LIFELINE AMBULANCE SERVICE TO DESIGN 9-1-1 SYSTEM FOR HAITIAN CITY OF CAP-HAITIEN
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Company will donate four ambulances; train 25 doctors and nurses at Woburn facility
LifeLine Ambulance Service to design 9-1-1 system for Haitian city of Cap-Haitien
WOBURN, MA -- LifeLine Ambulance Service (www.lifelineamb.com ) has been asked to create the first-ever 9-1-1 emergency response system for the northern Haiti city of Cap-Haitien.
Currently, there is no 9-1-1 system in place in Northern Haiti, in fact, the streets are not even named; a fact which LifeLine executives learned during a recent training mission in that country. As part of the creation of this emergency response system, LifeLine will donate four ambulances to be used in Cap-Haitien; additionally, the company has invited 25 doctors and nurses to attend training at the LifeLine facility in Woburn, MA, later this year. The Haitian health care officials will remain in the United States for a month for training. They will then return to Haiti to train the rest of their community workers.
Cap-Haïtien is a city of 190,000 on the north coast of Haiti, near the town of Milot. The health care needs of the residents are served by Justinian University Hospital, a 250-bed teaching hospital operated by the Ministry of Health. The hospital is the largest healthcare provider in northern Haiti and serves an estimated 825,000 people. Residency programs include medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, family practice, and schools for nurses and laboratory technicians.
LifeLine Ambulance Service CEO Brian J. Connor of Arlington, MA, and his company's Vice President of Clinical Services Ted White, recently spent a week in Northern Haiti, at the Hospital Sacre Coeur in Milot, and then at Justinian Hospital. Connor and White consulted with community health officials and provided training on pre-hospital care and emergency medicine to over 65 attendees consisting of doctors, nurses and Community Health Volunteer Workers from the northern section of Haiti.
During their weeklong training, one of the physicians participating in their training program invited them to visit Cap-Haitien and Justinian University Hospital. Connor and White were then invited to meet with Cap-Haitien hospital officials to discuss the possible implementation of a 9-1-1 system.
Connor said his firm has begun the work on creation of this program for Cap-Haitien, which he anticipates should be up and running within six to nine months. The phone number that residents of Cap-Haitien will use to activate the emergency system is 116, which has been assigned by the Ministry of Health.
LifeLine Ambulance Service has invested significant time and resources to improve the healthcare delivery system on the island of Haiti. Connor said that his company will provide the training and the ambulances to Cap-Haitien at no cost.
"You cannot help but be moved by the plight of the island of Haiti," said Connor, who said, "It is an incredible honor to be asked to develop the first 9-1-1 system for Northern Haiti, and to know that these efforts will make a real difference in the lives of the residents." He added, "Those of us who live in the United States have no idea how desperate the plight of Haitian residents can be. These first steps will help improve the health care delivery to the island."
About LifeLine Ambulance Service
LifeLine Ambulance Service (www.lifelineamb.com ) was founded in 2006 by Brian J. Connor, a 32-year industry veteran and former CEO of another ambulance firm in the Greater Boston area, and the former president of the Massachusetts Ambulance Association for the past 14 years. The company offers emergency and non-emergency Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support, Chair Car, full service Limousine and coach bus transportation and a wide variety of other health care related services. LifeLine Ambulance Service operates from a new, state-of-the-art center that is staffed and operational 24 hours / 7 days per week / 365 days per year. The corporate facility is located at 11 State Street, Woburn, MA. LifeLine Ambulance Service maintains additional satellite locations in Arlington, Brighton, Framingham, Milford, Needham, Norwood, Peabody, Worcester, MA, and Bow, Exeter, Laconia and Merrimack, NH. The LifeLine management team has a combined 250 years' senior management experience in the EMS field. LifeLife Ambulance Service employs more than 275 people.