May 20 2010
Serving Those Who Serve KCH Patients in a Time of Need

Last week leadership from Hamot's Emergency Services in Erie hosted a thank you lunch for area first responders and EMS personnel who serve Kane Community Hospital. Invited were ambulance, fire, and police departments from around the area, as well as volunteer chaplains at KCH.

The event honored EMS personnel during National EMS Week, many of whom volunteer their time and skills to serve those in a time of need. Russell B. Bieniek, MD, Emergency Medicine, Hamot Medical Center was on hand to speak with those attending as were event hosts: Jason Cheault,PhD,AEM, ED Regional Director and Operations Director, ER; Mary Jo Hass, Business Manager, Hamot Emergency Services; and Charlie Ramsey, Emergency Management Coordinator, all from Hamot.

KCH and Hamot appreciate their long-standing alliance with EMS personnel from around the area and wanted to thank them personally on behalf of our patients and Hospitals. As of April 1, Hamot physicians staff the KCH ER, 24/7 with KCH ER Nurses.

As members of the Level II, Hamot Shock Trauma Center (Erie), the only one in northwest PA outside Pittsburgh, if it is determined that a patient requires care beyond what our Hamot ER team can provide in Kane, we immediately begin work with our colleagues in Erie to provide coordinated care and transport.

KCH appreciates our connections with local EMS and Hamot’s Emergency Medicine Team in Kane and in Erie at the Hamot Trauma Center.

l-r Serving those who serve others are Mary Jo Hass, Business Manager, Hamot Emergency Services; Grillmaster, Jason Cheault,PhD,AEM, Emergency Department Regional Director and Operations Director, ER, Hamot; and Charlie Ramsey, Emergency Management Coordinator, Hamot.

A beautiful day for a thanking those who serve.