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Medical Director
Dr. Jeff Jarvis

In October 2011, I had the distinct honor of assuming the position of Medical Director from my predecessor, Dr. Stephen Benold. This was particularly meaningful for me as he was my Medical Director when I took my first job as a paid paramedic with Williamson County EMS in 1988. I greatly admire him as a physician and as a mentor for the paramedics in this system. It is my sincere desire to continue to advance his legacy of clinical excellence.

We believe in the collaborative process for improvement. As such, we are actively involved in organizations dedicated to sharing best practices. We collect, analyze and publish the results of our quality improvement efforts as well as participate in clinical research. We are a data-driven organization which strives to practice evidence based medicine where available and best practices based medicine where it is not available.

As a board certified emergency physician, EMS is an integral part of my specialty. As a currently licensed paramedic, EMS is an integral part of my DNA. Caring for the citizens of, and visitors to, Williamson County is my medical practice and I am blessed to have an outstanding group of paramedics and first responders as my colleagues in this practice. We arevery much aware that our mission is to serve the public and, therefore, place a very high value on being servants. We value the trust that is placed in us and strive every day to live up to expectations of our patients. Our medical practice is founded in an educational model of continual quality improvement in which we are always assessing what we do and how we do it. We do this with peer review of charts, self-identification of areas for improvement, a comprehensive field training program, medical director ride outs, direct medical director field response, research and, most importantly, the belief that ongoing education is the foundation of the professional development of each of our careers.

Our Standards of Care document extends my medical license to my EMS colleagues and describes how they are authorized to practice. These SOCs are progressive. We utilize RSI medications for our intubations with mandatory confirmation using continuous waveform capnography, have an organized and standardized approach to cardiac arrest including early initiation of therapeutic hypothermia, activate appropriate facilities using our Code STEMI and Code Stroke programs and provide aggressive and compassionate analgesia to our patients in pain. We continually review our practice and strive to continue to advance the care we provide to our patients.

I thank you for your interest in our system. If there is any way that I might be able to assist you, or answer any questions about our practice, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Take care,
Jeff