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Monongahela Valley Hospital Helps First Responders

Emergency First Responders

Emergency Department Medical Director Brenda Walther, MD, and ED Director Kelly Macheska, RN, BSN, open the first aid kits with Carroll Twp. Police Chief Paul Brand and Monongahela Police Chief Brian Tempest. Monongahela Valley Hospital donated two kits to each department to provide their officers with emergency first aid supplies.
(May 7, 2013 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital recently donated four first responder kits to the Carroll Township and Monongahela police departments to equip the local police cruisers with emergency first aid supplies.

The sturdy, compact kits contain supplies one might need when arriving first on the scene of an accident, such as a CPR mask, instant glucose, bandages, cold packs, a stethoscope, distilled water, blood pressure cuff, ace bandages, gloves and a flashlight to examine eyes.

MVH will replenish the first aid supplies as needed.

"We learned through Carl Crawley Jr. (MVH Board of Trustees and Board of Directors member) that the Monongahela police had received first aid training but did not have the supplies in their vehicles in case of an emergency," said Linda Zidek, BSN, RH, PHRN, pre-hospital coordinator for MVH. "Because we also work so closely with Carroll Twp. Police, we decided to put kits together for both departments."

"The main thing is for first responders to have the best supply kits possible with the best tools in them," said Kelly Macheska, MVH ED director. "We do value our police and if there is something we can do to help them, we want to do it; plus it ultimately helps our community."

"I was just hoping for a plastic bag with some BandAids," joked Monongahela Police Chief Brian Tempest. "I'm glad Carl called; MVH really did a great job putting these together for us and they will really help - we're often the first to arrive on a scene."

"I can't say enough good about our partnership with the hospital," said Carroll Twp. Police Chief Paul Brand. "We just finished up the Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and that was a huge success. We all work so well together. This (donation) is really great."

In February, MVH donated two portable Panasonic Toughbook® computers to the Carroll Twp. Police Department for its cruisers.

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