Medic 2 membership drive underway

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Denver Kerns, paramedic with Medic 2, serves Greencastle from the Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 station. The Waynesboro-based service provides advanced care for life-threatening medical emergencies.

The Advance Life Support Unit Medic 2 has kicked off its annual membership drive for the membership year of July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. 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.

Another benefit of membership is that 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 incurred from what insurance companies do not cover.

The service

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 Waynesboro Hospital.

Today medics are 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 the local ambulance company and Medic 2.

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