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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

Regional EMS Sessions

 

As a follow up to the 2015 EMS Stakeholders recommendations, the Office of Rural Health contracted  with SafeTech Solutions, LLP to survey EMS agencies across South Dakota. The purpose of the survey was to evaluate the current state of EMS and to establish benchmarks for improvement. The Office of Rural Health concurrently planned eight regional EMS sessions to share survey results and meet with individual EMS leaders across SD.

The goals of the survey and regional listening sessions were to:

  • Follow-up on the EMS Stakeholders Group’s recommendations;
  • Learn about the current state of EMS in South Dakota;
  • Explore the reliability and sustainability of EMS agencies in South Dakota;
  • Identify local agency challenges and needs;
  • Learn about the perceptions of EMS agencies;
  • Identify opportunities to provide technical assistance; and
  • Ensure that EMS program planning is guided by broad input from EMS leaders statewide.

A total of 130 transporting EMS agencies responded to the survey during the summer of 2016. A final report of the survey can be found here.

The Regional EMS sessions were so well received, the Office of Rural Health is planning additional sessions during the fall months 2017. Dates and locations TBA.