American Medical Response (AMR) recently announced that it has been selected by the County of San Diego to serve as the exclusive 911 emergency medical provider for the cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas, as well as the communities of Rancho Santa Fe and parts of Elfin Forest. Known collectively as the San Dieguito Ambulance District (CSA 17), the area covers more than 68 square miles and has 150,000 residents.
AMR was awarded the contract after a competitive bidding process and will begin providing services on Jan. 1, 2014.
“As a longtime member of the San Diego healthcare community, AMR is very proud to be chosen as the 911 emergency medical services provider for CSA 17,” said Michael Murphy, general manager of AMR in San Diego. “Our roots in San Diego County run deep and our commitment and pride in the communities we serve is demonstrated by our employees, many of whom are life-long residents of the region.”
AMR will provide several new services to the CSA 17 region, including a full-time, around the clock supervisor who will coordinate all ambulance activity to ensure the most efficient deployment of resources and 24-hour-a-day bilingual dispatchers and translation services.
AMR also purchased six new Type III ambulances (large box style) that feature state-of-the-art life-saving technology, including:
•Immediate wireless transmission of patient EKG data from the field to emergency facilities, ensuring seamless care and treatment.
•Real-time clinical quality assurance notification software that interfaces with the electronic patient care record, allowing for additional oversight of patient care.
“AMR is bringing the residents of San Diego County the highest level of patient care in the industry, including the most advanced life-saving technology,” said Brad Schwartz, MD, AMR medical director and Solana Beach resident. “We look forward to collaborating with community and healthcare leaders on disaster planning and response plans as well as programs that will help improve the overall health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.”
AMR currently provides 911 emergency medical services to the cities of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, La Mesa and Lemon Grove. It also serves the communities of Alpine, Bonita, Jamul, Pine Valley, Boulevard and Otay Mesa, as well as those included within the San Miguel Fire Protection District. With the addition of CSA 17, AMR will provide emergency medical services to more than 765,000 residents in more than 13 San Diego County cities and communities.