Pocono Mountain Regional EMS August 2023 Regional Resources

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Celebrating another successful Regional Roundup, Pocono Mountain Regional EMS would






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Regional Roundup presented by Lehigh Valley Health Network made a triumphant return to Skytop Lodge August 31, 2023.

The evening, filled with live entertainment and festivities for sponsors and guests to celebrate and support PMREMS, adds to ongoing efforts enabling the nonprofit ambulance service to acquire the latest in lifesaving medical equipment and training for our community.

“With operating expenses nearly doubling over the past few years, and reimbursement from insurance remaining stagnant, we rely heavily on donations and events like this to fund our mission of providing high quality emergency care to the community we serve,” explained Austin Schrader, PHRN, CMTE Chief Operating Officer Pocono Mountain Regional EMS. He concluded, “The support of our sponsors makes investments in critical life saving equipment possible.”

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Medicine and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for Neurology. He is currently accepting patients at the LVPG-Neurology practice in East Stroudsburg, for the following areas: Stroke, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, infections of the nervous system, neurodegenerative disorders, spinal disorders, headaches and neuropathies.

LVHN: A Gathering of Grateful Hearts

Anthony Cadwalader meets the village that saved his life

Anthony Cadwalader played tennis Wednesday morning, which at first blush isn’t particularly monumental. But its symbolism is huge considering that just under a year ago – 354 days to be exact – his heart stopped after playing the very same sport. A perfect alignment of heroes came to his aid Aug. 20, 2022, after he collapsed at the tennis courts at Pocono Lake Preserve, a private community in Tobyhanna Township where he typically spends summers with his wife, Jennifer.

Many of those heroes gathered Wednesday at Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Services in Tobyhanna to celebrate Cadwalader’s second chance. For some, like Pocono Mountain Regional EMS Paramedic Len Dever and EMT Nicole Wieand, it was the first time seeing Cadwalader since last year’s medical emergency.

“It was great seeing him again,” says Dever. “We don’t always get the chance to reconnect with the people we serve.” Also joining the reunion Wednesday was Trevor Harbison, a senior environmental science major who was working as activities director for the residential community that day. Harbison, now 21, was nearby setting up a softball game when he heard the commotion at the tennis courts. People were yelling for a doctor. Trained in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator (AED) use, he ran toward the tennis courts to see what he could do.

Someone had retrieved an AED, and Harbison grabbed it while making his way to Cadwalader. There was no pulse. After the AED delivered its first shock, Harbison began CPR. He instructed a woman to provide rescue breaths. After more CPR and rescue breaths, Cadwalader’s eyes opened. He coughed. His heart was beating again.

Cadwalader, 59, from Unionville, Chester County, was taken by Pocono Mountain Regional EMS to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, where a team was standing by. He quickly underwent a minimally invasive procedure to open a blocked coronary artery. Two days later, he went home.

Words of thanks and praise

LVH–Pocono President Cornelio Catena was on hand Wednes -

day to thank everyone who had a hand in saving Cadwalader’s life, from Harbison, to the EMS crew, to the heart team at LVH–Pocono. “We’re delighted to have you with us and to celebrate this anniversary,” says Catena.

“Not one day goes by that I don’t think about how lucky I am to still be here,” Cadwalader told the gathering. He acknowledged all who had a role, but particularly Harbison, who he thanked for having both the training and the courage to act. “If it wasn’t for Trevor, I wouldn’t be here today,” he says.

Harbison says he’s known Cadwalader for many years, mostly through Cadwalader’s role in the sailing program at the community. “I always knew who he was and always looked up to him,” Harbison says. The two had lunch about two weeks after Cadwalader was released from the hospital.

Harbison previously said the day he helped save Cadwalader will stay with him forever. “It took a long time to really process what happened,” he says. “All I’ve felt since then is gratefulness. Tony is a wonderful man who cares about his community.”

Cadwalader had high praise for LVH–Pocono. “I can’t say enough about the hospital,” he says. “The triage that I went through when I got there was amazing. It was quick. It was efficient. They had me in the operating room within about five minutes, 10 minutes at the most. It was very comforting being there with such a good team of physicians.”

Ronald Freudenberger, MD, Physician in Chief, Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute, also lauded the medical team. “It really takes a community to do what we do together. The training, the team we have at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono, is a fantastic team,” he says. “We have perfected, in my opinion, the process. We study, we rehearse, we look at every minute that passes between when someone begins to have a heart attack and when we can reopen that critical artery and save a life. We’re thankful to everyone who can make this happen and thrilled to celebrate life and celebrate success.”

Cadwalader says he’s humbled by the whole experience and by Wednesday’s gathering. He summed it all up by quoting French writer and philosopher Voltaire. “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

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prior to the arrival of the bus. bus if their child misses the bus. Instead, please drive your child directly to school to ensure his/her safety. children to stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior street or road as the school bus approaches of the Bus Danger Zone – the area around a bus where children are in most danger. away from the bus and never go behind it. bus has stopped completely and the bus driver signals that it’s OK to approach the bus before stepping onto the roadway. that loud talking or other noise can distract the bus driver. It is required that students respect those around them and the requests of the bus driver. their head, arms or hands out of the window, nor should they throw anything out of the windows books or bags are tripping hazards and can block the exit in an emergency. for the bus to stop completely before getting up from their seat. bring items onto the bus that will fit in their laps. If large projects need to be brought to school, please arrange alternative transportation for your child. school bus cross the street in front of a bus, make sure they know to walk at least 10 feet ahead of the bus along the side of the road, turn around and see the driver signal to them that it is OK to cross the street. Children should always make sure bus drivers can see them. When the driver signals, children may walk across the road, keeping an eye out for sudden traffic changes.

Children should always stop at the curb or the edge of the road and look left, then right, and then left again before crossing. They should continue looking in this manner until they are safely across the street.

If students’ vision is blocked by a parked car or other obstacle, they should move out to where drivers can see them and they can see other vehicles -- then stop, and look left-right-left again.

What can parents can do to help ensure children’s safety

Reinforce safety awareness among children by reviewing bus safety procedures with them.

Arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to the arrival of the bus. Please, NEVER, follow or try to flag down a bus if you are late in dropping off your child at the bus stop. If your child gets ut of the car and tries to “catch” a bus, it puts them in grave danger. The best response would be to continue to drive your child directly to school. Continue to update your emergency contact information with the school that your child attends.

Work with other Safety Team Members such as the school nurse for medical concerns, school bus driver for bus safety concerns, etc.

When you see a school bus, be mindful of children getting on or off of the bus.

When you meet a school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you MUST STOP. DO NOT MOVE until all the children are safely loaded or are 10 feet off of the road and have reached a place of safety.


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