They are trying to get ALL EMS /Ambulance agencies to use the AWIN MEDNET. Eventually EVERY hospital will have an TG for ER/ambulance comms. This seems to be a trend with statewide TRS's. VIPER, MSWIN, and others are setting up this system.
Right Now Just The "Trauma" Calls Are Called Into State.. Eventually All Will Be.... They Just Do "Trauma" Calls Now So The State Can Tell Which Facility To Take Them Too... It's Supposed To Be A More Organized Way Of Doing It.. Eventually It Will All Be AWIN, I Think The State Is Trying To Phase Out 340 For Hospital EMS Comms Basically.
The VHF HEAR chans will be kept for out of state agencies, interop etc.... And will be patched with the UHF MED into the AWIN's version of MEDNET. MSWIN, VIPER, and others are also doing this. It not only makes it simpler on the EMS agencies, but also on the Hospitals. Now instead of "This is AMR Medic 25 on Statewide 1, Mercy Regional do you read?" You'll get, "This is AMR Medic 25 on MEDCOM requesting direct to Mercy Regional. MEDCOM to Medic 25, go to MED 31 for Mercy Regional." or in that scheme anyway. Of course once everyone learns the MEDNET groupings, they would just go direct, with MEDCOM for say Poison Control, or Paramedic to Dr. calling, and magor trauma events. Its a great idea, just a pita to set up. The first version I saw of this was Indianapolis/Marion County MECA's MED setup. One TG for EMS dispatch/Control. and like twenty somethhing other TG's for individual Hospitals, and at least 2 TG's specifically set aside for AirMED/EVAC Helos.
So many departments have 48/32 channel radios that it would be almost impossible to do that.
The 16 MAC channels are required to be programmed in EVERY radio. Add, say, SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 SW5, your county talkgroups, and 16 channels of statewide events (for 48 channel radios), and doesn't seem like much room for more channels...