OTTUMWA — During National EMS week, May 18-24, Ottumwa Regional Health Center (ORHC) celebrated its staff, the community EMS providers and the importance of being prepared in emergency situations through education.
The ambulance service at ORHC, also known as ORMICS (Ottumwa Regional Mobile Intensive Care Service), is comprised of four ambulances and two of those are staffed 24-7. A third ambulance is also staffed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. One of those ambulances is stationed on the south side of Ottumwa from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. which has helped to significantly decrease the response times to residents on the south side.
“ORMICS is comprised of 41 paramedics, EMT’s and RN’s who are all extremely dedicated to providing excellent care to the community through compassion and expertise,” said David Howard, ambulance service manager. “The department has been based at ORHC since 1981 and being based there has allowed us to gain even more knowledge and expertise over the years as we are an integral part of the medical team there.”
The 41 staff that makes up the ORMICS team have a combined 363 years of experience. In addition to recognizing its own staff, ORHC recognized all EMS providers in Wapello County by hosting an EMS picnic lunch on Wednesday, May 21.
“This is one of the small things we can do to say thank you to those that provide this extremely important service to our community day-in and day-out,” said Barbara Larson, Chief Nursing Officer at ORHC. “We have a great team in our ORMICS department, and it’s also important to recognize all our area EMS providers as we all work together as a team to care for the community.”
In addition to celebrating staff, EMS week celebrations also included Howard’s annual visits to the second grade classrooms throughout Wapello County to educate students on how to call 911 and emergency safety. This is the 14th year that Howard has made these presentations during EMS week, and the presentation includes education on how to call 911, what the dispatchers need to know and in what type of situations someone should call 911. The students get to tour through the ambulance, and also learn safety measures they can take to avoid emergency situations.