Major Incidents

PITTSBURGH -- The convention center worker sweeping the riverwalk pathway yesterday morning around 9 heard a voice but wasn't sure where it was coming from. But after stopping to listen, there was no mistaking what the frightened voice was saying:"Help," echoed out from somewhere inside the walls of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center's riverwalk. "Help."
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

LANCASTER, Pa. -- An ambulance driver wasn't about to see the motorist who hit his emergency vehicle early this morning get away.So, the Lancaster Emergency Medical Services Associates ambulance became an instant pursuit vehicle, helping police officers apprehend the fleeing driver, who now faces drunken-driving and hit-and-run charges, police said.Michael Edward McBride, 23, of 710 N. Lime St., Apt. 1, struck the back of the ambulance just after 2 a.m. today on North Queen Street, near James Street, Officer Thomas Ginder said.

Update: The state EMS office in Massachusetts is now reconsidering a reminder an edict that an ambulance with a patient on board may not stop at the scene of another medical emergency.
Airway & Respiratory

LANCASTER, Pa. -- A new medical facility opening Monday in Manheim Township wants to cure some of the ills found in area hospital emergency rooms.Following the lead of other immediate-care medical centers around the country, Urgent Care Center of Lancaster, 1821 Oregon Pike, will treat health care needs professionally, affordably and immediately, according to owner Dennis T. Penny Jr.
Equipment & Gear

HOUSTON -- Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands Hospital and Tomball Regional Medical Center will open a joint emergency care center this fall for residents.The planned facility, a first for both hospitals, will provide emergency medical care to the communities of southwest Montgomery County and northwest Harris County.A site has not been selected.Expected to open in the fall, the center will be equipped with all the technology of an in-house emergency room, including ultrasound and radiographic capabilities and a laboratory.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Mark Bruning is the new official at Greenwood Village-based American Medical Response, the nation's largest medical-transport company and provider of emergency ambulance service in El Paso County.Bruning was named executive vice president of the company Wednesday. He was previously CEO and vice president of AMR's multistate central division, which includes Colorado, for eight years.He assumes a new position and reports to the CEO of Emergency Medical Services Corp., AMR's parent company.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

MADISON, Wis. -- Snowplows and emergency vehicles teamed up during Wednesday's blizzard to get a seriously injured young girl to St. Mary's Hospital.Fire Department spokeswoman Lori Wirth said that shortly after 6:30 p.m., Dane County 911 dispatchers got a call about an 8-year-old girl who had suffered a critical injury on the city's east side. The quick-thinking dispatcher not only called for an ambulance, but also for city snowplows, which led the ambulance to the hospital.
Industry News

NEW YORK -- He's a hero, just like his dad.A second-generation FDNY member, whose father died on 9/11, made his first rescue yesterday, pulling a man from a burning Brooklyn building.Firefighter Thomas Gies, of Ladder 147 in Midwood, responded to the 2:10 p.m. blaze on Flatbush Avenue and found a man lying on the third floor."He was totally unconscious and not breathing," Gies said.The three-year FDNY veteran and a colleague carried him downstairs through heavy smoke.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Central New York hospitals would lose $357 million over the next five years under President Bush's plan to reduce federal spending on Medicare, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Wednesday.President Bush said this week he wants to cut $182 billion from Medicare spending nationwide as part of a proposed $3.1 trillion budget for fiscal 2009.Schumer, D-N.Y., grilled the Bush administration's top health care official at a Senate committee meeting Wednesday, and later promised that he would do everything he could to restore the money.