Claremore Daily Progress

Top Stories

September 16, 2012

Mercy Regional

OTEMS changes dispatch centers

CLAREMORE — Oologah-Talala Emergency Medical Services (OTEMS) ambulance service has changed dispatch centers, effective early next week, to reduce costs while continuing excellent service to patrons. The OTEMS board voted Thursday night to change from the Chelsea Police Department to Mercy Regional EMS’s dispatch center in Owasso.

“The transition will be transparent for our patrons, whose calls will be handled by experienced dispatchers who are familiar with the geography and addresses in our district,” said Kelly Deal, OTEMS operations director.

“The decision was based only on financial reasons as we are able to cut our monthly cost by more than half (from $1,350 to $600),” Deal said in a letter to Chelsea City Manager Kenny Weast. “It was simply a business decision by the OTEMS board of directors.”

Deal said OTEMS will honor a 30-day cancellation clause in the Chelsea contract by paying for services through Oct. 14. However, it has already begun testing its new radio frequency and hopes to make the physical switch to Mercy as soon as Monday.

Mercy already dispatches for the Northwest Rogers County Fire Protection District. The boards of both entities have approved sharing a radio frequency.

Since Northwest and OTEMS respond to all medical, traffic accident and injury calls within the OTEMS district, the new dispatching arrangement should improve efficiency and service to patients.

The services will use the same frequency, so they can be dispatched simultaneously rather than separately from dispatch centers located in two different counties. In addition, all responding units can simultaneously receive additional information on directions and the situations to which they are responding, Deal said.

Technical factors in the radio system now used by Mercy for Northwest also are expected to improve radio reception for OTEMS, especially when units are taking patients to hospitals in Owasso and Tulsa.

The change will not affect OTEMS’s participation in the new unified Rogers County E911 Dispatch Center. The new countywide center is not expected to go online until next July at the earliest.

Deal represents EMS services in the county on the center’s advisory board, and is expected to be named a trustee in the same capacity if Rogers County commissioners change to a trust form of governance for the new operation.

“It has been a pleasure working with the (Chelsea) dispatch staff and their dedication to the lifesaving work they do,” Deal said. “Our patrons should continue to call 911 for any emergency requiring emergency medical services.

“The 911 operator will automatically transfer the caller to our new dispatch center.”

1
Text Only
Top Stories
  • Witness: More Oklahoma bombing videos may exist

    A police officer who was at the scene of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing said Wednesday during a Utah trial that he saw surveillance cameras at the federal building that may have recorded the attack.

    July 31, 2014

  • Jennifer McMaken.jpg Rogers County couple arrested for child endangerment

    A Rogers County couple faces child endangerment charges after they smoked synthetic marijuana and wrecked their car with their 5-year-old son in the back seat.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • tax-free weekend.jpg Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday this weekend

    This weekend, Claremore merchants are hoping to see an increase in shoppers, as the statewide sales tax holiday goes into effect.
    Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday until midnight on Sunday, consumers will have an opportunity to purchase certain clothing and shoes free of sales tax. 

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Linda Bradshaw.jpeg Tulsa businesswoman named Will Rogers Memorial Commissioner

    Linda Bradshaw, Tulsa businesswoman, member of the first class of Will Rogers Ropers (docents) and leader of The Event 2013, which raised $226,000 to help support Will Rogers Memorial Museums, is the newest member of the Memorial Commissioner.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kristy Hancock.tif RCB Bank auditor earns CIA Certification

    Kristy Hancock recently passed the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam and received her CIA Certification.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president’s new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday.

    July 31, 2014

  • New Programs hosted in Foyil

    The Foyil Community Organization was launched in January with the purpose of providing residents with community events.

    July 30, 2014

  • Gutierrez awarded Health Foundation scholarship

    Evelyn Gutierrez of Claremore was recently awarded a scholarship from United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative to pursue a career in primary health care.

    July 30, 2014

  • Medical marijuana petition signing up thousands of new voters

    Medical marijuana may be the state’s newest gateway drug — to voting.
    Oklahomans for Health is spearheading a ballot drive to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The group has collected about 100,000 of the 156,000 signatures of registered voters it needs to get the issue on the ballot, according to its chairman, Chip Paul.

    July 30, 2014

  • City open records dispute continues

    The city of Claremore will pay $41,324.25 in attorney fees to the Vinita law firm who challenged their compliance with the Oklahoma Open Records Act.

     

    July 29, 2014