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Virginia Rural EMS Summit - Virginia's State Rural Health Plan

Virginia Rural EMS Summit

Virginia Rural Health Summit

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

Abingdon, VA

March 11, 2009


Virginia’s State Rural Health Plan

(SRHP)

‣ 3 – 5 year strategic plan

‣ Designed to strengthen the current and

future rural health infrastructure in VA

‣ First SRHP developed in 2000.

‣ Code of VA ( 32.1-122.07) requires SRHP

to be revised as necessary and as

required.


SRHP and EMS

‣ Emergency medical services (EMS) is the

umbrella term for a continuum of health

services including pre-hospital medical

services, emergency services provided at

the hospital or health center, and the

trauma system.

‣ OEMS participated in Rural Health

Strategic Planning Summit in July 2007.


SRHP and EMS (cont.)

‣ Recommendations for updated SRHP

released in 2008 were developed by four

workgroup: access, quality, workforce and

data/rural definitions.

‣ OEMS staff participated on Workforce and

Data/Rural Definitions workgroups.

EMS is a sub-committee of Access

Council (access to quality, affordable and

accessible health care services)


EMS related recommendations in

SRHP

‣ Hold rural EMS Summit to address rural EMS

issues, including

• Availability of EMS and who is responsible

EMS leadership and management (Budget Model

Workshop, etc.)

EMS integration into rural health care infrastructure.

‣ Begin discussions on how to identify areas

where EMS is a major issue/trouble spot

‣ Present and disseminate findings from

2007/2008 CAH EMS assessments.


Projected Impacts/Outcomes

‣ Results of Summit will lead to

development of a white paper detailing

parameters of rural EMS in VA.

‣ Results of Summit will lead to

development of EMS legislative package

for 2010 session of VA General Assembly.

‣ Recommendations from CAH EMS

assessments will assist in strengthening

existing EMS structures.


Demand for EMS Providers Will

Grow

From 2000 to 2010 Virginia’s population is projected to grow by 12%,

and residents 65 years of age and older are projected to grow at 28%.


Pool of Potential EMS Providers is

Decreasing

The 16 – 34 year old age segment will grow by 8%, this is below the

12% population growth rate. In 60% of all Virginia counties, this

segment will grow less than the population as a whole.


EMTs Dominate Certifications

EMTs account for 70% of all EMS certifications. The second

largest category is Paramedics at 10%

80.0%

70.0%

60.0%

50.0%

40.0%

30.0%

20.0%

10.0%

0.0%

EMT-B

Paramedic

Intermediate

Enhanced

First Responder


Certified EMS Personnel by

Locality


Distribution of Certified EMS

Personnel

Affiliation of Certified Personnel by EMS Agency Type

Federal

2%

Commercial

4%

Non Affliated

26%

Volunteer

33%

Non Profit

1%

Industrial

2%

Government

32%


# of Providers

EMS Personnel

Years of Service

4000

3500

3000

2500

2000

1500

1000

500

0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37

Years


Office of Emergency Medical Services

Virginia Department of Health

Gary R. Brown, Director

gary.brown@vdh.virginia.gov

Scott Winston, Assistant Director

scott.winston@vdh.virginia.gov

www.vdh.virginia.gov/oems

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