Anderson Co. leaders, providers discuss improving EMS system

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A special meeting was held Wednesday to address an issue that Anderson County has grappled with for years: concerns with the area’s emergency medical services.

A consulting firm – hired by the county – revealed major flaws like the nearest ambulances may not be sent to emergencies. The study also found that officials don’t have a way to accurately track response times.

“All I know is that when I call, I want somebody there who’s going to take care of Grace Floyd and the rest of the people in Anderson County,” said Councilwoman Gracie Floyd.

“It’s very important to listen to those who’ve been involved in our system,” said Council Chairman Tommy Dunn.

The room had a number of stakeholders including emergency medical service providors from throughout Anderson County including Greg Shore from MedShore, which covers about 60% of the county.

“There’s a lot of misinformation in the study,” said Shore.

Also agreeing that the study had flaws of its own was Dr. Thomas Kickham from AnMed Health.

“They’re using a lot of buzzwords about nationally accepted standards. There is no nationally accepted standards that have been proven with studies,” he said.

Still — Shore says some good can come from what the study found, like changing to one central system for the whole county. He says MedShore has already made changes to improve care.

“We are working with our employees to let them know over the next 120 days that the 24 hour shifts will go away and they’ll be working 8, 10, and 12 hour shifts,” he said.

County leaders say this is just the beginning of their efforts to improve the EMS system. They say more meetings like this are going to have to be held in the future.

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