Put-In-Bay EMS handles unique challenges effectively with help of Manager Patrick Rogers

Put-In-Bay EMS Manager Patrick Rogers enjoys using his management experience to run his department, but he also enjoys being able to hit the road to get plenty of time helping patients.
Rogers has worked for PIB EMS since August 2015 and has been a paramedic since 1998.
He said his department handled 309 calls last year and already has had 439 this year. The department employs two full-time paramedics along with eight paramedics used on an as-needed basis, who are employed through Mercy Life Flight Toledo. The agency also has 15 part-time basic and advanced EMTs who are employed through Put-In-Bay Township, and in the winter months, 10 more volunteer basic EMTs join the staff. Put-in-Bay EMS covers approximately 169 sq. miles and nine islands. Calls to other islands and water rescues are handled in conjunction with the Put-in-Bay Village Harbor Patrol and Put-in-Bay Township Volunteer Fire Department.
PIB EMS runs three ambulances, with two on South Bass Island and one on Middle Bass Island. Rogers said the agency also uses and EMS command vehicle and a 29-foot Boston Whaler to support crews between islands.
Rogers said his favorite part of the job is that he gets to work on the management side and also is able to hit the road and get hands-on time with patients. He said the most difficult part of the job is staffing.
“Filling the schedule can at times be challenging,” he said. “For a lot of our staff, this is their second job, so holidays and summer months can be a challenge to fill.”
Rogers said some of the key issues he sees for Ohio EMS is staying compliant on licensing.
“We get inspected once a year and having squads on two different islands sometimes makes this a challenge,” he said. “Last year we were awarded the tablet grant by Ohio EMS for documentation and state reporting. This improved our accountability on completing run reports and streamlined our state reporting.”
Rogers said he feels that being a member of the Ohio EMS Chiefs Association is beneficial for his department.
“I believe being a member of OEMSCA is very important,” he said. “It gives a voice for all of the EMS services in Ohio. The association is also setting an example of the leadership that is needed for the future of EMS. I am thankful for what the association has done for EMS programs in Ohio and we very much look forward to the future.”
Rogers said the advent of new products and technologies also helps to make the agency more efficient.
“Technology has always been a big part of our program,” he said. “In the last three years, we have upgraded our monitors to Zoll X series and have placed three Zoll Autopulse units in service on our three main islands.”
Rogers said new monitors and upgraded cell service with FirstNet gives the agency the ability to transmit data to the nearest hospitals.
Rogers said a few different aspects of the job make operations for the department special.
“With being such a rural service, our members get to use more critical thinking skills than usual,” he said. “We have the influences and resources of our affiliation with Mercy Life Flight Toledo. We are a private ambulance; we are a third-service provider and we are a volunteer service.”
Rogers said the department is unique but effective.
“In the end, it all comes together to make an outstanding service,” he said. “We also couldn’t do it without our team members. We have 39 people on our roster, 39 different walks of life, 39 different ways of thinking and 39 people that make Put-In-Bay EMS what it is today.”