Published on October 31, 2019

Brandywine Hospital Medic 93 Receives 2019 Pennsylvania CARES Award

COATESVILLE, October 31, 2019 ― Brandywine Hospital Medic 93 has received the Pennsylvania CARES Award. The award acknowledges the agency’s dedication to collecting out of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) data for quality improvement purposes. The agency is one of 145 EMS agencies across the Commonwealth honored by Pennsylvania CARES during October in observance of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

Each year, more than 350,000 people in the United States experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. By participating in Pennsylvania CARES, Brandywine Hospital Medic 93 demonstrates commitment to saving lives by strengthening the links in the OHCA chain of survival.

Pennsylvania CARES is a statewide partner of the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES), a national cardiac arrest registry that allows communities to measure bystander and 911 response, including information about bystander CPR and AED application, telephone CPR, and EMS response. Using this information, EMS agencies can discover promising practices and implement new programs to improve emergency care for patients in their communities, and participation in a national registry is recommended by the Institute of Medicine.

Recipients of this year’s Pennsylvania CARES Award successfully participated in the registry for the 2018 calendar year and are commended for collecting data, in collaboration with and on behalf of BLS, first responder, and community partners, to measure outcomes, improve the quality of care, and save lives.

“Brandywine Hospital is proud of this accomplishment, and of the 37 years of continuous service of Medic 93, addressing the Paramedic Service needs of the community through the 911 System,” said Jeff Hunt, Brandywine Hospital President & CEO. “We are committed to continuing to collaborate with ambulance partners to ensure better patient outcomes.”

Brandywine Hospital Medic 93’s dedication to collecting OHCA data has helped strengthen the collaboration between 911 centers, first responders, EMS agencies and hospitals, with the ultimate goal to improve OHCA survival rates.

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About Brandywine Hospital

Located in Chester County, Pa., and a member of Tower Health, Brandywine Hospital is a nonprofit, 171-bed acute-care hospital with private rooms that has been providing high-quality, compassionate care in the community for more than 100 years. The hospital's key services include cardiology/cardiothoracic surgery, emergency medicine, orthopedics, behavioral health (adult, older adult), general and robotic surgery, specialized care for eating disorders, and outpatient services (radiology/women's imaging, laboratory, cardio-pulmonary, occupational, physical, and speech therapy, primary care, and wound care). Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Brandywine Hospital is also an accredited Chest Pain Center by the American Academy of Cardiology and the recipient of The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for excellence in acute myocardial infarction, hip replacement, knee replacement, stroke, and wound care. For more information, visit www.towerhealth.org.

About CARES

For more information on CARES and the benefits of cardiac arrest data collection, please visit the national CARES website and see the Pennsylvania CARES program website. More information about sudden cardiac arrest is available from the CDC.