May 3, 2016– Centre LifeLink EMS staff wore gray on Tuesday, May 3, in recognition of Brain Tumor Awareness Month, and to show support for those with a Brain Tumor, including one of Centre LifeLink’s very own office staff members.
In August 2014, Centre LifeLink’s staff member was diagnosed with a meningioma (Brain Tumor). After surgery to remove the tumor in September 2014, this individual continues to endure uncontrolled pain on one side, double vision, and inability to walk unassisted. Regardless, she continues her role at Centre LifeLink, full-time.
For more information, or to show your support, please visit http://braintumor.org/join-the-fight/brain-tumor-awareness-month/
April 28, 2016– The Centre Region’s cardiac arrest survival rate continues to climb, according to Centre LifeLink’s annual CARES (Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival) Report. 23% of cardiac arrest victims are walking out of the hospital in good or moderate health. Compared to a national average of 8.5%, this is a significant accomplishment.
A special thank you to photographers Nicholas Backer and Carl Knowlton
Each year, Cente LifeLink EMS recognizes staff and volunteers with an awards banquet.
March 19, 2016–Centre LifeLink EMS has been selected as the 2016 Seven Mountains EMS Council Distinguished Agency. Centre LifeLink personnel accepted this award at the 2016 EMS Council held in Danville, PA, over the weekend.
In 2015 alone, Centre LifeLink responded to over 6,000 calls and logged over 14,000 volunteer hours, with high patient satisfaction rates. LifeLink has also responded to several major natural disasters over the past several years, both in Pennsylvania, and out of state in New Jersey and Louisiana.
Another component of achievement that Centre LifeLink was recognized for was the increase in cardiac arrest survival rate from 1% previously, to over 20% leaving the hospital without deficits.
March 7, 2016– Centre LifeLink was one of six recipients of the Rotary Club of State College’s Annual Sandwich Sale.
Centre LifeLink staff and volunteers assist in making sandwiches for the annual sale each year. This year’s proceeds will be designated to implement a new training program for our staff.
February 29, 2016– Centre LifeLink EMS staff saw an increase in call volume over the preceding two State Patty’s Day weekends.
Centre LifeLink EMS was dispatched to 75 calls between 6pm Friday night and 6am Sunday morning. Approximately 46 of these calls were alcohol related, meaning that the patient had overdosed on alcohol or had suffered some other illness or injury that was related to alcohol consumption. Of these 46 alcohol related calls, 43 patients were transported to Mt. Nittany Medical Center’s emergency department for further care.
For comparison, in 2015 Centre LifeLink responded to 49 total calls, 32 of which were alcohol related on State Patty’s weekend. In 2014, there were 50 total calls on that same event weekend.
Call volume for State Patty’s this year trended closer to 2013, when 72 total calls were responded to. The 2016 State Patty’s Day for Centre Lifelink EMS correlated to a larger home football weekend. Centre Lifelink EMS staffed two additional ambulances to handle the increase in call volume and ensure that units remained available to quickly respond to all medical emergencies in the Centre Region.
Centre LifeLink will be hosting the third annual Safe and Seen in the Ballpark with the State College Spikes.
Families are invited to enjoy safe trick or treating throughout the ballpark suites. Suites will be decorated and staffed by local non-profits and other local businesses. Seasonal games and crafts will also be available along the concourse.
September 30, 2015–Centre LifeLink replaced an old ambulance in its fleet with a new one, with the funds raised from the 2015 Membership Drive. The 2015 Horton Type III Model 553-C Ambulance on a Ford E-450 super-duty chassis replaced a 2003 Horton Type III that was rechassised in 2008. The old ambulance had travelled 167,700 miles and was still in good condition, but was no longer reliable for everyday emergency ambulance service.
Features in the new unit include:
Horton’s exclusive occupant protection system (HOPS) for maximum safety for our staff and our patients.
Intelliplex i4G Electrical system
The new ambulance was $181,177, and Centre LifeLink was able to make this purchase thanks to its 2015 members. Funds raised from the annual membership campaign are designated to make capital purchases, this year’s purchase being a new ambulance.
Centre LifeLink will be donating the old ambulance to the State College Police Department. “The State College Police Department responds and offers assistance to Centre LifeLink EMS on a majority of our emergency calls, and we are very grateful for their help,” says Scott Rawson, Executive Director for Centre LifeLink EMS.
The Police Department will be using the donated ambulance for numerous functions including for transporting crime scene and serious crash investigation equipment as well as housing crisis negotiators during a critical incident.
August 17, 2015– Centre LifeLink EMS has reached the Master Level of the Pennsylvania EMS for Children Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program.
LifeLink was recognized at the basic level with the inception of the program back in 2013 and has been implementing new training and background checks to reach the advanced and now master level of the program.
In addition to training and other efforts, Centre LifeLink has committed to providing community outreach programs focusing on pediatric education and injury prevention.
This achievement demonstrated Centre LifeLink’s commitment to improving emergency medical care for our children.
For more information on the the Pennsylvania EMS for Children Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program, please visit http://www.paemsc.org