Hobart And William Smith CollegesHobart and William Smith Emergency Medical Services (HWS EMS)
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Hobart & William Smith Colleges
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY , 14456-3165
Organization Telephone: 315.781.4490
Total Enrollment : 2099
Undergrad Enrollment: 2091
Graduate Enrollment : 8
Campus Type: Urban
Students Living on Campus:
Heart Safe Community: no
Athletic Conference: Other
School Website: www.hws.edu
Year Founded: 2008
Volunteer Members: 32
Paid Administrator: No Paid Administrator
Portable AEDs: 2
Primary Coverage Area: Campus Wide
Number of QRS Vehicles: 1
Number of Golf Carts:
Number of Utility Vehicles:
Number of Bikes: 1
Number of Other Vehicles:
Total Vehicles: 2
Vehicle Details: 1999 Jeep Sport, supplemented by POVs.
Annual Call Volume: 190
% Of Calls On Campus: 100
% of Calls Off Campus:
Dispatch Method: Radio (No Tones)
Dispatched By: HWS Campus Safety
Average Response Time (min): 3
Medical Direction Prvided By: Stadning NYS Protocols with HWS EMS specific Policies & Procedures
Funding Sources: Hobart & William Smith Colleges Administration with additional private fund-raising
Training Offered: EMT-Basic course (available free of charge, 1 full college credit given). American Heart Association BLS CPR course offered as well.
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|1||HWS Celebrates Collegiate EMS Week
The Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Emergency Medical Service recently celebrated Collegiate EMS Week, a week-long recognition and celebration of campus-based EMS that provides an annual opportunity for awareness and education in college communities.
"We have found that not many people truly understand what we do. Collegiate EMS week is an attempt to better educate the community on the service we provide as well as attract new members," says Gibson McCullagh '12, the HWS EMS chief and program founder. "Also, for the second year we have participated in national collegiate CPR awareness day, a day spent encouraging individuals to recognize an individual in cardiac arrest, make the call for help and initiate chest compressions."
During the four-day celebration, spanning from Monday, Nov. 7 to Thursday, Nov. 10, EMS educated and challenged students on their knowledge of EMS. On Monday, EMS held a CPR awareness day in which members of EMS offered students the opportunity to see equipment that the group uses in their day-to-day duties as well as to learn about the "call and push" method. On Tuesday, a slide show on the TVs in the Scandling Campus Center showed the important work that EMS does for the campus and the larger HWS community. Wednesday brought a test of the campus' knowledge as surveys in Saga challenged their familiarity with EMS factoids, giving them the opportunity to win an "I Support HWS EMS" T-shirt.
"Students who make the significant commitment to be trained as and serve as EMT's learn the truest meaning of dedication to others," explains Vice President of Student Affairs Robert Flowers. "The EMTs possess leadership skills that set them apart from nearly all other students. The skills they gain to manage situations involving the worst of human conditions leave them extremely well suited for the realities of post-collegiate life. Our student-EMTs have the highest admiration of all members of the HWS community."
Nearly 30 students volunteer their time to provide professional and rapid 24/7 first response emergency medical service. Currently they are accepting applications and plan to accept nearly 10 more students for the spring EMS course. Working on an entirely volunteer basis, the typical EMT works one 15-hour shift, from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. every other week. Supervisory EMTs tend to work 24 hour shifts 1-2 times a week. "While our members do not get paid, we offer a range of incentives, including gear, free training, free parking and college-store credit," says McCullagh.
Since its inception in 2008, approximately 60 students have been a part of EMS. "We have grown dramatically since we started service in 2008," says McCullagh. "We responded to 49 calls our first semester, only working Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Now we have our own house, located at 420 Pulteney Street, wear full EMS uniforms, maintain a 1999 Jeep as our response vehicle, have a bike unit and have done 150 calls so far this semester, as we now operate 24/7 during the academic year."
As one of approximately 250 colleges nationwide with a student-run EMS organization, HWS EMS is responsible for training and educating all of their members in their methods and procedures. All of their new members go on to receive their New York State Emergency Medical Technician certification.
Featured in the photo above are Christina Hom '12, Zach Clark '14 and Mark Benya '14.
|2||Celebrate National EMS Week
Have you ever slipped on ice, had a bad allergic reaction, fallen down the steps, or for some other reason needed immediate medical assistance while at HWS? Chances are the first person to offer medical care was a member of HWS Emergency Medical Services team. The HWS EMS team has been providing emergency medical services to the Colleges since 2008, responding to emergency calls 24 hours a day during the academic year.
This week marks National Collegiate EMS week and is the first time that the national day is being celebrated at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The week, dedicated to celebrating the efforts and hard work of collegiate EMS programs all over the country, was endorsed by Congress and allows for EMS to highlight their on-campus activities and offer educational programs.
There are approximately 30 students who belong to HWS EMS, all of whom are volunteers that give their time to provide a service to the HWS and the greater Geneva communities. In order to provide the highest level of service, HWS EMS maintains a working relationship with both Res Ed and Campus Safety; as first-response medical technicians they maintain confidentiality and are concerned only providing immediate care for those in need.
"We are simply a group of students who want to help others in need and make sure that every injury or illness results in the best care and treatment," says EMS Chief and founder Gibson McCullagh '11.
Members of HWS EMS will be tabling in the Scandling Campus Center on Friday, Nov. 12 and they will offer CPR education (a non-certifying program), as well as answer questions. Anyone interested in joining the group should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|3||HWS proudly presents the Leader of the Month Award for April 2009 to Gibson McCullagh
Gibson McCullagh embodies the leadership skills and spirit that Hobart and William Smith students strive to achieve. Gibson is the captain of the HWS EMS group on campus. His dedication and leadership to this cause has been instrumental in the success of this group in its inaugural year.
Last year as a first year student Gibson dedicated himself to organizing a student EMS group for the HWS campus. With a team of supporters around him he put his plans into action at the beginning of this academic year. The interest and participation in the group has grown tremendously since its inception. The number of EMTs has more than doubled since the start of the program.
Becoming an EMS member is a rigorous process that requires students to participate in 120 hours of EMT training in a semester participate in required classroom sessions readings and practical medical training. Through their certification program they are able to provide important medical attention to their peers. The team of student EMTs take calls all hours of the day and night. Oftentimes the situations they come across can be difficult in nature but they always remain calm and professional. The student EMTs work closely with our own officers in Campus Safety.
The staff in the Campus Safety Office has been especially impressed with Gibson’s reliability professionalism and integrity. He stops by their office on a regular basis to “check in” and responds to calls in a timely manner. Gibson truly leads the EMS group by example. He sets high expectations for the students in this important role while being a role model among his peers. He started the EMS group from the group up and has built it into a respectable group on campus.
Overall Gibson is a leader at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and in the community in every sense of the word. For the dedication that Gibson has shown to making the HWS campus a safe place; we commend him. Our campus would not be the same without him! Congratulations!
|4||EMS Team Visits Philly
HWS Emergency Medical Service (EMS) sent four students –Cassandra Carnright ’10, Meredith Dean ’10, Gibson McCullagh ’11 and current captain of the group Timothy Horstman ’08 – to the 15th annual National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation (NCEMSF) Conference in Philadelphia earlier this semester. The two-day conference hosted nearly 90 student-run ambulance services and 750 college EMTs, giving students an opportunity to network with other student-EMTs about the programs at their schools. “It’s nice to see programs from other schools that have been around longer and to see what they’re doing,” says Carnright ’10.
The NCEMSF supports and promotes Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units on college and university campuses. Committed to the advancement of response groups, the foundation provides a forum for the exchange of ideas of campus-based emergency response issues. HWS EMS, founded three years ago by Horstman, recently added 17 new members, graduates of the Emergency Medical Technician class. The group also welcomed Jeremy Cushman ’96 , who is currently Senior Instructor in the Division of Emergency Medical Services, Department of Emergency Medicine, at the University of Rochester, as their medical director.
Though anyone is welcome to join HWS EMS, to be become an active member of the service, interested parties must undergo the HWS EMS application process and complete the EMT course if they have not done so already. Completion of the course indicates that the member is EMT certified by New York State and may respond to on-campus emergencies. “We welcome anyone who’s interested in joining,” says Horstman. “If there are any questions about anything, about the club or the course, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.” Beginning Orientation week of the fall 2008 semester, HWS EMS will begin active service, working with Campus Safety and the local emergency response units in response to on-campus medical emergencies. Applications will also be accepted in the fall for the spring 2009 EMT course. “We’re really excited about the possibilities for next semester,” says McCullagh, who has been elected next year’s captain.