Shippensburg Area EMS is driven to ensure that we are providing the highest level of regional medical care to our community. Recently the staff and the operations officers discussed the need for a better system to transport pediatric patients safely in the back of the ambulances. Staff came together and petitioned the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council for Pedi-Mate® Child Safety Seats to be donated to our department to be placed on all of the units that transport. Our ambitions were made a reality when we received a letter from the EMS for Children Project Manager granting our request, and provided our department with 6 child safety seats.
In the letter they described that the Pedi-Mate® child safety seats have been crash tested, have protected pediatric patients in a motor vehicle crash and hard-braking incidents. We are very grateful to been recipients of these seats. At last month’s staff meetings, it was mandatory that all staff members be trained on the seats, and be signed off by an Operations Officer to ensure compliance in properly securing the child to the seat, and the seat being properly secured to the stretcher.
Without the support of the Health Service Council, and the EMS for Children Project this could not have been possible, so we want to thank them for the generosity, and for sharing the same compassion as we do for our patients. Shippensburg Area EMS would also like to thank the community for their continued support.
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and about 1 in every 4 deaths in the US can be related to heart disease? Did you know about 1 in every 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer in the course of her lifetime? During March, Shippensburg Area EMS celebrated awareness to both Heart Disease & Breast Cancer, which hit home to many of our members throughout the last couple years.During the month Shippensburg Area EMS staff sold Heart Awareness Sweatshirts & T-shirts & Breast Cancer Awareness Sweatshirts & t-shirts. Many members purchased the shirts, and sold to their friends and families. The sale had the goal in mind to take the money raised, and donate it to the “American Heart Association”, and “Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research” . The staff at Ship EMS sold over 40 t-shirts and sweatshirts. The donations will be split and sent to both organizations by the end of the month. Staff will be wearing their “RED” uniforms in the month of February, and wearing their “PINK” uniforms in the month of October to help raise awareness. Shippensburg Area EMS also coordinates with the American Red Cross to host multiple blood drives a year. The next blood drive is being held at the station (711 E Orange St, Shippensburg), from 8:30am to 2pm on May 21st, 2016. Shippensburg Area EMS is dedicated to being a provider of high quality regional Emergency Medical Services. Shippensburg Area EMS encourages all questions and/or comments to be directed to our main office at 532-6069. Shippensburg Area EMS would like to thank the community for their generous support as we serve you 24/7.
Shippensburg Area EMS recently partnered with Cargil's Animal Nutrition of North Morris Street to provide emergency CPR and AED training to their local employees. As your local provider of emergency medical services we want to recognize this pro-active business for ensuring their employees have the emergency training that could not only save the life of a co-worker or family member but also any one of our citizens in a time of need. According to the American Heart Association 70% of all Americans feel helpless when confronted with a sudden cardiac arrest and many certified citizens do not feel confident when providing these life saving skills. Effective CPR can triple a victim's chance of survival. Combined with the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) we can provide the best possible chance of a successful outcome during a sudden cardiac arrest. Cargil's has embraced this philosophy and also placed in service their own AED to make sure their employees, visitors and vendors have the best protection available.
Shippensburg Area EMS encourages everyone in our community to learn these critical life saving skills and further supports our local businesses in the purchase of AED's so that in the event of a sudden cardiac emergency we can all work together in the chain of survival to guarantee the best outcome to our patients. We can never know when tragedy might strike-but we can prepare for it. If you are interested in learning these valuable life saving skills or would like to get more information on having an AED available for your business please contact our department at (717) 532-6069. Shippensburg Area EMS is here for you and your loved ones. We will continue to provide the best possible emergency care in the region with the most highly trained provider and best equipment. Working together we will make a difference to someone in need. Thank you again for all of your support, we could not do it without you.
Shippensburg Area EMS operations staff would first like to thank the community for their continued support of us throughout the year of 2015. We wanted to remind the community about our membership program that was recently mailed to your household. Services provided in the membership will be the same as 2014, which covers ambulance (BLS) service, and our paramedic (ALS) service that was new for the year of 2014.
To say a thank you to our dedicated community for your continued support this year’s membership drive cost will be remain $75 dollars versus the $90 dollars that it was in the years passed before our ALS service. The subscription/membership will also be valid for 12 months. The memberships will be valid for you and your household until Dec 31, 2016. Your membership will cover you and your family members in the household for any financial obligations from a medically necessary EMS service that your insurance company does not cover. Most insurance companies do not pay 100% of ambulance costs, and beyond your deductible you may be responsible for charges which can exceed $1,000. All of those expenses that are not covered under your insurance will be covered under your membership fee. Further explanations and details can be given to you within our membership brochure; please call the station at 717-532-6069 if you do not receive one in the mail and/or have any questions our staff will be happy to assist you. Payment can also be made via check, cash, and if you stop in our station we will be happy to run a credit card for you.
A paid Ship EMS membership will also help us to continue to ensure we can provide life-saving services to you and your loved ones 24/7. Your support is always very essential is helping us with the upkeep of our growing service in order to provide you and your family the highest level of emergency medical care in the region. Ship EMS is not a tax supported service so we also rely on your assistance to help maintain our service to you and your community.
Ship EMS is here for you and your loved ones, and we continue to strive to provide the best emergency medical care in the region, and take pride in our state of the art equipment, apparatus, and providers. We thank you again for all of your support; we could not do it without you.
Recently Shippensburg Area EMS received recognition from the PA EMS for Children: Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program. The program is a voluntary program that recognizes departments that are able to display the special needs that our pediatric patients require. The departments recognized are able to provide the specialized equipment in order to meet the needs of a pediatric patient during assessment, stabilization, treatment, and transport.
Shippensburg Area EMS operations officers have agreed to purchase the pediatric specific equipment that is required by the program. All of the equipment will be available for both our Basic Life Support Units and our Advanced Life Support Units. We already have pediatric specific bags created on all the units, which contain all the equipment necessary for a pediatric emergency. “This is very helpful when it is all in one place during the time of need” stated Heather Franzoni, Public Relations officer.
Staff members are also required to take certain mandatory trainings, with one of the most recent being the pedi-mate seats. They are used to ensure proper and safe transport for pediatric patients. Since we have achieved level one of the recognition program, we are going to be working on our advanced certification soon.We would like to thank our community for continuing to support us as we support you, and from the Shippensburg Area EMS family we hope you are having a great summer!