Council Connect Article

Hospital Executives Advise Sacramento County EMS Agency

Last year, Hospital Council encouraged the Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services Agency (SCEMSA) to launch the Emergency Medical Advisory Group (EMAG). Recognizing the vital role SCEMSA plays in the community’s health, the advisory group helps to address staffing and performance challenges and creates a venue for program improvement.  

EMAG includes executive-level representatives from Dignity Health, Sutter Health, UC Davis Health, and Kaiser Permanente. After holding its two initial meetings last year, it met on February 13 to:  

  • Identify what data elements the local emergency medical services (EMS) agency needs to collect and analyze to drive quality improvement with ambulance providers and hospitals 
  • Decide what staff resources are needed to perform current and emerging EMS programs 
  • Determine the budget needed to support SCEMSA so that health care providers can advocate with policymakers on SCEMSA’s behalf 
  • Consider how to communicate the need for these changes to an audience of decision-makers who are not versed in EMS issues  

The next EMAG meeting will take place on April 9. Hospital Council staff convenes conference calls with the EMAG’s hospital members and their staff before and after each official meeting to help the field stay unified in addressing issues.