Register for the 11th Annual STEMI Summit

Our Heart and Vascular Center is collaborating with Life Flight and Worcester Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to hold the 11th Annual STEMI (Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Summit on Saturday, October 20, 8 am to noon. The event will take place at the Sherman Center on the University Campus. The goal is to assist EMS and nursing professionals to apply current best practices during cardiac emergencies that require rapid assessment, treatment and mechanical support. The event is free of charge, and contact hours are provided. Parking will be available in the visitors parking garage. Space is limited. Learn more. Register now. Registration deadline is October 15.

Valet Jeff Thibault Epitomizes Right Place, Time, Training

Jeff Thibault

Valet Jeff Thibault was at the right place at the right time on our Memorial Campus. When a patient informed him that a man was bleeding on a bench nearby, Jeff first called campus police and Worcester Emergency Medical Services. Then he grabbed gloves and paper towels and employed his emergency medical training to put pressure on the man’s wound until aid arrived. Kudos to Jeff, who was named the Valet Park of America Employee of the Month, and for demonstrating you don’t have to be a medical staff member to be a caregiver. Read story posted on Facebook.

A Show of Stamina, Strength and Mobility from Our EMS Team

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Left photo, the team participates in the ambulance pull. Center photo, Katie Flavin, Katherine Howard and Brittany O’Neill push the sled. Top right, Lisa Horowitz, David Silva and Heidi Roy-Choquette roll the tire. Bottom right, Brittany O’Neill and Katherine Howard work on sit-ups.

For the fourth year in a row, Josh Bennett, paramedic, organized a 12-week fitness challenge for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department. Each weekly challenge was designed to connect back to the job, such as 261 push-ups, sit-ups and squats; a reminder of the 261 badges earned by team. The challenge ends with an 11-event relay race at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute athletic fields and includes a team ambulance pull of 15,000 pounds! So far, seven of the 10 teams have completed the relay race. The winning team will receive a $500 gift card paid out of the EMS Relief Fund. Check out the media coverage by our social media teamTelegram & Gazette and MassLive.

This Week We Recognize Our Emergency Medical Services

Have you noticed our Emergency Medical Services team is getting a little extra attention these days? That’s because it’s National EMS Week, a time to recognize and celebrate the men and women who are out in the community every day making sure patients get medical assistance when they need it most. Pay close attention to our Medical Center’s Facebook page for daily photos, videos and posts that highlight the dedicated work of our UMass Memorial EMS team. “People don’t always realize the dangerous situation our paramedics face while they are on the job, as well as the breadth of services that we provide to the community. EMS Week is a great opportunity to acknowledge and thank these brave men and women,” said Mike Hunter, deputy chief, EMS. Check out the latest coverage on Charter TV 3.

Our EMS Honors Fallen Paramedic in National Bike Ride

Chief Haynes leads the group. (Telegram & Gazette photo)

In honor of the upcoming National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) week, several of our dedicated EMS paramedics are participating in the Muddy Angels National EMS Bike Ride from Boston to Alexandria, VA. Chief Stephen Haynes and paramedics Joshua Bennett, Charles Pim and Brittany O’Neill will ride more than 550 miles to honor Worcester EMS Paramedic John Lynch, who passed away from complications from hepatitis C contracted from a patient he was trying to save. The ride ends with a memorial service at which time Lynch’s name will be added to the national EMS memorial wall in Alexandria. You can keep track of the team’s progress on Facebook. See Telegram & Gazette and Fox 25 coverage.

Boston Business Journal Highlights Our EMS for Winter Readiness

ambulanceAs the community leader in health care and emergency services, it’s imperative that our frontline staff has the resources to continue caring for our patients, even when a major winter storm strikes our region. To ensure that we are well-equipped to battle the elements and stay focused on responding to medical emergencies, our Emergency Medical Services Department has recently purchased all-wheel drive ambulances, tow hooks and tow straps for sport utility command vehicles and extended hours for mechanics and paramedic staff. “Our goal is make it possible for our team to reach patients as quickly and safely as possible,” Mike Hunter, deputy chief, Emergency Medical Services. Read the Boston Business Journal article.

Citywide Drill Provides Opportunity to Respond to Mass Casualty Disaster

Top row, from left,  Dr. Broach with reporters at the DCU Center, and the Spencer Rescue Squad offered mutual aid; second row, Command Center Incident Commander Katie Korenda, senior director, heart and vascular, and Gina Smith in the Command Center, a large crowd convenes in the Command Center, and the Clinton Fire Department assists on scene; bottom row, from left: Gina led the post-event “hot wash” debriefing, and emergency responders bring "victims" to University Campus via the ambubus.

Top row, from left,  Dr. Broach with reporters at the DCU Center and the Spencer Rescue Squad offered mutual aid; second row, Command Center Incident Commander Katie Korenda, senior director, heart and vascular, and Gina Smith, program director for EMS, emergency management/preparedness, in the Command Center, a large crowd convenes in the Command Center and the Clinton Fire Department assists on scene; bottom row, Gina led the post-event “hot wash” debriefing, and emergency responders bring “victims” to University Campus via the ambubus.

On Tuesday, our Medical Center organized a citywide mass casualty disaster drill funded by a Homeland Security grant. The scenario involved an active shooter at a concert at the DCU center and 150 “victims.” Event lead John Broach, MD, emergency medicine, said the drill was meant to expose first responders to a scenario that’s being seen all too often around the world. “We have players from all the different first response agencies who are preparing together to respond to something that unfortunately is tragic and relatively likely,” he said. Highlights from the day include:

  • The emergency medicine team tested two drones to assist with finding injured patients and assessing the scene.
  • Peter Chai, MD, used Google Glass glasses (see related story), worn by a paramedic, that provided real-time evaluation of patients with doctors.
  • Paramedics tested mass casualty response plans with a focus on initial scene triage treatment and coordinated transports to local hospitals.
  • Our Medical Center EDs treated 55 “victims” (45 at University Campus; 10 at Memorial Campus) who arrived in our ambulances, others through mutual aid, and the WRTA ambubus.
  • According to Gina Smith, program director for EMS, emergency management/preparedness, the drill offered our Medical Center valuable insights and opportunities to act on lessons learned.

See media coverage for more details: Telegram & Gazette story and photo gallery, Boston Globe, WBZ, NECNMass Live, Worcester Magazine, Charter TV3 and Fox.

Wounded Trooper, State Police Praise our Tactical EMS Team

President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, left, is joined by State Police Col. Richard McKeon and Major Richard Prior.  (MassLive photo)

President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, left, is joined by State Police Col. Richard McKeon and Major Richard Prior.  (MassLive photo)

Our UMass Memorial tactical EMS team, comprised of 13 specially trained paramedics and emergency physicians, accompany the State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) team on high-risk missions throughout the state. During a press conference on Monday, the team’s services were praised for their response to a recent mission in Oxford when Trooper A.J. Kardoos was shot while trying to apprehend a suspect. The wounded trooper was treated on the scene before being transported to our University Campus. “We are extremely proud of the role our EMS team fulfills for the men and women of the Mass. State Police STOP team,” said President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD. Learn more.

Paramedics Show Support for Public Safety and Fallen Trooper  

Our paramedics (pictured in brown uniforms, from left, back row): Steffan Welch, John Bain, Bryan Urato, Adam Towner, Charles Pim, (second row, third from left) Michael LaPorte and Christian Grant.

Our paramedics (pictured in brown uniforms, from left, back row): Steffan Welch, John Bain, Bryan Urato, Adam Towner, Charles Pim, (second row, fourth from left) Michael LaPorte and Christian Grant.

Thousands of police and public safety officials locally and from around the country, including our very own UMass Memorial Emergency Medical Services paramedics, paid their respects to Trooper Thomas Clardy, 44, of Hudson, who was killed March 16 in a Massachusetts Turnpike crash in Charlton. In a show of support for their public safety colleagues, seven of our paramedics, pictured in brown uniforms at the burial service, were chosen as squad leaders to assist at funeral services. Our paramedics routinely work closely with State Police providing emergency medical support to the State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) and collaboratively with both agencies’ peer support teams. See Telegram story.

Children Learn about Our EMS at Touch a Truck 

About 700 families attended the Touch a Truck event, including one of our ambulances.

About 700 families attended the Touch a Truck event, including one of our ambulances.

Representing the Medical Center’s Emergency Medical Services, paramedic Christian Grant was on hand with one of our ambulances at Worcester’s Jewish Community Center’s Touch a Truck event last weekend. The event, with a turnout of about 700 families, allowed children to interact with vehicle personnel such as Christian, and explore the displayed vehicles. As children and families toured the ambulance, Grant explained what can be expected during an ambulance ride, “This helps to alleviate fear of the unknown when children need our Emergency Medical Services,” said Grant.