CEO Update
13 EMS Agencies Awarded EKGs
On Monday, 13 local volunteer EMS agencies received new 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) units. This was due to the generosity of Catholic Health Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. In late summer, STEMS Coordinator Alicia Broadbent and EMS Liaison at Catholic Health Emily Rowles worked with our local EMS agencies to assist them in applying for these EKGs under Mercy Hospital’s Neuroscience Clinical Services Program. 
 
The agencies included Andover, Ashville, Canaseraga, Clarksville, Ellery Center, Ellington, Findley Lake, Independence, Machias, Portville, Ripley, Rushford, and Stockton.
 
Each agency will be working with Alicia to ensure that all policies and procedures for the 12-lead program are consistent with state and regional policies and protocols. We’re happy the program recognized a need in our rural region for EMS providers to have the tools to effectively evaluate serious heart conditions when time is most critical. I want to express thanks to Mercy Hospital’s Neuroscience Clinical Services Program and congratulate each agency.
Growing Interest in Our Stop the Bleed Program
We’re seeing more community interest lately in our Stop the Bleed program. Upcoming trainings are scheduled with employees of Universal Primary Care and the Foster Grandparents program under Lutheran Social Services. I’m excited that the Board of the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, which recently selected us for funding to purchase Stop the Bleed emergency kits, will also take the training next week. We recently did sessions with Jamestown Community College and the CA BOCES New Visions program.
 
Since November 2017, our Stop the Bleed program in conjunction with Mercy Flight has trained 290 local people over 19 sessions. Our ultimate goal is to elevate the program to be synonymous with CPR training, which teaches lifesaving skills to millions of people each year.

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