Mercy unveils state-of-the-art ambulance

Mercy Hospital recently added a new, state-of-the-art ambulance to its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department.

One of the hospital’s two ambulances, the custom-made ambulance replaces a 2000 vehicle with over 180,000 miles.

The public is invited to tour the new ambulance from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, September 27 at the Moose Lake Fire Hall. The tours will be held in conjunction with Mercy’s free Child Passenger Safety Clinic offered at the same time and location.

The new ambulance features a quiet, roomy interior built to Mercy’s specifications to increase efficiency and accessibility for staff members caring for emergency patients. The exterior is equipped with bright, alternating red and blue LED lights, along with a blue and yellow chevron on the back, making the ambulance more visible to other vehicles on the roadways.

"Our EMS staff is very excited about this state-of-the-art ambulance," said Sue Bengtson, EMS Supervisor. "The work environment for our EMTs and Paramedics in the new ambulance is much improved, with easier access to supplies and equipment which is critical when caring for emergency patients."

Bengtson also stressed the importance of the exterior improvements on the new ambulance. "The more visible we are, the safer we are," she explained.

Mercy’s EMS department answers 700 ambulance calls each year, providing emergency coverage for 700 square miles. The staff of 22 volunteer EMTs and paramedics is scheduled to provide 24-hour emergency coverage.

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