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SJAS Receives "A" Rating on latest WVOEMS Inspection

St. Joseph’s Ambulance Services recently completed the state required Licensure and Certification process coordinated by the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services; St. Joseph’s received an “A” rating which includes a 4 year certification for Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support and Specialized Multi-patient transport.

SJAS President Dwane Weekley was pleased with the results of the recent inspection; “Our staff has always demonstrated a dedication to providing the highest quality of care and service to the residents of Wood County and the patients we serve; this 4 year certification reflects their efforts and commitment.”

The comprehensive inspection process focuses on Quality Improvement, Training and Education, Fiscal Stewardship and Stability, Security and Privacy of Patient Information, Community Service, and Operations and Resource Management.

Initially founded in 1973 by the Sisters of St. Joseph as part of St. Joseph’s Hospital, SJAS has been independently owned and operated as a privately held corporation since 2003. With a staff of 90 licensed EMTs and Paramedics, SJAS operates 11 ALS units and 4 Wheelchair transport vehicles from their Station One location at 1619 St. Mary’s Avenue and satellite locations in South Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown.

 

West Virginia Yellow Dot Program

Beginning April 10, 2012, the Yellow Dot Program (YDP) will be kicked- off and will be available to West Virginia citizens throughout the State. The YDP is mainly geared toward the senior population who has a medical condition or suffers from allergic reactions to certain medications; however, anyone of any age can participate.

Interested participants may sign up to participate in the program at any DMV Regional Office throughout the State beginning April 10, 2012. The participant will be asked to sign a consent form, they will then be provided with a current picture, an emergency contact/medical information sheet and a Yellow Dot folder to house these items in the glove compartment. A Yellow Dot Sticker will also be provided to be placed on the outside of the lower left rear
window of the vehicle.

In the event of a crash, the first responder will know to look for a yellow dot sticker on the rear window and look in the glove compartment for a yellow dot folder containing information about the driver, a list of medications taken, allergies, etc., along with a photograph of the individual.

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