For many patients, the care they receive from Emergency Medical Services makes a lifesaving difference. North Central EMS is proud to provide this lifesaving care in service to our communities for over 30 years.
In 2019, the North Central EMS team enhanced its already exceptional level of care with new Zoll X-Series Cardiac Monitors. These mobile heart monitors allow paramedics to transmit EKGs directly to the Fisher-Titus Emergency Department. Once received, the ED team is able to initiate STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) alerts while the patient is en route.
Fisher-Titus received its designation as a Level 2 Adult Cardiac Catheterization lab in February. This means Fisher-Titus Heart &Vascular performs interventional procedures as well as the diagnostic procedures it has been offering since the service line launched in 2009.
STEMI is a type of heart attack that requires intervention as quickly as possible because “time is muscle.” With the new Zoll X-Series monitors and the Level 2 designation at Fisher-Titus, STEMI patients in our community can now receive intervention faster than ever before.
PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY: NORTH CENTRAL EMS AND NORWALK FIRE DEPARTMENT
This August, North Central EMS and Norwalk Fire announced their three-year agreement to house an NCEMS ambulance at the Norwalk fire station. The agreement is new, but the two entities have a long history of working together to provide critical emergency services to the communities they serve.
During discussions about the new endeavor, Fire Chief John Soisson said, “we enjoy a positive working relationship with North Central EMS and over the years we have developed a tiered response system to medical incidents within the city of Norwalk. We are pleased to take our long-standing collaboration to a higher level.”
The ambulance housed at the fire station provides an extra level of protection. North Central EMS Director Ashley Ballah says the backup squad is an important service for residents.
“Multiple calls can come in simultaneously, and this is our best effort to help keep the costs down for the city while having the appropriate resources available,” Ballah says. “Although the expectation is that the unit will be used infrequently, having this additional resource might make the difference between life and death for a patient.”
The NCEMS ambulance is available to respond to emergencies when North Central’s two Norwalk ambulances and crews are providing care at other scenes at the same time.
Through this agreement, Fisher-Titus and North Central EMS are proud to further collaborate with the City of Norwalk to provide the best possible care in emergency situations.
NCEMS IN THE COMMUNITY
In addition to the lifesaving care it provides, North Central EMS is committed to being in the community, interacting and connecting with people of all ages.
With stations in Norwalk, Milan, Berlin Heights, Greenwich, Bellevue, and Green Springs, they are proud to be at the following events and provide these services:
◊ Norwalk Strawberry Festival
◊ Milan Library Touch-A-Truck
◊ Huron County Fair
◊ Blood Pressure Screenings
◊ Non-Emergent Ambulance transports
◊ Wheelchair van transportation
◊ Mental health transportation