Butler County Times Gazette
  • Butler County EMS welcomes new director

  • Chad Pore is new Butler County EMS director
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  • The man who led the nationally recognized Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program in Kiowa County is now the new director of Butler County EMS.
    Chad Pore, who was born and raised in Wichita, officially started his new position Monday.
    “Chad has got a great background in the EMS field, and a great reputation in the state of Kansas and nationally, with the programs he has implemented in Kiowa County,” said Will Johnson, Butler County administrator. “He started his career as a firefighter in Ponca City and now has over 10 years of leadership experience.”
    Over the past year or so the Butler County EMS program has had quite a bit of turnover and change within the department.  
    Johnson said it was time for a fresh face but admits that Pore will have a huge job ahead of him.
    Pore said he is ready for the challenge.
    “The first thing we did in Kiowa County was recognize that we need to be leaders in patient care,” said Pore. “My family lives in the community and they will be living in Butler County. It is very important to me that they and everyone else receives the care they need, when they need.”
    Some of the other things Pore did in Kiowa County, that brought him national recognition, was to get EMS heavily involved in the community.  His EMS program did things like give CPR lessons to kids from sixth to 12th grades and make sure there was at least one AED per 100 residents, in businesses spread throughout the county. He also said he raised the expectations, starting with his own employees.
    “We started to really take care of the people who worked for us,” said Pore. “We got them the pay and education they needed to be effective.”
     Johnson said one of Pore’s first tasks will be to look at revenue streams, now and in the future, and how the county is going to adapt to changes that have been brought on by healthcare reform.
    “I think all EMS programs will take on a new role in the next 5 to 10 years in how they deliver service,” said Johnson. “We are going to have to look at more community healthcare programs, because we are not seeing the same reimbursement schedule with Medicare and Medicaid.
    Johnson sais Butler County is unique in that 70 percent of the revenues for the department are derived from calls. This means, compared to other Kansas counties, Butler County has a very low mill levy directed to EMS.
    “It is not subsidized much by the tax payers. It is a revenue generating program that is self-supporting,” said Johnson. “We don’t know if we will be able to continue that because every year we see our call volumes increase, while our reimbursements decrease.”
    Page 2 of 2 -  Pore says this is not a challenge to Butler County alone, that EMS programs across the country are facing the same issues with the Affordable Care Act.  
    “Many of us don’t know yet how it is going to affect EMS,” said Pore.  “The best thing we can do as an agency is to look at alternative revenue streams and what we can do without relying so much on our traditional model.”
    Pore is married with three children and has many family members who already live in the area.

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