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Finger Lakes Health News 2016
SSMH Annual Fund Raising Dollars for Medic 55
The Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital Annual Fund of the Finger Lakes Health Foundation will support replacement of the Medic 55 Advanced Life Support vehicle, operated out of the Emergency Department at S&S.

Medic 55 responded to 870 emergencies in Yates County during 2015, providing vital first response and care in our rural service area. Medic 55 operates 18 hours a day (6 a.m.-midnight), 7 days a week, 365 days per year. The vehicle responds with highly trained critical care technicians and/or paramedics with state-of-the-art equipment to assist local ambulance corps at the scene of emergencies -- ultimately extending the highest level of emergency care possible in the field. The Medic 55 Advanced Life Support Unit brings the Emergency Department to your home or accident.

Medic 55 works in partnership with Penn Yan Area Volunteer Ambulance, Dundee Emergency Squad and Middlesex Volunteer Ambulance and on occasion has worked with other ambulance corps outside of the county. Medic 55 is dispatched through the Yates County Communication (911) Center, when the dispatcher determines, via a series of questions that the severity of the emergency warrants it.

The Medic 55 program is nearly 20 years old. It was the first hospital-based ALS Unit in New York State. The first vehicle was purchased via a grant secured by then Yates County Emergency Medical Services Coordinator Gary Garverick.

“We believe a gift to the Finger Lakes Health Foundation gives you an opportunity to personally help save lives,” notes Lisa Ventura, director, Major and Annual Gifts, Finger Lakes Health Foundation.

Lara Chatel Turbide, vice president, Community Services, Finger Lakes Health, and executive director, Finger Lakes Health Foundation, explains that the 2016 Annual Campaigns are focused on raising funds for critical, lifesaving technology that touches nearly every patient treated in Finger Lakes Health’s hospitals, nursing homes and physician offices.

The annual campaigns include: the Finger Lakes Health Annual Fund, which supports the area of greatest need across the health system; the Geneva General Hospital (GGH) Annual Fund and the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital (SSMH) Annual Fund. Goals for 2016 for the fund are: $50,000 for the Finger Lakes Health Fund; $450,000 for the GGH Fund and $100,000 for the SSMH Fund. Donations can be designated for a specific project, like the Medic 55 vehicle, or for the area of greatest need. Those who have questions about how to support a project or piece of equipment should contact the Foundation at (315) 787-4050.

To make a contribution to the Medic 55 campaign or one of the other Foundation campaigns, send a check, payable to the Finger Lakes Health Foundation, to the Foundation Office, 196 North Street, Geneva, NY, 14456. Note the fund or project being supported on check. Or, visit our website at and click on “Make a Donation”.

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