SouthStar EMS in 2020
144 Staff | 0 Quarantined in 2020
SouthStar EMS traces its history to 1976. We serve the greater Metro Augusta Georgia area as the sole source ambulance & stretcher van provider for the VA Medical Center for 10+ years; also we are a long term partner with Aiken County EMS 911 in Aiken South Carolina for 11 years+. In our Georgia operations, we provide emergency & non-emergency medical transport for every Hospital & SNF + the State of Georgia Hospitals, State Prison Hospital, Federal Prison for ground & air transports and 70 other health agencies. We back up the county EMS 911 service when requested. SouthStar is the first provider in the USA to have 100% of our alternative services, Certified Transportation Specialist by NEMTAC. Our CEO is a charter member of NAEMT and a State of Georgia NAEMT Advocate, who started in EMS in 1969. Our training facility is an NREMT recognized training center. Our training officer is an NREMT-P, and we teach a wide variety of classes and certification programs for our company and the public and partner with Hospitals and other health care agencies. We are active in our communities supporting a plethora of events and stand-by for high school football, horse events, etc.
SouthStar early on took precautions with Covid-19, having gone thru a number of previous airborne infection situations.
We began an effort to use face masks as a routine part of our patient care approach. We began making our own kits of gowns, masks, gloves, and experimented with a variety of gown styles. We got involved with local health department efforts and partnered with all our health care agencies as they developed custom protocols at their facilities. We began daily temperature checks on all our patient care staff and charted individually. We were requested to help with COVID Testing in Georgia & South Carolina, partnering with the State of Georgia & State of South Carolina. We offered our mobile emergency room to help with rural testing and field evaluations. We are still active with protective measures in all our operations. We have had 9 positive tested employees, who were immediately quarantined up to 10+ days, or till asymptomatic. We strive diligently to protect our staff and patients with aggressive disinfection of each unit after a transport. Each of our units has disinfectants and mist sprayers for use.