Hospital Dedicates New EMS Entry
Emergency crews from throughout the Verde Valley, who will see the area regularly, gathered with emergency room staff Friday to cut the ribbon on the Verde Valley Medical Center trauma and EMS support area. The newly completed entry will include three new trauma bays, a patient decontamination shower, and EMS support area. Helping with the ribbon-cutting scissors was Becky Schreeve. A plaque dedicates the new Trauma and EMS area to the memory of her former husband Shawn "Clyde" Schreeve, a flight nurse killed in last year's Guardian Air helicopter crash. Rob Barth, Director of Emergency Services and Interim Lead Operations Director helped train Schreeve. Barth described Dr. Vincent Furey as the "silent champion" to behind the improvements. Furey is Medical Director of Emergency Services and Vice Chief of Staff. "It has taken several years of expansion, while our emergency partners struggled through the construction," said Barth. The center will include the Stroke Telemedicine for Arizona Rural Residents, to allow video consultation between VVMC and the Mayo Clinic, permitting the hospital to become a designated stroke center. The hospital is already a designated Cardiac Arrest Center. EMS Coordinator Tish Arwine says the creation of three trauma suites will allow the hospital to pursue in its application to become a Level-4 Trauma Center. She noted that the hospital has been "recognized for its cutting edge services" and the hospital is building on that reputation.