Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
The Sweeny EMS and the West Brazos EMS operate from
the Sweeny Community Hospital
(SCH) in Sweeny. Providing ambulance and emergency medical service to
approximately 35,000 people, the EMS serves a combined
1,200-square-mile area that includes Sweeny, Brazoria, the hospital
district, and many outlying communities.
The Sweeny/West Brazos EMS operates four ambulances
and 15+ full-time employees, including certified paramedics, certified
EMT-Intermediates and EMT-Basic certification. SCH has the only
ambulances in Brazoria County certified as Mobile Intensive Care Units
-- the highest level designated by the Texas Department of Health for
EMS organizations. As MICUs, the ambulances have advanced equipment
such as cardiac monitors, external pacemakers, and other equipment
normally found in hospital emergency departments. Every EMS crew
includes at least one certified paramedic.
Many of the EMS personnel are certified to teach a
variety of classes (ACLS, PALS, CPR and First Aid), and the hospital
offers these as continuing education courses throughout the year.
Ambulance service is also available for non-emergency transfers from
home for medical office appointments, dialysis, and other
transportation needs to and from medical facilities. The EMS also
provides transfers from one hospital to other facilities, if
requested. A variety of insurance plans, including Medicare and
Medicaid, will pay for EMS transport if the ambulance is a medical
Sweeny Community Hospital began operating an EMS in
1995. When personnel are not busy providing emergency care, the
hospital's EMS crews are visible throughout the area, giving flu
shots, standing by to provide first aid at local festivals and
parades, or participating in school and scouting events throughout the
hospital's service area.
SOURCE: Sweeny Community Hospital Web Site,
EMS Business Office: (979) 548-1564