Carroll County Times
Westminster, Maryland – The Carroll County government is forming a relationship with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to recruit a medical director who will oversee operations for the county’s new Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
The Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to approve a $52,000 annual stand-alone contract with Johns Hopkins, which will hire the position. The medical director will work six to eight hours per week to oversee all operations of the county’s EMS department, but may eventually move to a full-time position if necessary.
The addition of a medical director is required by Maryland regulations, according to Michael Robinson Sr., director of the county’s fire and emergency services.
Robinson said the partnership with Johns Hopkins makes sense because they are “one of the best medical institutions in the country.” He said the partnership will allow clinical hospital sites to be used to allow training in the hospital and classrooms for paramedics and other staff.
Commissioner Eric Buchat said appointing a medical director with Johns Hopkins would help cover a significant liability, as malpractice conditions for the position would be provided by Johns Hopkins.
“It’s a good benefit,” said Bouchat, who represents District Four.
In October 2020, commissioners voted unanimously to create the first mix of the county’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services. The new division aims to combine Carroll’s 14 community firefighting companies under a county-run department with salaried employees. For the past two and a half years, county employees have worked to help the department pay off by hiring staff and purchasing equipment.
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