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Congratulations, Senator Schumer!

Congratulations to Senator Chuck Schumer, who will now serve as Majority Leader.

Congratulations to Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, who will now serve as Majority Leader. Senator Chuck Schumer D-NY'…

Posted by American Ambulance Association on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

AJC | Georgia EMS crews near ‘breaking point’

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 8

On a recent day, a Dawsonville ambulance worker was trying to rush a patient with dangerously high blood pressure to the hospital.

But after a brief call, she learned its emergency department was on “diversion,” meaning her patient could wait more than an hour for a bed, tying up the ambulance from responding to other calls.

“I have been hung up … and told to go else where!” she posted on the social media page of a statewide group of emergency medical personnel.

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Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) in 2020

Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)
Tulsa/Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
647 Staff | 228 Quarantined in 2020

EMSA serves over 1.1 million residents in central and northeastern Oklahoma. EMSA (Emergency Medical Services Authority) is Oklahoma’s largest provider of pre-hospital emergency medical care. Established in 1977, the Authority has provided ambulance service to Oklahoma residents for over 40 years. Oklahoma residents can take comfort in knowing that a diverse team of dedicated healthcare providers – including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, specially-trained medical dispatchers, and others – stand ready to respond to their emergency medical needs.

2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least, but EMSA EMTs and Paramedics have risen to the occasion to continue to deliver superior care to Oklahoma residents in new and innovative ways. Educational demonstrations have gone virtual and new emphasis on hand washing and cleanliness top the list of things our team members are discussing in our communities. Our communities have embraced and shown their love for our first responders with treats, care packages, snacks, and delivering cases of water.

Emergent Health Partners in 2020

Emergent Health Partners
Ann Arbor, Michigan
940 Staff | 200 Quarantined in 2020

Emergent Health Partners is a nonprofit, community-owned agency operating six ambulance services across southern Michigan: Huron Valley Ambulance, Jackson Community Ambulance, LifeCare Ambulance, Monroe Community, Lenawee Community Ambulance and Albion Community Ambulance.

Emergent Health has 900+ employees whose paramedics and EMTs provide medical 9-1-1 coverage for more than 1 million Michigan residents and respond to about 200,000 medical emergencies annually. Our dedicated teams deliver high-quality prehospital care to 14 counties and 178 municipalities in southern Michigan.

Originating as Huron Valley Ambulance, our first service was founded in 1981, operating with six ambulances. We have since grown to include five more agencies that operate 100+ ambulances in the communities we serve.

Beyond our ALS/BLS operations, Emergent Health has other specialty care including Community Paramedicine and Critical Care. We also have several Special Response Teams that include an Honor Guard, HazMat, Technical Response and Tactical EMS. We are thought-leaders in out-of-hospital emergency medicine and have built a culture based on safety, quality, compassion, and professionalism.

As an organization, we quickly stood up an Incident Command (ICS) Team to make quick, informed decisions on COVID-19 safety measures and new protocols. This structure has been key to adjusting our daily operations that mitigate the spread of COVID among patients and staff and making sure we have the PPE and resources necessary to weather the COVID pandemic.

Our HazMat and Special Pathogens Response Team Coordinator served as our Safety Officer. His expertise, along with several current and former county Emergency Managers on our team, helped us get a jumpstart on fighting the pandemic and shaping our response.

We developed special decontamination teams and streamlined processes to keep our ambulances and equipment clean. We implemented training for our staff on safety measures, and our wheelchair vans were converted to help transfer medically stable positive patients or double as decontamination crews during downtime.

Our employees and the community have been amazing. We have had many employees step up to support our operations, their fellow team members, and patients during this tough time. We have also seen steady support and donations from the community.

Acadian Ambulance Service in 2020

Acadian Ambulance Service
Lafayette, Louisiana
5,000 Staff | 750 Quarantined in 2020

Since 1971, Acadian Ambulance Service has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s most respected and largest privately held medical transportation companies.

Acadian was founded in response to a sudden crisis, as communities around the country found themselves without emergency medical transportation when federal regulations caused funeral homes to stop using hearses for emergency transport.

We began Louisiana operations on September 1, 1971, with three young cofounders, two ambulances and eight medics covering 279 square miles.

We have steadily added parishes and states to our service area over the years, addressing challenges along the way. Our fleet currently contains more than 600 ground ambulances, helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes.

Acadian currently covers more than 70 parishes and counties that are home to more than 24 million residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.

Our company is one of a very select few agencies in the United States to achieve accreditation with both the Commission on the Accreditation of Ambulance Services for our ground operations and the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems for our air operations.

The COVID-19 pandemic and seven tropical cyclones that impacted our service area have presented operational and economic challenges to Acadian Ambulance. Our team has responded by working together, finding solutions and taking care of our patients and communities, while ensuring the health of our employees.

When cases began rising in the spring and stay-at-home orders were enacted, we saw patient volume drop and costs escalate.

Throughout the pandemic, we have worked hand-in-hand with other EMS agencies and first responders, working under state contracts and staffing surge units.

Our four-state service area was also impacted by a very active hurricane season, enduring effects from Cristobal, Marco, Laura, Sally, Beta, Delta and Zeta.

Hurricane Laura made landfall in the heart of our SE Texas and SW Louisiana service areas and impacted Central and North Louisiana. More than 100 of our employee-owners suffered substantial or total loss of their homes and property, and some of our company facilities saw severe damage.

We have faced many challenges over the years, and each one has helped us to adapt and continue living out our mission of Knowing Life Matters.

Mobile Medical Response in 2020

Mobile Medical Response
Saginaw, Michigan
539 Staff | 30 Quarantined in 2020

Mobile Medical Response is a Michigan-based, non-profit ambulance service provider that operates out of Saginaw County. We specialize in pre-hospital care and medical transportation through basic, advanced, and critical care ambulances, wheelchair vans, and medical dispatching services. We are the largest agency of its kind geographically speaking in the state covering 15 counties. Every day we strive to uphold our mission in providing the communities we serve with unrivaled access to medical care.

Mobile Medical Response has maintained a state of readiness for all communities we serve with emergent and non-emergent service, despite revenue shortfalls due to declined ambulance transport volumes. During this time, MMR also responded to New Jersey with a strike team of two ambulances and associated personnel assist with an influx of patients due to COVID-19. The ability of our EMS professionals to function in adverse conditions and situations is astounding and we are proud of the great work they do every day.

While navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, MMR has continued to work with opioid response initiatives and other initiatives to respond to the needs of our communities. MMR has had a positive impact in our communities during this time with the provision of EMD surveillance tools, COVID-19 transport services, and other vital pieces of a comprehensive response.

MMR is an integral part of the emergency response system in our communities as well as a resource for other initiatives. With the dedication and commitment of our staff we have been able to meet the challenges that COVID-19 has presented while also continuing to serve our communities.