Friday, April 17, 2009
New ambulances awarded
ANDERSON, Mo.—At a news conference Thursday, April 16, 2009, Freeman Health System and Freeman Ambulance Service proudly unveiled two new state-of-the-art ambulances, a supervisor truck, and emergency medical equipment made possible through a $379,355 award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The award, announced by U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt on October 1, 2008, covers 99 percent of the cost of acquiring the ambulances and equipment, with Freeman Health System paying the remaining one percent.
"McDonald County has been designated as a medically underserved area by the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the need for emergency services in this area is dramatic," said Freeman President and CEO Gary Duncan. "Freeman is thankful to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congressman Blunt for the federal budget dollars awarded to purchase these ambulances and enhance our services to the people of McDonald County."
News conference speakers included Freeman Neosho Hospital CEO Daxton Holcomb, Duncan, and Rep. Blunt. Ambulance tours and equipment demonstrations led by Freeman Ambulance Service Director Mike Ross followed the brief presentation. Attendees enjoyed refreshments.
Freeman purchased two 2009 Chevrolet Wheeled Coach Custom Series ambulances with the award. Special safety and efficiency features of the ambulances include:
- All LED emergency lighting for better recognition of the ambulance during an emergency response in all weather and lighting conditions.
- Extra-reflective trim on the sides of the ambulance.
- Brighter LED field lighting allowing for easier searching for off-road vehicles and safer work conditions for the EMTs and paramedics while at the scene.
- Redesigned heating and cooling in the patient compartment for easier temperature control and comfort.
- Enhanced LED lighting in the patient care compartment.
- Redesigned outside compartments to store stair chairs and evacuation sleds to assist patients in difficult access areas.
- New IV fluid warmers.
- ePCR (electronic patient care record) system.
About Freeman Health System
Not-for-profit, community-owned, and locally governed, Freeman Health System is a 404-bed, three-hospital system. Based in Joplin, the fourth largest metropolitan area in Missouri, Freeman provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services to an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.