Industry News

NAPLES, Fla. -- Good news for the North Naples/Bonita Springs/Estero/San Carlos Park area. A stand-alone emergency room in south Lee County is still on the drawing board.After hearing little about the concept for the past several months, we are pleased an official from Lee Memorial Health System held a public meeting the other day in Estero to brief the are's civic leaders on what is and is not going on.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

DALLAS -- A Dallas Fire-Rescue proposal could affect when an ambulance charges through intersections with its lights flashing and sirens blaring and whether noncritical patients are transported to the hospital in an ambulance.The plan released Monday spells out how Dallas Fire-Rescue intends to address the city's increasing emergency medical call load.Its recommendations include the institution of a medical priority dispatch system, an alternative transportation program and a more in-depth screening process for recruits.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A year after the Memphis City Council relaxed its residency requirements to attract more police officers and paramedics, a push is on to loosen the rules even more.Councilman Jim Strickland is proposing to allow Memphis police officers, Fire Department paramedics and Emergency Management Agency employees to live anywhere outside Memphis as long as they can report to work "upon two hours notice."
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MANATEE, Fla. -- President Bush's 2009 budget proposes $196 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid -- reductions local health care providers say will be disastrous for Manatee County.Bush is proposing freezing the rates Medicare pays for hospital, nursing home and hospital services over the next three years."These cuts would be disastrous for Manatee County, said Mary Ruiz, chief executive of Manatee Glens. "We are already experiencing problems under the current Medicare system where payments are too low."
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Three Twin City Ambulance paramedics are being sued by the company for falsely claiming Twin City refused to aid Buffalo Police Officers Patricia A. Parete and Carl Andolina when they were shot on duty 14 months ago, the City of Tonawanda company's attorney said Monday.The defamation suit against paramedics Christian M. Cloen, Jeffrey R. Abbott and Timothy J. Licht has asked for a State Supreme Court trial for the alleged false claims to the news media, professional publications and on the Internet.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

PHILADELPHIA -- Every few seconds, the sonorous male voice issues a command:Compress a little deeper. Increase duration of each compression. Release pressure between compressions.Ernest Kwiatkowski obediently adjusts the force of his hands on the breastbone of Resuscitation Anne, a vinyl dummy long used to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Administration and Leadership

JEMS.com Editor s Note: Read Dr. Bryan Bledsoe s take on how far EMS has come in 30 years in his Thursday column.NEW YORK -- At first, Bill Amaniera thought it might be his imagination. "I noticed the same woman in a few different stores looking at me like she was going to say something," he recalled recently. "I finally asked her, 'Do I know you?' Then she asked if I was an EMT. Well, then I figured she was a patient."
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. -- A local ambulance company hopes to get northern Genesee County (Mich.) communities on its side as they fight an ordinance changing the way ambulance services are handled in the county.CM Ambulance Service presented information to the Thetford Township Board Jan. 28. Company representatives said they are scheduled to make a presentation in Clio on Monday night and will head to Vienna Township later this month.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. -- Anyone thinking about moving to Montgomery County should stay away from Christiansburg and Blacksburg if they want to save a few dollars. Town residents pay higher taxes so their county neighbors don't have to.The problem is with emergency services. Town fire and rescue squads serve people far outside town limits, but county funding is not proportional to the number of calls its residents generate. The towns pay more than their fair share.