When there’s an accident in rural Mesa County, help often arrives in the form of an emergency medical services (EMS) team. These trained emergency medical technicians (EMTs), some of them volunteers, administer medical care and transport the victims to the hospital.
To be effective and efficient, emergency medical services must be a very collaborative, communitywide effort, explains Stephen Butler, RN, director of St. Mary’s Emergency Department. “The hospitals work closely with the EMS teams from the neighboring communities,” he says. St. Mary’s Trauma Department and CareFlight provide training, and Emergency Department physicians meet with the EMTs at least once a month to review procedures, provide updates on medications and protocols, and to ensure everyone is communicating effectively. “These are situations in which seconds count and everything must happen efficiently,” Butler says.
“St. Mary’s is happy to support local EMTs,” Butler says. “The people of Mesa County depend on the local EMTs and on the hospitals, and we depend on each other. They are generous and dedicated people who literally save lives every day.”
St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
2635 North 7th Street Grand Junction, Colorado 81501