The Town of Weymouth announced today that South Shore Health System has been awarded Weymouth’s Emergency Ambulance Service (EAS) contract. Mayor Robert Hedlund and the EAS Committee made the announcement at Town Hall with South Shore Health System representatives.
President and CEO of South Shore Health System, Gene E. Green, MD, MBA, said he is grateful and proud of the new venture, noting the partnership advances the Health System’s mission to offer high-quality care to the people on the South Shore.
“Extending our Health System out into the community starts right in our home town,” said Green. “We have transformed from South Shore Hospital to an independent community Health System that delivers state-of-the-art care in many disciplines. This is the future of health care for better patient outcomes.”
The award is the culmination of a two-year effort by the Town of Weymouth, starting with the development of a comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP) and ending with an extensive review of three proposals received, submitted by Fallon Ambulance Service, Brewster Ambulance Service and South Shore Health System.
“I want to thank the Review Committee for their effort and recommendation. It was clear that committee members spent a lot of time reviewing every detail of all three proposals. They had a tough choice, as all three proposals had Weymouth’s best interests in mind,” Mayor Hedlund said.
Under the new partnership, South Shore Health System will continue to train and educate Weymouth Fire on the delivery of emergency medical services. Weymouth Fire will have access to required training through the South Shore Hospital EMS Training Division, emergency vehicle operator courses, bleeding control programs, Narcan training and more.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to continue our legacy of service to the people of Weymouth,” said Jason Tracy, MD, Chair of Emergency Medicine for South Shore Hospital. “We look forward to integrating Weymouth Police and Weymouth Fire into our comprehensive approach to emergency medical services.”
South Shore EMS is currently made up of 70 EMS professionals, two simulations laboratories (one mobile and one fixed) and 10 physical ambulances, which transport over 11,000 patients annually.
South Shore Health System’s proposal includes the addition of:
• 2 Advanced Life Support Ambulances 24/7
• 1 Advanced Life Support Field Supervisor 24/7
• 1 Basic Life Support Ambulance 24/7
• 1 Basic Life Support Ambulance 16/7
• Basic Life Support Ambulance can convert to an Advanced Life Support Ambulance with the addition of the ALS field Supervisor
• Back up resources included 2 Advanced Life Support Ambulance and 8 Basic Life Support Ambulances
Plans are in place to ensure a smooth transition for a July 1 launch date.