June 3, 2015–Centre LifeLink volunteer EMT Anand Swaminathan received the State College Sunrise Rotary Club’s 2015 Four-Way Test Award. The Four-Way Test Award, presented to local emergency service volunteers, recognizes local fire and ambulance volunteers within the State College area whose daily volunteer activities epitomize the “Four-Way Test”.
The “Four-Way Test” encompasses a test of the things we think, say or do, and include:
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Anand has volunteered 2,552 hours since 2011 and was selected as Centre LifeLink’s “Volunteer of the Year” for 2014. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Acoustic Engineering. Anand received this award alongside Joe Davidson, of Boalsburg Fire, and Don Madden, of Alpha Fire.
Centre LifeLink invites the community to stop by our station to celebrate EMS & Police Week, on May 16th at 125 Puddintown Rd. State College, PA 16801 (Centre LifeLink main station).
State College Police will be performing car seat checks and will also have a motorcycle officer demonstration. Additional demos by the North Central Highway Network will be offered, including seatbelt and helmet safety.
Centre LifeLink will provide light refreshments and ambulance and station tours.
The event and parking is free and will be held, rain or shine!
March 25, 2015–The Centre County Sudden Cardiac Arrest Chapter recognized Scott Nakoski, employee of KoKo Fit Club, for responding to a sudden cardiac arrest that took place on March 6th.
Nakoski witnessed the patient collapse and began CPR until another bystander took over while he ran for the AED in the gym. Scott’s rapid response and use of an AED aided in the return of circulation for the patient.
Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander (American Heart Association). Sadly, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.
Centre LifeLink encourages everyone in our community to learn CPR. CPR classes are offered monthly at Centre LifeLink’s main station.
Pictured – John Torres (PSU Police), Scott Woodring (Port Matilda EMS) Mark Koschny (KoKo FitClub), Scott Nakoski (KoKo FitClub), Scott Rhoat (Bellefonte EMS), Dr. Botti (Mount Nittany Medical Center)
For more information about the Centre County Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, or Centre LifeLink EMS training classes, please contact Kent Knable at email@example.com or 814-237-8163
A special thank you to photographer Carl Knowlton
Each year, Cente LifeLink EMS recognizes staff and volunteers with an awards banquet.
Executive Director’s Award: Ashley Crock and Vicki Weaver
March 2, 2015– Centre LifeLink crews experienced an all-time low number of calls during State Patty’s 2015 with 49 total calls, 32 being alcohol related.
These numbers were similar to last year’s, with 50 total calls, and much lower than previous years, with as many as 72 reported in 2013.
This weekend’s numbers are comparable to a slower football weekend.
February 23, 2015– Centre LifeLink EMS has partnered with the local organization The Jared Box Project, and will transport boxes filled with toys and games for select age ranges to chronically ill or injured children in hospitals across Pennsylvania.
The Jared Box Project began in memory of a 5 year old boy named Jared who battled cancer. His classmates at Our Lady of Victory honored their friend and classmate Jared, by starting this project. A shoebox size plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, cards, and games. Jared Boxes provide a special diversion for young patients as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments.
Centre LifeLink is very proud to partner with such a special project and will have boxes on hand to present to injured or ill children in the ambulance during transport. For more information, or to learn how you can help, please visit http://www.thejaredbox.com
February 4, 2015– Centre LifeLink was one of six recipients of the Rotary Club of State College’s Annual Sandwich Sale.
Centre LifeLink and Strawberry Fields were featured recipients, and other local organizations were also recipients of the proceeds from the annual fundraiser.
October 14, 2014—Centre LifeLink EMS has been re-accredited for the 5th consecutive three year term (since 1999) by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) for its compliance with national standards of excellence. With this achievement, Centre LifeLink is only one of six accredited ambulance services in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and in the top 1% of services in the Country.
Centre LifeLink will be hosting the third annual Safe and Seen in the Ballpark with the State College Spikes and B94.5.
Families are invited to enjoy safe trick or treating throughout the ballpark suites. Suites will be decorated and staffed by local non-profits. Seasonal games and crafts will also be available along the concourse.
July 15, 2014— Centre LifeLink EMS had a busy Arts Festival weekend with 88 total calls between Friday and Sunday. 43% of these calls were alcohol related, and not included in that percentage were 19 injuries related to alcohol. Centre LifeLink staff noted, “We saw a lot of assaults over the weekend”.
The weekend was comparable to this past State Patty’s Day weekend, which resulted in 50 total calls, 48% of which were alcohol related.