JUDGE: New features will help with ambulance service
AMR has deployed new features to improve ambulance services in the county including telehealth, nurse navigation and real time ambulance tracking. Recently the ambulances were equipped with a device that enables the crew to use telehealth to connect a patient directly with a doctor.
This is helpful in situations when the crew needs a doctor’s advice on how to help a patient. Immediate telehealth allows the crew and the patient to speak to a doctor to determine the best course, which may be to treat in place. The second is “nurse navigation.”
\This allows a person who has called for ambulance service to speak directly to a nurse in those instances where the patient is not sure if emergency services are really needed. The third helpful innovation is new tracking software, which allows real time tracking of AMR ambulances in Milam County.
This enables fire departments and others to see in real time where all of the ambulances are at all times. Finally, we continue to work on the QRV vehicle and we hope to have it operational in the very near future.
Our 211 service offers so many helpful services, simply by dialing 211. For example, if one needs help paying the rent, the 211 operator can direct them to all available resources that might help. For those that may need food, the 211 operator can provide all the resources for such services. If help is needed for health care, mental health or simply how to pay the bills, the 211 operator can help. This is a free call that is provided for by United Way.
Road Work in the County
Commissioner Jeff Muegge has just completed work on two new bridges in Precinct 4 on County Road 455 and 445. These are both concrete bridges and are a big improvement.
Commissioner Hubnik completed building a new bridge on County Road 230, which opened on April 18.
Commissioner Neal has repaved parts of County Road 358 and 346 and a new bridge over the Yegua Creek on County Road 316A will be completed within the next two weeks.
Commissioner Shuffield has laid new limestone base on County Roads 232, 232B and 233 with grant funding. These roads are subject to heavy truck traffic.
The county recently received $3.6 million in grant money from the General Land Office, which will be used to make repairs to County roads in the very near future. Most of the grant funding will be used to repair areas that have flooding problems.
Work on the Milam County Annex is just about complete. Carpet is being laid and the back parking lot will be completed by the end of next week.
Commissioner Shuffield and his crew have done an outstanding job on the dirt work to get the parking lots ready for pouring. EBCO plans to have the building completed by July 1 and a dedication/grand opening is tentatively set for July 22. The new Annex is a beautiful new facility that will provide one stop shopping for all of Milam County at a great cost savings to the taxpayer.