Moroni ambulance receives ‘Extraordinary Save’ award

January 31, 2019 GMT

MT. PLEASANT — Sanpete Valley Hospital recently recognized Moroni Ambulance as the recipients of the hospital’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Extraordinary Save award. The program was originally launched in October 2014, in an ongoing effort from the hospital to acknowledge the heroic work of Sanpete County’s EMS and ambulance team.

“Having literally been born and raised in this business of health care; and observing the delivery of pre-hospital, trauma and in-patient services around the western United States, I can say that the care we have available to our community, is as good as anything I have seen. We want to recognize our EMS team for this “fantastic save;” they came together for your benefit. We value our EMS team and realize that they often serve with little recognition and minimal thanks,” stated Aaron Wood, Sanpete Valley Hospital’s CEO.

Moroni Ambulance was selected for the award based on their large role in helping turn what could have been a tragic event into an extraordinary story.

On Sept.29, 2018, Moroni EMS was dispatched to a motorcycle accident. Bystanders were first on the scene and were invaluable in their assistance prior to the arrival of Moroni EMS.

Upon arrival, Moroni EMS team members: Heather Pecora, Joshua Pecora, Sean Rawlings, Verle Newling, and Alta Lynne Rasmussen immediately assessed the situation and made the call to Sanpete Valley Hospital initiating a Trauma 1 activation, who then dispatched Utah Valley Hospital, which resulted in Life Flight’s arrival, shortly after the EMS team entered Sanpete Hospital’s Emergency Room doors.

The Emergency Room physician Dr. Brett Johnson and Kent Chapman PA-C; met the EMS Team at the door, along with Dr. David Krzymowski, Trauma Director of Sanpete Hospital and General Surgeon; and their team of nurses, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians and lab personnel; ready and standing by to perform primary assessments of the patient.

“All trauma services were ready upon patient arrival. I want to give a shout-out to our Emergency Medical Team.” Directing the last part of his comment to Luis Garcilazo, he stated, “You are alive because of the care they provided,” said Kent Chapman PA-C. EMS Alta Lynne Rasmussen added, “The bystanders on the scene were also a large contributor to the success of this story.”

Dr. David Krzymowski brought a close to the evening by directly addressing the EMS team stating, “There are probably few people who do all you do for our community.” Luis and his wife, Carmen, gave an emotional heartfelt thanks to all who had assisted in the miracle of Luis still being alive today. Gratitude and a positive attitude by Luis have noticeably aided in his continued recovery.

The evening was complete by recognizing the retirement of Les Haskins, who has been an EMT since 1993, served as both a supervisor and president of the North Sanpete Ambulance Association (NSAS). Haskins is a certified CPR and EMT Instructor and taught for 10 years. He has worked very hard to get the service to where it is today.

About Sanpete Valley Hospital

Sanpete Valley Hospital is dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare for Sanpete County including general surgery, imaging, respiratory, sleep studies, and lab services, OBGYN, as well as technology-driven telehealth services to help patients stay close to home for their care. A Level Four Trauma-Designated, Critical Access Hospital, Sanpete Valley Hospital has recently been presented with the 2016 HealthInsight Quality Award, recognized by the National Rural Health Resource Center for the hospital’s behavioral/mental health efforts. Sanpete Valley Hospital is part of Intermountain Healthcare – a Utah-based not-for-profit healthcare system. For more information, visit www.SanpeteHospital.org.