NorthStar Ambulance Receives State HeartSafe Award
May 23, 2007
At a ceremony in Augusta on May 22, Governor John Baldacci and Maine EMS Director Jay Bradshaw awarded NorthStar EMS a HeartSafe Community EMS Service designation at the Gold level. NorthStar is the regional ambulance service of Franklin Memorial Hospital.
The HeartSafe Community designation is based on what the American Heart Association calls the chain of survival. The four important links of the chain include: early access to emergency care, early CPR, early defibrillation, and early advanced care. To receive a HeartSafe honor, services are awarded points called heartbeats in cardiac problem prevention areas to determine their level of qualification.
HeartSafe Communities is a program that helps Maine people improve the chances for survival and recovery after sudden cardiac arrest. The program is a partnership between the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Cardiovascular Health Program and the Maine Emergency Medical Services Office. It recognizes local efforts to provide strong cardiovascular-related emergency care for residents and visitors.
Key to the program is the work behind-the-scenes to enhance local community partnerships, resources, and services. "NorthStar has developed partnerships with first responder services and facilitated AED placements in schools and places where people congregate," said David Robie, NorthStar EMS Director. "NorthStar also offers CPR and other cardiovascular education in association
with Franklin Memorial Hospital and the Healthy Community Coalition's Mobile Health Unit."
Robie added, "We are very happy to receive this award at this level and will continue to be a resource to towns to prevent cardiac and stroke occurrences. Through education and using the chain of survival, our goal is a healthy population throughout all the towns for which we provide service."
NorthStar provides ambulance service to 26 towns and 46 unorganized territories. More information about NorthStar and its programs can be found at www.fchn.org/NorthStar.
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