10th Annual Trunk or Treat

Posted on 2019-10-08 10:40:32

Join us on Halloween night from 6 to 8 pm at Nature Coast EMS for our 10th Annual Trunk or Treat. Our biggest event of the year just got better -- the Batman of Spring Hill will be our special guests. Many thanks to our Trunk sponsors: Citrus Memorial Hospital Oak Hill Hospital PHI Air Medical One, Inverness, FL ShandsCair Florida Fish and Wildlife Florida Dept. of Health, Citrus County Florida Forestry Florida Highway Patrol Citrus County Sheriff's Office FloriDivers Citrus County Boxing Academy AND MORE!!!

Nature Coast Welcomes New Medical Director

Posted on 2019-10-08 10:36:30

Nature Coast EMS is proud to welcome new Medical Director, Dr. Vesta Anilus, MD, to our team. Dr. Anilus is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician with subspecialty board certification in EMS. Dr. Anilus completed her undergraduate training at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry. She then completed her Medical Degree at the University of Florida, College of Medicine, in Gainesville. During this time, she led international medical mission trips to Haiti and to the Dominican Republic following the earthquake of 2010. She continues bi-yearly to provide on-the-ground medical assistance for mission trips to Haiti in conjunction with local faith-based organizations. Dr. Anilus completed her Emergency Medicine residency training at St. John Hospital in Detroit, MI, and during this time became very involved in the EMS community of the greater Detroit area. After residency, she went on to complete a year-long fellowship in EMS at DMC Wayne State University. During the summer of 2015, Detroit transitioned from being a Third Service EMS model to a Fire-based model in response to prolonged first contact arrival times that plagued the city. Dr. Anilus worked with the Wayne County Medical Director in this large endeavor and functioned as the lead Director of Education. She personally trained and educated nearly 1,000 firefighters in Medical First Responder to be MFR certified. She was also an active member of the Protocol Review Committee for Wayne County EMS and has extensive experience in protocol development implementation and regular review and revision. She has served in medical mass gathering event planning for large marathons, Grand Prix races and Holiday Parades and has extensive experience in the field of Event Medicine. As a specific passion, Dr. Anilus was formerly a Tactical EMS Physician for the Wayne County SWAT Team and provided medical support/monitoring during training. She also trained for hostile event scenarios with the SWAT team. She trained other medical personal in tactical EMS operations during the formation of the Detroit Tactical EMS Medical TEAM in 2016. Dr. Anilus has had several accepted abstracts to the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in the last few years, including in Ebola Management and Pre-hospital Use of Naloxone and continues to pursue research in EMS. She looks forward to continuing to diligently serve the EMS community in her new home of Citrus County. “We are so thrilled that Dr. Anilus will be leading us to reach even higher clinical standards,” said Mike Hall, President/CEO of Nature Coast EMS. “We are in the process of reviewing all of our protocols and determining where we can make improvements and enhance the services we provide to our residents.”

Paramedic Class 2018-2 Graduates

Posted on 2019-08-20 15:11:25

August 17 (Lecanto) The Nature Coast Emergency Medical Institute graduated Paramedic class 2018-2 on Saturday, August 17 at Shepherd of the Hills Church. Eight students successfully completed the year-long class and 100% passed their final exam and practical exam. The current paramedic class has a record number of 20 students enrolled. Congratulations to our latest graduates! Best of luck in your careers.

Long Time Leader, Education Director Jane Bedford Retires

Posted on 2019-06-19 16:34:12

On June 18, long-time EMS leader and Director of Education Jane Bedford, retired from a 40-year career in EMS. According to her mentors, Jane was an "out-of-the-box thinker and a "get it done" type of person. No project was too difficult to tackle. Jane, who was instrumental in many life-saving projects, also spearheaded the creation of the Nature Coast Emergency Medical Institute, an EMT/Paramedic school in Citrus County. Jane, we hope you know how much you'll be missed. Thank you for everything.

EMT Class Graduates

Posted on 2019-06-19 16:31:02

Congratulations to Emergency Medical Technician Class E-22 for graduating on Thursday, June 13.  The ceremony, which was held at the Shepherd of the Hills church in the Parrish Hall, was completely full to the brim with family members, NC EMS team members and friends.  This class started with 16 people, however by the end of the class, 13 people were left and they ALL passed their Practical Exam in which they must demonstrate proficiency in the skills they have learned.  Congratulations to all of you!

EMT Class Registration is Open!

Posted on 2019-05-31 12:32:49

The next Nature Coast Emergency Medical Institute begins on the evening of Monday, July 8. Class registration is open now. Visit our Education page to register.

So you wanna be an EMT?

Posted on 2019-05-31 12:29:45

Nature Coast Emergency Medical Institute will be holding their second "So, you wanna be an EMT" night on Tuesday, June 11 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Hear testimonials from EMTs and Medics, graduates of Nature Coast Emergency Medical Institute, how to register for our July classes, sponsorship opportunities and more. And, of course, it's free! Simply e-mail Heather.Yates@naturecoastems.org with your name. Don't wait. Seats are limited! Event address: 3876 W. Country Hill Dr. Lecanto EMT classes start in July so now is the perfect time to learn more.

EMS Week a Success

Posted on 2019-05-31 12:28:28

The week of May 25th we National EMS Week and we celebrated in style to make sure our EMTs and Medics felt appreciated. We delivered snack baskets to every station on Monday, kayaked and chowed down at Hunter Springs on Tuesday and Thursday, enjoyed breakfast several days from our community partners, held a BBQ at our headquarters on Thursday and then enjoyed fellowship together at the Cove Thursday evening, and then wrapped the week up with an ice cream social on Friday. Everyone enjoyed the food and socializing. The week was possible because of some very generous partners. Many, many thanks to representatives from Bayfront Seven Rivers, Citrus Memorial Hospital, PHI Air 1 Florida, the Breakfast Station, Nature Coast Financial and the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

2019 Nature Coast EMS Intubation Rodeo Results Are In!

Posted on 2019-01-28 11:31:17

And the winner is..... The Nature Coast EMS Intubation Rodeo was held on Jan. 19, 2019, at Crystal River United Methodist Church. This highly-effective competition consisted of 16 complex scenarios (including pediatric), to challenge contestants to obtain the advanced airway efficiently and effectively under stressful situations. More than 40 healthcare first responders from across the state of Florida registered for this one-of-a-kind competition. But only three emerged at the very top. Believe it or not, Nature Coast's very own Lyle Horne, this year's winner, also won the competition in 2016. We had such great feedback from our competitors that we're planning to hold the competition again in 2020 -- and this is the only event of its kind in the nation due to the amount of work it takes to make it happen and the amount of personnel it requires to do this professionally and accurately. We want to thank our sponsors and station sponsors for their support, for without them, this definitely wouldn't have happened! A special shout out to DRC Sports and Chris Moling, who supports this event faithfully. 1st Place, Lyle Horne, Nature Coast EMS 2nd Place, Tyler Allen, Bradford County EMS 3rd Place, Graham Losse, Nature Coast EMS

Nature Coast EMI Offers EMT and Paramedic Classes

Posted on 2018-11-16 14:20:35

Anyone interested in having a career in healthcare as an EMT or Paramedic can now register for classes at the Nature Coast Emergency Medical Institute. Paramedic classes begin on Jan. 15, 2019 and EMT classes begin on Jan. 24. Nature Coast EMI is an accredited training program with high experienced instructors and very high state test pass rates.

CAAS Reviewers Visit Nature Coast EMS

Posted on 2018-11-16 14:18:24

On November 1 and 2, reviewers from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services visited Nature Coast EMS to review processes and procedures for Nature Coast's third accreditation.

Nature Coast EMS Trunk or Treat Breaks Attendance Record!

Posted on 2018-11-16 14:16:29

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Nature Coast EMS held its 9th annual Trunk or Treat across the street from its headquarters in Lecanto. A record-number of people attended, with an estimate of over 2,000 children and adults. Thank you to our event partners: Citrus Memorial Hospital, Florida Department of Health, Bayfront Seven Rivers Hospital, Oak Hill Hospital, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Forestry and the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. First place winner for best trunk: NC EMS Rescue Swimmers; second place winner, Citrus Memorial Hospital; third place NC EMS Explorers. See you next year!

2018 Star of Life award

Posted on 2018-07-13 15:42:01

Caroline Cooper joined 103 other “Stars” in Washington, D.C. to receive the American Ambulance Associations "Star of Life" award. Caroline was nominated by her peers at Nature Coast EMS. The stars toured Washington DC, met with their Congressional representatives and participated in other events at the Capitol. Caroline also met former Sec of Homeland Security Tom Ridge.

Grant awarded

Posted on 2018-07-13 15:36:40

Nature Coast EMS has been awarded a grant from the Tamp Bay Health and Medical Preparedness Coalition for just under $4000 for disaster equipment. The grant application was for additional equipment for our Ambus.

Rescue swimmers added

Posted on 2018-07-13 15:35:38

Two new Rescue Swimmers have been added to the group of highly trained surface water rescuers. Caroline C. and Kenny A. completed their training last week. Nature Coast EMS has swimmers available on the streets in ambulances for coverage throughout the year.

Hands only CPR

Posted on 2018-04-04 09:00:39

Lecanto, FL - During the Citrus County Fair held March 26 through April 1 Nature Coast EMS and EMI trained 878 people in hands only CPR. Each participant received a t-shirt after they completed the training. The training was supported through a grant from the Florida Dept of Health.

Medical Director & Director attend conference

Posted on 2018-03-08 13:07:45

Dr Mary Ann Kolar, Medical Director of Nature Coast EMS and Jane Bedford Education Director attended the 20th annual EMS State of the Science 2018: A Gathering of Eagles XX Conference in Dallas Texas Last week. This conference is a meeting of EMS Medical Directors from all over the world presenting innovative best practices and evidenced based research that will lead EMS agencies into the future of excellence in prehospital medicine. The medical directors from over 50 large cities in the United States, London, France, Berlin, New Zealand the US Secret Service, Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, US Dept of Transportation, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House Medical Unit presented over 100 topics in EMS State of the Science. Nature Coast EMS has been recognized as a leader in EMS in Florida, receiving the EMS Provider of the Year in 2016, is already doing many initiatives presented at the conference, but will always seek to improve EMS in Citrus County. These innovation in EMS supported Dr Kolar to receive the Innovation in Health Care Award for 2017 and EMS Medical Director of the Year 2016 from the Florida Department of Health, Office of EMS.

Avesta Hired

Posted on 2018-01-22 10:09:16

Nature Coast EMS has contracted with the company Avesta for job applications and processing. This will speed up the process for the applicants and should make a smoother and more timely application process.

You are getting a new Medicare card!

Posted on 2017-11-09 13:17:55

Between April 2018 and April 2019 Medicare is replacing the old cards with new cards with ID numbers not associated with your social security number. These new IDs are made up of letters and numbers. You can prepare by going to the Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or call 1-800-772-1213 and update your information. Our billing department is gearing up for the chance and will be ready when the change occurs.

Hurricane Irma

Posted on 2017-09-20 15:21:50

Hurricane Irma devastated some parts of Florida worse than others. Citrus County had damage but dodged the bullet on major damages. Citrus County's saw an increase in lines at the gas pumps as other Floridians evacuated through the County. Nature Coast EMS had to secured fuel from private company to maintain it's operations. Friday Sept 8 all eccential team members were activated. This included all EMTs, paramedics and administrative staff. All stayed on duty until Monday. During and after the storm the issue was power. Some lost power for multiple days. This caused their oxygen concentrators to stop working and many had a limited supply of bottled oxygen as backup. Nature Coast EMS anticipated the potential increase in call volume and requested two EMS ambulance strike teams. On Monday Sept 11 the request was sent and by early evening the first team arrived. AMR Strike Team 31 (Pafford EMS) arrived and was almost immediately up and running calls. Later that evening Kentucky Task Force 15 arrived and would relief Pafford Tueday AM. Both these team became a great asset to Nature Coast EMS and the citizens we serve. There was a record number of calls for service during the this time. The Pafford team was demobilized on Thursday and redeployed to Boca Raton while Kentucky demobilized Saturday. We thank both teams for their assistance.

FREE Family & Friends® CPR CLASSES

Posted on 2017-08-23 09:24:35

The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, child CPR, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and mild and severe airway block for adults, children, and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible. Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a CPR course completion card to meet a job requirement. This course is ideal for community groups, new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others interested in learning how to save a life. YOUR HANDS COULD SAVE A LIFE! CLASSES ONGOING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE OR CALL: 352-249-4751 Register online: https://trainingcentertechnologies.com/NatureCoastEMS/CourseEnrollment.aspx Or go to www.naturecoastems.org Select “Training” then “Sign up online” to register.

We Are Hiring!!

Posted on 2017-08-22 08:36:20

Lecanto, FL - If you want to be able to use your EMT or paramedic education to make a difference during peoples worst day and be able to do more then just first response apply for a position at Nature Coast EMS. Go to the Careers tab and start your journey with us. NCEMS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Nature Coast EMS Receives Bus

Posted on 2017-08-22 08:33:30

Lecanto, FL - With a donation from the Citrus County School Board of a bus, the purchase of an insert by the Florida Department of Health - Citrus County, Nature Coast EMS is repurposing the bus into a 12 patient transport ambulance. This will be the first in our area and will be a great asset to our community. NCEMS has seen the need for about 6 years and for the past 2 year of planning and working hard with our partners to secured the equipment we will start working on the conversion immediately.

Paramedic Class Graduates

Posted on 2017-07-31 10:30:19

Lecanto FL - On Saturday, July 29 Nature Coast Emergency Medical Institute graduated Paramedic Class 2016-2 with 9 graduates. Two graduates were from Nature Coast EMS. Congratulations to all. The next Paramedic Class starts August 16 at the Lecanto campus. For more information call 352-249-4700.

New Stroke Protocol Under Development

Posted on 2017-07-21 14:27:29

Lecanto, FL - Nature Coast EMS has worked with regional experts and healthcare providers from the area on a new protocol for stroke patients. The protocol will utilize prehospital stroke tests to identify what patient might be a candidate for treatment at a specialize stroke hospital called a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC). Not all patients will be candidates for the CSC. Those patients will still be transported to a Primary Stroke Center (PSC) which is Citrus County is Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center and Citrus Memorial Hospital.

NCEMS Celebrates 3 straight Months of 100% Cusotmer Satisfaction

Posted on 2017-07-18 14:11:56

March through May 2017 Nature Coast EMS received high marks from customers on the satisfaction survey that is conducted by the Baldrige Group. Each month calls are conducted and questions asked to determine how we are doing with our customers. There are 5 questions asked and for the past three months patients have said that they where 100% satisfied. To recognize the team members doing the work, lunch was provided to the field team members and cooked and served by the leadership team.

Mike Hall and Dr Mary Anne Kolar Win Awards

Posted on 2017-06-30 10:32:45

Mike Hall, President & CEO of Nature Coast EMS and Dr. Mary Anne Kolar, DO Medical Director of Nature Coast EMS have won awards in the 2017 Healthcare Heros. The 2017 Heroes are nominated by the community and then chosen by a select committee who will be honored at the Awards Luncheon on August 11, 2017, plus they will be profiled in a special section inserted in the Citrus County Chronicle. Healthcare Heroes have a purpose: to help, heal and save lives. They put others before themselves; see problems and solve them. They are individuals and organizations who truly make a difference in the health of our community.

Jane Bedford Wins State Award

Posted on 2017-06-28 15:05:25

Contact: Communications Office NewsMedia@flhealth.gov 850-245-4111 Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Excellence in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Awards. This year’s statewide EMS awards are hosted by the Emergency Medicine Learning and Resource Center (EMLRC) at the Caribe Royal in Orlando on July 11, 2017. This ceremony is in conjunction with the State EMS Advisory Council meetings and the EMLRC’s 43rd Annual Clinical Conference on Emergency Medical Services (ClinCon). “The department is pleased to recognize the brave and honorable efforts of Florida’s men and women who serve their community with excellence in emergency medical services,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip. “Congratulations to the statewide EMS award recipients for their significant contributions to EMS in Florida. We are so thankful for their lifesaving services.” The following is a list of the 2017 award recipients. Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Award: Jane Bedford, Nature Coast EMS For a complete list of winners go to the Florida DOH website. For more information about the Excellence in Emergency Medical Services award program, please visit www.EMLRC.org. About the Florida Department of Health The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

Grant to Provide Infant CPR

Posted on 2017-06-27 16:04:36

PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PRESS CONFERENCE JULY 18TH AT 11:30 Nature Coast EMS, 3876 W Country Hill Drive, Lecanto, Florida 34461 Date: PRESS CONFERENCE JULY 17TH AT 11:30 Contact: Jane Bedford Cell: 352-302-8486 E-mail: JaneB@naturecoastems.org Citrus County has a higher than average infant death rate compared to other counties in the State of Florida. Below is the data for Citrus County from Florida Charts. . Infant death can have many causes, including pregnancy complications, congenital abnormalities (birth defects), premature birth, low birth weight, respiratory distress syndrome and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The leading causes of infant death haven't changed in the last several years, despite advanced technology and increased focus on prenatal care. In Citrus County, the rate is 8.2 deaths per 1,000 births. Using the CARES registry ( Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival) the American Heart Association “Survival After Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Children” article reports that only 1 in 12 children with an Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) survived to hospital discharge, 91.6% of infants had their cardiac arrest in a private residence, and were less likely to receive bystander CPR. Teaching caregivers and parents of newborns CPR and skills to recognize life threats is not currently offered in our community. Delivery of push-hard-push fast compression during CPR improves outcomes for all cardiac arrest patients. When the rescuer pushes hard and fast on the victim's chest, they're really acting like an artificial heart. That blood carries oxygen that helps keep the organs alive till help arrive. (STENGLE, 2010) It is well documented that bystander CPR saves lives when coupled with advanced cardiac life support. A significant problem contributing to the low survival rates in OHCA is the failure of bystanders to initiate CPR. This has been attributed to citizen’s reluctance to do mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing on a stranger. Since this has been eliminated in some instances (lay responder CPR) we believe we will see a dramatic increase in bystander CPR with this new education. Nature Coast EMS received a grant from the Florida Department of Health, Office of EMS to offer infant CPR and choking classes to 2500 students free of charge. This program will also educate CPR instructors in each citizen, community or organization group so that the education could continue after the grant. This program will seek to increase the number of patients receiving push-hard-push-fast CPR and have access to an AED. Nature Coast EMS will track the number of bystander CPR and this data will be used to identify risks and improve patient outcomes.

2017 AAA Star of Life Award

Posted on 2017-06-16 10:45:21

Paramedic Graham Losse has been awarded the 2017 American Ambulance Associations "Star of Life" award. Graham has been in Washington, DC this past week receiving his award and meeting with Florida's Congressmen.

Use Safety Devices During Scallop Season

Posted on 2017-06-16 10:14:42

With the opening of scallop seasons fast approaching, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to remind everyone engaged in this fun outdoor activity to use a divers-down warning device whenever they are snorkeling or scuba diving while searching for these tasty treats.

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