RENO, Nev. – Plumas District Hospital (PDH) and Care Flight are pleased to jointly announce that they were selected by the Indian Valley Ambulance Service Authority (IVSA) as the new contractor to provide ground ambulance service in the Indian Valley area of Plumas County in northeastern California.
On Thursday, October 31, 2019, PDH and Care Flight assumed EMS operations in Greenville and the Indian Valley area. A formal hand-off was held between PDH and Care Flight and the outgoing contractor, PHI Community Health Services, a subsidiary of PHI Air Medical Inc.
“We are very excited to partner with IVASA and the communities within Indian Valley,” said Matt Brown, Operations Manager, Care Flight. “We have learned a great deal working with PDH since the beginning of our partnership in 2016. We look forward to continuing to enhance rural healthcare across the region with this innovative partnership program.”
“Partnering with Care Flight has elevated our quality of care,” said JoDee Tittle, CEO, PDH. “We look forward to opportunities to positively impact our community and provide confidence in our services for years to come.”
Since partnering with PDH, Care Flight has taken the lead on numerous healthcare initiatives in and around the Quincy area, where their base of operations with PDH is located. Notably, Quincy was designated as the first rural HEARTSafe Community in California in 2017 and that same year was recognized by Nor Cal EMS as having the highest out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rate in all five of the counties under its regulation. Additionally, over 1200 people have received CPR certification in the community within the last three years.
PDH and Care Flight plan on extending these initiatives, along with other programs, such as home wellness visits for residents that are deemed at risk by their local physician, EMT training for the local Indian Valley Volunteer Fire Department, emergency medical dispatching for 911 callers who will receive medical instruction over the phone until an ambulance arrives at their location, and access to the REMSA Nurse Health Line through the PDH hospital and clinics.
Care Flight Ground is a division of Care Flight, the air ambulance program of the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA).