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The MEDIC Dispatch News From The Front Line May 23, 2011

EMS Week 2011 Recap Mecklenburg EMS Agency Dates to Remember: May 23rd General Raffle Prize Drawing 1200

EMS Week 2011 is officially history! The five-day extravaganza brought many family-oriented, fun-filled events to Medic during the week. Attendees were treated to their choice of a Bojangles biscuit breakfast or an assortment

Bay Area

May 24th Parking Lot Construction Complete at Post 64

This Week: EMS Week 2011 Photos


How Did We Do?


2011 Medic Basketball Champs


401 K Benefits Statements


EMT Crew Chief Capstone Week


ePCR Documentation & Signatures


Training Schedule


Medic Calendar


of fresh fruit/healthy breakfast options. Employees were also treated to the taste of six yummy ice cream flavors and toppings served by local ice cream vendor, Kerrigan’s Ice Cream. By popular demand, the Medic Cookout, Arcade and Medic Store Open House returned this year. The Medic Cookout proved to be another record-setting event with over 900 meals served to Medic employees and their families! During the Medic Cookout, kids and kids-at-heart took to the Medic Arcade for competitive rounds of foosball, air hockey, ping pong and Pacman! Employees also stopped by the Medic Store Open House to pick up their TWO pre-selected Medic gifts as well try on sample sizes of customized Medic apparel provided by KS Image Solutions. The biggest point of interest during this year’s EMS Week was not one, but TWO Raffle Prize drawings. The more activities Medic employees attended, the more raffle tickets they earned. Employees also earned additional tickets for each guest they brought to an EMS Week event. The new Spin Wheel Prize Drawing gave Medic employees the option of trying their luck for an assortment of gift cards and NASCAR All-Star tickets. Employees also took part in the General Raffle Prize Drawing (aka the electronics prize drawing). The official General Raffle Prize Drawing will be held today, May 23rd at 12:00 pm in the Bay Area. Some of the prizes up for grabs include:  

A Flat Screen TV Laptop computer

iPod Touch (multiple)  iPad Be sure to participate in this year’s EMS Week 2011 Questionnaire. The questionnaire is extremely short and will only take a few moments to complete. Give us your honest feedback 

as we look to plan an even better EMS Week 2012! 1

EMS Week 2011 Photos

**The PR Department will send out a link later this week to access ALL the photos taken during EMS Week 2011! Stay tuned.**


General Raffle Prize Drawing

How Did We Do? Thanks to everyone

Do you hold the

for participating in EMS Week 2011!

golden ticket? Join us TODAY, May 23rd in the Bay Area at 12:00

We hope you enjoyed the festivities. Your

pm as we draw for the winners of this year’s General Raffle Prize

feedback matters in everything we do. Please visit


and complete this very short, 10-question questionnaire on EMS Week 2011. The questionnaire is anonymous and is not connected to the Medic website or server in anyway.

Up for grabs are the following great prizes:

It is important to know whether we hit the target or missed the mark as it relates to this year’s EMS Week. Please take a few seconds to complete the survey by Thursday, June 2nd. Survey results will appear in the June 6th edition of the Medic Dispatch.


Flat Screen TV






Laptop Computer


And so much more!

Don’t miss the opportunity to see if your name has been selected as a winner for this year’s General Raffle Prize!

Thank you in advance for your feedback as we will use it to plan for EMS Week 2012.

Spin Wheel Prize Drawing Winners Congratulations to the following Spin Wheel Prize Drawing winners! These employees were randomly selected by raffle drawing as a direct result of participating in this year’s EMS Week activity lineup. If your name was selected and you were unable to retrieve your gift during the drawing, your gift has been placed in your employee mailbox. Todd Sims— $300.00 VISA Gift Card

Danielle Walcott—4 NASCAR Tickets

Nicky Hodnett—$150.00 VISA Gift Card

Ryan Baxter—4 NASCAR Tickets

Rob Bivens—$50.00 VISA Gift Card

Adrian Wright—3 NASCAR Tickets

Chris Kraetz— 4 NASCAR Tickets

Tiffany Johnson—3 NASCAR Ticket

Carol Toms—Smoothie King Gift Cards

Jerome Souza—Smoothie King Gift Cards

Veronica Davis—4 NASCAR Tickets

Bill Woods—Smoothie King Gift Cards

Gene Starnes—4 NASCAR Tickets

Mike Moore—3 NASCAR Tickets

Davey (NAPA) —Smoothie King Gift Cards

Maureen Smathers—2 NASCAR Tickets

Linda Hendley—4 NASCAR Tickets

Chris Martin—Smoothie King Gift Cards

Jason Crump—Smoothie King Gift Cards

Robbie Lamb—2 NASCAR Tickets

Gabe McGaha—4 NASCAR Tickets

Chris Mauldin—Smoothie King Gift Cards 3

2011 Medic Basketball Champs!

Million Step Challenge Update Are you walking or stepping as much as you thought? Experts agree that physical activity is one of the cornerstones for good health, and

Six teams came, but only one left victorious as Medic’s 3-on-3 basketball champs!!

Team Aqua proudly celebrates their win to become the official 2011 Medic Basketball champs.

walking is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to be physically active. All you need is a good pair of shoes, and you can do it almost anywhere and at any time. Experts also agree that all you need is 30 minutes of moderate-

Congratulations to Paramedic Crew Chief, Keisha Boyer,

level physical activity on most days of the week to see health benefits. Brisk walking is considered a type of moderate-level physical activity.

Operations Supervisor, Tony Pattillo and OST, Christopher Steele (also known as Team Aqua) who, in the second and final round, won by a close score of 10-8 to become the

Regular physical activity, such as walking, can:

2011 Medic Basketball Champions! Jeff Keith, director of administration, served as referee for the intense, skillful matchups. All six teams played hard and with great passion under last Friday’s 80 degree temperatures and crystal-clear blue skies. Thank you to everyone that participated and congratulations to the new 2011 Medic Basketball Champions.


Help keep your bones, muscles, and joints healthy

Boost your mood


Help you handle stress


Help you feel more energetic


Help you sleep better


Improve your self-esteem


Give you an opportunity to socialize actively with friends and family.

The Wellness Committee are tracking your steps and will publish the Top 10 Steppers in the next Medic Dispatch.

Job well done!

Dust Off Your Clubs!

Construction Alert

It’s that time of year again! The 9th annual MAD (Medic Ambulance Drivers) golf outing will take place on Monday, June 6th. Join us as we tee off in support of a good cause. For the first time ever, players can pre-register for the

Please be advised that construction and paving will begin in the West Service

outing via check at a cost of $50/per person. Players may also register at the door the day of the event at a cost of $60/per person. When: Monday, June 6th

Area front parking lot of Post 64 starting on Monday,

Shot Gun Start at 12:00 pm Where: Emerald Lake Golf Course 9750 Tournament Drive,


May 16 th

through tomorrow, May 24 . The Morris Field Drive entrance and exit will be CLOSED. As a result, Medic crews are urged to use the

Matthews, NC 28104 For more information, please contact Tom Porcelli at or call 704.577.9087.

Wilkinson Blvd gate to enter and exit from Post 64 during this time. 4

401K Benefits Statements Members of the North Carolina Retirement Systems now have access to their 2010 Annual Benefits Statement. Like last year, the 2010 Statements will be available exclusively online. This comprehensive annual statement is designed to make retirement planning easier by: 

Identifying their active retirement accounts, Social Security benefits, and

all savings in the NC 401(k) Plan and/or the NC Deferred Compensation (457) Plan 

Projecting whether or not they are on the right track to have enough

for retirement; and Providing some helpful information on how to make up the difference in any potential savings gap


Statement Access 1. Visit and click on the “ORBIT” button 2. Once logged in, click on “View Annual Benefits Statement” 3. Select a statement year to view the Annual Statement Pay close attention to your Personal Gap Analysis Each employee will receive a Personal Gap Analysis that points out the differences between the monthly income they may expect to have in retirement as well as the monthly income they may need in retirement. That difference is called the “Gap.” Please be aware that some of the assumptions in the calculations have changed this year. For example: Longer life expectancy. This year, the life expectancy used in the calculations is increased to age 90 as opposed to last year’s life expectancy of 84 years. Lower expected rate of return on NC 401(k) and 457 accounts. Instead of projecting returns at 7% annually during employment, this year’s Annual Benefits Statement assumes returns at 5%. A helpful user guide that fully explains all of the information contained in the Annual Benefits Statement is available at To access the User’s Guide visit, Employed less than one year? Employees with fewer than 12 months of service as of December 31st 2010, will not receive an Annual Benefits Statement. But if will receive future benefits statements once they are employed for over 12 months.


EMT Crew Chief Capstone Week Exciting changes are taking place at Medic to provide the most outstanding care for our patients. Over past several weeks, ten of the Agency’s finest EMTs have gained the knowledge necessary to become a superior EMT Crew Chief. The students have had learning and leadership opportunities in the classroom, performing on a Medic Unit with a Supervisor and an Education Specialist, Hospital Clinical rotations at CMC – Main and Simulation lab training. New EMT Crew Chief’s take part in challenging scenarios all under the watchful eyes of their instructors and peers.

The last week of the EMT Crew Chief program was spent putting each student through eight difficult, thought provoking and challenging scenarios they may be faced with any day in the field. The new EMT Crew Chief’s showed professionalism, leadership and medical knowledge during each scenario.

During each Scenario the EMT Crew Chief’s provided helpful feedback to their classmates. Please take time to congratulate the newest Crew Chief’s at Medic!

Upcoming Medic InService Schedule Please be advised of the following dates and times have been scheduled for Medic InService. Be sure to register for ONE of the following dates and times for each InService month listed below. Dr. Doug Swanson will be in attendance to the May InService dates to talk about protocols. A protocol version 3.8 will be handed out to all field employees. All employees must be in uniform and all sessions will be held in the Medic Auditorium. Please contact a member of the Learning & Development department if you have any questions. Thank you. May




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August 24th


Mobile Radio Usage

ePCR Documentation & Signatures

All Medic field

Effective last Monday, May 16th

employees are urged to use the mobile radio in the patient compartment of the

all Medic field crews MUST: 

ambulance when calling in patient reports to hospital Emergency Departments

signed for the patient. File, Signature Menu to the MEDIC tab, Reason for not signing – Mental Incapacity or Physical Incapacity.

(EDs). Signal strength from a portable radio inside the patient compartment is often



only be used for encodes from the ambulance patient compartment in unusual circumstances (i.e. mobile radio failure).

List the tile of any MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL that signs the ticket.

File, Signature Menu. If you have any questions about the required documentation and signatures for ePCR, please contact your direct supervisor.

Using the mobile radio for communications with hospital EDs helps ensure clarity of patient reports, better ED preparedness for your arrival and overall improved patient care.

Thank you.

Never Leave Home Without It!

Paramedic Competition Deadline

Special thanks to Operations Supervisor, Don Shue for always being prepared in case of an emergency. Don brought his AED

If you are interested in competing as a team, you must send an e-mail with both team members’ names

and personally made sure that it was readily available for a recent 5K fundraising event at his young sons’ elementary school in

along with cell phone numbers to Sam Barnes at no later than Friday, May 27th. If more than two teams sign


in the event of an emergency.

Document the first and last name of the person signing under ANY of the Signature Menu tab.

File, Signature Menu to the next drop down box. The signature must have both first and last name.

times degraded, causing potentially vital information to be distorted or missed altogether. A portable radio should

Don Shue takes great pride in making sure he is always prepared

Document the reason the patient could not sign on ALL tickets a responsible party

up to compete at the preliminary competition on July 22nd, an in-house competition will be conducted to select the two teams to represent Medic.

We are happy to report the AED was not put into use at Bethel Elementary School during the 5K

The July preliminary competition will determine who


competes at the Finals on Sunday, October 2nd.


May 2011 Sun











10 B

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Live Shift Bid






Live Shift Bid



May InService

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2nd Batch EMS Gift Option Deadline

15 B

16 A

2011 EMS Week

17 A

2011 EMS Week

18 B

2011 EMS Week

May InService

May InService



19 B

2011 EMS Week

20 A

21 A

2011 EMS Week


22 A

23 B General Prize Raffle Drawing 1200

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25 A

26 A

27 B

28 B

Parking Lot Construction Complete at Post 64

Bay Area

29 B

30 A

31 A

Memorial Day Holiday Medic Offices Closed


2011 Training Schedule



Medic Events Holidays Recertification Testing

Important Notes about 2011 AHA Refresher Classes at CPCC 

To register, call CPCC at 704.330.4223


All classes will be held at CPCC’s CENTRAL

AHA Refresher Class Schedule at CPCC CPR JUL - 18 (EMT 7402 05), 20 (EMT 7402 07) 1300—1700 19 (EMT 7402 06), 21 (EMT 7402 08) 1800—2200

CAMPUS in the BELK Building.

MEDIC Mecklenburg EMS Agency


Actual classroom number will be given at time of preregistration


A minimum of 10 students is required for each class.


ACLS & PALS classes will only be HELD TWICE A YEAR

4525 Statesville Road Charlotte, NC 28269


PALS will be held in the months of FEB & AUG

Tel: 704-943-6000


ACLS will be held in the months of MAR & SEPT

Fax: 704-943-6001


There will be NO CPR Classes in APRIL

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OCT - 17 (EMT 7402 09), 19 (EMT 7402 11) 1300—1700 18 (EMT 7402 10), 20 (EMT 7402 12) 1800—2200

PALS AUG - 22 (EMT 7208 05), 24 (EMT 7208 07) 1300—1700 23 (EMT 7208 06), 25 (EMT 7208 08) 1800—2200

ACLS SEPT - 19 (EMT 7207 05) , 21 (EMT 7207 07) 1300—1700 20 (EMT 7207 06) , 22 (EMT 7207 08) 1800—2200

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