Dispatch – From joe’s desk

Upcoming Budget PrioritieS, OCTOBER 2020

This past week the Director’s Team (Sharon, Jon, Shelly, Jeff and myself) met virtually with two of our Agency oversight committees.  These committees are comprised of senior leaders from Mecklenburg County, Atrium Health and Novant Health.  Each plays a significant role in driving, supporting and advocating for the Agency’s needs.   Our update included a statement of our funding priorities for FY ’22, as the budget process will officially kick off with the county in early January.  They are: #1 – funds for compensation band adjustments to address issues of compression and leveling; #2 – capital dollars to fund scheduled replacement of Agency 12 lead monitors and ambulances.

This is the earliest we have ever stated our budget priorities to our stakeholders.  These issues are very important to both Medic employees and our patients, which is why they are our top priorities.  We have several conversations lined up in the coming months and are committed to doing everything in our power to achieve our aim.  We have the right people in the room and the information needed to make a strong case.  We ask that you allow the process to play out and we will gladly provide updates as we go.   

As I have stated in the past, Mecklenburg County is a tremendous partner to Medic.  They listen, engage, and do whatever they can to support us.  Though we are all facing significant challenges and unknowns due to COVID, I trust they will do their best to help us in the coming fiscal year.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out using the Ask Leadership group on Yammer or email your Director.

Thanks and have a nice, safe day everyone,

Joe

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HAZARD PAY

We received approval from the County Manager to extend  COVID PREMIUM Pay through the end of Phase 2, which has been extended to August 7. The other specifics remain in place from the original message – for patient facing work by Paramedics, EMTs and Supervisors, and the pay premium is strictly applied to hours worked in the field.  The payment will be retroactive to July 1 and paid on regular paydays starting this Friday.

Please note that this is the extent to which Medic is funded and approved to provide premium pay. 

I am grateful to each of you for your ongoing commitment to this Agency and the community we serve, as well as to Mecklenburg County for their unwavering support and appreciation for all that you do.

Be Safe!

Joe