Fort Dodge, IA - UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center and Fort Dodge Fire Department (FDFD) recently received results and recommendations from the EMS Community Study that was recently conducted. Fitch & Associates, an outside consulting firm, led a comprehensive study of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Fort Dodge and Webster County. The goal of the study was to provide recommendations on a best-practice EMS model and a roadmap for the best delivery system for our community.
The summary of report confirms that the Fort Dodge region has a strong EMS system with dedicated staffs committed to public safety. Within the report, it also indicates Trinity Regional Medical Center and Fort Dodge Fire Department response times are better than industry averages. Lastly, the report provided great take aways related to areas of opportunities to improve systems and process; which Fort Dodge Fire Department, Trinity Regional Medical Center and Webster County will work closely to make improvements.
“The study provided really good insight,” says David Fierke, Fort Dodge City Manager, “It showed us what we are doing well, and helps us better understand systems and process we can improve upon as a community. This is essential to be able to continue to provide high quality EMS services for the Fort Dodge Region.”
Fitch’s long-term recommendation is to develop a more formal partnership with a shared governance structure and aligned incentives.
“We are fortunate to already have a strong partnership between the two entities. I believe the opportunities identified and the long-term recommendation will only make us a stronger system well into the future,” states, Mike Dewerff, UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge President and CEO.
The next steps will be to develop operational plans to make improvements outlined in the report; and to begin due diligence on long-term structure recommendations.
“Fort Dodge Fire Department and Trinity have been partners in delivering high quality EMS in Fort Dodge and Webster County for decades. We look forward to even greater collaboration that will lead to improvements in our shared mission for years to come,” shares Steve Hergenreter, Fire Chief, FDFR.
A full copy of the Fitch report can be found here.