Emergency Medical Services Authority

Emergency Medical Services Authority

EMSA - the Emergency Medical Services Authority - is Oklahoma's largest provider of pre-hospital emergency medical care. EMSA provides ambulance service to more than 1.1 million residents in central and northeast Oklahoma.

EMSA was established in Tulsa in 1977 and later expanded to include Bixby, Jenks and Sand Springs in Oklahoma. EMSA began providing service to Oklahoma City in 1990. Each year, EMSA responds to more than 110,000 calls for help. EMSA transports more than 70,000 patients by ambulance each year.


EMSA is a public trust authority of the City of Tulsa and City of Oklahoma City governments. It is the Authority's charged duty to ensure that the cities served receive the highest quality of emergency medical service at the best possible price. There are several entities that work together in the EMSA system, including:

The Authority: EMSA, the Authority, provides independent business oversight and ensures compliance of a private ambulance service chosen to operate in the service area. The Authority does not provide ambulance service, but rather acts as an informed and impartial buyer of service for the cities it represents. The Authority also owns ambulances and other capital equipment used by the private contractor to provide service. EMSA also manages agreements, maintains patient records, bills and collects, purchases goods and services and manages the TotalCare ambulance subscription program and makes policy recommendations.

Employees of the Authority report to and follow the direction of the 11-member EMSA Board of Trustees. The mayors of Tulsa and Oklahoma City appoint eight of the 11 trustees.

The City of Oklahoma City and The City of Tulsa: In addition to appointing individuals to serve on the EMSA Board of Trustees, the Cities must approve any changes to EMSA Trust Agreement, which governs EMSA operations.

The medical director: An independent medical director provides medical oversight of the private ambulance company selected by the Authority and first responders (firefighters assisting in patient assessment and stabilization). The medical director conducts routine audits and testing of all medics practicing in the system, writes seamless protocols to ensure the continuity of care between first responders and transport medics, researches new treatment modalities and evaluates complaints.

The medical director reports to the Medical Control Board, an organization composed of nine community physicians (eight of whom work in metropolitan hospital emergency departments) who serve voluntarily.

The contracted provider: Since 1998, Paramedics Plus LLC has provided ambulance service for the Authority. Paramedics Plus is committed, by contract, to meet response times and other standards set forth by the Authority and the medical director.

Paramedics Plus is a wholly-owned subsidiary of East Texas Medical Center (ETMC), based in Tyler, Texas. ETMC is a not-for-profit organization that operates the nation's second-largest rural EMS system with a service area spanning more than 17,000 square miles.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • California Emergency Medical Services Authority — The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA or EMS Authority) is an agency of California State government. The California EMS Authority is one of the thirteen departments within the California Health and Human Services Agency. The… …   Wikipedia

  • Emergency medical services — A road ambulance of the South Western Ambulance Service in England …   Wikipedia

  • Emergency medical services in the United Kingdom — An ambulance of the South Western Ambulance Service responds to an emergency call …   Wikipedia

  • Emergency medical services in Norway — infobox country common name = Norway capital = Oslo [cite web|url=https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the world factbook/geos/no.html|title=All facts unless otherwise cited, are from: The CIA World Fact Book|accessdate=2008 10 06] area km2 …   Wikipedia

  • Emergency medical services in the United States — infobox country common name = United States capital = Washington, DC [cite web|url=https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the world factbook/geos/us.html|title=All facts unless otherwise cited are from: The CIA World Fact Book|accessdate=2008… …   Wikipedia

  • Emergency medical services in Hong Kong — infobox country common name = Hong Kong capital = Beijing [cite web|url=https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the world factbook/geos/hk.html|title=All facts unless otherwise cited, are from: The CIA World Fact Book|accessdate=2008 10 06] area …   Wikipedia

  • Emergency medical services in Israel — Infobox Country common name = Israel capital = JerusalemThe Jerusalem Law states that Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel and the city serves as the seat of the government, home to the President s residence, government… …   Wikipedia

  • Emergency medical technician - basic — (EMT B) is the entry level of prehospital emergency medical provider in the United States. EMT Bs are employed in a variety of industries. EMT Bs are not trained to provide definitive medical care, but instead focus on rapid in field treatment… …   Wikipedia

  • Emergency medical technician — The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) exists in many countries and is a health care provider trained to provide prehospital emergency medical care.cite web |url=http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos101.htm |title= Emergency Medical Technicians and… …   Wikipedia

  • Emergency medical responder levels by U.S. state — In the United States, the licensing of prehospital emergency medical providers (emergency medical technicians (EMTs)) and oversight of emergency medical services are governed at the state level. Each state is free to add or subtract levels as… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.