Director, Ambulance Services
Posted in the Childress Forum
#1 Oct 24, 2013
Quanah has been recruiting for an ambulance director for months. They have people on the service who are more than qualified:
Deana Holocker has been a Paramedic for more than 25 years, takes care of the administrative duties performed by Mike Beimer when he is out of town (scheduling, billing, run sheets, etc); is well thought of and respected in the community - has applied but hasn't been given an interview. Is it because she is a woman?
Are all the calls being billed for appropriately? Let's take it one further, are all the calls being billed for at all? Have they double billed anyone? Anyone know who I contact for the policies and procedures and financials of the EMS services? Please, don't tell me commissioners court or Judge Ingram!
Ask your Paramedics if they are PALS/ACLS certified. For their job they should be, did you know that the majority of them are working under expired certifications? How come the EMS hasn't sent them for recertification or had someone come in and do their updates?
think about this - if you have a child or adult who requires life support procedures, do you want your Paramedic to be working under a certification that is no longer valid?
Apparently we have the same issue with the ambulance service that we have with the hospital. As citizens of Hardeman County, and as individuals who can be directly or indirectly affected by the EMS failure to perform properly, it is time for everyone to start asking questions and attending commissioner court meetings for answers.(by indirectly - if the EMS messes up, someone dies, family sues - who do you think is going to get the bill? YEP - the taxpayers)
#2 Oct 24, 2013
A certificate is a piece of paper. I'd wouldn't really care as long as they had the knowledge to do their job. Better someone with an expired certificate work on me than no-one at all. If this keeps up there will be no EMS.
#3 Oct 24, 2013
Nothing is ever going to change in this town. Too many for too long have turned their heads to what they knew to be wrong. Maybe because it never effected them or they were scared to stand up and say something. Just like cancer it has gotten worse and irreversible.
#4 Oct 25, 2013
You are right. A certificate is a piece of paper. This is a litigious society. If the crew handles a call, the results are not favorable, the family finds out the licensing and certifications are expired, the first phone call is to some ambulance chasing (pardon the pun) attorney with allegations of incompetence. So, which is less punitive to the EMS - keeping certifications up-to-date or lawsuits for failure to do so?
If someone who has smoked for years dies of lung cancer can win millions from the tobacco companies; someone who takes a medication for a condition, and they were informed of side effects before beginning the therapy can win $63m - you think the EMS would be any less immune to such frivolity?
#5 Oct 25, 2013
This is the same county that let a commissioner carry other peoples votes to the ballot box. When he was caught he was given probation. Which was dismissed early. Do you really think anyone gives a shit about an expired certification?
You all have asked for what you have so enjoy it. My suggestion is really pay attention 16 years from now for who you are voting for because it will make a difference. Why 16 years from now? Well that is when Paul will retire from the sheriffs position. LOL
#6 Oct 26, 2013
Actually we don't live in a litigious society. The frivolous stories are just the only one's the news likes to report. However, only about 2% of Americans who are injuried by corporations, hospitals, police, or EMS, actually file suit and receive settlement.
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