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Mohawk Ambulance Service Welcomes New Human Resources Director

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Mohawk Ambulance Service is pleased to announce the hiring of Christie Chonski as Human Resource Director. In this position, she is responsible for all human resource functions within Mohawk Ambulance Services and will work closely with company leaders to manage human resources programs, provide consultation on strategic staffing plans, manage hiring, benefits and employee relations, and promote process improvement by building relationships and retaining employees.

Joining Mohawk Ambulance from DeCresente Distributing Company, Chonski served as human resources administrator/generalist for nearly four years. Prior to that, she worked for the New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation holding positions in human resources and business development. Chonski brings experience in employee recruitment and retention, staff development, conflict resolution, benefits and compensation, HR records management and policy development, strategic planning, and more to her new role.

“We are very pleased to have Christie join our team and lead the Christie Chonski pichuman resources department,” said James P. McPartlon, III, president, Mohawk Ambulance Service. “She is an energetic, experienced professional who brings years of experience and knowledge to Mohawk Ambulance Service.”

Chonski studied business administration at Hudson Valley Community College and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resource management SUNY Albany. She is member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Capital Region Human Resources Association (CRHRA). A devoted mother of two young children, she and her family reside in Halfmoon.

 

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Mohawk Ambulance Service Paramedics Honored with Stars of Life

Awards Recognize Dedication and Leadership Qualities of Ambulance Service Professionals

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Two Mohawk Ambulance Service paramedics were honored by the American Ambulance Association (AAA) this week, each receiving a Stars of Life medal, the highest award that an emergency medical service worker can receive. Brandon Hermance and David Spangler were among the 103 EMS workers who received the recognition at the Association’s annual event held in Washington, D.C.

AAA represents hundreds of ambulance services across the United States that provide emergency and non-emergency care and medical transportation to more than 75 percent of the U.S. population. The Association’s annual Stars of Life event, now in its 17th year, publicly recognizes and celebrates the achievements of its members. Hermance and Spangler were greeted by Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20) during their visit to our nation’s capital.

“Capital Region first responders routinelyStar Awards 2016 put themselves in harm’s way to save lives and property in our communities,” said Rep. Tonko. “The Stars of Life Program recognizes the most dedicated ambulance service professionals, and that cannot be better exemplified by the tireless responders at Mohawk Ambulance Service. I look forward to continuing my work with them and similar organizations in the Capital Region to ensure they continue to receive the support they need from the federal government to keep our communities safe.”

Hermance began working at Mohawk Ambulance Service in 2011 as a paramedic, became a supervisor a year later and now serves as a paramedic and station leader. He has received two Distinguished Service Awards in his five years with the team. Hermance received his certificate in paramedicine from SUNY Cobleskill and serves as a volunteer firefighter.

Spangler, a Guilderland native, has been with Mohawk Ambulance Service since 2012. First hired as an EMT, he became a paramedic in 2015 and received one of Mohawk Ambulance’s Distinguished Service Awards in December 2015. Spangler graduated cum laude from SUNY at Buffalo and received his certificate in paramedicine from Hudson Valley Community College.

“David and Brandon, like many other Mohawk Ambulance Service professionals, exemplify our continued commitment to care and service,” said James P. McPartlon III, president of Mohawk Ambulance Service.  “We are extremely proud of both of them and congratulate them on this special recognition and achievement.”

Spangler and Hermance join eleven Mohawk Ambulance servicemen and women who are Stars of Life recipients. Other past award winners included first responders to the September 11th attacks, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and other national disasters.

About Mohawk Ambulance Service:

Founded in 1964, Mohawk Ambulance Service is the largest, privately-owned ambulance service in upstate New York. With more than 40 ambulances and emergency response vehicles, Mohawk Ambulance Service provides Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support services to the counties of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga. Mohawk Ambulance Service employs more than 250 New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technicians, Critical Care Technicians and Paramedics ready to provide the highest quality of emergency medical care.

About American Ambulance Association:

Founded in 1979, the American Ambulance Association promotes health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provides research, education and communications programs to enable its members to effectively address the needs of the communities they serve. The AAA represents ambulance services across the United States who participate in serving more than 75 percent of the U.S. population with emergency and non-emergency care and medical transportation services

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Mohawk Ambulance Service Invests in New Ambulance and Life-Saving Equipment

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Mohawk Ambulance Service recently made a significant investment to add a new ambulance to their fleet and purchased new, upgraded LIFEPAK 15 monitors/defibrillators to upgrade their existing equipment. Including these new additions, Mohawk now employs more than 40 emergency and response vehicles out of its six service stations across the Capital Region.

The new Sprinter ambulance has a diesel engine with spacious interiors, providing more interior height and walk space, allowing better maneuverability for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics to treat patients. Additional features include floor-to-ceiling and overhead cabinets for easier access to equipment and supplies, impact safety attendant seats and a smaller road footprint for better navigation down narrow streets.

Mohawk Ambulance Service annually plans to buy five new ambulances to replace vehicles in the fleet, DEB_0075-1which is currently comprised of 34 ambulances. An ambulance’s typical lifespan is about five years and is retired when it has logged more than 250,000 miles. The cost of a new ambulance, fully equipped to Mohawk Ambulance’s high standards with radio, GPS technology and patient life-saving equipment, is approximately $180,000.

More than $400,000 was also invested in the purchase of 11 LIFEPAK 15 monitors/defibrillators. The new technology and advanced features in this model allow paramedics and EMTs to better assess and treat patients. These particular units were chosen for their ability to:

  • Monitor and transmit vital patient data through a web-based system to physicians at hospitals throughout the region to better prepare for a patient’s arrival.
  • Differentiate between oxygen and carbon monoxide in a patient’s blood, enabling earlier detection of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that is released as a result of combustion, such as a fire or faulty heating system, which people can have in their blood without realizing it and can be fatal if not detected early enough.
  • Monitor chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and determine the efficiency of the compressions. Studies have shown that effective chest compressions and early defibrillation during cardiac arrests are the two most beneficial interventions that can be provided and result in the best outcomes. This feature allows the EMT to immediately adjust treatment to increase effectiveness.

“The technology and equipment used to save lives changes frequently and we must constantly invest in our company’s fleet and the equipment our professionals use to provide the highest quality of emergency medical care to the patients we serve,” said James P. McPartlon, III, president, Mohawk Ambulance Service. “We are committed to saving lives and we will dedicate the resources necessary to provide the highest quality care and treatment to those who need and utilize our services.”

About Mohawk Ambulance Service:

Founded in 1964, Mohawk Ambulance Service is the largest, privately-owned ambulance service in upstate New York. Mohawk Ambulance Service provides Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support services to the counties of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga. Mohawk Ambulance Service employs more than 250 New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technicians, Critical Care Technicians and Paramedics ready to provide the highest quality of emergency medical care. For more information, please visit http://www.mohawkambulanceservice.com/.

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Mohawk Ambulance Emergency Medical Dispatcher and Paramedic Retires After Nearly 35 Years

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Mohawk Ambulance Service is announcing that a long-time team member, Marcus Beattie, is retiring today, May 14, after 34 years of service as an emergency medical dispatcher and paramedic for the company.

Marcus Beattie began his career in emergency services as one of the first paramedics in the capital region and also served as president of Riverside Ambulance. He joined the Mohawk Ambulance team in 1981 as an emergency medical dispatcher and established himself as a consummate professional with a calm demeanor. His voice is well recognized throughout local Public Safety Answering Points and hospital discharge planning departments.

“Marcus has devoted his life to helping others and we are honored to have had his dedicated service atMarcus B Mohawk Ambulance for 34 years,” said James P. McPartlon, III, vice president for Mohawk Ambulance. “We deeply appreciate the commitment, knowledge and passion that he brought to his work every day and thank him for his service to our community.”

At Mohawk Ambulance, Marcus played an integral role in converting the communications department from pen and paper to state-of-the-art computer equipment and GPS, and was instrumental in training fellow dispatchers. Also, he worked in Mohawk’s Neonatal Transport Unit which operates in conjunction with Albany Medical Center Hospital, transporting hundreds of critically ill infants and children from outlying facilities to AMC for life-saving care.

Throughout his career, Marcus has been recognized multiple times as a Distinguished Service employee and has also received the Regional Communicator of the Year award from the Regional Emergency Medical Organization.

Marc and his wife, Gayle, live in Watervliet where they enjoy their cats, gardening and vacationing at Disney World. He is an avid sports enthusiast with a special fondness for the New York Yankees and NASCAR.

About Mohawk Ambulance Service:

Founded in 1964, Mohawk Ambulance Service is the largest, privately-owned ambulance service in upstate New York. With 38 ambulances and emergency response vehicles, Mohawk Ambulance Service provides Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support services to the counties of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga. Mohawk Ambulance Service employs more than 250 New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technicians, Critical Care Technicians and Paramedics ready to provide the highest quality of emergency medical care. For more information, please visit http://www.mohawkambulanceservice.com/