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EmergyCare to Present LifeSaver Award to Ten Employees

At the Erie BayHawks games on January 10 and 11, EmergyCare will present several employees with awards for their roles saving the lives of people in cardiac arrest. Additionally, game attendees can stop by the EmergyCare tables during the game to learn hands-only CPR so they can be prepared to help victims of cardiac arrest before emergency personnel arrive.

Erie, PA, January 10, 2014 --( On Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, EmergyCare will present several employees with LifeSaver awards from the floor of the Erie Insurance Arena just prior to the start of the Erie BayHawks games.

Ten employees will be recognized for their roles in saving the lives of five individuals who suffered from cardiac arrest. Each of the patients regained a pulse, normal heart rhythm and were discharged from the hospital neurologically intact after their near-fatal cardiac arrests.

Todd Steele, Director of Operations, explained the awards saying, “EmergyCare has made major investments of time and money to move the ball on saving lives of people in cardiac arrest. In May and June of 2013 we retrained our entire patient care staff on new high performance CPR methods and this month we are implementing new CPR feedback devices that provide real-time analysis of the quality of chest compressions so our providers can adjust on-the-fly to meet each patient’s individual needs. And for the past year and a half we have been participating in state-wide initiatives to train the public on performing hands-only CPR. All this focus on starting CPR as soon as possible and providing high quality chest compressions for cardiac arrests led our Medical Director, Dr. Christopher Cammarata, to the conclusion we should recognize a few of our providers who helped save the lives of people in cardiac arrest. Each of the five emergency calls have a very important thing in common: someone on the scene, whether a friend, co-worker or family member, had started performing chest compressions on the individual as soon as the cardiac emergency was indentified. When EmergyCare personnel arrived, they were able to take over the CPR to ensure blood kept circulating in the body and got back a normal heart rhythm in the patient through a combination of chest compressions, defibrillation and, in some instances, medication.”

The following employees are being recognized:
Friday, January 10
· Harry Latta, Paramedic and EmergyCare Operations Supervisor
· Jackie Zukowski, Paramedic
· Matthew Hirsch, EMT
· Mary Wary, Paramedic
· Christopher Young, EMT

Saturday, January 11
· Martin Carney, Paramedic
· William Holley, EMT
· Scot Galloway, Paramedic and EmergyCare Field Supervisor
· John Letzo, Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse
· Shannon Holder-Acain, EMT

In addition to the LifeSaver awards, EmergyCare will be on-hand before and during each game to demonstrate the hands-only CPR technique to those attending the game. BayHawks fans can visit tables in the concourse of the Erie Insurance Arena and take less than five minutes to understand the difference they can make by starting chest compressions on someone in cardiac arrest. Early chest compressions can be the difference between life and death for a patient in cardiac arrest. Recognizing the public hesitancy to perform traditional CPR that included mouth to mouth breaths, recent public education has centered on just doing the chest compressions for cardiac cases to ensure blood keeps flowing to the brain and other vital organs until emergency responders arrive on the scene.

Media Opportunities
· Hands-Only CPR demos in concourse of Erie Insurance Arena: 6:00 p.m. thru end of 3rd quarter of game each night
· Employee awards during player warm-ups just prior to game; approx 6:45 each night (available for interviews after awards)

About EmergyCare
EmergyCare is the largest nonprofit ambulance service in Pennsylvania providing comprehensive pre-hospital and medical transportation services for the half-million residents in its seven county service area. In addition to emergency ambulance response, services include non-emergency wheelchair and medical taxi transport, and community ambulance stand-bys.

In order to fulfill the mission to provide life saving pre-hospital care and connect people and communities to the healthcare system, EmergyCare maintains a complement of over 300 employees, 72 vehicles and 14 stations to cover the 5,622 square miles of response area and the nearly 95,000 requests for service received last year.

EmergyCare maintains a robust education and community outreach program through our EmergyCare Training Institute, participation in health and wellness fairs, on-site stand-by service for hundreds of community activities, festivals and sporting events each year and a complement of school presentations with Andy the Ambulance.
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Jennifer Farrar

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