Emergency Medical Service
Mailing Address: 2070 South Main St, Greensboro, GA 30642
24 hours a day,
7 days a week,
365 days a year
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Stations & Crews
---Union Point (Hwy 77 S)
Three, two-man crews:
---One assigned to each station
Greene County EMS is a 24-hour service that provides year-round care to Greene County's citizens. Consisting of three, two-person crews, the EMS service works out of three stations placed throughout the county in a way that puts EMS care within 10 minutes of most of Greene County's population.
All EMS personnel have at least an EMT-Intermediate level certification, and the ambulances typically responding to emergencies are Advanced Life Support ambulances. Greene County EMS responds to a variety of calls, including: medical emergencies and accidents, structure fires, fire/rescue support operations, disasters, and medical transfers.
The sheer number of calls has exploded since Greene County took over EMS from Oconee Regional (private company) in June 2004. Last year alone was a record year for the county-funded ambulance service, with EMS personnel responding to 2,918 calls in 2013, compared to 1,715 calls in 2004.
Despite the call volume increasingly dramatically, response times have improved.
In May 2008, the commissioners took the advice of an advisory panel and expanded Greene County EMS from two EMS crews stationed at Greensboro to three crews at three different stations across the county.
EMS capabilities have improved even more. Due to an EMT-Intermediate class held locally, a number of additional fire department volunteers have been certified as EMTs. During recent multi-car incidents, Greene County EMS has been able to call on these volunteers to activate additional, reserve ambulances within minutes. Unlike many rural counties, Greene County rarely has to call on other counties for mutual aid during serious emergencies.
For information concerning how Greene County EMS' patient information is handled as per HIPAA regulations, see below:
Greene County Emergency Medical Service
Notice of Privacy Practice
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.
Purpose of this notice: Greene County EMS is required by law to maintain the privacy of certain confidential health information, known as Protected Health Information or PHI, and to provide you with a notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI. This notice describes your legal rights, advises you of our privacy practices, and lets you know how Greene County EMS is permitted to use and disclose PHI about you. Greene County EMS is required to abide by the terms of the version of this Notice currently in effect.
Uses and Disclosure of PHI: Greene County EMS may use PHI for the purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations, in most cases without your written permission. Any other use or disclosure of PHI will only be made with your written authorization. The authorization must specifically identify the information we seek to use or disclose, as well as when and how we seek to use or disclose it. You may revoke your authorization at any time, in writing, except to the extent that we have already used or disclosed medical information in reliance on that authorization.
Patient Rights: As a patient, you have a number of rights with respect to the protection of your PHI, including the right to access, copy or inspect your PHI, the right to amend your PHI, the right to request an accounting of our use and disclosure of your PHI, the right to request that we restrict the uses and disclosures of your PHI, and the right to obtain copy of Notice on request.
Revisions to the Notice: Greene County EMS reserves the right to change the terms of this notice at any time, and the changes will be effective immediately and will apply to all protected health information that we maintain. Any material changes to the Notice will be promptly posted in our facilities. You can get a copy of the latest version of this Notice by contacting the Privacy Officer identified below.
Your Legal Rights and Complaints: You have the right to complain to us, or to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated. You will not be retaliated against in any way for filing a complaint with us or to the government. Should you have any questions, comments or complaints you may direct all inquiries to the privacy officer listed at the end of this Notice.
Jeff Smith, Privacy Officer
Greene County Emergency Medical Service
2070 S. Main St.
Greensboro, Ga. 30642
Recognizing medical emergencies
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the following are warning signs of a medical emergency:
- Bleeding that will not stop
- Breathing problems (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath)
- Change in mental status (such as unusual behavior, confusion, difficulty arousing)
- Chest pain
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Fainting or loss of consciousness
- Feeling of committing suicide or murder
- Head or spine injury
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Sudden injury due to a motor vehicle accident, burns or smoke inhalation, near drowning, deep or large wound, etc.
- Sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body
- Sudden dizziness, weakness, or change in vision
- Swallowing a poisonous substance
- Upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Determine the location and quickest route to the nearest emergency department before an emergency happens.
- Keep emergency phone numbers posted by the phone. Everyone in your household, including children, should know when and how to call these numbers. These numbers include:
- Fire department
- Police department police
- Poison control center
- Ambulance center
- Your doctors' phone numbers
- Contact numbers for neighbors or nearby friends or relatives.
- Work phone numbers
- Know at which hospital(s) your doctor practices and, if practical, go there in an emergency.
- Wear a medical identification tag if you have a chronic condition or look for one on a person who has any of the symptoms mentioned.
- Get a personal emergency response system if you are elderly, especially if you live alone.
What to do if someone needs help
- Remain calm, and call your local emergency number (such as 911).
- Start CPR or rescue breathing, if necessary and if you know the proper technique.
- Place a semiconscious or unconscious person in the recovery position until the ambulance arrives. DO NOT move the person, however, if there has been or may have been a neck injury.
- Upon arriving at an emergency room, the person will be immediately evaluated. Life- or limb-threatening conditions will be treated first. Persons with conditions that are not life- or limb-threatening may have to wait.
Call your local emergency number (such as 911) if:
- The person's condition is life-threatening (for example, the person is having a heart attack or severe allergic reaction)
- The person's condition could become life-threatening on the way to the hospital
- Moving the person could cause further injury (for example, in case of a neck injury or motor vehicle accident)
- The person needs the skills or equipment of paramedics
- Traffic conditions or distance might cause a delay in getting the person to the hospital
Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health