Valley View Regional Hospital’s emergency medical services (EMS) department recently received $99,155 in grant funding from the Oklahoma Emergency Response Services Stabilization and Improvement Revolving Fund (OERSSIRF).
“We are very excited and extremely fortunate to have been awarded this funding,” said Eugene Dicksion, director of EMS, Valley View Regional Hospital. “We are striving to make Valley View EMS a model system in Oklahoma’s pre-hospital care and this grant has definitely helped us move in that direction.”
Valley View’s request was fully funded. The EMS department used the grant money to purchase a 2012 2500 Chevy Suburban quick response unit fully loaded with a command box, training mannequins and several other necessities for the department.
The Oklahoma legislature created the OERSSIRF in 2008 to help fund rural emergency medical services in the state. The fund is tied to the Oklahoma Trauma Care Fund, which collects the first $26 million in tobacco tax proceeds. Any funds collected past that point are directed into the OERSSIRF, up to $2.5 million.
In 2012, approximately $1.4 million was awarded through OERSSIRF. Twenty-three applications were submitted and 17 of those were funded. Applications are scored on factors including distance to a trauma center, population density, number of EMTs in the project area and size of the request.