CEO Update
Stop the Bleed
I’m pleased to report we recently secured three new Stop the Bleed training kits to be used in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. These were awarded under the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Western Region Healthcare Coalition Emergency Preparedness program in partnership with the Finger Lakes Regional Resource Center. The kits contain manikin limbs with simulated wounds as well as training tourniquets, packing gauze and other medical materials to practice treating life-threatening bleeds. Training kits will be available at Ardent Solutions in Wellsville, Southern Tier Health Care System in Olean and ALSTAR EMS Training Center in Jamestown. Trained Stop the Bleed instructors will now have local access to the training kits for any of their upcoming trainings.

Please contact Alicia Broadbent at stems@sthcs.org for more information on how to utilize this resource. Thank you to Ardent Solutions and ALSTAR EMS for agreeing to house each kit to allow accessibility in each county, and thank you to the University of Rochester Medical Center for providing this invaluable resource.

Continued Support for Mental Health First Aid Training
Support is growing for our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program for local EMS providers. I’d like to thank the Population Health Collaborative of WNY (PHCWNY) for supporting our MHFA training program, which is scheduled to launch this spring. As previously shared, funding from the John R. Oishei Foundation was obtained to address the lack of MHFA trainers in our catchment and will work to establish 6 trainers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. Once trainers are established, STHCS will work to train local EMS providers in MHFA with the support of PHCWNY and this NYSDOH Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) technical assistance grant. I’ve often said many providers wear emotional scars from their responsibilities in the field. Personnel within our agencies must be prepared to help those who are silently suffering, and MHFA will work to address these concerns.
Legal Assistance for Senior Citizens
The Center for Elder Law & Justice will be holding a Mobile Legal Unit from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Olean Senior Center, 112 North Barry Street, Olean, NY. That day, an attorney/paralegal team will be available to help seniors with legal issues. Professionals on hand can help with issues like debt harassment/consumer billing; health care proxies/living wills; residency rights; mortgage/tax foreclosure; health insurance enrollment, Medicaid and Medicare; and elder abuse. If you have any questions, please click here for the flyer or contact Molly White at (716) 853-3087, ext. 260, or at mwhite@elderjusticeny.org.
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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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