Centre LifeLink EMS – Pennsylvania CARES Award

Centre LifeLink EMS – Pennsylvania CARES Award

Centre LifeLink EMS has received the Pennsylvania CARES Award. The award acknowledges the agency’s dedication to collecting out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) data for quality improvement purposes. The agency is one of 145 EMS agencies across the Commonwealth honored by Pennsylvania CARES during October in observance of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

Each year, more than 350,000 people in the United States experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. By participating in Pennsylvania CARES, Centre LifeLink EMS demonstrates commitment to saving lives by strengthening the links in the OHCA chain of survival.

Pennsylvania CARES is a statewide partner of the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES), a national cardiac arrest registry that allows communities to measure bystander and 911 response, including information about bystander CPR and AED application, telephone CPR, and EMS response. Using this information, EMS agencies can discover promising practices and implement new programs to improve emergency care for patients in their communities, and participation in a national registry is recommended by the Institute of Medicine.

Recipients of this year’s Pennsylvania CARES Award successfully participated in the registry for the 2018 calendar year and are commended for collecting data, in collaboration with and on behalf of BLS, first responder, and community partners, to measure outcomes, improve the quality of care, and save lives.

Centre LifeLinks’s dedication to collecting OHCA data has helped strengthen the collaboration between 911 centers, first responders, EMS agencies and hospitals, with the ultimate goal to improve OHCA survival rates. For more information on CARES and the benefits of cardiac arrest data collection, please visit the national CARES website (https://mycares.net) and see the Pennsylvania CARES program website (https://smemsc.org/index.php/programareas/138-2/ ). More information about sudden cardiac arrest is available from the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/docs/cardiac-arrest-infographic.pdf.

2020 Membership Drive

State College, PA- The 2020 Centre LifeLink membership campaign is officially under way. Each fall, Centre Region residents are encouraged to enroll as a Centre LifeLink member, ensuring them that they will have no out-of-pocket expenses for unlimited emergency ambulance service provided by Centre LifeLink EMS. Memberships are available beginning this week and residents in Centre LifeLink’s coverage area will receive a membership brochure with information on how to participate.

Members can save an average of $800 for basic life support calls and more than $1,500 for advanced life support paramedic service — these are the average costs nonmembers pay. Individual memberships cost $55 and family memberships cost $75 for a one-year period beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31, 2020.

Residents of the Centre Region will receive 2020 membership brochures in the mail this week, and registration is also open online at www.centrelifelink.com. Membership brochures will also be available in local municipal buildings.

Centre LifeLink EMS receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition Award

Centre LifeLink EMS receives American Heart Association’s  Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition Award

State College, July 2019 — Centre LifeLink EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

“Centre LifeLink is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Kent Knable, LifeLink’s EMS Chief. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline.”

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud Centre LifeLink EMS for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”


About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps hospitals and emergency

medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for acute coronary syndrome patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org.

2018 CARES Report

May 15, 2019– The 2018 Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) report has been released, and Centre LifeLink EMS’ data is on pace with, and exceeding, National and State results.

Overall, Centre LifeLink’s return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) was 29.6%; this number is on par with Pennsylvania (30.3%) and National (31.1%) data.  Over the last five years, LifeLink’s average ROSC has been 37%.  While getting a pulse back is important, having a patient discharged from the hospital with good neurological function is the goal.  In 2018, 11% of Cardiac Arrest patients were released from the hospital with good or moderate cerebral performance; this is several percentage points above the State (7%) and the National (8%) numbers.

The Centre Region Community and local law enforcement agencies are instrumental in these positive numbers. State College, Ferguson and Patton Township Police Departments respond on all medical emergencies in the Centre Region.  Data shows that officers are on scene within 4 minutes of being notified of a Cardiac Arrest.  They are all trained in CPR and Automatic External Defibrillators (AED).   Between the Police and Bystanders, 93% of the time an AED has been applied prior to the ambulance arriving on scene.  70% of the time CPR is started by a family member or a concerned Bystander.  This number is 33% higher than the State and 30% higher than National data.

When a person goes into cardiac arrest it’s only a matter of minutes before cells in the body start to die. Starting CPR as soon as possible will help to extend that time frame.    By having someone start CPR quickly, much needed oxygenated blood is sent out to the vital organs to keep them alive until the heart can be restarted.

Centre LifeLink EMS conducts CPR several times a month for community members.  Please visit our web site at www.centrelifelink.com or call 814-237-8163 to register for a class.

Centre LifeLink EMS State Patty’s Call Report

February 26, 2018— Despite a very busy weekend, Centre LifeLink EMS staff saw a decrease in call volume over the State Patty’s weekend; however a majority of calls were alcohol related.

Centre LifeLink was dispatched to 50 calls between 6:00 pm Friday evening, through 6:00 am Sunday morning. Approximately 80% 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, in 2017 Centre LifeLink responded to 95 total calls, of which 32% were alcohol related on State Patty’s weekend.


Centre LifeLink EMS Encourages Local Organizations and Community Members to Get Trained to “Stop the Bleed”

February 20, 2018—Centre LifeLink EMS, in conjunction with State College Police Department, encourages local organizations and community members to get trained to “stop the bleed”.  In the event of a mass shooting, like the one in South Florida, and the Las Vegas Country Music Festival in October 2017, teaching bystanders how to treat life-threating bleeding wounds before first responders arrive is becoming increasingly important.

Launched in October of 2015 by the White House, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before help arrives.

Eliza Shaw, Centre LifeLink’s Community Outreach Coordinator, explains “when it comes to life threatening wounds, minutes, or even seconds, may be all of the time we have. That’s why it is so crucial to be trained in how to use a tourniquet, or pack a wound. These techniques compress veins and arteries to help slow the bleeding, so that we can get them to more definitive care.”

Centre LifeLink has held several Stop the Bleed sessions with local businesses, but encourages other community businesses and groups to get informed, especially local schools. “In light of recent events nation-wide, we are trying to figure out how to get this information to students and schools. It’s not hard to do, and it could impact some of these people tremendously if they are ever in a situation such as a mass-shooting,” says Shaw.

For more information, or to schedule a session, please contact Centre LifeLink’s Outreach Coordinator, Eliza Shaw at Eshaw@centrelifelink.com or (814) 237-8163.

Centre LifeLink EMS Annual Membership Underway, Residents Encouraged to Participate

October 26, 2017– In an emergency, the last thing you want to worry about is the bill. That is why each fall Centre Region residents are encouraged to enroll as a Centre LifeLink Member, ensuring them that they will have no out-of-pocket expenses for unlimited EMERGENCY ambulance service provided by Centre LifeLink EMS. 2018 Memberships are available beginning this month, and residents in Centre LifeLink’s coverage will receive a Membership Brochure with information on how to participate.

With many insurance companies raising the price of out-of pocket deductibles, members can save an average of $300 for basic life support calls and more than $500 for advanced life support paramedic service—these are the average costs non-members pay. Individual memberships are $50.00 and family memberships are $70.00 for a one-year period beginning January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.

In addition to saving residents money, a Centre LifeLink Membership helps keep this vital service available in the community. As a non-profit organization with no tax support, Centre LifeLink relies, in part, on tax-deductible donations and funds raised through the Annual Membership Drive. Membership revenue and donations allow Centre LifeLink to purchase life-saving equipment.

Centre LifeLink provides 24-hour emergency service for the Borough of State College, College Township, Harris Township, Ferguson Township, Patton Township, and mutual aid to surrounding areas of Centre and Huntingdon Counties.

Residents of the Centre Region will receive a 2018 Membership Brochure in the mail and registration is also open online at www.centrelifelink.com. Any questions regarding membership can be directed to Centre LifeLink’s Marketing Manager, Lauren Shurgalla: lshurgalla@centrelifelink.com or (814) 237-8163.

Centre LifeLink Re-Accredited by CAAS

September 8, 2017—Centre LifeLink EMS has been re-accredited for the 6th consecutive three year term (19 years) by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) for its compliance with national standards of excellence and exemplifying the “gold standard” of emergency medical care. With this achievement, Centre LifeLink is only one of seven accredited ambulances in the state of Pennsylvania, and in the top 1% of ambulances in the Country.

The Commission is a non-profit organization which was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America’s medical transportation systems. The primary focus of the Commission’s standards is high-quality patient care. This is accomplished by establishing national standards which not only address the delivery of patient care, but also the ambulance service’s total operation and its relationships with other agencies, the general public, and the medical community. The Commission’s standards often exceed state or local licensing requirements.

Scott Rawson, Executive Director of Centre LifeLink, said accreditation “represents our commitment to our patients and our community. We continuously strive to do our best and our consistent accreditation status is another step toward excellence.”

“Our staff has been key to our successful completion of the accreditation process,” said Rawson. “Everyone here plays a valuable role in our ability to continuously meet the Commission’s high standards.”

Centre LifeLink EMS Volunteer Receives State College Rotary Four-Way Test Award

May 24, 2017-– Centre LifeLink volunteer EMT Ian Arevalo received the State College Sunrise Rotary Club’s 2017 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:


  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Ian volunteered 2,361 hours in 2016 and was selected as Centre LifeLink’s “Volunteer of the Year” for 2016. Ian received this award alongside Rob Nese from Alpha Fire Company and Denny Johnson of Boalsburg Fire Company.