In July 2008 the Executive Committees from the Tidewater and Peninsulas EMS Councils met in joint session and agreed the two councils already collaborate a great deal and there appears little advantage to a merger.
The idea of a TEMS – PEMS merger was proposed by the Virginia Office of EMS in early 2008. Since then, a state level Process Action Team has studied the proposal. The Action Team asked the two organizations to meet and examine the pros and cons of a merger and to identify areas of each organization’s programs that might improve with additional collaboration. This same request was made of other neighboring regional EMS councils around Virginia.
The two executive committees performed a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of a potential new merged organization, and its impact on a list of EMS system components. The analysis also examined patient flow and natural boundaries.
The results of the analysis showed few benefits for EMS agencies, providers or patients in a new merged EMS region. On the other hand, the analysis did show how the two organizations now collaborate in a number of programs such as mass casualty preparedness, protocols and drug boxes. The analysis pointed to a number of additional programs that could be strengthened or streamlined by additional collaboration between the two EMS regions.
In early October 2008, the executive directors of the two organizations met to further identify areas of current and potential future collaboration. These results were included as a new Appendix B of the analysis document.
Read the full report: pdf Analysis of TEMS/PEMS Merger Proposal (Rev 10-07-08)
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