Clifton Park & Halfmoon Emergency Corps. (CPHM EMS) recently received both the Regional Emergency Medical Organization (REMO) and NY State Department of Health EMS Council awards for Excellence in EMS Quality and Safety.

The award recognizes service that has implemented practices with measurable and sustained improvement in EMS provider safety, patient care quality and effectiveness. Formal award presentation will take place for the regional award on Tuesday, October 13th at the St. Peter’s Conference Center, and at the EMS Vital Signs Conference in Syracuse, NY on Saturday October 24th for the state recognition.

“I am glad to see the expertise that CPHM brings to bedside patient care, leadership in Saratoga County and the Region being recognized formally. These awards are some of the pinnacle markers for any EMS agency, require investment and commitment, and bear fruit in patient care and outcomes. Congratulations on CPHM being awarded the 2015 REMO Clinical Quality and Safety for 2015 and the NY State EMS Council's Excellence in Clinical Quality. “ says Michael W. Dailey, MD, Regional EMS Medical Director.

Premier patient care and clinical excellence is a priority for CPHM EMS. Their clinical services department is head by Director of Clinical Services, Cathie Stevens, RN, MSN, EMT-P who also possess over 20 years of experience as an EMS provider. Through an analytical environment that drives staff development through peer-to-peer education, focused learning with a staff of Clinical Educators, and monitoring and reporting to a governing body, CPHM has an ongoing clinical compliance greater than 98%.

“This award signifies the continuous commitment our providers have toward patient care, but it’s their dedication and compassion for each and every person they come in contact with that I am most proud of.” says Stevens.

New York State Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C,I-Halfmoon) and Chair of the Senate’s Local Government Committee added “Putting patients first and meeting the community’s growing health care and urgent medical care needs are at the heart of everything that the Clifton Park & Halfmoon Emergency Corps does. For all of the impressive awards, recognitions and accolades that CPHM EMS continues to deservedly receive, their most important assets are the people; the dedicated, highly-trained professionals who provide compassionate, quality care, comfort and help save lives. They say the ‘best never rest’ and this is evidenced by the continued focus at CPHM EMS on innovation, training and education. I commend CPHM EMS for attaining these latest quality and safety awards and truly appreciate their ongoing commitment to serving our community,”

While CPHM is constantly enhancing their clinical care, they are growing. In early 2014, they began operating in the City of Mechanicville and absorbed the John H. Ahearn Rescue Squad. Additionally, at the beginning of this month, they began operating in the Hemstreet fire district, west of the train tracks.

“The men and women of CPHM EMS continue to provide tremendous service to our community, said Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett. The organization has evolved in an efficient manner, while meeting the needs of a growing community that has attracted diverse business investments and more than $80 million in new healthcare projects.” remarks Phil Barrett, Town of Clifton Park Supervisor.

CPHM views their non-profit business as that of a healthcare organization. They continue to make clinical, operational and community modifications to be the most efficient and effective. Putting all these pieces in place is important for CPHM, they strive to improve the health of their service population, improve the patient experience of care, and ultimately reduce the per capita of health care.

Kevin Tollisen, Town of Halfmoon Supervisor commented “Congratulations to the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Ambulance for receiving the prestigious REMO and NYS EMS Excellence Awards. These awards continue to show the high level of professionalism and expertise of each of the members of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Ambulance Corps. We are so very proud of their accomplishments and thank each of them for their dedication and steadfast service to our Community.”