The Herald-Dispatch: 1/27/2016
For full article, click: Cabell County EMS receives superior rating
Cabell County Emergency Medical Services earned a perfect score on its ratings from the state, which evaluate the quality of emergency medical services provided to the community
Every EMS provider in the state is judged in multiple categories involving station, ambulance, training and administration requirements.
A designated number of points are given in each category with the maximum number being 150 points. Cabell County EMS was awarded all 150 points and received a superior rating.
Assistant director Steve Murray said the superior rating does not come as a shock because it’s something they receive year after year.
“It’s all due to the support we have from the county commission and all the municipalities in Cabell County,” Murray said. “They allow us to build good stations and hire an excellent workforce with paramedics and EMTs that have all the qualifications that meet the requirements.”
Although the state only assesses county emergency services every four years, Murray said their superior services are offered year round and not just when it comes time for inspections.
Not only do they maintain their current services, but they also look to advance their practices.
“We strive to be up-to-date on the latest medical practices and we are always looking to upgrade our procedures, equipment and training for the staff,” Murray said.
With the superior rating, Murray said he hopes the community will see that tax dollars are being used wisely.
“We are providing the best ambulance service that West Virginia can provide with the materials that are given to us,” he said.
Cabell County EMS has eight stations that operate 17 ambulances throughout the county. They provide advanced and basic life support, critical care transportation and emergency 911 services.
On Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Cabell County Commission meeting, members from the West Virginia Office of EMS will present the superior rating to Cabell County EMS Director Gordon Merry and the commission. The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. in commission chambers.