If You Don’t Track It, You Can’t Prove It!
Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Captain Mike Rogers, training director for Boyle County EMS in Danville Kentucky. If you want to see a picture of a busy man, check out Mikes! I was really appreciative of the time that he carved out during lunch to meet with me. Boyle County EMS is one of the field internship sites that we use in our paramedic educational program. According to Dr. Bill Young, EMS program director, “We are extremely happy to send students there because we know that they will be challenged and they will receive thorough, constructive feedback that leads to highly accomplished paramedics.
Captain Rogers just recently completed his associate’s degree through the online degree program offered to paramedics by Eastern Kentucky University. During the course of this interview, Rogers was awarded the traditional Littman Cardiology IV stethoscope that is given to all of our students upon their graduation. This is a tradition that was started, several years ago, by the Department of Fire and Paramedicine Science chair, Nancye Davis.
In a recent interview with the Danville Advocate Messenger, Captain Rogers surmised that his EMS agency is weathering the paramedic shortage fairly well. “We’re fortunate; we have a good agency. We consider it progressive; (it) doesn’t have a super high, crazy run volume. Agencies like Jessamine County … they’re hurting bad for paramedics,” Rogers said. “We haven’t seen the shortage yet, but it’s coming.”
Danville/Boyle County is the location where the first Kentucky constitution was signed, the location of one of the earliest colleges, Centre College, in the state as well as the home of Ephraim McDowell, the first person to successfully remove an ovarian tumor; he has been called "the abdominal surgery.” As the training director, Mike wears many hats, but it doesn’t take long to find out that his chief personal passion is the betterment of cardiac care in general and cardiac arrest patients, specifically. To that end, he has worked, vigorously, to collect data that can accurately reflect the state of cardiac arrest care in Boyle County. This process began in 2014 when Rogers realized that, although he was sure that excellent care was being rendered by his paramedics, he couldn’t prove it. Under his leadership, the agency made some changes to make it easier to collect data. Doing so involved not only his EMS agency, but the cooperation of Ephraim McDowell Medical Center as well. Rogers remarked that it has been a good relationship with the hospital. “They spur us on and we spur them on”, he said. This emphasis on data collection has not been unnoticed as his agency has been awarded the Gold Medal in the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline.
The Eastern Kentucky University Department of Paramedicine is very proud of its relationship with Captain Rogers and the entire staff of Boyle County EMS. Dr. Young added, “There is no way that we could educate the future EMS responders without the help of outstanding agencies like Boyle County. Their emphasis on quality education and the collection of data to prove it is not seen in many EMS agencies”.
Published on November 14, 2017