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updateThe Board of Directors of the Southwest Virginia EMS Councl approved revisions to the regional EMS Performance Improvement Plan at their regular meeting held September 17.  These documents are available in the Plans and Protocols section of this site.

The Southwest Virginia EMS Council, under direction of the Office of Emergency Medical Services, coordinates a regional Performance Improvement Program.  Data is submitted quarterly to review performance related to specific indicators determined by regional performance improvement committees.  Participation in this program ensures that all agencies are compliant with EMS Rules and Regulations requirements to undertake periodic PI review.

The PI Template is provided to help EMS agencies and OMDs design their own PI programs to meet organizational needs.

The Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc., will file/has filed an application for loans or grants with the USDA Rural Development for financial assistance to develop a community facility to house operational and educational programs and/or purchase of a fleet vehicle.  

public meeting for comments will be held at 3:00pm on September 30 via virtual meeting to discuss the proposed project and to provide the opportunity for public comment.  If you are interested in attending the meeting, please contact our office to request information to join the virtual meeting via video webinar or telephone:  (276) 628-4151 or .  

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As we move into the second half of our Kingsport market transition I wanted to provide you with some points for your review and distribution to your personnel:

·         Effective at midnight tonight/tomorrow morning (4/22), all OB/GYN services will transition from HV to IPCH.  This change will be permanent.

·         As I shared last week, the pause on medical and surgical admissions at IPCH remains temporary as we continue working through the pandemic event. 

·         All OB/GYN patients in the Kingsport market should be routed to IPCH, with the exception of your OB trauma patients, which will continue to have their destination determination according to your respective state trauma destination guidelines, and your departmental SOP’s.

·         The ED at IPCH remains open with no changes.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for any questions you have.  Rebecca Beck is the administrative sponsor for this transition and she, too, will be glad to assist you.

Sincerely,

Anita Perry

The Fall 2020 Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant Cycle is now open.  The grant cycle and will close on September 15, 2020, at 5:00 pm. The period of performance for RSAF is 12 months, beginning July 01, 2020.  The RSAF Grant Program is a multi-million dollar grant program for Virginia non-profit EMS agencies and organizations which can be used to purchase EMS equipment and vehicles, computers, EMS management programs, courses/classes and projects benefiting the recruitment and retention of EMS providers.

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gen covid iconCOVID-19 Guidelines and Resources

The Southwest Virginia EMS Council has created this page to provide information related to the COVID-19 crisis to our regional EMS agencies and providers. We have just released guidance for EMS agencies as you respond in your communities to possible and confirmed COVID-19 cases. It is essential for EMS agencies and providers to be diligent in addressing patient care during this public health emergency. Understanding proper techniques for limiting exposure and spread of disease is vital. Resources linked below contain the latest available information. Refer to these sites frequently. Review guidelines for proper use of PPE, and pay attention to urgent communications being sent by various stakeholders. To assist our agencies and providers, new protocols and guidelines have been approved by the regional Medical Direction Committee for immediate implementation. Please discuss these with your operational medical direction.  These are available on our mobile app and attached here:

Memorial LogoThe National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR), the National EMS Memorial Foundation (NEMSMF), and the National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS) announce the 2020 National EMS Moment of Silence and ask for broad participation. The National EMS Moment of Silence will be observed on Saturday, May 16, 2020. It will begin at 1800 (6:00 PM) Eastern Daylight Time with a live-streamed reading of the names of the 24 Honorees originally planned for the 2020 Service, followed by an acknowledgement of those continuing to serve today and will culminate in a national moment of silence in a salute to all.

ballad logoUPDATES REGARDING COVID-19 PROCESSES

ER INTAKE

The following information relates to the transport of COVID-19 patients and the appropriate processes for intake at the ED’s. It is the goal that appropriate patients will be cared for at their local health departments, or at home.  Many measures have been put into place across the region to assist with this.

Please work with your respective dispatch centers to ensure the screening questions suggested by the CDC are being asked.

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