CEO Update
PECC Initiative Earns Special Recognition
We recently received a Certificate of Appreciation from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for our work to improve pediatric preparedness in emergency medical services (EMS). Under the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program, we’ve taken a leading role in promoting the establishment of Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinators (PECCs) at each EMS agency across New York State. I’m proud to report that we've now recruited 138 PECCs in NYS to date. On a larger scale, these efforts are part of the PECC Learning Collaborative in nine participating states paving the way for better pediatric emergency protocols nationwide.
 
I’ve often said children simply can’t be treated as little adults, especially when it comes to emergency prehospital care. I’d like to thank STEMS Coordinator Alicia Broadbent and PECC Program Coordinator Abbe Mostowy for their great work spreading the word and enlisting so many PECCs so far. I’d also like to thank the NYS Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems (BEMSTS) for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this project. We look forward to keeping up the momentum!
SafeTALK Trainings
STHCS will be hosting a series of upcoming SafeTALK trainings in partnership with the Cattaraugus County Suicide Prevention Coalition and Cattaraugus County Health Department. The first training will kick off the county's Suicide Prevention Week activities from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 9 here at STHCS’ Training Center, 150 N. Union St., Olean. The second will be here from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 10. The first two sessions will be for those working in Human Service fields and who live and/or work in Cattaraugus County. The third SafeTALK session will be here from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 14. It will commemorate Veterans Day by giving preference to veterans, current military members and their families. Click here to access the registration forms.
 
I’m pleased we can collaborate with these great agencies to regularly offer suicide-prevention trainings. It’s important to prepare our community members to respond appropriately and to erase the stigma around mental health crises.
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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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