Ron Rushe, executive director of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Division of the American Heart Association, presents Bethlehem EMS with the Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award. The Award recognizes the critical role EMS provides on the treatment of heart attack patients. Bethlehem EMS is one of 23 Pa. EMS services to achieve the Gold Plus Award.
Representing St. Luke’s University Health Network, Doug Sargent, EMS outreach EMS pre-hospitalization liaison, presents EMS Director Thomas Decker a certificate of appreciation. Sargent said the agency’s door to emergency room timeliness of 28 minutes when responding to and transporting heart attack victims.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBEMS Supervisor E.J. Coleman, EMS Director Thomas Decker, and EMS Supervisor Jeff Fritz were happy to add a new $141,000 ambulance to the city’s ambulance fleet. The 2017 vehicle replaces a 2007 ambulance with 170,000 miles. Bethlehem EMS responded to 11,500 calls in 2016 and is on pace to reach 12,000 calls this year.
Mayor Bob Donchez, Lehigh Valley Health Network interventional cardiologist Anthony Urbano, MD, and EMS Supervisor Jeff Fritz take a look inside Bethlehem’s new ambulance. Earlier, Urbano and Lehigh Valley Health Network ACS program coordinator Bryan Nelson, had presented Bethlehem paramedics Edwin “Russ” Hillegas and Edward Kronmuller a certificate of appreciation for their lifesaving efforts on
City EMS gets new vehicle and an award
For the third year in a row, Bethlehem’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award, achieving Gold Plus status after earning bronze and gold levels the prior two years.
At a recognition ceremony in city hall Oct. 11, American Heart Association Lehigh Valley and Northeast Division Executive Director Ron Rushe made the presentation to Bethlehem EMS Director Thomas Decker. In addition, representatives from Easton Hospital, Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s University Health Network honored the City’s EMS service.
Rushe said that 627 awards were presented to EMS services nationally with 75 going to services in Pennsylvania. The award is given to EMS organizations who implement improvements in assessing, stabilizing, transporting and delivering to hospitals heart attack victims.
Mayor Bob Donchez lauded the city’s paramedic staff’s efforts noting that 95 percent of all medical emergency calls received in Bethlehem are handled by the city’s service. EMS services from neighboring coverage areas handle the rest.
City officials also unveiled the newest ambulance in the EMS fleet, a recently delivered 2017 ambulance that was purchased using city bond proceeds at a cost of $141,000. It replaces a 10-year-old model with 170,000 miles.