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Canonsburg Ambulance Celebrates 20 Years of Award-Winning Service

Thursday, October 4, 2018

CANONSBURG, Pa. – Canonsburg Ambulance is celebrating 20 years of service to the Washington County community by receiving special recognition from the American Heart Association (AHA) – and adding a new ambulance to its fleet.  Officials from Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Canonsburg Hospital, owner of the EMS provider, will join Canonsburg Ambulance personnel and other area EMS providers at a 20th anniversary dinner tonight at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.

During the event, the AHA will present Canonsburg Ambulance with the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze Level Recognition Award, an honor the organization earned for implementing specific quality improvement measures as outlined by the AHA for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. This marks the first time Canonsburg Ambulance has earned this recognition, and it is the only EMS provider in Washington County to receive the honor in 2018. 

“Canonsburg Ambulance has a long legacy of providing excellent care and service to Washington County,” said Louise Urban, President and CEO of Canonsburg Hospital and Jefferson Hospital. “This Mission: Lifeline award recognizes the integral role our Canonsburg Ambulance EMS providers play in stabilizing and caring for patients suffering from STEMI heart attacks. With great skill and compassion, Canonsburg Ambulance has responded to more than 1,000 calls for patients in cardiac arrest over the last 20 years.”

Every year, more than a quarter-million people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI, the deadliest type of heart attack. It is caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. 

The AHA’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, from the 911 call and EMS transport through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support high-quality heart attack care based on the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. 

Canonsburg Ambulance’s continued efforts to meet the growing emergency care needs of Washington County will also now be aided by the addition of a sixth vehicle to its fleet.  AHN has upgraded four ambulances since 2013. Canonsburg Ambulance had its busiest year ever in 2017, responding to more than 5,600 ambulance requests. This year, it has received more than 4,500 calls to date and is on pace to eclipse last year’s record-setting total.

“Over the past two decades, Canonsburg Ambulance has covered more than 750,000 miles in answering more than 86,000 calls to bring comfort and life-saving care to the community,” said Robert McCaughan, Vice President of Prehospital Care Services for AHN. “We take great pride in offering the people of Washington County access to high-quality emergency medical services.”

The ambulance company is equipped with the latest cardiac monitors and was the first provider in Washington County to use mechanical CPR devices, advanced video laryngoscopes, and power cot stretchers on each of its ambulances. 

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About Mission: Lifeline
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org.