Emergency Medicine Coordination
Recognizing this fact, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, in cooperation with all of our surrounding towns, has developed an Emergency Medical System to provide the very best pre-hospital care to all patients.
Utilizing a system of centralized dispatch, Mutual Aide commands the most appropriate resources to every emergency. Most of our communities are served by volunteer ambulance squads. These devoted individuals have fulfilled many hours of training to be certified to provide Emergency Care as either a First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic, or EMT-Intermediate. They are supported by professional EMT-Paramedics from either the Keene Fire Department or DiLuzio's Ambulance Service when the patient's problem demands a higher level of pre-hospital care. Operating under protocols established by the State of New Hampshire Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and utilizing radio contact with physicians in the Emergency Department, these paramedics can deliver life saving therapies at the scene and en route to the hospital.
Key to Emergency Medical Services is the relationship between the Emergency Department staff and the rescuers. Working as a team, our pre-hospital, emergency department, and in-hospital personnel rely on each other completely. From first responder to ambulance crew to paramedic to emergency room staff to trauma surgeon, there is no separation in our efforts.
For all of us, patient care is our highest priority.