Timely response with skillful, quality treatment for our patients.
Reduce death and disability by facilitating regional cooperation, planning and implementation of an integrated emergency medical services delivery system.
Core Strategies and Key Initiatives
Core Strategy 1. Strengthen Partnerships
1.1. With hospitals facilitate maintenance of standards for supplies and pharmaceuticals that decrease variation and expense yet allow agencies to comply with safety guidelines.
1.2. With public health agencies develop and promote more EMS involvement in injury and illness prevention strategies (education and training for high risk families and coworkers; immunizations; elder fall avoidance, play ground area evaluation and reporting, etc.)
1.3. Improve and leverage existing opportunities to identify emerging trends and foster innovation in EMS patient care, and seek region-wide efficiencies and consistency when implementing system changes.
1.4. Promote standardization of EMS terms and nomenclature throughout the region.
Core Strategy 2. Strengthen Infrastructure
2.1. Promote the standardization of data collection, transmission, and sharing information that complements efforts to improve clinical data collection and analysis (see Strategic Initiative 4.1.).
2.2. Support opportunities for improved preparedness for mass casualties.
Core Strategy 3. Strengthen Education and Training
3.1. Promote the concept of regionalized training opportunities, including simulation training and assessment of the need for a regional EMS training academy, that leverage the efforts of TCC, other training centers, individual agencies, EVMS and the council.
3.2. Support development as needed of additional accredited advanced life support training sites.
3.3. Seek to improve efficiencies, standardization, and improvement in student evaluation and student performance at examination sites.
Core Strategy 4. Strengthen Medical Direction; Utilize Outcome Data, Research and Performance Improvement to Improve Patient Care
4.1. Promote the use of standardized data collection and analysis, and identify necessary data points related to improvements in EMS care.
4.2. Work with the Virginia Office of EMS to facilitate regional performance improvement using available EMS patient care data.
4.3. Provide opportunities for improvements to, and standardization of, protocols and medications throughout the region and with the neighboring EMS councils, and consistent with nationally-recommended evidence-based EMS treatment guidelines.
4.4. Sponsor EMS research, out-of-region educational opportunities and mobile integrated healthcare initiatives that contribute to high quality, efficient EMS operations and improved patient outcomes.
Core Strategy 5. Strengthen Staffing and Human Resources
5.1. Assist agencies in the development, identification and utilization of available management and leadership training opportunities.
5.2. Promote, support and/or facilitate EMS recruitment programs which includes establishing a variety of community partnerships.
5.3. Promote, support and/or facilitate EMS provider retention programs recognizing the differences between career and volunteer personnel as well as the effects of high call volume.