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MO EMS Connection - Service BrieFS 

The Missouri EMS Connection is pleased to accept submissions for the Service Briefs section in the magazine. The purpose of the service briefs section is to share current news about your service.

Below are the service briefs published in the Summer 2019 issue of the magazine. If you would like to submit your news, see our service briefs submission page for details and deadlines.

Marion County Ambulance District

The Marion County Ambulance District recently sponsored an equipment trailer for the Missouri EMS Funeral Response Team. The Missouri EMS Funeral Response is a trained corps of EMS volunteers, who are pre-hospital medical providers from Missouri, who will respond to a department when requested. According to Chief John Nemes, the district was both honored and excited to be able to assist the team and their operation across the state of Missouri. Two formers employees are involved with the team, which is how Marion County learned of the program several years ago. George Wright is the state commander for the team, and Dot Lake serves as a Chaplin and honor guard member for the funeral response team.

Tom Yates, Missouri EMS Funeral Response Team Executive Director, said the $4,500 sponsorship helped purchase a travel trailer for carrying the equipment relating to their services across the state, as well as other needed equipment.

“We never charge for our services and all work is provided by volunteers. Any expenses are paid for solely through sponsorships and fund-raising,” said Yates.

The Funeral Response Team has provided service to more than 150 funerals and visitations, not just in Missouri, but other states as well. They have also assisted with the National Response Team.

Donations are accepted from individuals as well as other entities such as the Marion County Ambulance District. For more information or to make a donation, visit their website at www.moemsfuneralteam.org.

Mercy Life Line

This year, Mercy Life Line is celebrating 35 years of service. First called Hammons Life Line for Springfield philanthropist John Q. Hammons’ donation to the first helicopter, Life Line has been providing 24-hour rapid air transport for seriously ill or critically injured patients since July 1, 1984.

Mercy Life Line is a traditional, hospital based air medical program, owned and operated by Mercy Hospital Springfield. Currently Life Line operates four bases from Branson West, MO; Joplin, MO; St. Robert, MO; and Rogers, AR. Mercy Life Line is part of a coordinated emergency services and seamless care of the Mercy EMS ground ambulances service and Mercy facilities.

Mercy Life Line operates five Airbus H-135 twin-engine helicopters combined with the unique relationship that began in 2001 with Metro Aviation, Inc. Mercy Life Line has built a low-level altitude IFR network of 13 GPS-guided hospital helipads, the first of its kind in Missouri, to help with the ability to safely transport patients during some marginal weather.

Quality patient care is also at the forefront of everything Life Line does. Specialty transports, Mercy Kids Transport and critical care management of patients continues to be the focus of care with Life Line. Mercy Life Line was accredited in 2006 through the Commission of Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, (CAMTS) which helps guide exceptional patient care.

The program has progressed over the past 35 years and the legacy of Life Line will extend into the future through great advances in technology, a culture of safety deeply rooted in its past, and compassion for caring for the sick through excellence and service.

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