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File #: 2019-0186    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/8/2019 In control: Budget and Fiscal Management Committee
On agenda: Final action: 6/26/2019
Enactment date: 7/8/2019 Enactment #: 18932
Title: AN ORDINANCE accepting and approving the Medic One/Emergency Medical Services 2020-2025 Strategic Plan submitted by the executive.
Sponsors: Claudia Balducci, Reagan Dunn, Rod Dembowski, Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Indexes: Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Planning
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 18932, 2. A. Medic One - Emergency Medical Services 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, dated June 12, 2019, 3. A. Medic One - Emergency Medical Services 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, 4. 2019-0186 transmittal letter, 5. 2019-0186 fiscal note, 6. 2019-0185 and 2019-0186_SR_EMS Strategic Plan and Levy Proposal, 7. ATT7_2019 Election Dates Memo Revised, 8. ATT8_UPDATED 26-5 cent option 2020-2025 FP March 2019 Forecast 4-24-19, 9. ATT9_PowerPoint Presentation_KCC - Regional Policy Committee 050819 - EMS Levy Follow Up, 10. 2019-0185.1 and 2019-0186.1_SR_Dated 061219_EMS EMS Levy Proposal and Strategic Plan_sp, 11. ATT5. AMD 1 to 2019-0186.1_Updated Attachment A bar 6-5-19, 12. ATT6. FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY_Redline copy showing changes to Attachment A per AMD 1 to PO 2019-0186.1, 13. 2019-0185.1 and 2019-0186.2_SR_dated_06252019_BFM_Dated 062519_EMS Levy Proposal and Strategic Plan, 14. ATT8_Copy of City Resolutions
Staff: Leskinen, Miranda

Drafter

Clerk 06/13/2019

Title

AN ORDINANCE accepting and approving the Medic One/Emergency Medical Services 2020-2025 Strategic Plan submitted by the executive.

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PREAMBLE:

Emergency medical services are among the most important services provided to county residents.  Those services include basic and advanced life support, regional medical control and quality improvement, emergency medical technician training, emergency medical dispatch training, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation training, paramedic continuing education, injury prevention education and related services.  In combination, those services have made the emergency medical services network in King County an invaluable lifesaving effort and an important part of the quality of life standards afforded residents of the county.

The Medic One/emergency medical services system in King County is recognized as one of the best emergency medical services program in the country.  With an international reputation for innovation and excellence, it offers uniform medical care regardless of location, incident circumstances, day of the week or time of day.

The King County regional system has among the finest of medical outcomes in the world for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.  In 2017, the system achieved a fifty-six-percent survival rate for cardiac arrest, which is among the highest-reported rates in the nation.  Compared to other communities, Seattle and King County cardiac arrest victims are two to three times more likely to survive.

The system's success can be traced to its unique design that is built upon the following components:

  1.  Regional, collaborative, crossjurisdictional and coordinated partnerships that allow for "seamless" operations;

  2.  Emergency medical services that are derived from the highest standards of medical training, practices and care, scientific evidence and close supervision by physicians experienced in emergency medical services care;

  3.  Programmatic leadership and state-of-the-art science-based strategies that allow the system to obtain superior medical outcomes and meet its own needs and expectations, as well as of those of its residents;

  4.  Sustained regional focus on operational and financial efficiencies that have led to the system's financial viability and stability, even throughout economic downturns; and

  5.  Stable funding by a voter approved levy that makes the services it provides less vulnerable, though not immune, to fluctuations in the economy.

King County should continue to exercise leadership and assume responsibility for assuring the consistent, standardized, effective and cost efficient development and provision of emergency services throughout the county.

The emergency medical services advisory task force was developed via Executive Order PHL - 9-1 - EO for "developing interjurisdictional agreement on an emergency medical services strategic plan and financing package for the 2020-2025 levy funding period, as well as implementing and reviewing programs and studies as directed by the adopted strategic plan."

Beginning in January 2018, the emergency medical services advisory task force worked collaboratively with emergency medical services stakeholders to review system needs and regional priorities, and develop programmatic and financial recommendations that ensure the integrity of the world-class Medic One/emergency medical services system is maintained.  On September 18, 2018, the emergency medical services advisory task force endorsed its Programmatic Needs Recommendations, which became the foundation of the Medic One/Emergency Medical Services 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.

The Medic One/Emergency Medical Services 2020-2025 Strategic Plan outlines how the region will execute the operational and financial recommendations that the emergency medical services advisory task force endorsed on September 18, 2018.  It is the primary policy and financial document that directs the emergency medical services network into the future.

The policies embedded within the Medic One/Emergency Medical Services 2020-2025 Strategic Plan ensure that the emergency medical services system serving Seattle and King County:  remains an adequately funded, regional tiered system; reflects the existing successful medical model; and continues to provide state of the art science-based strategies, programs and leadership.

                     BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COUNTY:

                     SECTION 1.  The council hereby accepts and approves the Medic One/Emergency Medical Services 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, dated June 12, 2019, which is Attachment A to this ordinance.  The recommendations contained in the Medic One/Emergency Medical Services 2020-2025 Strategic Plan shall inform and update the

provision of emergency medical services throughout King County during the 2020-2025 time span.