Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Marion County Emergency Medical Services

November 2014 Newsletter

 I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself.  I am Brandy McCarty and I am the new Marion Co. EMS Director.   For those who don’t know me, I grew up here in Marion.  I graduated from Marion High School in 1991, and attended Kansas City Community College for Mortuary Science.  Soon after college I moved back to Marion and married my husband Tate who works at Manville in McPherson.  He has been putting up with me for 20 years this February.  We have one son Patrick who is currently deployed in the United States Navy.  I started working for Parkside Homes in 1998 and helped develop their Assisted Living department. I worked as the Operator of Assisted Living until recently when I quit devoting more time towards EMS.   My husband and I are suffering from the “EMPTY NEST SYNDROME”.   So starting this new adventure came at the right time in my life, for I have the extra time to devote to my EMS passion. Please be patient with me while I adjust to my new job.  

Dr. Hatcher-Dodson and I believe it is important to attend crew meetings and we recently attended the Hillsboro meeting on October 27th.  Our next meeting together will be at Goessel on November 10th.  Our medical doctor is a very busy person, however wants to be active in continuing education, training, quality improvement and much more.  I am looking forward to working with her closely as the EMS director.

The AEMT students are studying to complete the National and State final exams.  I included, hope to finish testing by the end of the year. A big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Mr. RUSTY MOSS who recently took his exam and PASSED!  Please give him a pat on the back when you see him.  The rest of the students continue to study and be focused on taking the test.

JoAnn Knak is teaching an EMT class at the Hillsboro City building on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm to 10pm.  I’m excited about handing out radio’s for the EMT students so they can start their ride-along training.  Please listen for them and welcome them aboard our crews.   IF you need CEU’s, JoAnn welcomes you to stop by, BEWARE OF THE FLYING SHOE!!J

At QIP I handed out the updated Spinal Immobilization protocol. Please ask your crew chiefs for a copy and familiarize yourself with the updated protocol.  Dr. Dodson and I continue to work with Marion Co. Health Dept. and Emergency Management on updated information regarding Ebola.  Each ambulance should be equipped with 2 tyvex suits and facial masks.  Please familiarize yourself with these items. Dispatch will inform you directly, by radio at time of call of any suspected incidents/ warnings. Standard precautions are a must on any run.  We will continue to keep you updated.  Keeping our ambulance crews SAFE is the first priority.  “BSI & SCENE SAFETY”!!

DON”T FORGET TO GET YOUR FLU SHOT IF YOU HAVEN”T ALREADY!!!!  Marion Co. Health Dept. administers flu shots on Wednesdays.  PROTECT YOURSELF!! 

I believe working together as a team, we can only move forward with continuing the Excellent Emergency Medical Services for Marion County. Thank you for your support and service. REMEMBER it takes each and every one of you to make a great TEAM!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

A Big Happy Birthday WISH goes out to the following!

Craig Roble 11-02

Melissa Combs 11-15

Sherry Kohman 11-19

James Philpott 11-20

Kimberly Ross 11-25