Posted 5/16/2019 in Emergency Services
EMS Week is just around the corner and Regional Medical Center (RMC) is focusing on some advancements made in our Emergency Services Department, including the purchase of a new ambulance and changes in how paramedic shifts are scheduled.
A simplified scheduling model where a paramedic works 24 hours, then has 48 hours off provides several benefits. During the 24-hour shift, there are built-in rotating “downtimes” for three scheduled paramedics, allowing two paramedics to be available for the hospital and main ambulance calls while one paramedic is resting but available for back-up ambulance calls.
According to Spenser VandeVoorde, EMS Coordinator, this scheduling update has been very well-received. He’s found morale is much higher when everyone is less tired.
“The new schedule should decrease staff fatigue, increase patient and paramedic safety, and improve staff retention,” said VandeVoorde.
With this new schedule, two new paramedics were hired. Overall, the scheduling system implementation cost was over $150,000 and the new ambulance cost about $190,000, but VandeVoorde says this proves how committed RMC is to excellent emergency medical care. “EMS is not a money-maker; it’s a vital community service.”
RMC would like to thank our entire EMS staff as well as the many volunteer emergency services personnel in our surrounding communities. We appreciate their dedication and commitment to our health and safety.
Members of the RMC EMS staff pose in front of RMC ambulances. The right ambulance was purchased in 2019.