The service chronicles listed below were published in the Summer 2019 issue of the KEMSA Chronicle magazine. If you would like to submit news from your service for publication in the magazine and on this website, view information about submitting your news here.
Paramedic Kenny Denk of AMR’s KC Metro Operation was selected as one of the 2019 Stars of Life by the American Ambulance Association and will be recognized in Washington D.C. among the rest of the country’s Stars of Life in June. Kenny has served as a paramedic for six years with dedication and excellence, is deeply involved in the community, and had a distinguished military career prior to serving in EMS.
On March 14, 2019, Comanche County Ambulance Service in Coldwater, took delivery of their 2019 Osage Warrior Type III E450 Ambulance. Purchase was made through Kyle Shimmens with Emergency Services Supply/Osage Ambulances in Linn, Mo. Comanche County Ambulance Service is a combination paid/volunteer service serving a population of approximately 1,900 people in an area of 790 square miles. David Kutz, Terri Brosius, and their crew are excited to put their new ambulance to use saving lives!
LifeSave Transport is pleased to announce its partnership with The University of Kansas Health System’s Kansas Clinical Improvement Collaborative (KCIC). LifeSave was selected as their preferred partner after an extensive assessment of medical transport providers. The KCIC, an accountable care organization, is a subsidiary of The University of Kansas Health System aimed at working with small communities to develop and implement programs and treatments that can lead to better patient outcomes and reduced health care costs to Kansans.
Recognizing the cost and important role that air transportation can play for rural patients requiring emergent specialty care, the collaborative elected to establish a comprehensive patient transport program in partnership with a medical transport organization. As part of its ongoing mission to improve patient outcomes while controlling cost, LifeSave’s complete transport system, innovative data-driven solutions and history of performance aligned with the programs overall goals.
An important component for determining the medically appropriate transport mode includes LifeSave’s new proprietary online software tool, LifeSave Mission Control™, which allows hospitals to evaluate the severity of a patient’s condition when deciding the level of transport care they need.
Using the clinically-based algorithm in the software, each transport is then coordinated by LifeSave’s centrally located communications center in Wichita to match the patient’s clinical needs with the transport method when emergency transportation is needed.
As part of the new partnership LifeSave plans to continue adding to its infrastructure to support increased access to high quality and efficient patient transport solutions across the state. The collaborative will also offer an exclusive air transport membership program to the participants and Medicare beneficiaries.
This quarter MED-ACT welcomed two new paramedics into the department. Paramedic Jennifer Minniear comes to them from Raymore, Mo., where she previously worked for Johnson County Ambulance and Paramedic Cathleen McFadden comes to them from Johnson County Community College, having completed her paramedic in the fall of 2018. Both paramedics have successfully completed their academy program and are currently working through their field training with their captain partners.
MED-ACT would like to congratulate Captain Molly Oehlert and Captain Jonathan Kaplan on their promotions to the rank of Captain. Their outstanding dedication and service to their community will continue to help the department thrive as they take on these new leadership roles.
Newton Fire/EMS has two watercraft for use in water rescue and emergencies, but very few staff members certified or adequately trained in water rescue. In April, four members of the department attended a swift water rescue technician course in Oklahoma City. Additionally, two other members finished the class several weeks prior. This course was taught by Mid-America Rescue and was well received by their personnel.
Caroline Scoville, Washington, Kan., was named the 2019 Outstanding Instructor/Coordinator of the year at the Feb. 9 Kansas EMT Association awards banquet. Scoville has worked for Washington EMS since 2001, beginning as a volunteer and then transitioning to full time in 2002. She began teaching CPR, first aid and EMS continuing education in 2006, and has been teaching initial EMS education since 2013.
In addition to working full-time for the City of Washington EMS, Scoville teaches for many area ambulance services, and loves what she does.
“Teaching is as much my passion as patient care, and being able to share that with others is a huge blessing to me. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, and I’m extremely honored to receive this award,” said Scoville.
Scoville is also a co-founder of the newly formed North Central Kansas Crisis Care Support team, providing support and crisis intervention services through the group to emergency responders and lay persons who may have been involved in a critical incident.