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Medstar Dedicates New Ambulance to Grosse Pointe Farms

Continues Partnership with Henry Ford Medical Center - Cottage


Medstar Ambulance, the non-profit ambulance company that has served Grosse Pointe Farms since the early 1990s, dedicated a new ambulance to the community in a brief ceremony on Friday.  The dedication was attended by Farms Mayor James Farquhar, City Manager Shane Reeside, Public Safety Chief Dan Jensen, Henry Ford Medical Center – Cottage Administrator Nancy Zehnpfennig, R.N., Cottage Emergency Department Medical Director, Gust Bills, D.O., Cottage Emergency Department Nurse Manager, Ruth Queenan, R.N., Medstar CEO Kolby Miller, and several of the paramedics and emergency medical technicians who work in the Farms.


“The new ambulance is more than just a vehicle used to deliver our crew and the patients to the hospital,” Miller said. “It represents the long-term partnership that has been built by the City leadership, Cottage and the Henry Ford Health System, and Medstar. We are proud of our years of service to this community, and we are excited to commit this new resource for use by our Grosse Pointe crews.”


Zehnpfennig reflected on the EMS crews housed at Cottage and the close relationship between the paramedics and the emergency department staff.  “Having the ambulance station at Cottage is a great tie between our emergency department and the City; and the working relationship between the EMS providers and our staff leads to smooth transitions in patient care, and a valuable awareness of each other’s role in the care continuum.”   Medstar has stationed the ambulance at the hospital since the early 1990s as part of an agreement to provide advanced life support services to the Farms.


The ambulance is a 2011 Ford Modular unit, and is fully equipped with the latest high-tech lifesaving equipment, technology, and safety devices.  Medstar paramedics can speak directly with Emergency Department physicians, and can now transmit a 12-lead ECG directly from patient residents or scenes to the hospital, enabling earlier critical intervention when the patient arrives.  The unit is also equipped with a wide array of emergency medications and advanced airway management equipment.  The ambulance and equipment is valued at $125,000.


Mayor Farquhar added “Our community understands the value of advanced life support for our residents, and the partnership between the City, Cottage, and Medstar has long proven to be the most effective way to deliver the highest level of care to our residents and visitors when they need it most.”  The city provides a $100,000 annual subsidy to Medstar, and Cottage makes the station space available to the city.


“The arrangement in Grosse Pointe Farms is a great example of a community partnership that is focused on providing the best care with highly trained and well equipped personnel, and offsetting the operating expenses through small subsidies and community resources,” said Miller.  “The Farms is not a high transport volume area, so the subsidy and station housing, in addition to patient revenue, allows us to continue to invest in training for our personnel, state of the art clinical equipment, and new, safe vehicles such as the one we are dedicating today.”

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