|NOSORH, The National Association of State EMS Officials, The Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care, and the South Carolina Office of Rural Health invite you to join them on April 17 – 18, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina for the 5th Annual National Rural EMS & Care Conference.
Invited attendees include rural EMS directors, medical directors and officers, rural healthcare providers, state EMS officials, state rural health officials, hospital administrators, elected officials, federal agency officials, and other EMS partners.
For the first time, this year’s conference will feature breakout tracks with topics geared toward Critical Access Hospitals and the Flex program.
Click here for the draft Conference agenda.
The conference will be held at the Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, SC. To book a room, please call 843-722-0600 or 877-756-2121 and reference the “NOSORH EMS Meeting” to get the $256.51 per room/per night rate. This includes taxes and fees. You may also book online by clicking here.
NOSORH is offering a 4-hour EMS Grant Writing 101 Workshop! Rural EMS agencies and other interested partners will learn how to write and submit a complete grant proposal, understand rural relevant data important to EMS and identify funding opportunities. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 1:00pm – 5:00 pm. Click here for the EMS Grant Writing 101 Workshop agenda.
Click here to register for the Conference and the Grant Writing 101 Workshop.
Please share this registration information with all partners, providers, or other interested parties. Also, please include in any newsletters or other distributions you may have.
Check the NOSORH website for more information.
To: EMS Agency Directors and Primary Contacts
From: Henry Lewis, President of the SC EMS Association
Re: EMS Workforce Study Results
Date: February 11, 2019
New Report on the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Workforce in South Carolina
The South Carolina EMS Association (SCEMSA), in partnership with the South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce has recently conducted a study of the EMS workforce in South Carolina. EMS agencies and the communities they serve nationwide are facing a tightening labor market with the potential for staffing shortages in the coming years. The SCEMSA and its membership have recognized that South Carolina is not immune to these national trends and have proactively begun working with partner agencies across the state to begin studying both the current and the future state of the EMS workforce in South Carolina.
The results of the study show that some agencies are beginning to experience high vacancy rates for EMS personnel and long fill times to get new hires on board. Overall, about 13% of all of the full time positions for EMTs and Paramedics were vacant in the last quarter of 2018 statewide, but only about half of the agencies participating in the study had an open position. It is also important to consider the diversity of EMS in our state and note that some agencies are not experiencing any effects of workforce shortages. The time it takes to fill a vacant position varied widely, depending on the type of personnel.
This initial workforce study is intended to provide decision-makers with valuable information that highlights both the challenges and opportunities facing the EMS workforce in South Carolina. This report is the first step in a concerted effort by several organizations to explore the many factors that impact the EMS workforce in our state, and find solutions that ensure a sufficient and well qualified EMS workforce in the future.
South Carolina is not unique in the workforce challenges we face compared to other states across the nation, however, it is our hope that a collaborative approach to studying and understanding the numerous factors that impact the EMS workforce in South Carolina will yield above average results for the field providers, citizens and visitors of our great state.
South Carolina EMS Association – www.scemsassociation.com –PO Box 1033, Summerville, SC 29484
Contact: Henry Lewis, President 803-351-4842/ firstname.lastname@example.org
(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.###
The upcoming December meeting will be held at the DHEC Peeple’s Auditorium located at 2600 Bull Street on December 13th at 1:00.
What: The 2018 SC EMS Association Golf Tournament will be held at Hunter’s Creek Golf & Country Club and the cost is $50.00 per player or $200.00 to field a team. There are also sponsorship opportunities available.
When: October 19, 2018
Registration: 8:00 am
Tee-Time: 9:00 am
Where: Hunter’s Creek Golf & Country Club
702 Hunter’s Creek Blvd.
Greenwood, SC 29649
For information please contact Steven McDade:
Or check out our Facebook Page to learn more about the event.
Payments should be made to:
SC EMS Association
PO Box 1033
Summerville, SC 29484
Due to the incoming hurricane, our September meeting will be canceled.
The next meeting will be October 11, 2018 at Peeples Auditorium. We look forward to seeing you there!
Dear South Carolina Fire and EMS Providers,
The South Carolina Firefighters’ Association and the South Carolina EMS Association are pleased to announce a joint educational opportunity for Emotional Trauma Life Support (ETLS) training for our state. This will be a collaborative effort between our associations designed to offer trauma and grief support training specific to first responders of all levels (Please see the attached course flyer for more details).
We are seeking interest in this class for scheduling purposes as spaces will be limited and it is our intent to allow as much participation as possible. As such, we ask that you respond to the survey monkey link below if you are interested in attending or if you are interested in sending a representative from your agency or department. The cost for the course is $150.00 per person and we plan to host the course(s) in early August 2018. Location(s) will be determined based on interest and will be communicated upon the conclusion of this survey. We ask that interested participants reply to the survey by no later than March 18, 2018.
Survey Link- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G7N9JV6
Thank you for your service as first responders in South Carolina. Please help us make this educational opportunity a success and feel free to share the survey monkey link with contacts that are involved in first responder wellness and grief management. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this opportunity you should con- tact one of the personnel listed below.
Patti Graham email@example.com 803-968-9336
Christian McConnell Christan.McConnell@scfirefighters.org
Jimmy Walker firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry Lewis email@example.com