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State-of-the-art ambulance at Banner Churchill helping to save lives


Banner Churchill Community Hospital ambulance FALLON, Nev. (Oct. 11, 2012) – Immediately upon passing its inspection, Banner Churchill’s newest ambulance was on its way to saving lives.

The new Freightliner ambulance, now the fifth in service for Banner Churchill, comes equipped with an array of state-of-the-art equipment including the ZOLL AutoPulse, a revolutionary mechanical CPR machine that provides hands-free chest compressions to patients.

Also included in the new ambulance are :

  • critical care dual monitors
  • water rescue equipment
  • extrication equipment for car accidents
  • a built-in car seat
  • and the most unique feature – the Power-LOAD cot fastener system, a hydraulic lift system which automatically lifts and lowers the patient in and out of the ambulance.

This new system is safer for both the patient and health care worker, providing better support for the patient and reducing the risk of back injury to the health care worker. According to Steve Tafoya, ambulance service senior manager at Banner Churchill, this is one of the few ambulances of its kind in the region to be outfitted with this piece of technology.

Tafoya says, “Our fleet is constantly on the road as we respond to about 3,500 emergency calls a year. This new ambulance, with our highly-skilled paramedics/EMT/EMS providers and all the equipment we have on board, is like having a hospital on wheels. It’s definitely going to help us cover the 5,900 miles we’re responsible for in Northern Nevada.”

If you’re interested in seeing more of Banner Churchill’s new ambulance and all of its innovative live-saving equipment, please contact Steve Tafoya at (775) 233-3064.

About Banner Churchill Community Hospital
Banner Churchill Community Hospital opened in 1996. Our mission is to make a difference in people's lives through excellent patient care. We do this by excelling in clinical care, quality service, financial stewardship and the creation of work environments where people can realize their full potential. We serve with compassion, caring and respect to maintain the dignity and enhance the well-being of each person. We offer acute and primary care, including comprehensive
emergency care with an ambulance service that covers more than 5,900 square miles.

Contact: David Lozano
Phone: (480) 854-5220
Cell/Text: (480) 694-8757

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