The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

October 6, 2012

PRMC awarded AmBus for mass casualty care

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Palestine Regional Medical Center was recently awarded an AmBus designed to serve as mass casualty transportation.

The ambulance bus is licensed as a specialty emergency medical services vehicle and is capable of providing advanced medical transportation services during a large scale disaster. It is one of only eight assigned to the State of Texas.  

Palestine Regional Medical Center and its EMS will be the host for this vehicle. The AmBus also can be used to care for the sick and injured on-site, as well as transport emergency responders across a variety of incidents which may threaten the health and safety of those in the region and across the State of Texas.

“This is an exciting time for Palestine Regional EMS as we get to be a part of truly unique opportunity,” PRMC EMS Director Chuck Skinner said.

PRMC Chief Clinical Officer Christi Watkins and Skinner worked as a team to advocate for the placement of the AmBus at PRMC. The awards process began with The Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council (RAC-G) sending out a request for proposal in December of 2011 to all hospitals and EMS providers in the RAC-G region. PRMC submitted a letter of interest and request to host the AmBus. 

In June, PRMC was awarded the AmBus based on their capability to support emergency medical operations, when available, to respond to local, regional and state declared disaster areas, a PRMC news release said.

Palestine Regional EMS will ensure staffing to meet the state deployment requirement of up to six emergency medical personnel. Recommended staffing includes a driver (EMT), crew chief (paramedic), two paramedics and two emergency medical technicians at a one-to-four patient/caregiver ratio.

“The AmBus will primarily be used during a mass casualty incident, medical evacuations, state and regional training exercises and locally for special needs within Anderson County,” a PRMC news release said.  

The AmBus was on display to the public for the first time at National Night Out held Tuesday at Reagan Park.