Cooperation among agencies highlighted in recent county-wide EMS inspection

Released: 05/18/18

Winneshiek County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals and volunteers recently received a “no-deficiencies” report following a recent inspection from the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services. Front row, left – right: Judy Shuros, Ken Henkel, Carol Johnson, Karen Henry, Kristi Elsbernd, Lisa Bullerman, Teresa Berg, and Laure Rausch. Back row, left – right: Marti Lierin, Denis Holien, Darwin Johnson, Brian Hageman, Roger Hamilton, Troy Lensing, Steve Vanden Brink, Chopper Albert, Ben Shockey, and Jordan Massman.

Winneshiek County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) received a report of “no deficiencies” following a recent inspection from the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services. Agencies and services included in the inspection were Winneshiek Medical Center Ambulance, Frankville and Ossian Ambulance, First Responder services in Castalia, Calmar, Fort Atkinson, Ridgeway, Burr Oak, Highlandville and Decorah; and Gundersen Air.

The State reviewed equipment, policies, procedures, protocols, personnel files and contingency plans for each service. The on-site inspection occurs every three years.

Winneshiek Medical Center Ambulance Services Manager Steve Vanden Brink, who also serves as the Winneshiek County EMS president, assisted the State with the inspections. He says, “The inspector reported we have a very good system and sees a great deal of cooperation among the agencies. The inspector was impressed with the level of quality service we provide to our county.”

Vanden Brink continues, “May 20-26 is National EMS Week. The national theme is ‘Stronger Together.’ Winneshiek Medical Center employs certified paramedics. Frankville Ambulance, Ossian Ambulance and First Responder services are provided by trained volunteers. Winneshiek County has a strong response system in place and people in need of life-saving care benefit from the collective efforts of local EMS.”

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