PRESS RELEASE

 

PRESS RELEASE                              

Contact: Henry Lewis, President                                                                                         803-351-4842/ henry@scemsassociation.com

 

(Columbia, SC)  South Carolina EMS Association Legislative Day

On January 30th, 2019, South Carolina Emergency Medical Service professionals from throughout the state came together at the State House for their annual Legislative Day.

South Carolina EMS as a whole responds to over 1.3 million calls each year. These

calls for service are answered by over 10,000 certified EMTs and Paramedics across our state comprised of over 260 licensed agencies that incorporate; 911, hospital based, air ambulance, fire based non-transporting agencies, and private ambulance providers.

 

Emergency Medical Services experience increased costs to deliver this service along with an

increase in call volume each year due to population growth with an aging citizenry, increased costs associated with regulatory compliance, costs of employee benefits and operational expenses.

 

The South Carolina EMS Association (SCEMSA) advocates for improvements in the EMS industry through research, data analysis, and education. The Legislative Day provided an opportunity for EMS workers to sit down with members from the House and Senate that represent their respective counties and put a face with a name.

 

Items discussed in their meetings were House and Senate Bills related to the following:

  • Sustainable funding for EMS operations within the state
  • Continued and increased funding for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder training and treatment for Public Safety Professionals
  • Direct Payment/Reimbursement for services rendered by EMS Agencies
  • Criminal charge severity for the physical assault of a Healthcare Worker

 

The breakfast meeting was held in the Solomon Blatt building on the State House grounds and was attended by well over 250 EMS Professionals and Legislative Members and Staff. Lt. Governor Pamela Evette was in attendance as well.

The volunteer Administrative Staff of the SC EMS Association was able to spend a moment with Governor McMaster in the State House while other attendees were recognized in the House of Representatives.###

SCEMSA Update

Good afternoon,

 

Your South Carolina EMS Association (SCEMSA) has hit the ground running in 2019 and we want you to be a part of the momentum. We recently amended our bylaws to be more inclusive of all EMS in South Carolina by including membership types for Non-Transporting First Responder Agencies, Technical Schools, as well as Associate Memberships. Full details and a copy of our bylaws is available to you on our website (link in signature line below).

 

We also voted to change the SCEMSA meetings to quarterly as opposed to monthly. Our meetings will now coincide with SC DHEC Advisory Council meetings (dates below) with our various subcommittees meeting as needed in between full association meetings. If you serve on a subcommittee, the respective chairperson(s) will contact you with meeting details. Please ensure that we have an accurate email address for you so that you can stay informed. Exact locations for our meetings will be posted on our social media platform, website, and be sent via Continuum.

 

Full SCEMSA Meeting Dates for 2019

March 13th at 18:00 at the South Carolina EMS Symposium

June 13th

September 12th

December 12th

 

We are kicking off our legislative season as well. We had great participation and attendance at our Legislative Breakfast planning session on January 3rd. If you were unable to attend the planning session but would still like to attend the Legislative Breakfast event on January 30th, please contact one of the members listed below for details and orientation.

david@emtechbilling.com

omhparamedic@yahoo.com

henry@scemsassociation.com

 

We are looking forward to a benchmark year for South Carolina EMS and I thank you all for your continued support. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Henry Lewis

President

South Carolina EMS Association

www.scemsassociation.com