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Local EMS Agency Work is Yielding Good Results


  • Nor-Cal EMS
  • Hospitals within the Nor-Cal EMS region


On April 4, Hospital Council convened Nor-Cal EMS and the hospitals within the Local Emergency Services Agency (LEMSA). It is most heartening to see what collaboration yields, especially at a time when hospitals and LEMSAs are facing shared challenges. Discussions are underway on a proposed destination policy and nurse ride-a-longs. These strategies would help ensure optimal outcomes in the face of workforce shortages.


Hospital Council attended Nor-Cal EMS’ annual meeting along with 70+ north state EMS staff and leaders. At the meeting, the California Highway Patrol presented on the proliferation of drugs and drug abuse, as well as the fact that all large crowd events are now considered possibilities for active shooters. It also noted that body armor is now standard for many paramedics and emergency medical technicians.