CEO Update
STHCS Hosts SafeTALK Training
Fifteen EMS providers were educated in SafeTALK Training on Saturday, Dec. 15 here at STHCS’ Training Center to promote suicide-prevention efforts in our communities. I’d like to thank Patty Amidon of Ardent Solutions for leading this great training opportunity.

Most individuals who express thoughts of suicide or self-harm do not wish to die, but they’re actually seeking an outlet to discuss pain in their lives. They’re inviting help. This training developed by LivingWorks teaches participants to recognize these pleas, engage the person calmly, and connect them to counseling and other resources. Click here for suicide-prevention resources in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

What We Learned in a Case Review
Several providers met at STHCS and via video conference from the Oishei ER meeting room on Monday, Dec. 17 to do a case review of a recent pediatric emergency. This involved officials and staff from Oishei Children’s Hospital, Olean General Hospital, Mercy Flight, Trans Am and Bolivar EMS providers. We reviewed each step in the progression from on scene to transport and care at OGH and the transfer of care to Oishei. 
 
The purpose of holding this case review was to capture lessons learned from an incident. A lesson learned can lead to opportunity for improvement and innovative approaches that can be shared with others. As a result, we’ve begun planning additional trainings for care of pediatrics and trauma preparedness/after action for local EMS agencies and other medical providers.
Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays to you and yours! I’m looking forward to spending time with family and reflecting on the true meaning of the Season. The hustle and bustle can get hectic at times, but it’s important to enjoy the spirit of giving and refresh yourself around the people you love.

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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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