Base Station Hospital & Trauma Catchment Review

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The San Diego region offers a robust Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System of emergency, specialty, and trauma medical care through its cooperating hospitals. The County of San Diego, in its role as the Local Emergency Medical Services Agency (LEMSA) oversees and upholds the standards of the EMS system, which includes designation of base station hospitals, trauma centers, and trauma center catchment areas.

The purpose of this project is to conduct a comprehensive review and evaluation of:

  1. Base Station Hospital System (BSHS)
  2. Trauma Center Catchment Area Designations (TCCAD)

Public and stakeholder input is critical to ensure a comprehensive evaluation. Opportunities to learn and provide feedback on the project will be available through this site and other activities.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Background

County EMS monitors and evaluates the local emergency medical system on an ongoing basis by conducting surveillance and reporting key system performance indicators and metrics. In collaboration with its partners through advisory groups such as the Emergency Medical Care Committee and the Health Services Capacity Task Force, the County EMS then revises policies and protocols as indicated by the data. Although there are systems in place to ensure data-driven adjustments can be made to the local EMS system when needed, there has not been a comprehensive evaluation of the base station hospital system model and trauma center catchment area designations in several decades. With the changing dynamics of the San Diego region in recent years and anticipated changes to San Diego demographics over the next decade, a comprehensive evaluation of these critical system components will be beneficial to ensure the local EMS system will continue to be one of the finest in the nation.

In developing the comprehensive evaluations, many factors will be considered including:

  • Industry research
  • Best practices
  • Public and stakeholder input

How can you participate in the process:

  • Stay informed by reviewing the information on this site
  • Share the information with others
  • Participate in the engagement tools on this site
  • Contribute to conversations at meetings and listening sessions
  • Speak up! Don't hesitate to ask question


The San Diego region offers a robust Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System of emergency, specialty, and trauma medical care through its cooperating hospitals. The County of San Diego, in its role as the Local Emergency Medical Services Agency (LEMSA) oversees and upholds the standards of the EMS system, which includes designation of base station hospitals, trauma centers, and trauma center catchment areas.

The purpose of this project is to conduct a comprehensive review and evaluation of:

  1. Base Station Hospital System (BSHS)
  2. Trauma Center Catchment Area Designations (TCCAD)

Public and stakeholder input is critical to ensure a comprehensive evaluation. Opportunities to learn and provide feedback on the project will be available through this site and other activities.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Background

County EMS monitors and evaluates the local emergency medical system on an ongoing basis by conducting surveillance and reporting key system performance indicators and metrics. In collaboration with its partners through advisory groups such as the Emergency Medical Care Committee and the Health Services Capacity Task Force, the County EMS then revises policies and protocols as indicated by the data. Although there are systems in place to ensure data-driven adjustments can be made to the local EMS system when needed, there has not been a comprehensive evaluation of the base station hospital system model and trauma center catchment area designations in several decades. With the changing dynamics of the San Diego region in recent years and anticipated changes to San Diego demographics over the next decade, a comprehensive evaluation of these critical system components will be beneficial to ensure the local EMS system will continue to be one of the finest in the nation.

In developing the comprehensive evaluations, many factors will be considered including:

  • Industry research
  • Best practices
  • Public and stakeholder input

How can you participate in the process:

  • Stay informed by reviewing the information on this site
  • Share the information with others
  • Participate in the engagement tools on this site
  • Contribute to conversations at meetings and listening sessions
  • Speak up! Don't hesitate to ask question


  • Recorded Presentation of Initial Findings and Recommendations

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    As part of the ongoing Comprehensive Evaluation of the Base Hospital System and Trauma Catchment Area Designation, the Public Consultant Group (PCG) shared its initial findings and recommendations at five in-person listening sessions. These sessions were held November 7 - November 9, 2023 in each of the San Diego County Supervisorial Districts.

    The recorded presentation link can be found here, hosted by PCG.

    This 57-minute presentation includes:

    • Project process and progress
    • Base Hospital System evaluation details
    • Trauma Catchment Area Designation assessments
    • Initial findings and recommendations.


  • Upcoming In-Person Listening Sessions (2nd Phase)

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    The 2nd phase of listening sessions has concluded. Thank you to all who attended.

    Through this second phase of listening sessions, PCG will present their findings. These findings include their analysis, including the information collected during the first phase of the project. PCG will hear feedback from stakeholders and the public following the presentation at each of these in-person listening sessions.

    For more information, please view the flyer title - Community Meetings (2nd phase) under "Outreach Flyers" on the right-hand side of this site.

  • Public Input Survey

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    This survey has concluded. Thank you for your input.


    The Public Input Survey is now live! Please click the link under the "Take a Survey" tab to complete this short survey as the County and PCG values your feedback.

  • Survey

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    This survey has concluded.

    The County of San Diego is collecting feedback from stakeholders of the Base Station Hospital System and Trauma Center Catchment Area Designations to gain vital information regarding each of these components of the County EMS system. This survey supports the current project – Comprehensive Evaluation of the Base Hospital System and Trauma Center Catchment Area Designations – conducted by Public Consulting Group LLC (PCG) on behalf of the County of San Diego.

    This survey was created by the PCG team and is formatted with various styles of questioning. We want to emphasize that there are no right or wrong responses, and we encourage everyone to express their anonymous thoughts and opinions.

    This survey is open to everyone, including hospital and EMS professionals, members of the public, and all stakeholders. Take the survey now!

  • Upcoming Virtual Listening Sessions!

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    The first phase of listening sessions has concluded. Thank you to all who attended.

    The County of San Diego would like to hear from you about the County’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Delivery System.

    We want to hear your thoughts on the following:

    · How paramedics and EMTs should receive medical direction,

    · Which hospital the patient should be taken to, and

    · Which Trauma Center should be selected if the patient is badly injured.

    On behalf of the County of San Diego, Public Consulting Group LLC (PCG) is conducting a Comprehensive Evaluation of the Base Station Hospital System and the Trauma Catchment Area Designations. A vital element of this evaluation is hearing your valuable input. We invite all EMS system stakeholders, healthcare community members, and the public to participate.


    Dates and times are listed under "Key Dates" on this web page.

Page last updated: 17 Jan 2024, 09:48 AM