Clarinda, IA | (February 28, 2018) – Clarinda Regional Health Center’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) continues a deficiency free survey reaching a 25-year milestone. On Tuesday, February 27th, 2018, CRHC EMS was surveyed by Ms. Ellen McCardle-Woods, LPN/Paramedic EMS Field Coordinator for the Iowa Bureau of EMS and Trauma Services. McCardle-Woods surveys all 139 services in Southwest Iowa. Mr. Ryan Adams, CRHC EMS Manager, reports that surveys occur every three years and cover 40 criteria categories from licensure of all the providers to the equipment and facilities. The CRHC EMS service has been deficiency free since their inception in 1993. “CRHC is very fortunate to have such a talented group of individuals on our EMS crew that provide the very best critical care in the region,” states Adams.
The Emergency Medical Services here in Clarinda are provided by various levels of providers, from Emergency Medical Technician to Paramedic with a Critical Care Endorsement. A Paramedic requires 1500 hours of training for certification which includes classroom, clinical and field study. Each crew member must recertify every two years which requires continuing education hours.
The CRHC EMS carries the highest designated level of care that an ambulance service can hold. Adams reports that the service responds to approximately 1400 calls annually with a highly trained and motivated staff utilizing some of the best equipment available. Most recently, the Clarinda Medical Foundation raised funds during the Annual Foundation Golf Tournament in September 2017 to purchase a Zoll Portable Ventilator that assists the CRHC EMS crew in providing the very best life-saving care to patients in our region.
Another service offered by CRHC EMS includes the Home for the Holidays program. This is a transportation service provided during the Christmas holiday season to help bedfast residents of care facilities attend family holiday gatherings. The CRHC EMS crew will transport residents to and from a family gathering free of charge. This program also reached its 25th year milestone this past December.