Centre LifeLink will be hosting a FREE CPR Class in recognition of National Heart Month. The class will teach the skills necessary to provide basic life support care. Adult, child, and infant modules, as well as AED use, will be covered.
Please note this is an informal class and does not yield a professional certification.
The class will be held at Centre LifeLink’s Main Station (125 Puddintown Rd, State College, PA 16801) on February 18th at 3:00 pm. Space is limited.
For more information, or to register, please email Lauren Shurgalla Lshurgalla@centrelifelink.com with your name and contact information.
December 16, 2016— Centre LifeLink ambulances are now equipped with Buddy Packs, preassembled backpacks that will be given to children, either as a patient or a witness in a stressful medical emergency. The program is provided by the Moshannon Valley Branch of the YMCA and Walmart.
Centre LifeLink invites the community to our 75th Anniversary Celebration Open House. The event will feature ambulance and station tours, free car seat checks, refreshments, kids activities and crafts, tactical EMS demonstrations with armored rescue vehicle, and search and rescue demos.
The Open House is Sunday, October 16 from 1-3 pm at Centre LifeLink’s Main Station
July 18, 2016–Arts Fest weekend proved to be another busy weekend for Centre LifeLink EMS; up there, in fact, with State Patty’s and Penn State Football weekends.
Between 6:00 pm Friday, through 6:00 am Sunday, Centre LifeLink responded to 64 total calls. 23 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.
For comparison, Centre LifeLink typically responds to 16 calls per day, on a standard weekend.
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.