Robinson named Answering the call
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,
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.
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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
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
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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
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-
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School of EMS celebrates
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.
“It’s That Time Again … Hypothermia”
presented by Don Spaner, M.D. Ross
Auditorium at Hillcrest Hospital.
Got something to say?
The most recent paramedic graduates from the School of EMS, Cleveland
e want to hear from you.As an We’re also interested in receiving let-
W EMS professional, you’re this
newsletter’s best source of information.
ters to the editor. This is your chance to
make suggestions, compliment cowork-
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. ■
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