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Annual membership drive for Medic 2 underway

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Mark Miller is among the Medic 2 personnel who are stationed at the Rescue Hose Co. in Greencastle in the event of an emergency in the local community.

The Advance Life Support Unit Medic 2 has kicked off its annual membership drive for the membership year of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Area residents can expect to receive their membership application in the mail within the next week. A Medic 2 membership ensures that a member will not be responsible for any balance for services not covered by insurance. Memberships are a source of funding that keeps Medic 2 providing life-saving emergency services 365 days a year.

In a split second – about the time it takes to blink your eye – an accident, injury or other health issues can change your life forever. For over 30 years, local residents of southern Franklin County and portions of Washington, Adams and Frederick counties have counted on Medic 2 to treat and help save the lives of thousands. With our trained responders, you can rest assured knowing that emergency care is available to you and those you love 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Another benefit of having a membership is it will cover inter-facility transports in Medic 2's Mobile Intensive Care Unit from the Waynesboro Hospital to another care center, such as Hershey Medical Center or Johns Hopkins. Again the membership will help offset any outstanding balance you may incur from what insurance companies do not cover.

Medic 2 was founded in 1983 as a specialized emergency ambulance service for those suffering from a serious illness or injury. It was originally operated by the Emergency Room staff of the Waynesboro Hospital.

Today we have medics stationed at the Greencastle and Mercersburg fire stations as well as the Waynesboro hospital. Paramedics are able to perform on-board functions such as cardiac monitoring, airway management, provision of intravenous fluids, drug management, and other advanced emergency care both on the scene and en route to the hospital.

At the time of a sudden onset of a life threatening medical emergency, Medic 2 is called simultaneously with local ambulance service. However Medic 2 is a separate operation and entity of its own and IS NOT affiliated with any of the ambulance squads from Waynesboro, Mont Alto, Blue Ridge Summit, Greencastle, Mercersburg, or South Mountain. Medic 2 will treat patients in need of advanced level of care, bringing many of the capabilities of the Emergency Room to the patient.

The board of directors for Medic 2 encourages memberships with both local ambulance companies along with a membership with Medic 2 in order to have the peace of mind deserved in knowing there will be coverage when medical attention is needed.

For more information, contact executive director Dennis Shockey at 762-1283 or by e-mail at Medic2@innernet.net