Community Paramedicine: Changing EMS as We Know It

“Community paramedicine is all about the patient and how we can positively impact their lives.”-Brian Randall NRP, Community Paramedic Gold Cross Ambulance When I think of EMS, I picture Police, Fire and EMT’s/Paramedics responding lights and sirens in response to a person calling 911. Scenes of a car accidents, a diabetic emergency or heart attack come to mind. The reality is a lot of times when responding to these patients, they don’t make it. Sometimes the death was completely avoidable […]

Meet the Medics Monday-Zip

Meet Mike Vanderperren.  Better known as “Zip” a nickname he got on his first day as a shift cadet at Gold Cross.  He has been an employee of Gold Cross since 1988, going on 31 years of full time service! He is the 1,143rd Paramedic to be licensed in the state of Wisconsin, making him one of the original Paramedics in the entire state! Zip, What is your favorite part about being a Paramedic? “The people I work with and […]

Emergency Vehicle Operation at Gold Cross: Keeping our Employees, Patients, and the Public Safe.

Happy Friday! Today, nine Gold Cross Ambulance Paramedics and EMTs, myself included, completed the EVOC refresher at Fox Valley Technical College Public Safety Training Center.  EVOC, or Emergency Vehicle Operation Course, is designed to teach Emergency Vehicle Drivers safe driving techniques for driving with or without lights and sirens.  Activities in the course include safe backing, serpentine maneuvers, emergency stopping, road recovery and accident avoidance. All Emergency Drivers are required to renew this certification every 2 years. From 1999-2011, there […]