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Invitational Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Emergency Services

by Susquehanna Health

Thirty teams and sponsors raised more than $134,800 to purchase CAREpoint Workstations and equipment at the 35th Annual Susquehanna Health Invitational Golf Tournament held August 8 at the Williamsport Country Club.

Over the past 35 years, the tournament has raised more than $1.85 million to benefit Susquehanna Health. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will aid in the purchase of CAREpoint Workstations and equipment. CAREpoint is an integrated and centralized communication product designed to coordinate hospital and prehospital care. The CAREpoint Workstations will fully integrate the three Susquehanna Health emergency departments with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) activities in Lycoming and Tioga Counties. The equipment allows for direct messaging from EMS units in the field to the hospital and provides secure transmission of patient information to the hospital. Emergency service providers in the counties cover more than 2,300 square miles and provide ambulance and volunteer fire services to 158,600 people.

“It is essential for EMS to have a direct communication link to the hospital emergency department (ED) and physicians in order to coordinate the highest quality care for the patient,” said Timothy Shumbat, Director of Prehospital Services at Susquehanna Health. “Effective communication is important due to the advancements in treatment for many serious conditions. Every second counts for our patients and to make the most of the time we have, coordination is critical between the EMS providers and the hospital. The rural nature of our region presents many unique challenges, especially when it comes to communicating from the field to the hospital. CAREpoint offers us the most current technology to verbally communicate and transmit tests, such as electrocardiograms used for diagnosing heart attacks and heart events, from the field before the patient arrives at the hospital. This saves time and lives because our ED staff is prepared for the patient when they come through the doors.”