In The News
Feb. 10, 2009 -
United's Bridgton Division Receives HeartSafe Community Designation
United Ambulance Service’s Bridgton Division was recently designated as “Platinum Level HeartSafe Community”. This designation is awarded by Maine EMS, Maine Department of Public Safety, Maine Cardiovascular Health Program and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The “Platinum” level designation is the highest level that any emergency medical service can obtain. In order to receive this designation several areas of criteria had to be met. Examples include: continued community and healthcare provider CPR instruction, blood pressure clinics and other cardiovascular related healthcare initiatives. Additionally, emergency medical services must be licensed at the Paramedic level and have 12 Lead EKG equipment onboard ambulances.
12 Lead EKG equipment is currently onboard 13 of United’s vehicles and help to provide diagnostic information regarding a patient’s heart rhythm. In some cases the information can be used to help diagnosis certain types of heart attacks. All United Paramedics are trained in evaluating 12 Lead EKG’s and perform them on a consistent basis depending on patient condition.
United is extremely pleased with the designation as a HeartSafe Community. United’s Auburn/Lewiston EMS Division first became a HeartSafe Community in August of 2006 and continues today with a recent re-designation.
As we continue with each day of service, it remains part of our mission to continue to develop and implement new ways to improve cardiovascular related education initiatives for our community members and partners. “Our community partners are one of the most important factors that assist United in providing the highest levels of patient care possible”, stated Brad Gilbert, Development/Compliance Manager for United.
Agencies that assisted with the success of these initiatives/designation include: Bridgton Police Department, Bridgton Fire Department, Denmark Fire and Rescue, Sweden Fire Department and Bridgton Hospital and are all included as participants in this HeartSafe Community recognition.
If you would like more information about United Ambulance Service, please visit: www.unitedambulance.com. For additional information regarding the HeartSafe Community Program, please visit: www.healthymainepartnerships.org.
Pictured from Left to Right: Paul Gosselin, United Executive Director; Mitchell Berkowitz, Bridgton Town Manager; Jay Morrissette, Paramedic; Lori Buckingham, EMT-Intermediate; Paul Fillebrown, Bridgton Division Supervisor; Ephrem Paraschak, Denmark Town Manager; and John Carlson, Bridgton Hospital President/CEO.