For more than 30 years, Bay Medical Emergency Medical Service (EMS) has provided quality, expeditious care in medical emergencies. Bay Medical EMS is the sole provider of pre-hospital emergency medical care in Bay County, responding to more than 28,000 calls per year with an average response time of five minutes in Panama City and eight minutes for the entire county. The central station is located at Bay Medical in Panama City with five other stations throughout the area.
Bay Medical EMS uses hydraulic stretchers and LifePak twelve-lead defibrillators. The stretchers help emergency technicians provide a safer response to patients without risking back injuries. The LifePak defibrillators help determine the best course of treatment early by generating an EKG report, which is wirelessly transmitted to the emergency room while en route to the hospital. In the event of a heart attack, emergency physicians are able to notify the cath lab to prepare for the patient before the ambulance even arrives at the hospital. Bay Medical EMS has since invested in several more LifePak machines.
Bay County, located on the Gulf of Mexico in the heart of Northwest Florida, is well-known for its sugar-white beaches, emerald waters and popular tourist attractions.
Bay County has eight incorporated municipalities: Panama City, Callaway, Lynn Haven, Mexico Beach, Panama City Beach, Parker and Springfield with approximately 165,000 residents. Surrounding areas include: Washington County, Jackson County, Calhoun County, Gulf County, Walton County and the Gulf of Mexico.