Narberth Ambulance is a combination of volunteer and career emergency personnel. Narberth Ambulance provides 911 emergency medical services to the township of Lower Merion and the Boroughs of Narberth, Conshohocken and West Conshohocken.
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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.
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.
Media Release- Narberth Ambulance Preps and Delivers Turkey Dinners for Families in Need
(ARDMORE) PA) Narberth, PA…For most families on Thanksgiving, stuffing themselves with turkey and all the trimmings is an annual tradition. But for other families, there is little or no food to share around the table during the holiday.
According to current statistics, one out of every four people in the Greater Philadelphia area lives in poverty and is considered to be food insecure. Eager to support families in need within the communities it serves, Narberth Ambulance will be providing 50 complete turkeys and all the trimmings and desert to area families in need in our coverage area.
This is the fourth year that the non-profit pre-hospital care and medical transport organization has purchased and delivered turkey dinners to families in need in Lower Merion, Narberth, Conshohocken and West Conshohocken. The program is spearheaded by Marie Eckman, Lieutenant of Operations.
“Marie does a fabulous job organizing this event,” said Chris Flanagan, Chief of Operations. “She has identified and partnered with local organizations in each area served by Narberth Ambulance to ensure an equitable distribution of Thanksgiving meals.”
According to Eckman, the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving will be a busy days, with one shift of volunteers devoting time to packing up turkey dinners on Monday, and another helping to load them into Narberth Ambulance’s vehicles for delivery on Tuesday. “The hecticness is all worth it,” says Eckman. “It’s an honor and a privilege to support the communities that have been so supportive of Narberth Ambulance.”
ABOUT NARBERTH AMBULANCE
Narberth Ambulance is a nonprofit organization committed to providing high quality pre-hospital care and medical transportation to the 95,000 community members living in Lower Merion, Narberth, Conshohocken and West Conshohocken. Annually, Narberth Ambulance responds to 6,000 calls for emergency medical and advanced lifesaving support services. To learn more about Narberth Ambulance, visit www.narberthambulance.org.
Editor’s Note: Members of the media are invited to attend both or either event at Narberth Ambulance (101 Sibley Avenue, Ardmore, PA).
Monday, Nov. 23 – starting at 10 am: unloading groceries, packing up of turkey dinners.
Tues, Nov 24 – 5:45 pm- 6:30 pm – loading turkey dinners into Narberth Ambulance vehicles for delivery. For details, contact Leza Raffel at 215-884-6499. Post-event photos will be available to members of the media.
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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.