EMS reorganizes to combine operations, medical

In Community Health, Feature by admin

Dr. Gallagher

Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Services has consolidated its financial, operational and clinical divisions under a single director, paving the way for more streamlined services, better efficiencies in management and training, and a stronger patient-centered focus.

MSSC member John Gallagher, MD, is now both the medical director and the director of the combined operations. This physician-led model aims to more strategically utilize system resources, reduce unnecessary ambulance transports and emergency department visits, and deliver better care that is more cost effective.

First responders: The new physician-led EMS model aims to more strategically utilize system resources, reduce unnecessary ambulance transports and emergency department visits, and deliver better care that is more cost effective. Photo source: Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services.

Assistant county manager Russell Leeds outlined the benefits in a comprehensive report.

“This solution offers certain organizational efficiencies and leverages the clinical expertise and system partnerships of the medical director to advance the mission, vision and values of EMS and Sedgwick County,” Leeds wrote.

Gallagher said the reorganization eliminates duplication of services in areas such as quality assurance, program development, training and education while providing streamlined, physician-level support and single-voice communications.

“Sedgwick County EMS is full of passionate EMS professionals,” Gallagher said. “I am proud to work with them on a daily basis to ensure that the needs of our community are met through medical best practices, operational efficiency, and compassion.”

Gallagher is dual board certified in Emergency Medicine and EMS Medicine. As medical director, he provides clinical oversight for more than 1,000 EMS providers in Sedgwick County. The reorganization maintains branches of operations, clinical oversight and support/finance under the leadership of the medical director and allows for the hiring of an assistant medical director.

“The Medical Society is very supportive of this new organization model,” said Phillip Brownlee, MSSC executive director, which oversees EMS medical protocols. “A physician-led system will help ensure Sedgwick County residents receive effective and efficient care.”