Holy Spirit EMS recognized for pediatric care

Posted On On: February 13, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Member News

CAMP HILL – The Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council’s Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program honors EMS agencies that are willing to go above and beyond current requirements to deliver excellence in emergency medical care to children within the Commonwealth. Holy Spirit EMS–A Geisinger Affiliate was recognized in January for their service to pediatric patients.

“Holy Spirit EMS has taken the initiative to be better prepared to care for pediatric patients. We ensure that our staff receives additional education and has the proper equipment to take care of children,” says Steven Poffenberger, Director of Quality for Holy Spirit EMS. “Holy Spirit EMS is proud to be recognized for this achievement.”

Every year, over 70,000 children are transported by ambulances in Pennsylvania. This means that almost every seven minutes a child is being taken to the hospital with a potentially life threatening medical condition. In order to ensure that EMS agencies within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are prepared for pediatrics, the Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services for Children program, in partnership with the Department of Health, Bureau of EMS and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, has created the Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program to recognize EMS agencies that are willing to go above and beyond current requirements to deliver excellence in emergency medical care to children within the Commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program has recognized 96 EMS agencies across the state.  The program consists of four levels that include pediatric equipment standards, ChildLine background checks, pediatric-related continuing education courses, and community outreach programs. The full list of agencies recognized under the program can be found by going to the Pennsylvania EMS for Children website, www.paemsc.org, and clicking on the “Current Projects” tab.

This program is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS.

Holy Spirit EMS–A Geisinger Affiliate provides advanced and basic emergency medical services from locations in Cumberland, Franklin, Perry, and York Counties.

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Thomas Winkler presented an award from the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council’s Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program to Holy Spirit–A Geisinger Affiliate. Steve Poffenberger, director of quality assurance and staff development, and Devin Flickinger, assistant chief, accepted the award on behalf of Holy Spirit EMS.

Thomas Winkler presented an award from the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council’s Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program to Holy Spirit–A Geisinger Affiliate. Steve Poffenberger, director of quality assurance and staff development, and Devin Flickinger, assistant chief, accepted the award on behalf of Holy Spirit EMS.

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