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Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service Champions Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service has gone all in in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month starting in October by rolling out their first Pink Ribbon Ambulance to bring awareness throughout the community on the subject of breast cancer and the importance of getting regular screening tests. 

The American Cancer Society promotes that regular screenings is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early and in finding cancer early is when it is easier to treat. 

MetroAtlanta Ambulance President Pete Quinones stated, “Last year our team donned pink medical gloves in hopes of starting the conversation about breast cancer screenings to those we came in contact with and this year we wanted to have a more significant impact on brining awareness to this horrible disease.  We hope our rolling billboards, pink gloves and pink gowns catch attention and reminds women of the importance of performing self-screenings and getting an annual mammogram. Early detection and treatment has been proven to produce successful outcomes and we hope our small awareness campaign saves many lives.”

In addition Metro Atlanta Ambulance will be posting messages throughout the month of October on Facebook @maas911.com

For more information go to www.Cancer.org ; www.CDC.gov; or contact your local hospital.

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Paramedic, Malcolm Defleice Recognized for EMS Service

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Paramedic Malcolm Defleice was recognized for his dedication and commitment to serve others at Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service. Malcolm was among 18 public safety professionals recognized at the Annual Cobb Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Recognition Luncheon at the Roxy Theater in the Battery Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Receives 2020 American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline Gold Plus Recognition

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Mission Life Gold Plus EMS

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

 Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

“We continue to dedicate time and resources on education and training to ensure our medics are providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Pete Quinones, President/CEO. “We are pleased the American Heart Association, through Mission: Lifeline, recognizes the efforts and achievements of our commitment to deliver the highest quality emergency medical care to the communities in which we respond. We are excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our efforts for the 6th consecutive year.  It is truly a testament to our professional and dedicated staff.” “EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud Metro Atlanta Ambulance for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Paramedic Supervisor Chris Aldrich Recognized as 2020 Public Safety Employee of the Year for Paulding County

Friday, September 4th, 2020

Congratulation to Chris Aldrich. The Paulding County Chamber of Commerce recognized MAAS CICP Paramedic/Supervisor Chris Aldrich as 2020 Public Safety Employee of the Year at their recent Chamber luncheon honoring public safety officers and the incredible work they are doing in Paulding County.

COVID-19 Pandemic: When to Call 9-1-1 for Emergencies

Monday, March 16th, 2020

Metro Atlanta Ambulance’s Disaster Response Team Assists at Georgia Emergency Operations Center During Hurricane Dorian

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Marietta, GA. When Governor Brian Kemp recently declare a State of Emergency in Georgia for Hurricane Dorian, local ambulance provider, MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service (MAAS) in conjunction with the Georgia Office of EMS and the Georgia Department of Public Health, sent a highly trained Emergency Response Team to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) Emergency Operations Center in Atlanta, Georgia to coordinate emergency transportation and manage operational support for the evacuation of vulnerable populations along the east coast. 

The MAAS team worked with GEMA Emergency Operation officials to stand up a multi-agency coordination center to provide statewide support to local jurisdictions throughout the state of Georgia in preparation for the impending disaster.  This highly trained disaster response team is deployed to manage and facilitate vehicle transport services from across Georgia assigned to staging areas along the eastern coast of Georgia.  The team has been working to coordinate the timely evacuation of medical patients and senior individuals to inland locations as requested.  

Metro Atlanta Ambulance President/CEO Pete Quinones stated, “We were honored to be chosen by GEMA several years ago to assist in coordinating EMS resources during State EOC operations. Our Disaster Response Team reported to the GEMA EOC last Thursday and we deployed five ambulance units to stage with other agency services outside Chatham County early Monday morning.  We are hoping Hurricane Dorian continues its track back out to sea and spares the residents along the coast from excessive flooding and damage, but we are preparing for the worst case scenarios and if the storm does make landfall GEMA will be ready to send resources.”

 MetroAtlanta Ambulance is the 9-1-1 ambulance service provider covering more than 1 million lives throughout Bartow, Cobb and Paulding Counties.  MetroAtlanta Ambulance is an accredited provider by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services and the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems. The company was chosen by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to be part of the GEMA multi agency team at the Emergency Operations Center in Atlanta, Georgia, responsible for managing the evacuation of vulnerable populations along the eastern coast of Georgia.

 

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service Receives the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Marietta, GA – MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for the fifth consecutive year for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

“We continue to dedicate time and provide the education and training resources necessary to ensure our medics are providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Pete Quinones, president and CEO. “We are pleased the American Heart Association, through Mission: Lifeline, recognizes our effort and achievements and our commitment to deliver the highest quality emergency medical care to our patients.”

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud MetroAtlanta Ambulance for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service is the designated 911 EMS provider for Cobb, Bartow and Paulding counties and serves a population of over a million.

The company also provides Basic and Advanced Life Support Ambulance service and Critical Care Transport service to seven health systems and more than 28 hospitals throughout Georgia. MetroAtlanta Ambulance is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services and the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems.

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service awarded 2019 Emergency Medical Service of the Year

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Atlanta, GA – Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service was recognized as “EMS Service of the Year” at the Georgia EMS Region III EMS Awards banquet hosted by Northside Hospital on May 23, 2019.

The award is presented to a licensed Georgia Emergency Medical Service in Region III which exemplifies outstanding professionalism on the local, regional and state levels as well as service to the community it serves.

The annual banquet, held at Greystone at Piedmont Park in Atlanta and hosted by the State Office of EMS Region III Council and Northside Hospital, was attended by EMS providers throughout the greater-metro Atlanta area.

Lori Wilson, with WSB-TV Atlanta, presented the distinguished award to a team of Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service employees present.

In a statement, Metro Atlanta Ambulance president and CEO Pete Quinones said:

“I am humbled and grateful for the recognition given the quality of EMS services in our region and I accept this on behalf the management and professional staff of more than 400 employees that work for us to consistently provide the highest quality patient care and customer service to those we serve.”

Quinones thanked his management team and his physician medical directors, Yuko Nakajima, John Knox and Jonathon Gore for their commitment to ensure the company is providing services in compliance with the industry’s highest quality standards of care.

Nakajima also received the prestigious EMS Medical Director of the Year award.

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service is the designated 911 EMS provider for Cobb, Bartow and Paulding counties and serves a population of more than one million. The company also provides Basic and Advanced Life Support Ambulance service and Critical Care Transport service to seven health systems and more than 28 hospitals throughout Georgia.

Georgia First Responders Save 29-Year Old Cardiac Arrest Victim

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

FOX 5 NEWS

By Beth Galvin, FOX Medical Team

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) – The 911 call came in December 9, 2018, a Sunday night.

Daniel Sherrod, a 29-year-old beer distributor, had collapsed at his Paulding County home.

He recalls nothing about that night or the week that followed.

"I remember asking my mom what happened," Sherrod says. "She told me basically I went into cardiac arrest and died."

That night, Sherrod and his fiancée Gabrielle Hall had been getting ready for bed.

Hall was getting out of the shower when she noticed something was off.

"Daniel was lying on the bed playing with his phone," Hall says. "And, before I knew it, his phone was lying on the floor, and I could just tell something wasn't right. So, I screamed for my mom, who came running up the stairs."

Hall's mother dialed 9-1-1.

"It seems like an eternity," she says, remembering the next eight minutes.  "Time stops."

Hall, whose sister is an ICU nurse, had no training in CPR.

Now, her fiancé’s life was on the line, and it was up to her to save him.

 "I'm no medical person," she says.  "I don't do good with the medical stuff. So, it was really fight or flight."

A couple of miles away, Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service paramedic Bill Walthour, a 30-year EMS veteran, and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Kasey Rollins, who was relatively new to the job, heard the dispatch alert.

 "We got the call as a 29-year old, down and unconscious," Walthour remembers.

He and Rollins would later be awarded the Northwest Georgia Region 1 "Tommy Gayler Medical Call of the Year," for what happened next.

"I haven't done many bad calls, or tough calls, like that before," Rollins says.  "So, that was my first cardiac arrest."

Sherrod had collapsed on the bed.

But because he's 6'5" and about 250 pounds, Hall was unable to move him to the floor.

So, the 911 operator began talking her through how to perform CPR.

On the recording of that call, she helps Hall pace herself while she performs chest compressions.

"Keep doing that, Gabrielle," the operator says.  "Good job, keep going, keep going."

Lt. Matt Clotfelter and his crew from Paulding County Fire Department Station 3 arrived on the scene first, about 8 minutes after the call came into dispatch.

"We got him on the floor, and started doing compressions on him," Clotfelter says.

Another firefighter grabbed an AED off their truck.

"The AED goes on him and says 'shock advised,'" Clotfelter remembers.  "So we shocked him. Continued doing CPR.  Kept doing CPR."

That is when Rollins and Walthour pulled up.

"It was kind of like an out-of-body experience," Rollins says. "I didn't know how to react to it. I've never seen a call like that that, let alone a call on someone my age."

Guided by the AED, firefighters deliver a shock to Sherrod's heart, then paused.

"They shocked again and looked up at me and Bill and said, 'We've got pulses,' Rollins remembers.  "So, I looked at Bill and I was like, 'All right.  Let's start moving!"

After working together to get Sherrod down the stairs, Walthour and two firefighters worked to stabilize him in the back of the ambulance, while Rollins drove, with lights and siren blaring, to Paulding County Hospital.

Walthour says Sherrod's age may have helped him beat the odds.

"When we have somebody like that, we know we have a viable patient," Walthour says.  "So, time was the most important thing we had."

At the ER, doctors and nurses were waiting.

Sherrod was placed on life support.

Then, as his kidneys began shutting down, and pneumonia set in, Hall and his family held their breath.

"The doctors try to prepare you for, for worst-case scenario," she says, tearing up.

Less than 10 percent of people who go into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive.

But, 7 days later, Daniel woke up, unaware of how close he'd come to dying.

"The doctors said I had less than 10 percent chance of surviving," he smiles.  "And, here I am!"

Word spread quickly to Station 3 and Metro Atlanta Ambulance.

 "It gives you a good rush," Bill Walthour says.

Clotfelter says a cheer went up at the station.

"Because that was one of our big things: is he going to be okay, is he going to make it," he says.

Kasey Rollins says this one her first "big one."

"It was awesome, that I was a part of it," she says.

Doctors implanted a defibrillator to shock Sherrod's heart if it goes into an abnormal rhythm.

He's now back at work.

Later this year, Daniel Sherrod and Gabrielle Hall will celebrate their wedding.

Some couples, he says, may have doubts about whether they've chosen the right path.

Daniel Sherrod doesn't.

"I know who saved my life," Sherrod says.  "I know who has been there for me. I know who I love.  So, there is no question in my mind."

Restart of Patient’s Heart Earns Paulding Emergency Medical Workers Regional Award

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

West Georgia Neighbor

By Tom Spigolon @TSpigolonNBR

Two Paulding emergency medical responders’ successful efforts to revive a cardiac arrest patient whose heart had stopped earned them honors during a recent awards banquet.

They were in a group honored for outstanding service to their communities at the 40th annual Northwest Georgia Region 1 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council Awards Banquet March 14.

The annual banquet honored emergency medical services providers and stakeholders from Paulding, Bartow and 14 other counties for excellence in pre-hospital care, education, pioneering and special achievements.

Among the major 2019 Northwest Georgia Region 1 EMS award winners were paramedic Bill Walthour and AEMT Kasey Rollins of Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service in Paulding County who won the the Tommy Gayler Medical Call of the Year award.

On Dec. 9, 2018, Walthour and Rollins were on board Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service Paulding County Unit 804 when they responded to a call about a 29-year-old man in cardiac arrest.

“Per the patient’s girlfriend, who was also the 911 caller, the patient was sitting on the couch watching TV when he went unconscious,” said spokesperson Jennifer King of the Georgia Department of Public Health.

“When 804 arrived on scene the patient was not breathing and had no detectable pulse.”

The crew administered an epinephrine IV push and the patient’s heart responded by changing the rhythm from a non-shockable rhythm into ventricular fibrillation “which the paramedic could use the defibrillator on to try to shock his heart back into a viable rhythm,” King said.

The patient responded positively to the defibrillation and a return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) was obtained, she said.

“At that point the crew continued to provide lifesaving interventions and transported the patient emergency to WellStar Paulding Hospital,” King said. “After a lengthy hospital stay, he was discharged from the hospital on (Dec. 23) in time to spend Christmas at home.”

At the same event in Waco March 14 other major 2019 Northwest Georgia Region 1 EMS awards were presented, including:

♦ EMS Region 1 Person of the Year — The One: Scott Stephens, Region 1 EMS-C Chair.

♦ David Loftin Pediatric Call of the Year: Jeremy Thompson and R.G. Hice, II of AdventHealth Murray EMS, Murray County.

♦ Dr. Richard A Gray Excellence in Trauma Award: Alex Case, Cody Doyle and Kyle Cross of Puckett EMS North Georgia, Dade County.

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