New EMS non­profit be­gins ser­vices Feb. 19

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

The newly formed non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion North­east­ern Berks EMS in Kutz­town will be­gin of­fer­ing emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices start­ing Feb. 19.

“The cre­ation of North­east­ern Berks EMS was prompted by our feel­ing that the cur­rent emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vice be­ing pro­vided to Kutz­town Bor­ough and the sur­round­ing ar­eas could be im­proved,” said Doug Dem­chyk, pres­i­dent and Chief of Op­er­a­tions of North­east­ern Berks EMS. “At the time the or­ga­ni­za­tion was first cre­ated, its fo­cus was di­rected to­wards the com­mu­nity in which we were look­ing to serve. Our goal is pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble and un­in­ter­rupted ser­vice.”

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion, Dem­chyk said the ad­min­is­tra­tive team at North­east­ern Berks EMS is com­pletely vol­un­teer, with the ex­cep­tion of the Pres­i­dent/Chief of Op­er­a­tions, sav­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion the cost of ad­min­is­tra­tive pay­roll.

In ad­di­tion, he said that as a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, North­east­ern Berks EMS is el­i­gi­ble for lo­cal, state, and fed­eral grants that can be used for equip­ment up­grades and train­ing ex­er­cises.

“Over all, the team at North­east­ern Berks EMS not only is putting the com­mu­nity first, but we can ac­com­plish this mis­sion at an over­all lower cost. Ad­di­tion­ally, any prof­its that we make, by law, must be re­tained within the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said Dem­chyk.

Five mem­bers serve on the board of di­rec­tors. There are a to­tal of 15 team mem­bers in the field di­vi­sion. Their cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in­clude Emer­gency Med­i­cal Tech­ni­cian (EMT), Ad­vanced EMT, Para­medic, and Pre-hospi­tal Regis-

tered Nurses.

“The mis­sion at North­east­ern Berks EMS is to pro­vide ex­cep­tional pre­hos­pi­tal emer­gency med­i­cal care and trans­porta­tion to our pa­tients who are in need of emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices, and to pro­vide our com­mu­nity, along with other emer­gency re­spon­ders and re­sponse agen­cies, the op­por­tu­nity for emer­gency med­i­cal train­ing at the ba­sic and ad­vanced lev­els,” said Dem­chyk.

North­east­ern Berks EMS op­er­ates two fully com­pli­ant and equipped Ad­vance Life Sup­port Am­bu­lances, one of which will be in ser­vice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“At North­east­ern Berks EMS we want to help make emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vice in Kutz­town and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties the very best it can be. We will play any role th­ese com­mu­ni­ties choose for us, but the ad­di­tion of North­east­ern Berks EMS, if used prop­erly, will im­prove the avail­abil­ity and re­sponse times of emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices,” he said. “Ad­di­tion­ally, we want to as­sure every­one that we are com­pletely ready to be­gin ser­vice.”

Dem­chyk said this in­cludes all li­censes and reg­is­tra­tions with the mul­ti­ple gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies, in­clud­ing the Cen­ters for Medi­care and Med­i­caid. “On top of our stan­dard li­censes, we are also pleased to an­nounce the we have re­cently been rec­og­nized by the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Health and the Penn­syl­va­nia Emer­gency Health Ser­vices Coun­cil for meet­ing all the stan­dards es­tab­lished in their Vol­un­tary Pe­di­atric Recog­ni­tion Pro­gram and have re­ceived a MAS­TER Level recog­ni­tion,” he said.

Dem­chyk en­cour­ages any­one with ques­tions or con­cerns to feel free to con­tact North­east­ern Berks EMS di­rectly.

“We would love the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain our or­ga­ni­za­tion to any­one who wants to know more!” he said.

North­east­ern Berks EMS is lo­cated at 220 South Maple Street, Kutz­town. Call 484-294-0828 or email info@Nnorth­east­ernBerk­


North­east­ern Berks EMS su­per­vi­sor staff, from left to right: Dou­glas Dem­chyk, Melissa Sz­abo, Mervin Zim­mer­man, Lau­ran Youse. Miss­ing from the pic­ture is Brian Sz­abo and Kurt Rein­ert.


North­easter Berks EMS Board of Di­rec­tors, from left to right: David Anspach, Amy Evans, Dou­glas Dem­chyk, Jo­lene Sch­legel. Miss­ing from the pic­ture is Stephen Dem­chyk.


North­east­ern Berks EMS is lo­cated at 220 South Maple Street, Kutz­town.


North­east­ern Berks EMS has two am­bu­lances.

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