local medical professionals were panelists in a one-hour forum
about "Emergency Medical Services" on WBZ 1030 AM
radio. The live broadcast reached 38 states when it aired
on April 4, from 11 p.m. to midnight. This was also the first
media placement for the Upper Merrimack Valley MRC.
Jordan, Nancy, and Daniel in the studio
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as far south as Florida and as far west as Ohio learned about
the ways in which local emergency care providers are helping
to save lives and alleviate suffering in a crisis.
Podsiadlo answered questions from several of the callers.
"I was eager to promote the concept of regional Advanced
Life Support for quality, efficiency, and interoperability,"
Podsiadlo explains. "Because GLEMS is built on regional
cooperation, this approach generates ALS patient care and
safety, plus greater skill through experience."
four panelists represented several key aspects of emergency
medicine. Discussion flowed smoothly -- in large part because
the host, Jordan Rich, is a seasoned broadcaster and long-time
fixture of Boston radio, who put the participants and callers
of the panelists was Nancy Burns, who has been a local Emergency
Medical Technician since 1979. (Her role as an on-call EMT
frequently requires her to bring patients to Saints, occasionally
with Podsiadlo on board to provide ALS capabilities.)
explained that her new assignment is to launch one of the
ten Medical Response Corps units in Massachusetts through
a federal grant. Her unit is called the Upper Merrimack Valley
MRC, hosted by the Board of Health for the Town of Westford.
This MRC is recruiting medical volunteers from seven neighboring
communities: Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury,
Tyngsboro, and Westford.
the MRC is fully organized and operational, it will be comprised
of dedicated medical volunteers within those seven communities
-- practicing and retired physicians, nurses, paramedics,
EMTs, pharmacists, dentists, and other trained professionals
-- who want to help in two areas: public health crises that
call for mass inoculations, and large-scale disasters that
require additional medical response. There were two panelists
speaking on behalf of Boston MedFlight -- the critical care
air and ground transport service that was created in 1985
-- which operates at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, MA.
(left) and Ben (right) smiling at camera.
P. Thomas represented MedFlight as its Fixed Wing and Special
Projects coordinator. Thomas discussed the Medflight "Safe
Proms" initiative as one of its many community service
programs. MedFlight also promotes a bike rodeo program (to
encourage helmet safety), pre-hospital education, pediatric
injury prevention programs, and a ride-along program for affiliated
Blathras, MedFlight program manager and a former colleague
of Podsiadlo, served as a panelist by calling in from the
airport. Blathras oversees daily operations of the transport
program and has been in EMS over 20 years. Blathras explained
that over 2000 critically ill and injured patients are transported
each year by Boston MedFlight's three helicopters, fixed wing
aircraft, and specially equipped critical care ambulance.
In 2002, the service transported its 20,000th patient.