Grant For Cardiac Machine

Published 06/10 2014 04:34PM

Updated 06/10 2014 06:38PM

CRESSON, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- Cambria Alliance EMS is one of four departments that received a $25,000 grant to cover the cost of a new cardiac machine.

“We desperately needed it,” said Jim Effinger, Cresson Area Ambulance Service.  “It’s difficult to ask people to dig deeper into their pockets.”

The EMS service received the grant through Lee Initiatives in Johnstown.  It covered the cost of most of the machine.  Total price was a little more than $26,000.

‘To say we are appreciative is putting it mildly,” said Effinger.

The equipment can do several functions at once including alerting the ER staff before the patient arrives.

“It will monitor the person’s heart, blood pressure, and oxygen level,” said Effinger.

If it was not fur the grant, Effinger said the department would not have been able to buy it.

“I can’t say enough of Lee Initiatives,” said Effinger.  “If it wasn’t for them we would not have this.”

Cambria Alliance EMS, Portage Area Ambulance, Conemaugh Valley Regional Ambulance and Berlin Area Ambulance each received $25,000 for the cardiac machine.

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