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Bowling Green, Ky. (May 29, 2019) – For the second year, as part of National EMS Week’s EMS for Children Day, the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services’ (KBEMS) Kentucky EMS for Children (KYEMSC) Pediatric Recognition program recognized Medical Center EMS for going beyond what is required by the state in terms of providing pediatric care.
“Improving emergency medical care of children in all of our communities across the state is crucial,” said KYEMSC for Children Project Director Morgan Scaggs. “These agencies have gone the extra mile in their commitment to improving emergency pediatric care that sets a standard for others.”
KYEMSC developed the Voluntary EMS Pediatric Recognition program to acknowledge EMS agencies that go beyond what is required by the state in pediatric care by completing the additional program requirements.
To be recognized, an agency must designate a pediatric emergency care coordinator to ensure integration of the unique needs of pediatric patients into all aspects of emergency care, comply with national recommendations for pediatric equipment carried on the ambulance and engage in pediatric-focused community outreach activities. There are also requirements for additional pediatric-related continuing education and annual demonstration of pediatric skill competency for all EMTs and paramedics.
“Being a part of the very first group of agencies awarded this honor—and now one of only two agencies to repeat the recognition—is possible because of the continuing dedication that Medical Center EMS has to provide the best possible care to everyone in our community,” says Jim Williams, Manager of Medical Center EMS Field Operations. “We take the trust that the public gives us very seriously, and always look for ways to improve services to our community. Out of about 200 services licensed in the state, we are proud to be among the 8 progressive services that have been recognized for this honor.”
This is the second year for the recognition program and all participating agencies will need to reapply annually to demonstrate their continued commitment to excellence in pediatric emergency care.
Other agencies recognized:
- Buechel Fire Protection District
- Burlington Fire Protection District
- Georgetown Scott County EMS
- Hebron Fire Protection District (2nd year)
- Murray Calloway County Hospital Ambulance Service
- Somerset Pulaski County EMS
- Whitley County EMS
For more information about Medical Center EMS, visit TheMedicalCenter.org.