KEMSA Chronicle - Service chronicles

The service chronicles listed below were published in the Spring 2020 issue of the KEMSA Chronicle magazine. If you would like to submit news from your service for publication in the magazine and on this website, view information about submitting your news here.



EagleMed Great Bend ground Base Medical Manager Robert Nolan was awarded the 2019 Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence. Given annually at the AAMS Air Medical Transport Conference, this national award recognizes Robert as someone who has made an outstanding contribution to critical care ground transport in areas of safety, education, leadership and/or patient advocacy. EagleMed, and the entire state of Kansas, is fortunate to have Robert leading the way in Critical Care Ground Transport.

LifeSave Transport

LifeSave Transport announced its Care Collaborative ACO partnership launch with member participant, Goodland Regional Medical Center. The launch took place in January at the hospital where employees were introduced to a new patented software tool and visited with the LifeSave team.

The Care Collaborative ACO, a project managed by The University of Kansas Health System, aims at working with rural hospitals to develop and implement programs and treatments that can lead to better patient outcomes and reduced health care costs to Kansans, including Medicare beneficiaries.

Recognizing the cost and important role that air transportation can play for rural patients requiring emergent specialty care, the Care Collaborative ACO elected to establish a comprehensive patient transport program in partnership with a medical transport organization. LifeSave is the collaborative’s preferred partner for emergency medical transportation, providing rotor wing, fixed wing, and ground transport.

As part of the Care Collaborative ACO, LifeSave will provide Goodland Regional Medical Center and other participating members with 24/7 immediate access to emergency medical transportation, along with use of LifeSave’s groundbreaking proprietary transport tool, LifeSave Mission Control™. This innovative online software developed by LifeSave allows hospitals to match the severity of a patient’s condition with the type of transport needed.

Reno County EMS

Reno County EMS has seen some administrative changes over the past several months. We welcomed our new EMS Chief Dave Johnston in August, and he has hit the ground running. We also had an opening for Division Chief after 20-year employee, KariAnn Banning, left to pursue a new career as an APRN. Congratulations to Jeramie Schmidt for his promotion into the opened Division Chief position.

RCEMS welcomes new hires, including: Taysh Tetlow, paramedic; Chris Purcell, paramedic; Cody Miller, EMT; Alyssa Dye, EMT; Brent Henderson, EMT; and Laurel Barrientos, paramedic.

RCEMS also wants to recognize paramedic Michael Koehn. Mike celebrated 40 years as a front-line field provider with Reno County EMS in December. Prior to working for Reno County EMS, Mike also worked as an EMS provider for McPherson EMS and Halstead EMS. Mike has seen many changes over the years he has worked at Reno County EMS and has been instrumental in bringing forward information from his wealth of knowledge and experience to help us better serve our community. Congratulations, Mike!

Wesley Medical Center

Wesley Medical Center has earned a coveted 5-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a distinguished ranking that only 6.4% of hospitals in the nation have earned. Until this year, Wesley has maintained a strong four-star rating, but its dedication to patient safety and its high standards for quality care have raised the bar, senior leaders said.

The Hospital Compare overall hospital rating summarizes a variety of measures across seven areas of quality into a single star rating for each hospital. Once reporting thresholds are met, a hospital’s overall hospital rating is calculated using only those measures for which data are available. This may include as few as 9 or as many as 60 measures. The average is about 39 measures. Hospitals report data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services through the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program and the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program. The star rating uses seven different statistical models to calculate quality measures. Those models include mortality rates, safety of care, readmission (how often a patient is readmitted after discharge), patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging.

The overarching goal of the Overall Hospital Rating is to improve the usability and interpretability of information posted to its Hospital Compare website, which is designed for consumers to use along with their healthcare provider to make decisions on where to receive care, CMS officials said. The Overall Hospital Rating provides consumers with a simple rating generated by combining multiple dimensions of quality into a single summary score.

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