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Congressman Richard E. Neal and Highland Ambulance Service to Announce Purchase of Life-saving Cardiac Monitors

January 16, 2013
Press Release
CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL AND HIGHLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE TO ANNOUNCE PURCHASE OF LIFE-SAVING CARDIAC MONITORS
Neal to Join Highland Ambulance Service for Federal Grant Announcement
(SPRINGFIELD) Congressman Richard E. Neal will join Highland Ambulance Service Director Michael Rock and emergency service personnel to announce a $73,483 federal Department of Homeland Security Grant to be used for purchasing two LifePak-15 cardiac monitors. The event is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, January 17 at 1:15.
"The closest Level 1 hospital is on average 50 minutes away and sometimes longer," said Rock. "The award of this grant will prove to be a life saver for many of our residents for years to come. The purchase of the monitors was not a reasonably obtainable goal with our limited financial resource as small rural service. The award of this grant was the only way."

The LifePak-15 cardiac monitors have the necessary technology that is recommended by the American Heart Association to provide pre-hospital acute care for cardiac patients.

"I commend Mike and Highland Ambulance Service for their exemplary application in what is an extremely competitive process," said Neal. "These cardiac monitors will play a key role in ensuring the health and safety of the residents of the Hilltowns."

Highland Ambulance is the primary ambulance service provider for the towns of Ashfield, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Plainfield and Williamsburg. Highland also provides primary back-up in the town of Worthington in support of Hilltown Ambulance of Huntington. Highland's service area covers a population of approximately 8000 residents spread out over 160 square miles. Highland has 36 members including 12 Paramedics and 24 EMT's.

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