August 15, 2016
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HONORS RENO COUNTY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
The American Heart Association (AHA) has named Reno County Emergency Medical Services, an entity of Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC), recipient of the Lifeline EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for care and treatment of heart attack patients.
According to JEMS, a national publication reporting on EMS activities, Reno County EMS is the only emergency medical service organization in Kansas to receive the Lifeline EMS Gold Award. The Gold designation is the highest level of award granted each year for emergency care of heart attack victims.
Kari Banning, EMS Team Leader, accepted the award on behalf of Reno County EMS during the Kansas EMS Association Awards Banquet which was held August 12 in Wichita.
Terry David, Reno County EMS Chief, said the organization maintains records of transfers and treatments of heart attack patients and submits this data annually to AHA for consideration for several award designations.
“Out standard operating procedure is to administer an EKG to heart attack victims within five minutes of our initial contact with the patient and administer an IV or provide medications when needed,” David said.
“Throughout our trip to the hospital, we maintain constant communication with the Emergency Department in an effort to speed response and treatments.”
“Additionally, the Hutchinson Fire Department and other first response groups within Reno County are important partners in creating an excellent pre-hospital response system that improves patient outcomes,” David continued. “We are very proud of our Paramedics and EMT’s who work tirelessly to achieve these results.”
David said Reno County EMS responded to approximately 6,000 calls during 2015 and employs 43 emergency medical personnel.
James Jollis, M.D., Chairman of the Mission: Lifeline Working Group had high praise for Reno County EMS.
“EMTs and paramedics play a vital role in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” Jollis said. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals.”
“We applaud Reno County EMS for achieving this award in the treatment of people who have heart attacks,” Jollis continued.
Ken Johnson, President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, said the award is affirmation of the accomplishments of Reno County EMS.
“We strive to provide a service that excels in providing care and treatment for all acute coronary syndrome patients, and it is gratifying that AHA has taken note of our efforts.”
The Reno County EMS has operated under the umbrella of HRMC since 1971.
Entities within Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System are Health-E-Quip, Horizons Mental Health Center, Hospice and Homecare of Reno County, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation.
Richard Shank, External Affairs Representative
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center