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Narberth Ambulance is comprised of over eighty members who volunteer their time and services to provide 9-1-1 emergency care to Lower Merion, Narberth, Conshohocken, and West Conshohocken. Of those members, 30 are state certified paramedics, and the remainder are state certified E.M.Ts.
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Narberth Ambulance’s Visionary Leadership Team to be Enhanced by New Executive Director (Former Paramedic) John Roussis
Ardmore, PA – As John Roussis walked back into Narberth Ambulance on January 9, he also stepped into a new role at the emergency medical services organization where he previously served 10 years as a paramedic. Roussis has been appointed Narberth Ambulance’s new Executive Director, a position which marries his passion for EMS with the administrative expertise he has honed during a 20 year career with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
In his new role as Executive Director at Narberth Ambulance, Roussis’ top priority will be to create a diversified fundraising and public awareness campaign to ensure that Narberth Ambulance has the resources needed to continue the state-of-the-art emergency service care it provides the 145,000 residents of Lower Merion Township, Haverford Township and the boroughs of Narberth, Conshohocken, and West Conshohocken.
Roussis will also be in charge of strengthening the management of infrastructure by working closely with Narberth Ambulance’s Board of Directors to set objectives and goals for the organization, direct the work of completing the strategic plan, update policies and procedures, and review all processes.
His third key responsibility as Executive Director will be evaluating and managing Narberth Ambulance’s budget.
Roussis’ career at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has prepared him well for his responsibilities at Narberth Ambulance.
Serving most recently as Physician Liaison, Roussis marketed Jefferson’s Transfer Center and service lines to referring physicians and health systems, and fostered strategic relationships to increase inpatient transfers and identify patient transfer and transport opportunities. He was also responsible for marketing plan development, the coordination of educational programs and securing sponsorships.
In his past role at Jefferson’s Transfer Center as Communications Center Manager and Outreach Coordinator, Roussis managed the day-to-day operations of the Transfer Center, served as a liaison for referring institutions and developed marketing and outreach strategies for multiple departments.
Roussis’ seasoned experience as an administrator has been punctuated by his continued commitment to serving as a medic. While at Jefferson he served as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic and he represented Jefferson at regional EMS forums and medical advisory committees.
Roussis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Philadelphia University. He is a member of the National Registry of Paramedics, the Association of Air Medical Services, and is certified as a Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE), and Flight Paramedic-Certified (FP-C). Roussis resides in Secane, PA.
“Serving as a paramedic at Narberth Ambulance between 1998 and 2008 advanced my skills on the clinical side, while my time at Jefferson helped me grow as an administrator,” says Roussis. “I was able to see the ins and outs of EMS from a new perspective and I am excited about my future with Narberth Ambulance.”
Roussis is looking forward to continuing and advancing community education when he steps into his new role at Narberth Ambulance. “To continue being a viable EMS organization, we must ensure our community understands the full breadth of the services we provide,” says Roussis.
Former Board President Returns to Leadership Role
Roussis’ appointment is not the only change for Narberth Ambulance’s leadership team in 2017. David Zaslow, J.D., EMT-P has also returned to his previous position as President of the Board of Directors, which he last held in 2013. As a member of the non-profit organization for 32 years, Zaslow has served in almost all the positions within the department and has seen 22 years on the Board. During his previous eight years as president, Zaslow oversaw the organization’s expansion into Conshohocken and West Conshohocken Boroughs and continued service in Lower Merion Township and Narberth. He was then instrumental in the recent expansion of services into Haverford Township which commenced on November 1, 2016. Zaslow works as a trial lawyer who chairs the Litigation Practice Group at Philadelphia based White and Williams, LLP. He is most proud of his continued involvement responding to calls as a 25 year seasoned paramedic for the organization.
According to Zaslow, his return to the role of President was an easy decision knowing he would be supported by the strong leadership team of Executive Director John Roussis, Chief of Operations Chris Flanagan, and Medical Director Ben Usatch. “We all share a vision for the success and sustainability of Narberth Ambulance that makes stepping back into the role of Board President a true pleasure. Our team wears one uniform and has one mission – to be the best” said Zaslow.
Strong Leaders Continue
As the Chief of Operations, Chris Flanagan will be collaborating with Roussis and Zaslow to continue the positive work of Narberth Ambulance. Flanagan has served as Chief of Operations for over 25 years and is responsible for supporting Narberth Ambulance’s “state of readiness,” overseeing the station, operations and training, and planning for the future of the organization. His team focuses on community engagement, which includes developing health, wellness and educational programs. He is a past recipient of the PA Department of Health Volunteer of the Year award, and is a volunteer firefighter in the Lower Merion Fire Department, and a career Lieutenant in the Radnor Police Department.
Medical Director Dr. Ben Usatch is the longest serving member with 33 years within the organization. Usatch works to prepare EMTs and paramedics at Narberth Ambulance for all medical circumstances and emergencies. He heads Narberth Ambulance’s Physician Responder program, which allows emergency physicians to assist EMS responders at the scene of critical incidents. He also holds the position of Deputy Chief of the Emergency Department at Lankenau Medical Center, and he was recognized as one of the area’s “Top Doctors” in 2015 by Main Line Today in the Emergency Medicine category.
“This is a stellar team of leaders,” says Zaslow. “As the organization heads towards its 75th anniversary, this team will continue the efforts of Narberth Ambulance in keeping the community safe in emergency circumstances and providing effective educational outreach and awareness.”
To learn more about Narberth Ambulance, including ways to volunteer or donate to the organization, please call (610) 645-7770, or visit www.narberthambulance.org
THE TOWNSHIP OF HAVERFORD SELECTS NARBERTH AMBULANCE AS
911 SERVICE PROVIDER: PREPPING FOR A NOVEMBER TRANSITION BEGINS THIS SUMMER
Haverford, PA…Following months of research and proposal reviews, the Township of Haverford is pleased to announce that it has selected Narberth Ambulance to partner with in providing 911 emergency medical services to its 49,500-member community.
Under its service agreement, pre-hospital emergency care and medical transport will be provided 24/7 by two dedicated Narberth Ambulance Units, each staffed by a paramedic team based in the Township of Haverford. Also at the ready will be additional Narberth Ambulance units available as backup if required.
Though the official transition to Narberth Ambulance will not occur until November, Haverford Township’s EMS Director and Narberth Ambulance is devoting the summer to transitioning and recruiting emergency providers to serve the Township, orienting, prepping new vehicles and finalizing paperwork with county and state agencies. Narberth Ambulance is also working in close collaboration with the Township’s Director of Paramedics, Jim McCans, to ensure that the switch from its current service to a partnership with Narberth Ambulance is seamless.
Founded in 1944, Narberth Ambulance, a nonprofit organization, serves 95,000 community members living in Lower Merion, Narberth, Conshohocken and West Conshohocken. Annually, the organization responds to 6,000 calls for emergency medical and advanced lifesaving support services. Narberth Ambulance has received local and national recognition for its single-source EMS physicians unit, the first and only one of its kind. A staff of 21 full-timers, 30 part-timers and 65 volunteers serve the community. More positions will be created to support the needs of the Township of Haverford.
Haverford Township receives approximately 3,600 emergency calls per year. The decision to enhance the level of emergency services available to citizens led to an RFP (request for proposal) process which yielded four interested ambulance service providers. All provided written proposals and conducted formal presentations.
Township Manager Larry Gentile was very familiar with Narberth Ambulance at the time he received their proposal since he had previously served the Township as Director of Emergency Medical Services and Director of Emergency Management.
“Narberth Ambulance’s reputation is stellar. They will bring so much more than 911 services to our Township. Their physician response team is outstanding, they are committed to community engagement, and they make educating the public about safety a priority,” said Gentile.
Narberth Ambulance Chief Christopher Flanagan shares Gentile’s enthusiasm for this new collaboration between the Township of Haverford and Narberth Ambulance. “Our EMS and paramedic team is so excited. Haverford is a one of the finest and largest first class townships in the state. It is an honor to be selected to provide 911 services here, along with the municipalities we currently serve,” Flanagan said.
Photo Caption: Delighted about the collaboration between Haverford Township and Narberth Ambulance are (front row, left to right): Christopher Flanagan, Narberth Ambulance Chief; David Zaslow Esq., Narberth Ambulance Board of Directors; Larry Gentile, Haverford Township Manager; Jim McGarrity, 7th Ward Haverford Township Commissioner. Also, (back row, left to right): Patrick Doyle, Narberth Ambulance Executive Director; Al Davey, Narberth Ambulance Deputy Chief; Dr. Joe Bushra, Narberth Ambulance Deputy Medical Director; Dr. Ben Usatch, Narberth Ambulance Chief Medical Director; Mario Oliva, 2nd Ward Haverford Township Commissioner; Jim McCans, Haverford Township Director of Paramedics; and Kevin McCloskey, Esq., 3rd Ward Haverford Township Commissioner.
Narberth Ambulance to Offer EMS Summer Camp for Kids
Only Thirty Slots Available for June 21-24 Camp Program
The camp is designed to teach young participants the ins and outs of firefighting, police work, first aid and rescue services.
Press Release: Ardmore, PA…Fingerprinting, a visit from a medical helicopter and a chance to meet an arson-detecting dog – this is definitely not an ordinary summer camp for kids. Parents looking for a unique learning opportunity for their children are encouraged to check out the Narberth Ambulance Emergency Medical Services Camp, being held for the first time this summer. The camp is designed to teach young participants the ins and outs of firefighting, police work, first aid and rescue services.
The all-day camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21-24 at Narberth Ambulance (101 Sibley Ave. in Ardmore) and is designed for children ages 10 to 14. The $150 registration fee covers the cost of camp, a T-shirt and a water bottle.
“Kids will be engaged in all types of hands-on activities,” said Marie Eckman, Narberth’s Lieutenant of Operations. “They’ll have the opportunity to visit the 911 Center to see how it works, and go into a smoke trailer and learn how to crawl in and get back out safely.”
Other exciting events during the four-day camp include:
- A visit from a medical helicopter and its on-flight crew, who will explain when this form of emergency transportation is necessary;
- Fingerprinting, bike safety, stranger danger, first aid and CPR will be conducted by the local police department; and An arson dog, owned by a local fire chief, and a drug-sniffing police dog, will visit students as they learn about how the dogs are used.
Narberth Ambulance Chief Christopher Flanagan said the camp is not only a fun adventure for children, but also a way for Narberth Ambulance to engage with the local community. “We want to enrich our young people and to help them see what we do as a career or volunteer opportunity,” he said. “We also want to connect with and educate the community so they know what we do every day.”
Flanagan said he has seen other public safety camps and decided something similar would be a great idea for the communities served by Narberth Ambulance. “The most important thing is that the kids have fun, and we hope parents are better informed at the end of it,” he said. “It also serves a purpose for our staff in that it shows them a different way to engage with the community in an educational way – by working with its youngest citizens.”
A maximum of 30 children can be enrolled in the program, so early registration is recommended. For more information or to register, stop by the station, located at 101 Sibley Ave. in Ardmore, or email Marie Eckman at MarieEckman@narberthambulance.org. Application deadline is June 14.
Narberth Ambulance crew marks EMS week in communities
As part of a string of events the company was holding, crew members were scheduled to read to children at a couple of Lower Merion libraries and visit other locations throughout the week.
Tuesday morning, Albert Davey, deputy chief of Narberth Ambulance, and Josh Cohen, a crew chief with Narberth Ambulance, spent time reading books with children at Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr before showing about 50 kids and their caregivers the inside of an ambulance parked outside.
Davey read a Cat in the Hat book called “Inside Your Outside: All about the Human Body” and “Don’t Dance in my Ambulance” before the group explored the ambulance in the parking lot.
“We are proud to be the sole 9-1-1 emergency medical services provider ‘called to care” on the 95,000 residents we serve,” Chief Christopher B. Flanagan said in a statement. “EMS Week is the perfect time for us to showcase what we do and to educate others on how they can support our mission.”
Crews were also scheduled to be at the Ardmore Dunkin Donuts on Greenfield Avenue Wednesday at 9 a.m. and then at the Bala Library in Bala Cynwyd on the same day at 10:30 a.m. for another book reading.
Thursday they were planning on having crews at Ricklin’s Hardware in Narberth Thursday at 5 p.m. Finally, on Saturday they were planning on being at the Ardmore Community Health Fair at Vernon Young Park on Ardmore Avenue from noon to 3 p.m.
Main Line Health’s Pre-Hospital Services Department presented a check to Narberth Ambulance for the purchase of upgraded Wi-Fi modems used in the transmission of 12-lead EKGs from the field.
A number of years ago, MLH had purchased the original modems, but in February, Verizon discontinued 2G service on which these modems operated. MLH became aware that they needed to be upgraded and stepped in to help support this vital need in our shared community.
Photo: (From left) Ian Stoddart, Battalion chief, Narberth Ambulance Corp; Chris Knaff, System Director, Pre-Hospital Services; Patrick A. Doyle Sr, Narberth Ambulance Executive Director; and A J Schifferli, Narberth Ambulance EMT.
Media Release- Narberth Ambulance Volunteer Physicians Recognized as “2015 Top Doctors”
Ardmore, PA…Narberth Ambulance has known for years the value of its volunteer physician response program. Now, two of its physician team members – Drs. Ben Usatch and Joseph Bushra – are receiving some well-deserved regional recognition for their efforts by Main Line Today magazine.
Drs. Usatch and Bushra have been named among the area’s finest physicians for 2015 by Main Line Today in the Emergency Medicine category. Each year, the publication compiles a list of the top doctors in their specialties. Candidates are selected based on votes from other licensed Pennsylvania doctors. Doctors are not permitted to vote for themselves.
“It is essential to have a team that not only evaluates our emergency medical services (EMS) protocols, but also works individually with paramedics and EMTs to make them better,” said Narberth Ambulance Chief of Operations Chris Flanagan. “This award solidifies what we already know – we care about community and care about the providers’ work on the street; hence, the training and support we get from these two doctors and the entire Narberth Ambulance physician response team.
Dr. Usatch has been involved in EMS for more than 35 years. He serves as Narberth Ambulance’s Medical Director, and holds the position of Montgomery County Regional Medical Director. Dr. Bushra has been involved with EMS for more than 15 years and serves as the Deputy Medical Director for Narberth Ambulance. He also works as an attending physician and is the Director of the Lankenau Hospital Emergency Department. Both physicians work with Narberth Ambulance in a strictly volunteer capacity.
Flanagan said the doctors are responsible for training Narberth Ambulance’s paramedics in advanced care and its EMTs in basic care. One of the keys to Narberth’s clinical excellence is the emphasis on training. The members are regularly educated in cutting edge life support techniques and procedures. Charts are rigorously reviewed to assure the highest of standards for all care rendered. Providers are given timely feedback and educational initiatives are developed around the quality assurance process.
“Under their leadership, Narberth Ambulance has the first and only single-source EMS physicians unit,” said Flanagan. “Not only do they volunteer, but they take turns with the six other volunteer doctors that take the truck and are on the streets working with us to save lives and to help our medics and EMTs improve.”
Drs. Usatch and Bushra said they are pleased to be able to volunteer their expertise with Narberth Ambulance to help provide quality emergency medical services to area citizens.
“There are very few areas of greater satisfaction in my job as an Emergency Medical Physician than working with the talented professionals from this organization,” said Dr. Usatch. “After 35 years, I remain in awe of the care rendered and the lives saved.”
“It is an honor to work with the outstanding caregivers of Narberth Ambulance,” added Dr. Bushra. “Our collaboration supports the excellent care delivered in the field, and enables a seamless transition to the hospital environment. The end result is the best possible care for the patient.”
The complete article on 2015’s Top Doctors can be found at www.mainlinetoday.com.
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In 2014 Narberth Ambulance was dispatched to over 6100, 9-1-1 calls within the Townships and Boroughs we serve.
As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, Narberth Ambulance’s mission is to provide the highest quality pre-hospital emergency care and medical transportation for our communities.
Narberth Ambulance members serve the community 24/7/365. Narberth Ambulance receives a very small percentage of its annual operating budget from public sources.
We rely on your on-going generous donations to our membership drive, contributions, grant/foundation awards and gifts-in-kind in order to sustain our operations.