The Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board advises, assists and serves our Chief and the Board of County Commissioners on matters pertaining to development and operation of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) within Ada County, including, but not limited to, technical requirements of the system, budgeting, consumer complaints and public relations. The Board assists in coordinating activities of the county EMS, local fire districts and other entities pertaining to the EMS system. The board also serves as an informational liaison between the Director, the Board and the citizens of Ada County. The members of the Advisory Board represent a variety of stakeholders in EMS. This includes the Ada County Paramedics Director and medical Directors, local fire departments and citizen members.


Pat Burton. R.N., BSN

Pat Burton is the Director of Operations for St. Luke’s Medical Plaza. Pat earned a BA specializing in Communication Sciences and Disorders and worked as a Speech Therapist for K through 8th grades for the Hillsdale, New Jersey Public School System for four years. There, she volunteered for the local EMS service. This led her to desire a career in healthcare. Pat earned her BSN from Columbia University. In 1992 Pat worked as the Director of the Emergency Department for St. Luke’s in Boise. Pat is the Chair of the Ada County EMS Advisory Board and works to ensure system approaches to both pre-hospital and in-hospital care. In addition, she is involved with United Way of Treasure Valley, serving on the Resource Development Vision Council and is the Chair of the St. Luke’s United Way Silent Auction.

Ben Cornett, M.D.

Dr. Ben Cornett graduated from the Albany Medical College in 2004 and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. He currently works in Eagle, Idaho and two other locations, and specializes in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Cornett is affiliated with Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Nampa, West Valley Medical Center and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Dr. Cornett is also a member of the following: the Society of American Emergency Medicine, the American College of Emergency, American Board of Emergency, Idaho Medical Association and American Medical Association. Dr. Cornett is also proficient in the German language and lives with his family in Boise. Dr. Cornett also serves as one of Ada County Paramedics’ Medical Directors.

Ian Butler-Hall, M.D.

Dr. Ian Butler-Hall is an emergency physician at St. Luke’s and is co-medical director of the Ada County/City Emergency Services System (ACCESS). He was raised in Montana and graduated from Duke University. He attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Butler-Hall completed his emergency medicine residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California where he also finished a fellowship in EMS. Dr. Butler-Hall is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Outside of medicine, Dr. Butler-Hall’s interests include skiing and traveling. Dr. Butler-Hall is part of the ACEP and NAEMSP medical associations.

Dallas Brown

Dallas Brown is a case manager (CRM RN) at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for the Emergency Department (ED). She has been an ED RN for both Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s downtown within the last 5 years. Her certifications include trauma nursing (TNCC) & emergency pediatric nursing (ENPC) as well as a certified Emergency Nurses Association ENPC instructor. A Philadelphia native, Dallas graduated from Penn State in 2003 with a degree in Psychology. She spent the next four years in Idaho working with high risk youth at a wilderness program called SUWS, finding her passion for EMS through their WFR program. After graduating with a BSN from Drexel University she worked for Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia in the STICU. The mountain air called her back to Idaho in early 2012. She is currently working on her NP at Gonzaga University. She has two beautiful sons, two beautiful step daughters and a loving husband who works in EMS as a medic as well as an EMT instructor. In her spare time, Dallas practices yoga and enjoys rafting and skiing.

Heather Griffin

Heather Griffin is a Field Coordinator and Education Lead for the Idaho Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Bureau. Having grown up in the EMS/Fire service, she is extremely passionate about EMS. Some of her earliest memories are of ride-alongs she participated in as a child in the family business. Heather has worked in various capacities in the EMS field for close to 10 years- starting as a volunteer for a small rural fire service. Working hard and never giving up got Heather to where she is today. In addition to responding to 911 calls, Heather has gained experience working for an air ambulance company, teaching Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) classes, conducting EMS lectures and trainings, and developing community outreach projects. Heather is also an advocate for organ donation, having seen it from both sides. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with Idaho Legislature incorporating all Idaho First Responders into the notification process. Heather loves spending her free time her husband and their children. “We are proud and so lucky to be a family who loves and serves our community. We have the greatest jobs in the world.”

Ashly Collins

Ashly is a Physician Relations Executive at Saint Alphonsus Health System, leading the relationship with EMS agencies and hospitals throughout the region. She is a native of New Orleans and moved to Boise in 2016. Ashly is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and has been in healthcare physician relations and business development for 20 years.  She enjoys relationship building and working collaboratively with all levels of healthcare personnel, including executive leaders, providers and first responders. She is passionate about outreach and education. Still being new to Idaho, Ashly, her husband and dog, have been getting to know their new home state.

Edward McEachern, M.D.

Dr. Edward McEachern is the Executive Director of Operations for Saint Alphonsus Health Alliance. Dr. McEachern is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah and the Director for Health Services Research. In addition, Dr. McEachern is on the bio-scientific faculty of Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. He has also served as the Physician Senior Partner at Daedalus Private Equity, Vice President for Medical Affairs at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, the Chief Medical Officer/Senior Vice President of the Northeast Ohio Community Health Plan and the Vice President for Medical Affairs at Hospital Corporation of America’s West Paces Ferry Hospital. Dr. McEachern is the author of four books and numerous articles on quality improvement. He is on the editorial review board for Medical Care, The Health System Leader, and the ASQC Press.

Joseph Silva

Joseph Silva has been associated with the delivery of emergency services for 33 years. He started his career in the fire service as a firefighter/EMT. After being promoted to the rank of Captain, he supervised a paramedic engine company starting in 1986. He has held the position of Training Officer, Deputy Chief of Operations and retired as the Fire Marshal for the City of Meridian. He has served as a Community College Instructor for Firefighter I skills and as an adjunct instructor for Idaho State University. Joseph is a past President of the Idaho Fire Prevention Officer’s Association, past board member of the Idaho Fire Chief’s Association and has served three terms on the board of the Idaho Association of Arson Investigators. He has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Associates of Arts Degree in Fire Science and is currently employed as a Fire Service Consultant.

Darby Weston

Darby Weston has worked in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Since 1984. Darby cane to Ada County in 1986, where, as Director, he now oversees the Leadership and Supervisor Team in strategic EMS operations including administration, business, billing, marketing, clinical, training and hiring among many other responsibilities. Prior to working for Ada County, Darby worked as a ski instructor at Bogus Basin, and then joined the Professional Ski Patrol in Mt. Hood Meadows where he worked in patrol and avalanche control. In his downtime, Darby enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor recreation in McCall, Idaho. Ada County Paramedics employees describe Darby as “Focused but easygoing, full of positive energy, and a force of nature.”

Stacy Winn

Stacy Winn has worked for Ada County Paramedics since 1999. Prior to her current position, Stacy worked for Ada County Paramedics’ billing office. Stacy now oversees all Ada County Paramedics’ programs and processes, including time management, new hires, travel coordination, budget management and allocation and also serves as this board’s Secretary. In her spare time, Stacy enjoys reading, working in her yard and traveling. Ada County Paramedics employees describe Stacy as “Organized, efficient, quick, and someone you just want to be around.”