The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Hoopeston

August 20, 2012

Hoopeston ambulance service joins Carle

HOOPESTON — Hoopeston Ambulance Service recently signed a contract with the Carle Arrow Ambulance for management services to provide improved ambulance service to the Hoopeston Area.

This collaboration comes as Carle and Hoopeston Regional Health Center continue to pursue integration of Hoopeston Regional Health Center into the Carle organization. Integration between Carle and the Hoopeston Regional Health Center is scheduled to take place on October 1, 2012.

"This will bring noticeable benefits to the community including the addition of new staff members, equipment, uniforms, and more," said Jennifer Hendricks Kaufmann, Carle public relations manager, in a press release.

John Sollars, Carle Region 6 EMS Coordinator, has been assigned as the interim manager of Hoopeston’s ambulance service.

"A permanent manager should be named by mid-September," Kaufmann said, adding, "In addition, eight new crew members will be added, including both part-time and full-time positions."

Some of the enhancements that will be seen due to this integration between Carle and Hoopeston Regional Health Center are a new ambulance and new Zoll defibrillators in all ambulances.

According to Kaufmann, the new defibrllators use the latest EKG technology to allow EMS in the field to make faster diagnosis and immediately transmit EKG data to the waiting Emergency Department.

Kaufmann added that crew members are presently working to obtain the highest paramedic certifications, ensuring that every ambulance is considered an Advanced Life Support crew. Two ambulances will be staffed 24/7 with full and part-time staff and one of those crews stationed at the Emergency Department for at least 16 hours a day.

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