townhallAs you are aware, the issue of hospital diversion has been an ongoing topic of discussion especially over the last few months.  Diversion presents unique challenges to EMS agencies and healthcare facilities, and this can cause both confusion and frustration by all parties.

The Southwest Virginia EMS Council has scheduled a Town Hall meeting on this issue on Monday, May 1, 2017.  The meeting will be held at the Washington County Government Building Board of Supervisors Meeting Room beginning at 7:00pm. We appreciate Washington County for hosting the meeting. The facility is located at 1 Government Center Place, Abingdon, VA, 24210.

The format of this meeting will include both an informational session and a discussion segment.  The format will allow all members of the EMS system to discuss the unique challenges that hospital diversion create and will hopefully lead to the identification of possible solutions. 

We are inviting EMS agency and hospital leaders, local government officials, operational medical directors and other physicians, and other response agencies (including the Medical Reserve Corp, the Far Southwest Hospital Preparedness Group, and the Virginia Department of Health).  Please mark your calendar to attend this worthwhile meeting.  We do plan to schedule other meetings in the other areas of our region.