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					                                                                                                                                                                      Fall 2005




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Robinson named                               Answering the call
Summit County
Firefighter of the Year                      Local EMS pros
                                             head south to
                      B    oston Heights
                           Fire Chief Jim    assist hurricane
                       Robinson was re-
                       cently presented      victims
                       with the “Chick
                       Markley” Fire-           n the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and
                       fighter of the Year
                       Award from the
                                             I  Rita, a number of local EMS provid-
                                             ers headed South to assist victims of the
                       Summit County         devastation. Shortly after Katrina hit,
Jim Robinson
                       Firefighters Asso-    the Federal Emergency Management
ciation. He was nominated by Steven          Agency (FEMA) sent out a request to
Soblosky, president of the Boston            fire departments across the nation for
Heights Firefighters Association.            two-person teams that could volunteer
      The award recognizes individuals       for 30-day stints. During the volunteer
who demonstrate extraordinary com-           period, fire departments paid the volun-
mitment to the fire service, family and      teers’ normal salaries, with the expecta-
community service. As Chief Robinson         tion that FEMA will reimburse them.
accepted the award during a surprise              Here are stories of a few individuals
ceremony in front of more than 200           in our area who answered the call.
guests, he thanked his community, vil-
lage administration, and especially the      Living in a tent with 200 others
firefighters in his department. ■                 Chief William Shaw of the Solon
                                             Fire Department selected members
                                             John Coyne and Matt Eshleman to
                                             respond to the FEMA call because both
                                             are firefighters and paramedics with
Huron Hospital                               water rescue training. In addition, Coyne
trauma symposium                             has extensive training in rope rescue,
                                             and Eshleman is skilled in handling
draws EMS crowd                              hazardous materials.
                                                  “It was a great experience,” says
      pproximately 150 healthcare pro-       Coyne. “We got to see a lot and know
A     fessionals, including a number
of EMS providers, attended the 11th
                                             what these people went through. We
                                             both felt that we contributed to the
                                                                                          John Panzero (left) and Gino Carcioppolo, firefighters and paramedics with the
                                                                                          Mayfield Village Fire Department, display some of the mementos from their 30-day
                                                                                          volunteer stint assisting hurricane victims in the South.
Annual Trauma Symposium held                 emergency efforts and are glad we went.
November 5 at the InterContinental           We were proud to represent our city and
Hotel & MBNA Conference Center in            department.”                                 tions of homes were remaining. There                After a four-day indoctrination in
Cleveland. Presented by Huron Hospi-              Coyne admitted that the 30-day          were two floating casinos on barges that       Atlanta, where they received FEMA uni-
tal’s trauma center, in partnership with     mission “was a long time to be away          were pushed up on shore. One had               forms, ID badges and government cred-
MedFlight of Ohio, the symposium             from family.” He left behind his wife and    landed on a building. They were im-            it cards, the two men were deployed to
focused on penetrating trauma, with          two children, aged 12 and 14, while Esh-     ploded and cut up.”                            Alabama to work with evacuees.“There
special emphasis on the management           leman missed his girlfriend and parents.                                                    was such a large influx of evacuees in
of vascular injuries.                             After two days of training in Atlanta,  Processing masses of evacuees                  the area that there were not enough
      Once again, the symposium in-          the duo flew to Gulfport, Miss., where            When members of the Pepper                people to handle them,” says Majeski.
cluded a special EMS track, which was        they were based outside the city at a        Pike Fire Department heard about the           “We signed people up for FEMA aid
moderated this year by Tom Beers, EMT        NASA facility. There, the Wildlands fire-    hurricane disaster, several of them            and for counseling with the American
-P, EMS manager at Huron Hospital.           fighters had set up a camp that included     wanted to immediately travel to the            Red Cross, and we worked to get people
The track featured:                          a huge tent, which housed Coyne and          disaster area on their own time.“But           in temporary housing.
      • Howard Werman, MD, speaking          Eshleman, along with about 200 other         then FEMA put out the request for                   “While I was working with the Red
on “Controversies in Field Fluid Man-        people. The Solon men commuted to            30-day volunteer periods, and we won-          Cross, one family came in a car from
agement”                                     and from their work in Gulfport, about       dered who could live without a pay-            Huntsville, Alabama,” he says.“A moth-
      • Alex Butman, BA, DSc, NREMT-         40 miles away.                                                                                                er and two children
P, EMSI, manager of the School of EMS             “Going door to door, we
—Cleveland Clinic Health System, who         helped canvas about 71,000
                                                                                 “It was a great experience. We got to see a lot came into our office,     and the woman said
presented “Doing a More Meaningful           people in Gulfport,” Coyne            and know what these people went through.                                that someone should
Trauma Assessment”                           says.“Eventually, we were             We both felt that we contributed to the                                 talk with her husband.
      • Kenny Hoffman, RN, CEN, EMT-         assigned to set up a disaster                                                                                 He hadn’t eaten in a few
P, CMTE, who addressed “Child Abuse:         recovery center, with several         emergency efforts and are glad we went.”                                days and didn’t want
From Discovery to Prosecution”               strike teams under our direc-                                                                                 to take assistance from
                                                                                   — John Coyne, firefighter/paramedic, Solon Fire Dept.
      In addition to presentations, the      tion. This was a place where                                                                                  the government. We
day-long symposium included a conti-         people could come to register                                                                                 talked with him and
nental breakfast, exhibits, a luncheon,      with FEMA and get questions answered.        check for a whole month,” says Tom             convinced him he needed to be strong
and a keynote speaker, Rao Ivatury, MD,      Our job in Gulfport was basically com-       Majeski, firefighter/ paramedic.               for his family.
professor at Virginia Commonwealth           munity relations, which meant showing             Majeski represented the depart-                “We helped him find employment,
University Medical Center, who spoke         FEMA’s presence.”                            ment with John Frazier, who also serves        and his new employer gave him and his
on “Advances in the Management of                 The day before the Solon men left,      as chief of the Russell Fire Department.       family temporary housing,” notes Ma-
Penetrating Trauma.”Attendees received       they traveled to New Orleans.“There we       “Many people were interested in going,         jeski. “The guy was typical of a lot of
continuing medical education units. ■        saw ghost towns because the people had       but couldn’t,” explains Majeski. “For          people down there. They had been aver-
                                             been displaced,” says Coyne.“Biloxi and      John and I, it was relatively easy because     age, middle-class folks, and now they
                                             Gulfport were hit hard. Only founda-         our children are older.                        had no home or job.
                                                                                                                                                             continued on page 2
         Meet Jonathan Klein, MD
         South Pointe physician thrives on caring for patients
    “        he best part of what I do is taking      ing to get admitted, I did research with
2       T    care of patients, whether they have
        a sprained ankle or are on death’s door,”
                                                      Matthew Levy, a very well known car-
                                                      diac researcher. This bolstered my cre-
        says Jonathan Klein, MD.“A lot of the         dentials and helped me get admitted.”
        time, families need an explanation of              By entering the medical field, Dr.
        what’s going on, and I enjoy helping          Klein followed in the footsteps of his
        them. I get great satisfaction out of serv-   father, Michael, an obstetrician/gyne-
        ing the community and knowing that            cologist who helped found the labor
        we’re always here for them.”                  and delivery department at Hillcrest
             Dr. Klein is co-director of South        Hospital years ago.“His example prod-
        Pointe Hospital’s emergency depart-           ded me to pursue medicine,” says Dr.
        ment (ED), which he has served for            Klein.“He never complained, and he
        five years.“This has been my favorite         loved what he did.”
        place to work,” he says.“It’s truly a com-         After receiving his medical doctor
        munity hospital, and we see a great mix       degree from Case Western Reserve Uni-
        of people, including both blue- and           versity School of Medicine in 1988, Dr.
        white-collar workers. We have wonder-         Klein completed an emergency medi-
        ful specialists and subspecialists here at    cine residency at Mount Sinai Medical
        the hospital.”                                Center in Cleveland. Board certified in
             A native of Shaker Heights, Dr.          emergency medicine, he is an ATLS,           Jonathan Klein, MD, co-director of South Pointe Hospital’s emergency department,
        Klein attended Shaker Heights High            ACLS, and PALS provider. Before join-        pauses in between diagnosing and treating patients.
        School before transferring to Hawken          ing South Pointe, he was assistant direc-
        School for his junior and senior years.       tor of Huron Hospital’s ED and medical       the ropes. This relationship transcends      United States, we have so much technol-
        Upon graduation, he attended Tulane           director for East Cleveland, Lyndhurst       to the personnel because they look to us     ogy at our fingertips.”
        University in New Orleans for two years.      and Chagrin Falls EMS.                       for direction, and we look to them to do          In his spare time, Dr. Klein, who is
             “I didn’t know what I wanted to               “As director of the ED, I try to        the right thing.”                            a resident of Solon, likes to travel, work
        do,”he says.“So I took two years off and      keep the job fun for everyone in the              About 11 years ago, Dr. Klein           out and play golf and tennis. Once a
        traveled around the country. By the time      department,” he says.“We have a close        traveled to Peru on a medical mission.       year, he serves as the ship doctor aboard
        I returned home, I knew I wanted to go        relationship with the squads, and I          “Through this experience, I gained           an 80-passenger cruise ship called the
        into medicine. It was tough getting into      thoroughly enjoy interacting with            an appreciation of working in a third-       Sea Cloud. He recently returned from
        med school, but I persevered. While try-      them. I like teaching young paramedics       world setting,” he says.“Here in the         a voyage to France on this ship. ■




                      ‘Local EMS Pros’                      Majeski also tells the story of a man   Overseeing 93 firefighters in Texas        guidelines are antiquated (pre 9-11)
                      continued from page 1           in his late 40s who was living out of his           “Both the fire chief and mayor of    and need to be updated.
                                                      car with his dog. “We finally found a         Mayfield Village wholeheartedly sup-             After working in Texas, Carciop-
                                                      hotel that would accept him and his           ported us, and FEMA accepted us with-      polo and Panzero were redeployed to
                                                      pet,” says Majeski.“It was his first decent   in a 24-hour period,” says John Panzero,   Orlanda, Fla., for computer training,
                                                      meal and roof over his head in more           who headed South in September with         so that they could log onto the FEMA
                                                      than two weeks.”                              coworker Gino Carcioppolo. The two         site and process people. Then the couple
                                                            During their volunteer stint, Eshle-    men, who are firefighters and para-        was redeployed to Dallas, but in the
                                                      man and Majeski stayed in local hotels,       medics, were deployed to Fort Worth,       middle of their redeployment, they
                                                      private homes and tents. Depending on         Texas, after processing in Atlanta.        were put in charge of the remaining 93
                                                      FEMA’s needs, they were moved around                In Texas, the Mayfield Village duo   firefighters in Beaumont, Texas.
        “I would have liked it if                     from place to place, and their assign-        joined a group of 120 firefighters, who          “We were in a holding pattern, and
         the volunteer firefighters’                  ments changed daily. “We passed out           were divided into three groups – one       didn’t know where we’d end up,” Panze-
                                                      meals and wheelchairs and built tem-          that worked the emergency operations       ro says.“In Beaumont, we went out to
         deployment was more                          porary housing, including a 10,000-           center, one that served at the area’s 22   the field and looked at damaged homes
         tailored to their abilities                  square-foot structure from a kit,” says       shelters, and a roaming division that      and wrote reports on them. We also
         and based on their                           Majeski.“While building the housing,          searched for evacuees. Panzero was         handed out flyers to people, as part of
                                                      we found at least one firefighter in our      placed in charge of this latter group.     customer relations work. At large cen-
         experience with EMS,                         team who knew every trade – from car-               “Our initial assignment was to       ters, we assisted with food and water
         hazardous materials and                      pentry to plumbing.                                                                                       distribution, and we also
                                                            “I felt good about                                                                                  made first contact with
         so forth. I hope that with                                                   “The overall scope of the devastation was over-
                                                      what I did,” he adds.                                                                                     hundreds of residents
         new leadership, FEMA                         “But I thought the fed-           whelming. John and I used this experience to                            who had been trapped.
         will make changes in                         eral aspect was very dis-         think about what we can do back at our local                                 Panzero, who has
                                                      organized. I think FEMA                                                                                   three children, aged 11,
         this regard.”                                fell way short of their
                                                                                        level in case of emergency.”                                            14 and 20, says,“It was
                                                      commitment because                – Tom Majeski, firefighter/paramedic, Pepper Pike Fire Dept.            difficult to leave my
         — John Panzero, firefighter/
                                                      they had been looking                                                                                     family, but they were
          paramedic, Mayfield Village
                                                      intently at weapons of                                                                                    supportive. It was nice
           Fire Dept.
                                                      mass destruction and had neglected            track down evacuees by canvassing the      that we were able to help. We were able
                                                      other emergency preparedness. Also,           city,” Panzero explains.“We set up our     to be first responders in Beaumont.
                                                      the overall scope of the devastation          own incident command center and set        That was the most gratifying experience
                                                      was overwhelming. John and I used             about searching the whole Greater          of the whole trip.”
                                                      this experience to think about what           Forth Worth area. In a week’s time, our
                                                      we can do back at our local level in          group of 40 firefighters found 9,000       Dispensing meds and lending an ear
                                                      case of emergency.                            families who had evacuated there.                For two members of the Chester-
                                                            “The trip was tough going,” Majes-            “I would have liked it if the volun- land Fire Department, the hurricane
                                                      ki admits.“The mental stress was diffi-       teer firefighters’ deployment was more     disaster area happened to be conve-
                                                      cult, and by the end of four weeks, we        tailored to their abilities and based on   niently located. By sheer coincidence,
                                                      were feeling homesick. Nevertheless,          their experience with EMS, hazardous       Susie Vigh and Susan Markley were in
                                                      I’d go back again for a couple weeks          materials and so forth,” he adds.“I hope   San Antonio, Texas, when Katrina hit.
                                                      with a church group or something if           that with new leadership, FEMA will              Both women, who are best friends,
                                                      I could help.”                                make changes in this regard. A lot of
                                                                                                                                                                      continued on page 3
Euclid Hospital’s ED expansion includes special EMS areas
     uclid Hospital’s $4 million emer-
E    gency department (ED) expansion
includes new facilities designed to meet
                                               Currently, there is only one
                                               private patient room in the
                                               ED, which was built in the
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the needs of local EMS squads.“With-           1950s. The remaining pa-
out question, this is a good thing, as         tient treatment areas are
well as a needed thing,” says Euclid Fire      divided by curtains, and six
Chief Tom Cosgriff.“Our squads are             beds are placed in the hall-
especially pleased about plans for a           way to accommodate over-
decontamination area.”                         flow patients.
      The hospital broke ground in mid              The expanded ED
October and plans to complete the ex-          will include 16 private
pansion by December 2006. When fin-            rooms for acute-care
ished, the ED will boast 22 treatment          patients and four different
rooms, new state-of-the-art equipment,         nursing stations.“One of
a new ambulance entry point, a large atri-     these stations will be 40 to
um waiting area, an updated EMS report         45 feet long,” explains Low-
room, and a new EMS storage area.              ery.“We’ll have 12 chairs
      “We’re very excited about this           instead of two, and the
much-needed project,” says Marita              entire setup will be much
Volk, MD, medical director of the ED.          more efficient.”
“The expansion will really help the                 Both Lowery and Dr.
community by increasing the number             Volk have actively involved
of patients who can be admitted to the         the entire ED staff in the
ED. In addition to boosting patient sat-       design of the enlarged
                                                                               Breaking ground for Euclid Hospital’s emergency department expansion are (from left) Richard
isfaction, the project will also enhance       space.“The staff has been       Lowery, director of emergency services, Euclid Hospital; Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs
our work environment, which is very            very engaged in the project     Jones; Senator Mike DeWine; Bill Cervenik, mayor of the City of Euclid; Lauren Rock, chief
important for employees – including            and has designed it along       administrative officer, Euclid Hospital; Tom Selden, president and chief executive officer,
our EMS squads, which we consider to           with the architect,” says       Cleveland Clinic Health System – East Region.
be part of our team.”                          Lowery.
      Euclid Hospital has one of the low-                                                  of an emergency, we want to contain the       ferred here because hospitals in an
est diversion rates in Ohio, and those         Improved EMS facilities                     threat, and we wouldn’t want a person         attacked area may not be able to handle
rates are going even lower. In 2004, the            According to Chief Cosgriff, the       to come into the ED and contaminate           them all. So … being prepared and hav-
hospital managed to reduce diversions          proposed decon area is much needed.         everyone else.                                ing the decontamination area at Euclid
by an additional 60%, going from 277           “Years ago, there were many things we            “A lot of people think a biological      Hospital are definitely good things.”
hours on diversion in 2003 to only 92          didn’t give a whole lot of consideration    or chemical attack wouldn’t happen                 According to Greg Ivanovics,
hours in 2004. The expansion project           to, but now there is an increase in the     here, but I’m not convinced that’s the        EMT-P, EMS coordinator, the overall
should reduce diversions even further.         number of threats relating to biological    case,” adds Cosgriff.“There is also the       layout of the newly planned ED is “im-
      “Although our maximum capacity           and chemical hazards,” he says.“In case     chance that patients would be trans-          pressive.” He says, “Much time and
is 24,000 patients a year, we’ve been see-                                                                                               effort was spent in the planning of the
ing 28,000 annually,”says Richard Low-                                                                                                   patient rooms, and the design stretches
ery, director of the ED.“With the ex-                                                                                                    beyond function and efficiency.
panded ED, we’ll be able to handle                                                                                                            “With our decontamination room,
32,500 patient visits a year. This will help                                                                                             we’re continuing to progress in the area
us achieve our mission, which is to serve                                                                                                of homeland security and patient de-
the needs of the community. More peo-                                                                                                    contamination,” he adds.“This room
ple are using the ED for their primary                                                                                                   effectively ties in with equipment cur-
care, and we want to meet this need.”                                                                                                    rently used by the Euclid Hospital
                                                                                                                                         Emergency Response Team to better
Private, Soothing Environment                                                                                                            serve the community in the event of
     In addition to increased accessibili-                                                                                               a biological, chemical, or radiological
ty, Euclid’s renovated ED will offer pa-                                                                                                 disaster. This is an exciting time for
tients and their families a more private,                                                                                                Euclid Hospital and its department of
soothing and attractive environment.           This artist’s rendering depicts Euclid Hospital’s emergency department expansion.         emergency services.” ■




‘Local EMS Pros’
continued from page 2

are firefighters and paramedics, and Vigh      with people and seeing what they need-      a rooftop, where the family was trauma-       because the banks froze everything.
was attending a national EMS instruc-          ed,” she adds.“You read a lot of negative   tized by viewing bodies that floated in             “I was very, very impressed by the
tors conference. The American Red              things about what people did, but I’d       the streets below. After two days, they       Red Cross,”she adds.“In a short amount
Cross approached the conference atten-         say that 95 percent of the people were      were finally rescued.                         of time, they set up a clinic, pharmacy,
dees and asked if they would like to vol-      very grateful.”                                  “Our experience was overwhelm-           cafeteria, phones and computers. I don’t
unteer to assist hurricane victims who              According to Markley, the worst        ing and humbling,” Markley claims.            regret a minute of what we did. I wish
had evacuated to the San Antonio area.                                                                                                   we could have done more. The experi-
     “We worked six-hour shifts for four       “I was very, very impressed by the Red Cross. In a short                                  ence makes you appreciate how fortu-
days and did a lot of different things,”                                                                                                 nate you are. I used to think it’d be nice
says Markley.“The first night we
                                                amount of time, they set up a clinic, pharmacy, cafeteria,                               to live down South where it’s warm, but
worked in an old department store that          phones and computers.”                                                                   now I’m perfectly happy to live in Ohio.”
the Red Cross turned into a shelter to
house a couple thousand people. There,          — Susan Markley, firefighter/paramedic, Chesterland Fire Dept.                           Share your hurricane story
we worked in a pharmacy dispensing                                                                                                            If you volunteered to help hurri-
medications. Over the course of the            story she heard was the tale of a father    “You hear that mostly poor people were        cane victims and would like to share
four days, we also passed out food and         with a family of six, who fled their home   affected, but that’s not true. I saw people   your story, please call your Siren news-
over-the-counter medications.                  and tried to wade or swim through the       from all walks of life, including wealthy     letter editor, Anne Gallagher at 330-
     “We also spent a lot of time talking      streets. They ended up taking refuge on     people who couldn’t get their money           656-3068. ■
                                                                                                  School of EMS celebrates
                                                                                                  paramedic graduation
4   EMS courses offered
                                                                                                  O     n October 26, the School of EMS – Cleveland Clinic Health System
                                                                                                        celebrated the graduation of 14 new paramedics in Waltz Auditorium at

    T  he School of EMS—Cleveland Clinic Health System is offering the following courses.

        EMT–Paramedic Course #24: January 10, 2006 to December 15, 2006
                                                                                                  Euclid Hospital. The commencement ceremony followed a reception that in-
                                                                                                  cluded hors d’oeuvres and beverages for the faculty, graduates and guests. ■

        Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m., plus ten scheduled Friday evenings
        Cost: $2,600 plus books

        EMT–Basic Course #13: January 17, 2006 to May 26, 2006
        Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m.
        Cost: $500 plus books
        This course is the prerequisite for Paramedic Class #25 that begins August 23, 2006.

    The EMS School is located at the Euclid Hospital Health Center. Since enrollment is
    limited, interested individuals should apply and enroll now. ■




    EMS Calendar                                                                                  Proudly displaying their awards at the School of EMS paramedic graduation
                                                                                                  celebration are (from left) Jack Healey, salutatorian; Cameron McElroy, high-
                                                                                                  est academic average (tied) and second highest skills; Brian Roberts, class
                                                                                                  representative, highest academic average (tied) and highest skills perform-
    November 22                                   December 20                                     ance; Dan Yochum, second class representative and leadership, and Eric
    7 p.m.                                        7 p.m.                                          Mannion, leadership.

    “Burns.” Community Room at Sagamore           “Cardiac Emergencies.” Community
    Hills Medical Center.                         room at Sagamore Hills Medical Center.
    December 7
    7 p.m.
    “It’s That Time Again … Hypothermia”
    presented by Don Spaner, M.D. Ross
    Auditorium at Hillcrest Hospital.




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                                                                                                  Clinic Health System, include (from left) front row: Jeff Ferfolia, Cameron
                                                                                                  McElroy, Eric Mannion, Ken Ryan and David Soriano; middle row: Dan
                                                                                                  Yochum, Nate Liptak, Jack Healey, Michael Petz, Brian Roberts and Brian
                                                                                                  McCarthy; back row: Ryan McElroy, John Rice and John Cary.
    Story ideas include interesting squad         ers or discuss current EMS issues. Con-
    runs, job tips and unusual hobbies or         tact Anne Gallagher at 330-656-3068 or
    second jobs.                                  gallcomms@aol.com. ■
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