October 21, 2014 - Flu Shot Update
Greater Valley EMS and the Robert Packer Hospital have partnered this year to be able to provide free flu vaccinations to the community. The drive-thru clinic will be held Saturday October 25th at the Lynch-Bustin Elementary School from 9am to 2pm. Their are a limited number of vaccinations and will be on a first come first serve basis. We will not have the Pneumonia vaccine.
June 12, 2014 - New Air Compressor at GVEMS
Greater Valley EMS recently hosted an open house for local municipal officials from Athens Borough, Athens Township, Litchfield Township, Sayre Borough, South Waverly Borough, Windham Township, and the Lockwood Volunteer Fire Company. Each municipality contributed funds toward the replacement of the breathing air compressor at the GVEMS station. The air compressor provides breathing air for the air cylinders used by local firefighters and the GVEMS Scuba Team. "The support for this project was overwhelming," states GVEMS Board of Directors Chair Ed Bustin. "Everyone realized the value of this project and the benefits it would have for the local emergency services," Bustin continued. The new compressor will allow GVEMS to fill breathing air cylinders more efficiently and to their full capacity. The compressor also supports a mobile air system that GVEMS responds region-wide as needed to refill firefighters' air cylinders at the scene of a fire.
June 3, 2014 - GVEMS Receives Grant for Pediatric Equipment
Greater Valley EMS recently received grant funds from the Floyd Hooker Foundation to purchase specialty pediatric equipment. The $13,000 grant will allow GVEMS to purchase EZ-IO devices and pediatric backboards.

Starting an IV on a child or infant can be difficult, but it can be one of the most important parts of pre-hospital treatment. The EZ-IO device allows a needle to be inserted directly into a bone, which quickly facilitates the delivery of fluid and medications. Derrick Hall, GVEMS Operations Manager states, "The EZ-IO is the gold standard in pediatric treatment. This grant from the Floyd Hooker Foundation will allow us to have one of these on each of our advanced life support vehicles, to ensure that we are always ready to meet the needs of our patients." The pediatric backboards will allow GVEMS to purchase replacement equipment that is current and easy to decontaminate. "We are very grateful to the Floyd Hooker Foundation for their support of this project, so that we can continue to provide high-quality emergency care," Hall states.

The Floyd Hooker Foundation is based in Owego, NY. The Foundation's mission is to provide grants that benefit the children of Tioga County, NY. Floyd "Vic" Hooker, a lifelong resident of Tioga County, won $45 million in the New York State Lottery on St. Patrick's Day in 1999. The Foundation was established upon Floyd's death in 2007, with a portion of his estate designated to assist the children in Tioga County.

For more information on the Floyd Hooker Foundation, visit the Foundation's website at www.hookerfoundation.org.
February 2014 - 2014 Ambulance Membership/Subscription
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Dec. 20, 2013 - GVEMS to hold Safe Ride Home 2013
Sayre PA- Greater Valley EMS is offering the Safe Ride Home program again on New Year's Eve
this year! The program, supported by Williams Auto Group and several local restaurants,
provides a free ride home to local residents who have been celebrating.

Safe Ride Home started in 1991 to ensure on New Year's Eve individuals didn't have to get
behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and have a chance of being involved in an accident where themselves or others were injured or even killed. This is the 22"d year of Safe Ride Home and is anticipated to transport approximately 500 passengers home safely within a ten-mile radius. Donations of food, refreshments and financial support are being accepted.

Reservations for Safe Ride Home are now being accepted and can be made by calling 570-888-6000 Ext 300. For more information about the Safe Ride Home Program contact Fran Webb, Safe Ride Home Coordinator at Greater Valley EMS at 570-888-6000 Ext 300 or visit www.GVEMS.org or see Greater Valley EMS on Facebook.

Start time will be 5:30 pm and will stop running at 3:00 am. The service area will be a 10 mile radius around Sayre, PA
Sept 19, 2013 - GVEMS to Host Two Free Drive-thru Vaccine Clinics
If you think you don't have the time to get a flu shot, the flu will be happy to take the time from you. The seasonal flu, often presenting with fever, body aches and respiratory symptoms, typically lasts four days but has been known to last two weeks or more. In fact, the seasonal flu is commonly known to bring a hefty dose of weakness, forcing its victims to confinement in the bed or the couch.
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Sept 17, 2013 - GVEMS to Hold 40 Years of Service Celebration
Friends, career staff, and volunteers of Greater Valley EMS will gather to celebrate Cyril Morris for forty years of dedicated service to Greater Valley EMS and the Valley community. "Cy", as he is affectionately referred to, began his life of service to the organization in 1973 when it was still the Sayre Fire Department Ambulance Corps, located at 110 West Packer Ave, Sayre. In his many years of volunteer service to the organization, Cy has served as a driver, EMT, Board Member, President, and Secretary.
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July 3, 2013 - GVEMS Offers Fireworks Safety Tips
In celebration of this Independence Day weekend, Greater Valley EMS would like to remind the Valley community of the risk of fireworks-related injuries associated with the careless use of fireworks. The thrill of sparklers, bottle rockets or firecrackers is exciting, but when used improperly, can bring quite a bit of pain. In the United States an average of two hundred people go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the weeks surrounding the July 4th holiday.
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June 29, 2013 - GVEMS, Ulster EMS Provide Support and Rehab at Masco Manufacturing Fire
Greater Valley EMS personnel along with responders from Ulster EMS provided EMS Support and Firefighter Rehab at the scene of a fire at Masco Manufacturing. The fire started shortly after 19:00. Crews remained on scene until around midnight. EMS units on scene included 17A1, MICU 36, MICU 35, MICU 34, MCI1, Air Truck 1, Valley 1, Valley 2, Valley 3, and Valley 5
June 28, 2013 - Golf for Defibrilation Tournament Held at Tomasso's
Dozens of Valley businessmen and women came out to Golf on Friday for the GVEMS Golf for Defibrillation tournament. Teams braved the changing weather at Tomasso's in Waverly to raise money to purchase local public-access defibrillators and place them in businesses and organizations. First place honors were awarded to Team Wilson, second to the Skiff Bowers Post 1536 - VFW team and the Bimbo Bakeries team took third place. Melissa Gore took the longest drive for the ladies and Andy Vaccaro earned the prize for the men. Marc Wilson and Amanda Mittan took the prize for closest to the pin.
June 6, 2013 - Cardiac Arrest Survivor Donates AED to local Fire Department
Sudden cardiac arrest survivor, Tom Cotter of Ulster, recently purchased an AED (automated external defibrillator) for the New Albany Fire Department.  The department is the closest rural fire department to Cotter that did not have a functioning AED device.  Accepting the gift on behalf of the New Albany Fire Department are volunteers Sandy and Charles Manahan.  The AED will be in service within the next week and will be kept on the department’s fire apparatus, ready to respond.
March 26, 2013 - Ulster Man Lucky to be Alive Following Cardiac Arrest
For Tom Cotter, 58 year old owner of Cotter Construction, every day has brand new meaning. On January 10th, 2013, Cotter experienced sudden cardiac arrest in the living room of his Ulster home.
"The dog must have known something was wrong with Tom because he woke me up around 6am" reports Gloria Cotter, "so I got out of bed and found him lying on the floor saying 'God I hurt'". Recognizing the acuity of her husband's illness, Mrs. Cotter immediately called 911.

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March 25, 2013 - GVEMS to Compete in New PADOH CPR Education Initiative
CPR instructors at Greater Valley EMS will be taking their show on the road over the next few months to demonstrate the life-saving Hands Only CPR skills to as many people in the Valley as they can.  The new push to teach is part of a Pennsylvania Department of Health campaign, “Lend a Hand, Save a Life,” that will teach the general public about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and train 250,000 people in Pennsylvania in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
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