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St. Joseph & Bryan Fire Department Announce Partnership

Bryan Fire Chief Randy McGregor and emergency room doctors at St. Joseph Regional Health Center announced Tuesday an agreement to supervise paramedics and EMT’s.

McGregor says St. Joseph emergency physician Aaron Buzzard has been name the medical director of the Bryan Fire Department.

McGregor says this follows a year-long search to partner with a group of local physicians to oversee the fire department’s EMS operation.

Dr. Buzzard takes over for a Dallas-based physician who had worked with the city of Bryan the last 17 years.

RandyMcGregor100212.mp3Randy McGregor visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

News release & photo courtesy of the Bryan Fire Department:

The City of Bryan has named Aaron Buzzard, M.D., St. Joseph Emergency Physician, Medical Director of the Bryan Fire Department (BFD).

This initiative is expected to improve emergency care in Bryan and Brazos County and allow for seamless care from the scene to the hospital.

BFD has operated under medical direction from a Dallas-based doctor since 1995. While EMS care has been very good, the ability to interact with the Medical Director was not possible due to his location. BFD has been looking for a group of local physicians to partner with to bring the medical direction locally.

The medical director of an EMS agency is a physician who provides guidance, leadership, oversight and quality assurance for the practice of local paramedics and EMTs. The medical director is generally responsible for the creation of protocols for treatment by paramedics and providing leadership to the group of physicians who assist with the provision of medical oversight. The medical director may also assist the EMS agency in extending its scope of practice.

Bryan Fire Department Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

• The Bryan Fire Department began operating emergency ambulance service on April 1, 1979.

• For several years, BFD operated two ambulances at a Basic Life Support (BLS) level.

• In 1988, BFD began offering Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances by having paramedics and ALS equipment on both ambulances.

• Over recent years, a priority for the Bryan Fire Department has been to continually analyze and improve our ability to provide the highest level of patient care.

• Today, BFD operates four ALS ambulances every day, along with a paramedic supervisor, and every fire truck is staffed with at least one paramedic.

• In 2011, BFD responded to 7,150 medical calls which is over 78% of all calls responded to by BFD.

• In 2011, 5,707 transports were made and over 95% were taken to St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan.

Patients will directly benefit from this partnership

• Dr. Buzzard and other St. Joseph ER physicians are authorized to communicate medical advice to medics in-field, when requested.

• Dr. Buzzard can respond to the scene when needed in the event of serious emergencies.

• Dr. Buzzard will develop training curriculum for BFD medics.

• Improved training for BFD medics, who will have the opportunity to train in the Emergency Department and learn from doctors and specialists at St. Joseph. Dr. Buzzard will also provide in-field medical training to EMS crews.

• BFD now has access to the latest evidence-based procedures, protocols and research at St. Joseph. If a protocol change is needed, BFD can adapt simultaneously with the hospital.

Trauma Care Capabilities Expanding at St. Joseph

Currently, St. Joseph Regional is designated as the Lead Level 3 trauma hospital in our seven-county region. Early next year, St. Joseph expects to receive a Level 2 designation. At that time, St. Joseph Regional will be the only Level 2 Trauma Center between Waco and Houston.

With paramedics from the City of Bryan Fire Department, St. Joseph and St. Joseph AirMedical collaborating to provide life-saving, excellent care, it is these organizations’ and agencies’ shared goal that the result be a seamless experience for patients.

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Posted by on Oct 2 2012. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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