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Marshfield Clinic donation supports St. Germain Firefighters Association purchase of a power stretcher

October 15, 2019

Marshfield Clinic Health System recently donated $2,500 to the St. Germain Firefighters Association toward the purchase of a new power cot and lift for their ambulance.

According to Marion Janssen, treasurer of the fire department and town treasurer, the ambulance has responded to over 290 emergency calls since July 2018 when the fire department took the lead in getting ambulance services for the community.

“The department is proud of our accomplishments and strives to provide excellent care for the ill and injured,” Janssen said. “To that end, we have identified a need to purchase a Stryker power stretcher for the ambulance.”

Lifting a patient and the stretcher back into the ambulance for transport requires a person or persons who can lift the stretcher plus the weight of the patient. The Stryker power cot and lift will provide added safety for patients and help to prevent injuries for the responding personal.

“It is difficult to lift a loaded stretcher and depending on the weight of the patient, it can injure the back of even the most fit person,” Janssen said. “Like all medical equipment, the cost of this stretcher is high — $53,785. When a new ambulance needs to be purchased, this stretcher can be removed from the existing and installed in the new.”

“Marshfield Clinic is proud to assist area emergency medical services,” said Mike Dowdy, chief administrative officer, Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua. “Our new hospital, now under construction, will offer our local EMS and our community a completely new and advanced Emergency Department capable of providing comprehensive emergency care to the community 24 hours a day.”

The hospital is on schedule for completion in spring 2020.

To assist in this fundraising, or would like more information, contact Janssen at [email protected] or 715-617-7743.

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