LEWISTOWN - Fame EMS will receive all of the funds from the annual benefit golf tournament held by the Rotary Club of Lewistown on Wednesday.
Mick Abrashoff, President of Rotary, said the club has always been interested not only in helping the National Rotary cause of eradicating polio, but also to better the local community. The club does that by earmarking the funds from this event each year to a local organization.
"As president I would like to say that it is one thing to receive funding, but another thing to be awarded funds from the leaders of the community."
The guest speaker at the event Bart Ewing, a paramedic with Fame EMS, explained the money would be going toward the purchase of IV syringe pumps. These pumps will allow these ambulance emergency responders to administer fluid and medications in a safe, efficient and controlled manner.
"The pumps are going to help us meet the always changing world."
Ewing said that their role in the local health care system has changed, with transporting more patients to Lewistown Hospital and transporting patients to many of the area hospitals. The pumps will help make the transport safer for the patients. Ewing also said the pumps will allow for better care in the field on emergency calls.
"These pumps are computerized which will allow us to better care for the patient, giving them more attention."
The speech continued with Ewing saying how everyone is always concerned with how the money being donated is going to impact the community.
"There are many everyday situations where these pumps will come in handy," he said. "The common denominator in all of the situations I could tell you about is that the person in our care is most likely someone you know. With these pumps we can provide better care in the field allowing more severe cases to leave the hospital early or maybe make transport to another local hospital for more advanced treatment easier."
At the end of his speech Ewing thanked those in attendance and the sponsors of the event for making this possible for them. While the grant money to purchase some of the pumps has been applied for, this will help expedite the purchase, rather than solely relying on the grant money, he said.
Abrashoff said 16 teams participated in the event raising approximately $7,000 to $8,000. Ewing said this money will help to buy three or four pumps, with the ultimate goal of purchasing a total of six.