Southcoast Health grant adds ambulance, gear to Wareham Emergency Medical Services

(l-r): Wareham Selectman Peter W. Teitelbaum, Tobey Hospital Emergency Department Manager Debra Gonsalves, Wareham Town Administrator Derek Sullivan, State Rep. Susan Williams Gifford, Wareham EMS Director David Evans, Southcoast Health President & CEO Keith Hovan, Southcoast Health Community Benefits Director Rachel Davis, Tobey Hospital Site Administrator Tonya Johnson, Dr. Michele Grossman, and first responders from the Wareham area

The town of Wareham’s Emergency Medical Services has strengthened its fleet with the addition of a third ambulance and significant upgrades to existing trucks, thanks to a $219,110 grant from Southcoast Health.

During a check presentation at Tobey Hospital, Wareham Emergency Medical Services Director David Evans said the third ambulance will have an “immediate positive impact” on response times, while the retrofitting of two other ambulances with Power Pro XT cots will improve efficiency during the seconds that matter most.

“Southcoast Health’s most recent investment in our community demonstrates their continued commitment to the town of Wareham,” Evans said. “All of this, combined with Southcoast’s $25 million emergency department expansion project at Tobey, ensures that the area’s residents will receive the highest-quality care and treatment from the very moment our first responders receive a distress call.”

The grant includes funding for four new stop-the-bleed kits as well as the HANDTEVY pediatric resuscitation system, officials announced.

“Our paramedics, EMTs, firefighters, and other first responders need and deserve every possible advantage when it comes to the truly amazing work they do day in and day out,” said State Rep. Susan Williams Gifford. “When not-for-profit charitable health systems like Southcoast step up and help municipalities gain those advantages through grants and alliances, there are far-reaching benefits throughout the community. Improving public health one patient at a time takes teamwork, and we are seeing that in action here.”

Southcoast Health President and CEO Keith Hovan agreed.    

“We are grateful for our regional EMS partnerships, and we know that strong collaboration and state-of-the-art advanced life support equipment can improve patient outcomes and ultimately save more lives,” Hovan said. “Working together, we will continue to address the critical needs of our most vulnerable residents – and continue making a meaningful impact on the health and wellness of southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.”