June 1, 2014
Dear Town of Union Friends and Neighbors,
It is hard to believe a year has passed since our return to an annual appeal campaign in 2013. This campaign, held in honor of our 40th year of service, was highly successful and demonstrated our community’s support of our mission to provide the Town of Union with innovative, high quality emergency medical services with care and compassion. Your support provided more than $50,000 in donations to UVES, which was utilized to support a number of initiatives that enable us to continue serving you, our Community.
As we enter into our 41st year of service in 2014, we find ourselves persevering in our commitment to the Town of Union and again seek your continued support for our overall success.
Your generous donations helped support many of our initiatives in 2013, including:
- Responses to more than 7,800 requests for service- 98% of your 9-1-1 EMS requests were answered by UVES, and 90% of these in the Town’s 36 square miles were answered within10 minutes
- Deployment of a new electronic patient care reporting program
- Took delivery of two new ambulances providing new technology for safe transport of our patients
- Deployed new Pediatric Car Seats for use in all UVES ambulances
- Added new emergency airway management tools for use in securing difficult airways.
- Supported two new members enrolling in the Paramedic program at SUNY Broome, providing tuition reimbursement for their endeavor
- Increased the number of community members trained in CPR, exceeding 1,100 students
- Worked directly with the Broome County Health Department, United Health Services, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Susquehanna Regional EMS Council to create the HeartSafe Community program. Goal is to certify the Town of Union as a HeartSafe community in 2015.
- Delivered new training to members for Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Advanced Medical Life Support and Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (more than 40 hours of combined training) to more than 20 members.
- Completed four car seat installation clinics in our first year for our Child Safety Passenger Seat Program.
- Adopted the NHTSA bicycle safety program for use by our bicycle safety technicians.
This list only represents a small number of our accomplishments last year, and we continue working on our goals for 2014 and beyond. Some of our key objectives for 2014 are:
- Certify an additional three members as Child Passenger Safety Technicians.
- Conduct six car seat installation clinics
- Achieve recognition as a HEARTSafe workplace
- Expand delivery to the community of “Hand’s Only” CPR training
- Replace our 10 year old Quick Response Vehicle
- Work with the Town of Union to achieve HEARTSafe community recognition
- Recruit 15 new members certified as NYS EMT’s
- Upgrade equipment used in caring for our smallest (pediatric) community members
- Continue to improve upon educational initiatives for members
- Establish mechanisms to obtain patient feedback
- Repair our training room facilities
As you can see, UVES has been busy committing ourselves to continuous improvements for you- Our Community. The programs and improvements represent only a handful of what we have accomplished, and will continue to accomplish through 2014. Through your tax deductible donation to UVES you will become a partner with us to continue serving your emergency healthcare needs.
Board of Directors
Union Volunteer Emergency Squad
Robert Donahue, President Robert Brady, Vice President
Patti Willis, Treasurer Joseph P. Nirchi, Secretary
Christine Kisacky, Director Bill Mooney, Director
Paul Burnett, Director Jim O’Brien, Director
Salvadore Julian, Director Lynn Struzinsky, Director
Dr. Dennis Sweeney, Director Laura Kotsubka, Director