The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

May 26, 2014

ORHC celebrates EMS Week

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.

1
Text Only
Wapello County
  • 0728 OTT ribs in eldon BBQ dinner with a hundred friends

    ELDON --- This year's Eldon Rib Cook-off was won by three BBQ chefs --- and about 150 hungry visitors. "I was down here last year, too," said Dwayne Yates from Floris, who was biting into his third smoked rib. "I never had a bad one yet." That's what

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0617 OTT Wapello Co Fair color photo -L -M Come one, come all to the Wapello County Fair

    ELDON — The Wapello County Fair is just around the corner, kicking off with entries being welcomed at Wapello Hall and the Iowa Agricultural Hall from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday, entries for competition will be received from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at

    June 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Siegel, Rubel face off in forum OTTUMWA — For Steve Siegel, a political campaign is nothing new. For Tom Rubel, being the candidate is a first. Now they want the same job. Siegel and Rubel are seeking the Democratic nomination for SD 41, the Iowa Senate district which includes Ottu

    May 29, 2014

  • 0530 OTT Oak tatters picture color Oak leaves left in tatters

    OTTUMWA — Trees throughout Iowa have been terrorized by the likes of Emerald Ash Borer and other dangers in the past months and now oak trees throughout Iowa are in a little bit of more trouble because of a disease called oak tatters. Thankfully, tho

    May 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Help fight hunger OTTUMWA — The groups began with a question: How to better help Wapello County residents who don't have enough decent food. Next week, they'll decide if they've found any answers. The food security project, Growing Wapello Together, had small groups m

    May 28, 2014

  • Attempted murder trial set for July KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren County man accused of attempted murder could head to trial in a remarkably short time. Dimitrious Royal has a trial date of July 15. If that date is when the trial actually begins, it would take place just more than 11 weeks

    May 28, 2014

  • Agency aces assessment OTTUMWA — A local agency had a lot riding on the outcome of an independent review. They nailed it. "The credential we just received was to show we are a quality [organization]," said Bryan Dunn, executive director of Sieda Community Action. "It's som

    May 27, 2014

  • County backs bike rides OTTUMWA — Bike rides in Wapello County just received a personal push of goodwill from Wapello County Board of Supervisors. Tuesday, supervisors signed a resolution of support for three area bike rides to be conducted in June. The rides include the H

    May 27, 2014

  • 0527 OTT EMS week color photo -L -M ORHC celebrates EMS Week 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

    May 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Moving into the future OTTUMWA — Wapello County Supervisor Greg Kenning joked after the board approved upgrading the county’s servers Tuesday. “You can put away your quills.” Jokes asides, Wapello County will now have more opportunity to maximize its server resources. The

    May 20, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National