Emergycare inc. from Erie, PA
Recipient of EMS agency of the year award 2013
The 2013 Pennsylvania State EMS Awards were held on Saturday, November 23rd at the Radisson Harrisburg Hotel and Conference Center in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. These annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding community service as part of Pennsylvania’s emergency medical services system. The awards ceremony is presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council.
This award honors a large volume EMS agency for their contribution to the development and growth of quality prehospital care within their community by demonstrating a consistent pattern of timely care delivery, working cooperatively with surrounding EMS agencies, and by supporting professional development activities for its providers.
In July of this year, Emergycare Inc. celebrated 30 years of service to residents of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Since its humble beginnings providing BLS care to the City of Erie, Emergycare has grown into an agency that provides multiple service-lines including: medical taxi, wheelchair van, basic and advanced life support, critical care transport, and air medical transport with their LifeStar helicopter. Emergycare’s service area encompasses parts of seven counties or some 5,600 square miles.
Emergycare has achieved many accomplishments with regard to patient care. Most recently, for the second year in a row, they have earned the EMMCO West Regional EMS Council “Gold Award” for having the resources to respond to 99% of emergency dispatches. In addition, they have instituted an automatic vehicle locator system in their ambulances to ensure the closest available unit is sent to each call.
In addition to superior clinical care, Emergycare strives to provide numerous community outreach activities such as stand-by services, health fairs, school presentations, and safety events. Last year, they implemented a free community training program to promote hands-only CPR and plan to expand this program by including local businesses. Each year, teenagers, ages 14-17, participate in a week-long resident camp to learn about the EMS industry through a variety of lectures and hands-on experiences.