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May 2014 - HEMS

EMS Week at Brookwood:  Hamilton Emergency Medical Services visited Brookwood Elementary School May 21 as part of Pediatric Day during National EMS Week. At left, Elizabeth McCree, paramedic, shows students a cardiac monitor and blood pressure cuff. Also pictured are Chris Cline, paramedic, and Coltin Brown, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) intern. The students were able to walk through the ambulance during the presentation. 

June 2012 - HEMS

On June 16th 2012 I was on my way to vacation. We were on I 75 near Dalton when I began feeling very ill. My husband pulled off near the McDonalds and called 911. With trailer in tow Paul (EMS) suggested my husband wait there; they would send the police to direct him to the hospital. I never would have thought I was having a heart attack. Paul is one of the most caring people I have ever met. He arranged for our RV trailer to be parked in a safe spot until it could be taken to a campground the next day. I was also thrilled when he paid me a visit at the hospital to check on me. It made my day to thank him in person for saving my life. Paul, I will never forget you, you were my guardian angel that night, thank you once again. By the way thanks to the great team of doctors at the hospital; two stents I am doing great. Sincerely, Pat Prohaska (Kissimmee, FL)  

March 2012 - EMS recognized in HMC Hamilton Hero Award

DALTON, Ga. (March 13, 2012) – Rodney Pittman, Public Safety officer for Hamilton Medical Center, was recognized as the most recent Hamilton Hero. Hamilton Hero recipients are associates who unselfishly perform a deed of meritorious service during a life-saving event that exceeds the scope of his or her job. 

In January, Terry Coker had arrived at Dalton Family Practice for some blood work. But before he made it to the door, he collapsed. Pittman was also at Dalton Family Practice and saw Coker shortly after he fell to the ground. Pittman immediately took action, calling the office staff for assistance and assigning a bystander the task of calling 9-1-1. He then began administering CPR. 

Shortly after, Lee Duman, Hamilton Emergency Medical Services supervisor; April Foster, EMT; and Jeff Richardson, paramedic; arrived with a Lucas CPR 2, a device designed to deliver uninterrupted compressions at a consistent rate and depth to facilitate return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). After receiving CPR from the Lucas CPR 2, Coker was declared, “critical, but stable.” Coker was taken to Hamilton Medical Center. 


February 2012 - HEMS

I am writing to give commendations to four of your guys.  I had to call 911 due to severe chest pains and in both cases the care I received from your fellows was superb.
Two who responded were Johnny Phillips and a younger man named Michael. On a separate occasion, I did not have the presence of mind to get those guys' names but you can look back on the trip report to see who they were.
I was treated with the utmost care, concern, and respect. The guys all made sure I was taken care of and received the chest pain protocol to the last degree.
I underwent a heart cath that showed no occlusions, but I do have small coronary arteries which were evidently causing vasospasms, and I was sent home with new meds to help with this problem, called Prinzmetal's Angina. So hopefully I won't have to call 911 again.
I really want to commend all four of the guys who came out to get me. They were fantastic! You are fortunate to have them all on your team. C.P. 

June 2011 - Hamilton EMS; training

Mike, Nathan, and Scott:  I just wanted to say, 'thank you' for everything you allowed me to experience and learn during my clinical rotation on June 2nd.  It was an experience I will never forget.  I know when I graduate I will be able to say that each of you had a part in my success.  Thank you - Thank you - Thank you.  You all ROCK!! R.P.

February 2011 - EMS

Brandon went the extra mile.  brandon came back into the ER to check on my father before he returned to the station.  Really appreciated him 110%.  L.B.

October 2010- EMS

Just keep on providing the excellent service like you always have.  Every time any member of our family or close friends has had to call on you.  It is evident by your staff’s courteous and professional manners and concern, along with the knowledge and skills in medical treatment add up to the very best anywhere.  That is what WEMS is – the very best!

I am happy to say that the EMTs that I have met from your staff are honest and caring human beings and they perform their jobs with true talent and pride that is well deserved.