Archive for 2008

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service Paramedic Lisa Reno Receives the Relay for Life “2008 Rookie of the Year Award” from the American Cancer Society

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Pete Brooks, Senior Income Manager with the American Cancer Society presented MetroAtlanta Ambulance Paramedic Lisa Reno with the “Rookie of the Year Award” recognizing her individual effort to raise money during the ACS Relay For Life event held in Cobb County on May 9, 2008. Mr. Brooks stated, “ The efforts of individuals like Lisa Reno are the reason the American Cancer Society has the opportunity continue the fight to find a cure for Cancer. And we will find a cure. Under Lisa’s leadership, the MetroAtlanta team raised more than $9,000 during the 2008 Relay for Life in Cobb County and I wanted to personally congratulate and thank Lisa and her team for their tremendous efforts.”

Mr. Brooks also presented MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service with the American Cancer Society’s Southeast Regional Team Award, which signified that each team member raised on average, more dollars individually than any other team in the ACS Southeast Region.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance presents State Senator Doug Stoner with the GAEMS Star of Life Legislative Award

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Senator Doug Stoner was recently honored by the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services (GAEMS), a statewide association representing over 14,000 EMS professionals in Georgia. EMS professionals from Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service on behalf of the Board of Directors of GAEMS, presented Senator Stoner with the GAEMS Star of Life Legislative Award, which recognizes him as one of a select few honored for the 2008 Legislative Session, at a special presentation held at the Market Square Village Smyrna, GA.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service provides is the designated 9-1-1 ambulance provider for the City of Smyrna, GA.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance is Recognized by the Mayor and Council for the City of Kennesaw, Georgia

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

The City of Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews along with the Kennesaw City Council presented a Proclamation to MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service for their dedicated service to the citizens of the City of Kennesaw and Cobb County and proclaimed October 5-11, 2008, as Public Safety Appreciation Week. The proclamation recognized public safety entities in the City of Kennesaw and Cobb County, Georgia as valuable assets to the community and thanked the men and women who sacrifice so much for the community’s wellbeing.

MetroAtlanta’s STEMI Alert Program is Saving Lives in Georgia

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service, a 9-1-1-ambulance service provider in Cobb County, Georgia, in partnership with the WellStar Health System have successfully implemented a pathway to save lives by reducing the time interval between the call for EMS and balloon inflation in the cardiac catheterization lab for patients with ST segment-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).

At 7:38 AM on July 2, 2008, MetroAtlanta Ambulance responded to a 9-1-1 request of a patient complaining of chest pain. They arrived on scene at 07:44 AM and successfully transmitted a 12-lead ECG showing ST Segment elevation myocardial infarction to a E.R physician at WellStar Kennestone Hospital who quickly made the decision for EMS to bypass the Emergency Department and take the patient straight to the Cardiac Catherization Lab. The patient was on the Cath table at 8:10 AM and the balloon was inflated at 8:31 AM. The total time from the time the patient called 9-1-1 until the balloon was inflated and blood flow restored to the heart was 53 minutes. The national average is 90 minutes. Every minute the heart muscle goes without receiving adequate oxygenation, irreversible damage takes place so each minute we save makes a difference.

Pete Quinones, President/CEO of MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service stated, “Every minute we can eliminate from STEMI recognition to artery restoration is going to result in a better outcome for our patients. It is the ultimate goal and the driving force behind the investment in the technology, the additional training of our Medics and our partnership with WellStar Health System to be able to recognize the problem and take appropriate actions without delay. It takes positive working relationships, coordination and communications between Emergency Services, the Emergency Department and the Cardiac Catherization Lab at WellStar Health System to make the process work and we’ve created a tremendous system and partnership here in Georgia that is saving lives".

Pat Jansen, Vice President of Cardiac Services for WellStar Health System stated, "As the leading provider of cardiac care in this area, we know that decreasing the time to treatment of heart attack saves lives. Partnering with Metro Atlanta Ambulance to send EKGs directly from the field to WellStar Kennestone's Emergency Department saves valuable time in the treatment of a heart attack. Our message is: 'don't wait, don't second guess heart pain.' We have the systems in place to get treatment as fast as possible. We believe every second counts."

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service is Georgia’s designated 9-1-1-ambulance provider for unincorporated Cobb County including the cities of Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta and Smyrna. MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service also provides contract interfacility ambulance transportation to 14 hospitals throughout the greater-Atlanta area and north Georgia. The service is one of only 113 nationwide to received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Service signifying they meet the the highest quality standards in the industry.

MetroAtlanta Ambualnce is Named One of Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Marietta, Ga. June 3, 2008 – Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service, a local 9-1-1 and non-emergency ambulance services provider to the greater-metro Atlanta area is proud to announce that it has been named one of Cobb County’s Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Businesses were nominated earlier this year, and after a review by an independent panel of judges, MetroAtlanta Ambulance was selected as one of the Top 25 companies. Candidates were evaluated based on the criteria published by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Those criteria include staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales or unit volume, current and past financial standing, innovative products and services, response to adversity, evidence of contributions to aid community projects and overall management philosophy.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance is Georgia’s designated 9-1-1-ambulance provider for Cobb County including the cities of Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta and Smyrna. MetroAtlanta Ambulance also provides contract interfacility ambulance transportation to 17 hospitals throughout Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gilmer and Pickens Counties.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance is one of only 113 EMS providers in the world to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, signifying they meet the highest quality standards as determined by the EMS industry.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance President/CEO Pete Quinones stated, “Knowing there are more than 40,000 businesses in Cobb County and to be recognized as one of the Top 25 for the sixth year in a row is very humbling and it is a tremendous testament to our employees’ efforts throughout the year.”

The Top 25 were recognized at the Cobb Chamber’s First Monday Breakfast on June 2.

The Cobb Chamber of Commerce represents Cobb County’s diverse, dynamic business community. The Cobb Chamber is a member-supported business organization working to  maintain a healthy economy by bringing business and industry to the area, helping established firms grow and building the community through outreach and service.

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service Deploys In Motion Technology to Improve Communications, Response Times and Reduce Costs

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Vancouver, Canada and Marietta, Georgia, May 22, 2008 — In Motion Technology, a leader in wireless mobile communications systems for public safety organizations, today announced that Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service (MAAS) has deployed In Motion’s solutions to improve communications, operations and patient care services for the more than 1.5 million residents it serves in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area.

MAAS’ fleet of 50 EMS vehicles is deployed to provide basic, advanced and critical care life support services and each is equipped with state-of-the-art communications and patient care technology. MAAS was the first EMS service in the greater metro-Atlanta area and one of only 113 in the country to receive accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), the gold standard of quality service in the EMS industry.

“By enabling us to transmit data securely and reliably from our communications center to our EMS vehicles in the field, In Motion Technology’s onBoard™ Mobile Gateway has improved our dispatch processes and reduced our response times,” said George O’Neill, IT Manager for Metro Atlanta Ambulance. “While enroute to the hospital, the Gateway enables us to send ECG and patient care records to the Emergency Department where receiving personnel have critical information to assist them in preparing for the patient’s arrival. When the call is complete, the Gateway wirelessly transmits patient demographics and billing information from the field unit to our corporate office, reducing paperwork, increasing accuracy and efficiency. The Gateway integrates all of our on-board applications and devices and provides us with a complete end-to-end communications solution.”

The onBoard Mobile Gateway is installed in emergency vehicles to create a “vehicle area network.” This network integrates all on-board data communications, including medical devices, patient care records, GPS and dispatch systems, and allows the seamless transmission of information between these systems in the field and operations command.

In Motion’s onBoard Mobility Manager continuously collects and analyzes information from Gateway-equipped vehicles to enable an organization to manage its network, fleet and operations to peak efficiency.

“At Metro Atlanta Ambulance, we believe that technology is critical in enabling us to provide the best patient care and customer service to our community,” said O’Neill. “We chose In Motion Technology because the gateway offered better performance than other solutions; it handles multiple devices and can work with any wireless network. The Gateway also enables us to integrate future applications, including video monitoring, driver safety applications and state-of-the-art medical devices, into our operations."

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service is Recognized as 2008 Region III EMS Service of The Year

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Marietta, GA—April 23, 2008–MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service in Marietta, Georgia has been named 2008 Region III EMS Emergency Medical Service of the Year. Region III EMS Coordinator E.J. Daily on behalf of the Region III EMS Council presented the prestigious award to MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service President and CEO Pete Quinones on Thursday, April 17, 2008.

Since 2001, MetroAtlanta Ambulance has been responding to the needs in communities throughout the metro-Atlanta area. In June 2007, they received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services to become one of only three services in Georgia to receive the designation. As the 9-1-1 EMS provider for Cobb County they responded to more than 58,000 requests for transports in 2007, provided assistance to other EMS services in the industry when disaster struck their communities and have worked with local healthcare facilities to find solutions to the increasing demands for affordable non-emergency medical transportation. They donated two ambulances and supplies, through local Church mission groups, to be used as mobile clinics to ensure the people in the rural villages of Haiti and Honduras had access to basic medical care. They work with the local schools and media to educate children and adults on how to access the EMS system, teach them what to expect when they call 9-1-1 and what to expect when EMS arrives.

Their commitment goes way beyond the lights and sirens of just providing ambulance services. They have become an integral part of the community. They are actively engaged in the community through volunteerism, philanthropic support and have taken leadership roles in local non-profit organizations with the missions of educating and enhancing the lives of the youth in the community, lending support to their neighbors in need or helping raise funds for the research efforts of organizations trying to find cures for illnesses and disease. Working in conjunction with other agencies, their efforts are making a difference in the overall health, safety and quality of life we enjoy in the greater-Atlanta area. MetroAtlanta Ambulance President, Pete Quinones stated, “ There are more than 34 ambulance providers in Region III alone and it is a great honor to be recognized by them with this award. Our management team and employees continue to be diligent in their efforts to keep pace with the changing needs of our customers and our patients and provide the highest quality services possible. I’m proud of them and happy to accept this award on their behalf.”

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