ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – AnMed Health Medical Center is partnering with Anderson County for Anderson County’s Quick Response Vehicle program.
The hospital system is investing $1.4 million into Anderson County new unified Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system.
AnMed will provide medical oversight for the program that helps to improve and expand access care for residents in rural areas.
“They’re going to have a paramedic trained, fully staffed. He’s going to get there to the scene more times than not, will probably beat the ambulance there, because they’re located throughout the county,” said Tommy Dunn, Chairman of Anderson County Council. “Whether you have a heart attack in Pendleton or Iva, we want the citizens to have the same care.”
Advance life support certified paramedics will operate the QRV’s. Anderson County has hired more than 40 full-time paramedics and approximately 25 part-time. The vehicles can get to a scene faster to start life-saving aid before an ambulance arrives.
Funding provided by AnMed Health will help the county to expand the QRV program from three to 14 vehicles that will be strategically placed throughout Anderson Co, said AnMed.
“They’ve funded half of these, equipment, salaries, and so they’ve got a big part on that,” Dunn said.
The program also helps ensure that treatment in the vehicles follows the same protocols as what is provided in the hospital, allowing treatment to start sooner and improve the possible outcomes of the patients, according to AnMed Health.
With technology, AnMed Health doctors will give paramedics in the field medical directions from the hospital.
“The strength of what we bring to the table is the medical expertise. Our physicians are working for them for medical directorship in partnership with those paramedics that are in the field,” said William Kenley, CEO of AnMed Health. “It’ll certainly be by phone. Obviously, we have smartphone capabilities in the trucks, and we have the ability to communicate from the hospital for that. I do believe overtime, that will be enhanced more. Perhaps we do have some connected monitoring that we can do, remote as well. So there’ll be more things like that, and probably even potentially using visualization when it’ll be appropriate, also,” Kenley said.
Right now, Priority Ambulance, also known as Medshore, is Anderson County’s transportation service provider. The county said Medshore has 17 ambulances with emergency medical technicians, ready to transport victims to the hospital. However, Dunn said at times, an ambulance may not be needed for transportation, due to a paramedic’s immediate care.
“I know here lately, there’ve been several incidents where there have been no need, the paramedic done the job right there and didn’t need to go to the hospital,” Dunn said.
The QRV program started on Sept. 1 with a multidisciplinary team of physicians from AnMed Health and the county’s EMS medical control.
The vehicles will carry the same equipment as an ambulance in all areas throughout the county.