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Two new EMS hired in Health Region

Two emergency medical service personnel working with Sun Country Regional Health Authority have recently graduated with advanced training with the financial assistance of the Region.

Both graduates completed the 18-month Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) course, one of the most advanced levels of EMS education in Canada.

Scott Thomson of Estevan is a staff member of the Estevan EMS Service and Jennifer Elias-White is a member of Weyburn EMS. They also assist in the respective emergency departments in their local hospitals.

Charles Eddy, Regional Director of EMS Services for SCRHA says the two are a great enhancement to the emergency care system in the Region.

"They bring a broader skill, knowledge, and practicing level of care to their work in the field," says Charles.

"They can give more actual treatment in an ambulance and other trauma situations such as heart attacks," he says.

"In practical terms, that means when a member of the public experiences a heart attack or similar incident, one of these highly trained personnel can give more medications, or help restart their heart right in the ambulance before they reach a hospital," says Charles.

About 170 emergency medical responders, in 16 different services, provide emergency medical services for residents of SCRHA, with the support of over 120 First Responders.

Marga Cugnet, Vice President of Primary and Integrated Health for SCRHA, says"the broader the scope of practice that our staff can provide for our patients, the better the outcome of their care."

"Having Jennifer and Scott trained as paramedics helps to raise that bar significantly in our Region," she says.

Media: For more information, please call Marga Cugnet, Vice President of Primary and Integrated Health, at 842-8729.

The new ACPs are available for a feature story/photos. Please call Charles Eddy, Regional Director of EMS Services, at 842-0223 to arrange.

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