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REMSA Health announces retirement of president and CEO, Dean Dow

RENO, Nev. – Dean Dow, president and CEO of REMSA Health and Care Flight, has announced his retirement effective Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, after six and a half years as leader of the organization. 

The Board of Directors has announced that Barry Duplantis, the REMSA Health CFO, will serve as interim CEO.

Dow originally came to the organization in 2015 to become executive director of Care Flight, the critical care air transport division of REMSA Health, but when the CEO position became vacant in 2016 the Board of Directors tapped him to fill the role.

Under Dow’s leadership REMSA Health accomplished many significant achievements including transitioning the organization to become a more integrated mobile healthcare provider for the region with alternative care programs to serve emergency and non-emergency patients. Other important efforts include leading region-wide efforts during the COVID pandemic to continue to serve and care for the region despite staff and supply shortages, building relationships and partnerships with other regional emergency services, and overseeing the organization’s re-accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems and an eighth consecutive reaccreditation from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch – both coveted national achievements.

“We thank Dean for his passionate and visionary leadership of one of the most complex out-of-hospital healthcare organizations in the nation,” said Tim Nelson, chair, REMSA Health Board of Directors. 

Prior to joining Care Flight, Dow was the owner of Drawing Board, LLC, where he assisted in the planning of strategic growth for ground and air medical services and integrating service lines with large hospital systems. His professional career also included roles as regional vice president of Air Method’s Southeast Region, program director for LifeNet of New York, an organization that includes five air medical bases with 76 personnel, director of business development and quality assurance for EagleMed/Ballard Aviation, Inc., fire chief for Ford County Fire and EMS in Kansas, and program director for Alaska Regional Hospital’s two medical aircrafts.

”It has been a true honor to work with the remarkable team at REMSA Health and accomplish so much for our region,” said Dow. “I will look back on my time with this organization as the highlight of my 48 years in healthcare and emergency medical services. I am proud to have had even a small role in implementing a pioneering vision for the future of this outstanding organization.”


About REMSA Health

REMSA Health is a private, non-profit community organization which provides a full range of innovative healthcare services outside of the hospital setting. We are funded only by user fees, with no local tax subsidies. REMSA Health provides Washoe County’s 420,000+ residents with 24/7 ambulance services. Care Flight, a service of REMSA Health, provides critical care transport services via ground and air ambulance across the western United States. REMSA Health includes an internationally accredited Regional Emergency Communications Center, a Nevada-licensed Center for Integrated Health and Community Education, Community Paramedics, an accredited Nurse Health Line, and special operations and special events teams. REMSA Health: Care. Community. Innovation.

Alexia Jobson, Director of Public Relations, REMSA Health, 775-750-7890,


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