GILLETTE, Wyo. — Campbell County Health’s emergency medical services division responded to over 6,000 incidents in 2022, with mileage nearly equal to four trips around the globe, the healthcare organization announced Thursday.
National EMS Week runs from May 21 to May 27. This year, CCH is celebrating its own EMS division that responded to 6,236 incidents in 2022, 4,139 of which resulted in transports, according to a May 25 release.
“The EMS team collectively traveled 96,989, or roughly the equivalent of 3.9 trips around the globe, responding to emergencies, saving lives, and delivering the highest quality of care,” CCH said. “This week, CCH celebrates the time, dedication, and effort of the EMS team in honor of National EMS Week.”
Since 1975, CCH has operated its own independent EMS service and has steadily expanded, CCH says, with its EMS teams serving communities across northeast Wyoming.
“Between 17 ambulances and 75 staff members, we directly cover just shy of 10,000 square miles of eastern Wyoming between three counties,” said Shawna Cochran, CCH EMS manager. “We cover all of Campbell County in the south, Montana in the north, South Dakota in the east, and Sheridan County in the west.”
There are CCH EMS bases in Sheridan, Newcastle, Wright and Gillette, according to Cochran, who said the healthcare organization has been a trailblazer in regionalizing EMS services to ensure small communities have access to emergency services.
“When people call upon EMS, they are typically facing a healthcare crisis — lives are on the line, and every moment and decision counts,” CCH says. “In 2022, over 1,700 IVs were established by CCH EMS, and they administered nearly 4,000 medications. The EMS team is highly skilled, decisive, and experts at their craft. They meet patients in a critical moment of need with compassion and care that saves lives.”