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Schertz Emergency Medical Services provides regional emergency medical services in a 220 square mile service area that includes the municipalities of Schertz, Cibolo, Live Oak, Marion, Santa Clara, Selma, Universal City, western Guadalupe County, Comal County ESD #6 and a small area of unincorporated Bexar County.
EMS also incorporates a Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) program staffed by one MIH Paramedic and a Community Health Coordinator to provide additional services to our residents.
Due to the on-going pandemic, we have identified a gap in healthcare services by our local healthcare partners (physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners). Currently, providers are providing telemedicine to their patients, but are unable to assess or provide other services due to the patient not coming physically into the office. With our mobile services, we are able to close this gap by providing these missing needed services (obtaining blood pressures, providing patient assessments, EKGs, etc).
To authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Affinity Family Care Clinic for MIH services.
There is an advantage to telemedicine for our residents in that they are able to stay at home and not travel. Adding our services will add to services not being offered through telemedicine.
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDED ACTION
Staff recommends approval of the attached Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Affinity Family Care Clinic.
The overall impact to the EMS Department is expected to be approximately $40,000 in revenue annually, which will offset labor costs, fuel and supply costs. The EMS department already has vehicles and other non-durable equipment purchased with previous grants/services that we provide with current agreements in place.
The City recommends Council approval of Resolution 21-R-02 to authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Affinity Family Care Clinic for MIH services.
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