Nature Coast is Citrus County’s exclusive, not-for-profit (501(c)3, Advanced Life Support 9-1-1 emergency responder and medical transportation provider. The organization was established on October 1st, 2000. We work to perform, monitor and enhance our care with the overall objective of ensuring clinical excellence. It is our county-wide, on-time response that benchmarks our excellent customer service and attentiveness. And, it is our fiscal accountability and efficiency that proves the company’s organizational effectiveness.
Nature Coast EMS fully engages in EMS leadership through our local participation and collaboration with all Citrus County EMS stakeholders and through our regional and national EMS association leadership positions.
Dedication to Saving Lives
In addition to following all the Citrus County and State of Florida regulations and clinical protocols, Nature Coast EMS became the first ambulance service in Florida to offer Induced Hypothermia otherwise known as Induced Cooling (ICE), a treatment used for the management of post cardiac arrest patients.
Nature Coast’s EMS paramedic crews partner with area hospital’s emergency department personnel, to provide a lifesaving continuity of care, whereby cardiac arrest victims who have been revived to the point of showing a visible heart rhythm immediately receive rapid cooling measures along with protocol driven Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) treatments. These rapid cooling measures have increased the possibility that patients can be fully resuscitated and return home with without any neurological impairment by 6 times over the national average.
In 2007, Nature Coast EMS trained all the organization’s Emergency Medical Technicians to skill proficiency in intravenous catheterization. By so doing, the EMTs offer invaluable assistance for their paramedic partners during a response requiring advanced life support services.
Because we know that seconds can feel like hours during a medical emergency, Nature Coast EMS highly values its on-time response performance record.
The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services granted Nature Cost EMS national reaccreditation in November 2012 making it one of only 10 ambulance providers in the state of Florida and one of less than 206 ambulance services nationwide to achieve the "gold standard" industry standard.
Nature Coast EMS has been serving Citrus County since October 2000.
As the organization’s visionary and leader, Mike oversees the activities of all departments in the organization. Answering to the Citrus County EMS Board, Mike ensures that the organization’s team members exceed customer service expectations, offer exemplary clinical services and that the organization maintains the financial integrity and structure necessary to result in long-term efficiency and cutting-edge effectiveness.