EMS System Leadership
James Hubler, MD, JD
EMS Medical Director
Doctor Hubler graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Southern Illinois University School of Law where he was enrolled in a six year M.D./J.D dual degree program. He has a bachelors with a major in chemistry and a minor in biology from Gannon University and completed his residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria at OSF Saint Francis hospital he's American Board of Emergency Medicine Certified. Doctor Hubler is a fellow of the American College of legal medicine as well as a fellow of the American College of emergency physicians he belongs to the National Association of emergency physicians Andy is a member of the Peoria Bar Association. along with his position as Medical Director of UnityPoint Health EMS and is also the Chairman of the Emergency Department at Proctor hospital.
Doctor Hubler is a frequent contributor to both print audio and online magazines discussing subjects relevant to emergency medicine and legal issues in emergency medicine. Doctor Hubler is also a frequent presenter add regional and national conferences again discussing both emergency medicine add medical legal aspects have emergency care.
Regional EMS Manager
Tom has been involved in EMS for over 30 years and is currently a Critical Care Paramedic. He holds an Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services from Illinois Central College and is a graduate of the American Ambulance Association Ambulance Service Management (ASM) Academy. In addition to EMS, he's an Illinois Firefighter II, and holds a number of certifications in leadership and disaster preparedness from FEMA, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as the Texas A & M Extension (TEEX). He's also responsible for a comprehensive emergency management program and regulatory compliance. A portion of those responsibilities include policies, plans and procedures; coordinating emergency functions to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters for the Unity Point Health Peoria region. Tom's primary focus will be on clinical quality and patient outcomes.
EMS System Coordinator
Mark McCandless is the UnityPoint Health EMS System Coordinator. He grew up in Northern Wisconsin where he got his EMS career started as a first responder on a volunteer fire department. He attended UW Wisconsin then followed with his paramedic certification from Mid-West Technical school in Wisconsin Rapids WI. He has had almost a 30-year career in EMS serving in cities across the Midwest, prior to UnityPoint he was the EMS Director for DeWitt County EMS. He remains clinically active as a Flight Paramedic for Air-Evac. He has spoken at numerous conferences and teaches advanced skills through continuing CE. When he is not at work, he spends most of his time behind a camera or working in his shop.
Douglas Richardson is the EMS Educator for The UnityPoint Health EMS System. He began his career in public safety as a paid-on-call firefighter with the Havana City Fire Department in Havana, Illinois. He has had his EMT license since 1992 and his Paramedic license since '94. Douglas worked for Mason County EMS from 1992 to 2019 serving as the Assistant Director, Crew Chief and most recently as the EMS Educator. He spent time as an educator with IFSI teaching rescue disciplines. He also is the Lead Educator for Medic-CE a company that delivers National Registry classes online. He has continuing education articles that appear in several regional EMS magazines and a regular column in EMSDirector. Douglas received his bachelor's degree in Public Safety Management, his master's degree in Public Safety Administration and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education with a tri-focus on leadership, research and online education.
Emergency Management Coordinator
Tobey Beagle is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the UnityPoint Health EMS System and UnityPoint Health Peoria/Pekin Region hospitals. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter with the Marquette Heights Fire Department. Tobey was incorporated into the UnityPoint Team when Pekin Hospital merged with UnityPoint in 2017. He had been with Pekin Hospital since 2014. Tobey has a wealth of knowledge in emergency management due to the diversity of his education and experience. He has multiple certifications, to include several in-residence, in emergency management from FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, and Texas A&M Extension, along with fire fighter courses to the Chief Officer level, and an associate degree in Fire Science. He has worked for the State of Illinois as a firefighter at the 182d Airlift Wing, Peoria Illinois Air National Guard for 22 years serving as the fire department liaison to emergency management since 2004. In addition to his civilian employment with the 182d Airlift Wing, he is also retired from the Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant, after having served for 21 years. While in the Air Force he deployed 4 times to the Middle East providing a unique perspective to emergency management processes. He also worked part-time for Advanced Medical Transport as a paramedic for 20 years ending his tenure there is 2019.