CEO Update
Stop the Bleed Grant Proposal for Lifesaving Kits
We recently applied for grant funding through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to expand our local Stop the Bleed campaign. If approved, this would allow the purchase over 250 emergency bleeding-control kits to be placed at strategic locations throughout our three counties. Additionally, we would buy two additional training manikins and tourniquets to practice treating severe wounds. Our goal is to increase community capacity to respond to cases of severe bleeding by installing emergency kits in participating at-risk locations like school buildings, government offices, and industrial and agricultural facilities.
 
The sad reality is that in bleeding emergencies caused by common occupational hazards or mass violence, bystanders are almost always the first responders on scene. We hope to make lifesavers out of perfect strangers by expanding this program.
Childbirth Emergency Training Held at STHCS
STHCS hosted an Advanced Life Support Obstetrics (ALSO) training at our new center last Thursday. Roughly 10 participants from Universal Primary Care (UPC) took part in the training session co-instructed by Dr. Ferrell and Dr. Roosa. Developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the ALSO program teaches maternity care and how to respond to emergencies during childbirth.
 
We were excited to host this new training to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for healthy babies and mothers. It was great to once again put our new Training Center and conference room to good use. Thanks to Kerrie Parr, the Training Program Administrator for UB|MD Family Medicine, for organizing this successful program. We look forward to potentially hosting another ALSO training in the future.
International Overdose Awareness Day
Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, a time to remember those who lost their battle with addiction and substance use. While this is a day of remembrance, it is also a day of action. Learn how to save a life in an overdose by attending or scheduling a Narcan training through our Southern Tier Overdose Prevention Program (STOPP). Support those who are still struggling with addiction by connecting them to the regional treatment and recovery resources available on the Cattaraugus County Heroin/Opioid Task Force's website at www.recoveryincattco.org. I also want to recognize the outstanding efforts of our local EMS providers who have saved hundreds of lives in our communities through the timely administration of Narcan to reverse opioid overdoses. 
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Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc.  |  150 North Union Street  |  Olean, NY 14760  |  http://www.sthcs.org

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