CKHS EMS Units Assist Community Members in a Time of Need
During a recent Delaware County Council meeting, members from Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Delaware County Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) team were recognized for their heroic actions during Hurricane Irene.
During last month’s hurricane, EMS Strike Teams from Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Delaware County Memorial Hospital were sent to New Jersey (Atlantic County) to help with evacuations caused by the storm. Crozer sent two ambulances and DCMH sent one.
“The Crozer and DCMH units were sent to Atlantic County and, subsequently, Atlantic City, to help with the evacuation of Community Haven, a senior citizen retirement community,” says Tim Mengel, director of Emergency Medical Services at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. “Forty-seven ambulances were sent from Pennsylvania to assist with the evacuation efforts, and thankfully, everyone was evacuated safely.”
Certificates of recognition were awarded to Josh Boylan, Kevin McDonald, Brenda Mowbray, Phil Murphy of Crozer-Chester Medical Center; and Brian Fritz and Matt Richardson of Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
During their council meeting, Delaware County Council members also declared September as “Emergency Preparedness Month.” During and after this month, Delaware County residents will be encouraged to form emergency preparedness plans with their family members and buy emergency supplies.
“Increasing awareness of the precautions that should be taken and making sure Delaware County residents are prepared for an emergency is vital,” adds Bob Reeder, director of Emergency Medical Services at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. “It’s important to know that an emergency can strike at any time, and preparation is key. Crozer-Keystone Health System continually works to help our community members find safety during an emergency, and the EMS team is ready and willing to assist the community with their plans.”