FMFCU Foundation donated $5,000 to support Mercy EMS’ fundraising campaign for the purchase of a new state-of-the-art chase car and cardiac monitor. To incentivize potential donors, donations made during a specific week of the campaign were matched by FMFCU Foundation up to $5,000 which generated an additional $6,000 in donations!

These vehicles make it possible for the team to maintain their less than 9 minutes call response rate. Paramedic Chief Larry Smythe describes the vehicle as having “the equipment of an emergency room” needed to save lives.

The special equipment they carry in the chase car also makes it possible for the paramedic team to communicate directly with the doctors in the emergency department about cardiac patients. 

Mercy EMS provides the 911 service of the Delaware County community–meeting the emergency needs of more than 80,000 residents. Mercy paramedics respond in fully-equipped Advanced Life Support (ALS) chase cars as well as staffs 7 local fire company ambulances.  In a year, this team responses to 15,000 emergency calls! In just the first 6 months of the pandemic, the team responded to 300+ COVID-19 suspected or confirmed cases putting their lives on the line to care for our community.

 

Mike Magnavita, FMCU President & CEO, and Rick Durante, FMFCU Foundation Executive Director, present a ceremonial check to Paramedic Chief Larry Smythe and Gina Kennedy, Director of Philanthropy at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Campus on November 24. Also pictured is the chase car partially funded by the Foundation.