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VCHS hosts recertification for seven area ambulance squads

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) hosted seven local ambulance squads for emergency medical services (EMS) recertification on Jan. 30 at the Ord Area Fire Hall led by VCHS Chief of Staff and Emergency Medical Director Hilary Miller, MD.

Nearly 70 members of the Burwell Volunteer Fire Department, Comstock Rescue, Ericson Fire and First Responder, Loup County Ambulance – Taylor, Ord Volunteer Fire Department, Scotia Rescue Unit and Valley County Ambulance Service were in attendance. 

Attendees reviewed skills including AED/CPR administration, glucometer operation, 12 lead EKG training and LUCAS device use at the recertification. VCHS providers Jennifer Bengston, MD, Daniel Schneider, MD, Greg McClanahan, MD, Hilary Miller, MD, Johanna Spencer, APRN, and Hallie Yantzie, APRN, as well as Chief Nursing Officer Vicki Bredthauer, RN, and EMS Coordinator Dan Scott, EMT-P, assisted with the recertification. 

CHI AirCare manager Joe Debban, RN, presented on the flight services CHI offers; when EMS should consider helicopter flight to the scene and how to prepare the scene for landing.  Debban also encouraged each squad to identify 4-5 areas where a helicopter could land to help CHI prepare a plan for future needs.

“We are so appreciative of our area EMS members,” Hilary Miller, MD, said. “Their commitment to regular training and service to the region is invaluable.  Recertification night is our way of supporting their educational needs, while building a cohesive team of medical providers, EMTs and first responders.”

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EMT Recert 2 (l to r): 
VCHS Chief of Staff and Emergency Services Director Hilary Miller, MD; Michael Terwilliger, EMT; Jethro Koehn, EMT; and Kristi Rosberg, EMT