Dodge County Considering Company To Study EMS Staffing Shortages

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board’s Executive Committee is recommending a third-party firm conduct an external analysis of the region’s emergency medical services. A steering committee made up of stakeholders representing emergency medical service agencies, local hospitals and townships are hoping the study reveal solutions to significant concerns about the sustainability of EMS services in Dodge County. The group asked for county support to help fund the review before opening it up for bid.

Dodge County Emergency Management Director Amy Nehls says they received four responses with Strategic Management and Consulting, LLC being the best choice. She says they have 67 years of combined EMS experience including rural EMS. Nehls says they plan on performing on-site interviews with providers to gather information and promote collaboration between the firm, EMS providers and constituents.

The bid for Strategic Management and Consulting, LLC came in at $21,500. The county did receive a grant for just under $5,000 to help pay for part of the study. Nehls says area EMS groups will pool their resources to contribute as well. She says each agency plans on donating $250 which will be approximately $4,000 financial commitment towards the analysis.

Nehls says the county will cover the remaining costs from the General Fund. The goal would be to have the study completed by the end of this year. The Dodge County Board will vote to officially hire the firm during their August 20th meeting.