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EMS Program at SUNY Canton Aids in Securing Medical Helicopter Service

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

SUNY Canton’s North Country Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program helped bring air medical transportation back to the North Country.

Air Methods Corporation announced that it would begin operating two medical helicopters in Jefferson and St. Lawrence County beginning this June at a press conference held the morning of Wednesday, March 14, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Helicopter

The announcement came after nearly five years of meetings and negotiations with area medical agencies, hospitals, first responders and medical flight services, according to Ann M. Smith, director of the North Country EMS Program.

“This is a big win for us and our area’s first responders,” Smith said. “It’s an even larger win for North Country residents who will benefit from the life-saving services provided by Air Methods.”

The helicopters will extend air ambulance service to more communities and add faster medical response for critically ill or injured patients in need of specialized treatment. The first of the two helicopters will be located in Watertown, and the second will be stationed in Potsdam.

Smith explained patients previously would need to be stabilized locally and transported by ground to advanced specialty facilities outside of the area. “In cases like a heart attack or a stroke, each minute increases the chance of survival,” she said.

In 2007, the Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic (MAST) was removed from service and stopped providing this much-needed service in the area. The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization worked with agencies to begin replacing the service. The Organization’s research indicated in 2010 more than 500 emergencies at hospitals in the Fort Drum region met the criteria for air medical transport.

The endeavor to re-establish medical flights received backing from Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, and Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell.

The North Country EMS Program will continue to work with area hospitals and first responders to expedite the process and aid Air Methods Corporation as they begin to provide airlift services. Smith said they would share office space at SUNY Canton with personnel from the company if necessary.

Smith and her staff help facilitate emergency medical services and provide technical support to area volunteer and paid support agencies. The EMS Program also serves as the credentialing agency for advanced life-support personnel in the tri-county area.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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North Country EMS Program Agency Dedicates Conference to a Fallen EMT

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The SUNY Canton North Country EMS (NCEMS) Program Agency will be honoring fallen EMT and firefighter Mark Davis at their annual Spring Fling conference.

Davis was fatally shot while responding to a medical call on Jan. 31 in Cape Vincent.

“Mark Davis made the ultimate sacrifice while trying to help someone else,” said NCEMS Program Agency Director Ann Smith. “That is why we want our conference to pay tribute to his life.”

The conference is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Bonnie Castle Resort in Alexandria Bay. A special ceremony for Davis will be held on the conference’s final day, Saturday, April 25.

The NCEMS Program Agency invites first responders, EMTs, emergency nurses, and emergency physicians to spend the weekend with their peers and attend the professional development trainings and workshops.

“This conference’s programs can help emergency medical personnel fulfill New York State requirements,” Smith said. “More importantly, it can help them save more lives.”

Among other topics and presentations, participants will have the chance to tour specialized water rescue units and learn how rescuers work to overcome challenges specific to North Country lakes and waterways.

The conference will also include advanced 12-lead electrocardiogram education, instructor updates, and basic EMS education.

To register for the event, visit www.canton.edu/ncems or call 315-379-3977.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton North Country EMS Program Annual Spring Fling Conference, April 24-26

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

A helicopter demonstration and course on weapons of mass destruction will be among the highlights of the SUNY Canton North Country Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program’s annual Spring Fling Conference.

Spring Fling begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 24 at Bonnie Castle Resort in Alexandria Bay with events and activities running through Saturday, April 26.

“We extend a warm welcome to all first responders, emergency medical technicians, emergency nurses, and emergency physicians,” said Ann M. Smith, Director of the North Country EMS Program Agency. “The conference provides core content material that fulfills continuing medical educations required for EMT certification.”

The Spring Fling will kick off on Thursday, April 24, with a helicopter safety presentation.

On Friday, April 25, there will be weapons of mass destruction and Basic EMS education core content.

On Saturday, April 26, the EMS program agency will be welcoming Marjorie A. Geiger, New York State Department of Health Bureau of EMS Assistant Director, as a guest speaker. Other guest speakers include Dr. Paul Maurer, a neurosurgeon from the University of Rochester.

The 9th Annual Spring Fling Conference will conclude with cocktails followed by a Buffet Dinner and Recognition Ceremony

“As an added dynamic, attendants will have the chance to compare notes and network with their peers in emergency medicine,” said Smith .

The Conference is sponsored by the North Country Regional EMS Council Organization in conjunction with North Country Regional EMS Program Agency. The North Country EMS Region includes Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.

Registration for this event can be completed online at www.canton.edu/ncems under the “conferences” tab or by calling 315-379-3977.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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