Fisher-Titus receives donation from Norwalk Eagles for new North Central EMS ambulance
The Fisher-Titus Foundation recently received a $5,000 donation from the Norwalk Eagles Club #711 to support the purchase of a new North Central EMS (NCEMS) ambulance.
“Our motto is ‘people helping people’ and we try to live by that,” said Mike Grose, Trustee for Norwalk Eagles #711. “We felt that helping North Central EMS get a new ambulance would be a worthwhile project that would really help the community, which is what we’re about.”
NCEMS has been providing emergency and non-emergency ambulance transportation and wheelchair van services to Norwalk and the region since 1986. NCEMS has a 530 square mile service area serving over 60,000 people. They have 13 ambulances in their fleet with 8-9 on the road at any given time.
The average service life of an ambulance is 350,0000-400,000 miles. Each ambulance drives around 600 miles per day and the average total mileage of each ambulance is 186,000 miles. There are over 2.4 million combined miles on the ambulance fleet.
“As a local resident, I am so grateful to the Norwalk Eagles for their support of this vital community service and so many other important community projects,” said Angie Smith, Fisher-Titus Foundation Director. “Their gift to the ambulance replacement project is an investment in quality, reliability, and safety in EMS service into the future.”
NCEMS is committed to providing safe, high quality, and responsive EMS service for the communities they serve. Maintaining this high level of EMS service requires more investment than what is covered by billable services in the rural area NCEMS serves. NCEMS and Fisher-Titus have made a financial commitment to provide this service to the community because it is needed, but community support is vital for major system improvements like the new ambulance.
“Community support for Fisher-Titus Foundation investments in equipment, technology, programs, patient assistance, and capital building projects have resulted in the quality and breadth of health care services our community receives from Fisher-Titus,” Smith explained. “One great example of the community’s charitable return on investment is the purchase of Zoll X-series defibrillators/monitors for NCEMS ambulances and the Stryker LifeNet system. Since being placed into service, these systems have reduced the amount of time between a heart attack patient’s arrival at Fisher-Titus and the blockage being opened by 25 minutes, saving lives and heart muscle.”
The Fisher-Titus Foundation provides support for Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Norwalk Memorial Home, The Carriage House of Fisher-Titus, and North Central EMS. Through philanthropy, the Foundation raises funds to strengthen the health care services available to our community.
For more information on the projects the Fisher-Titus Foundation is currently supporting and to donate, visit fishertitus.org/donate or call Angie Smith at 419-660-2528.