NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Jessamine Co. Emergency Medical Services (JCEMS) has received an award for their treatment of heart attacks from the American Heart Association (AHA.)
The AHA awarded its Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience a “STEMI” (a term for ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction.
JCEMS was one of 15 Kentucky agencies to receive the award. In addition to the AHA award, the program has also been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters FEMA grant for $108,330. “This is also a big deal for us,” JCEMS Director Aaron Stamper says, adding, “The grant is for the purchase of stretchers with hydraulic systems that work off batteries and eliminate the need for manual lifting of patients. In addition to keeping patients safer, this will drastically reduce the possibility of injuries and workers’ compensation insurance claims and extend the longevity of our personnel. With fewer muscular skeletal and back injuries, they will have longer and healthier careers.”
JCEMS will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary as a county operated ambulance service in 2016, and according to Stamper, that makes the timing of the recent JCEMS accolades and grant funding “just perfect.” “We are planning an anniversary event in July 2016, and this will add to a long list of accomplishments we will celebrate,” Stamper said.