Williamson Medical Center is once again supporting hurricane relief efforts, thanks to volunteers from its Emergency Medical Services team. James Bourland, EMS Supervisor at the medical center, was among the 11-person strike team deployed to the east coast September 12 in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. The team includes five ambulances and 11 emergency personnel from Williamson and four neighboring counties.
“Anytime there’s a natural disaster, it’s not practical for any one local emergency management service to be able to handle that type of volume,” said EMS Assistant Director Mark King, who also serves as Region 5 Ambulance Strike Team Coordinator. “We work under a concept of mutual aid. If we had a disaster, these states would help bail us out too.”
King said Bourland – strike team leader for this assignment – is among a team of WMC EMS personnel who’ve undergone training to respond to natural disasters; three members responded to hard-hit areas of Florida in 2017. Bourland’s team is prepared to remain onsite for up to two weeks if needed.
About Williamson Medical Center’s EMS Department
Williamson Medical Center’s EMS runs ambulance services for Williamson County, and is a leading emergency responder agency in Tennessee. With more than 100 highly-trained EMS professionals on staff, The EMS Department maintains 10 stations throughout the county; strategically located to keep response times minimal. Members work alongside other responder agencies and volunteer fire departments, offering training and assistance. EMS team members also teach classes in hands only-CPR to schools, churches, and other civic groups. The EMS Department has received many awards and recognition for its service, including the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifelong Gold Award, and the EMS Star of Life Award, presented by the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children Foundation.
About Williamson Medical Center
Williamson Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, preventive health screenings and wellness activities. Services offered by Williamson Medical Center are developed to provide the most cost-effective, convenient and accessible health care possible. More than 750 providers represent over 70 medical specialties and sub-specialties. The caliber of physicians and care at Williamson Medical Center offers patients a level of expertise and sophistication one expects to find at larger facilities, but with compassion and convenience unique to WMC. Our campus also houses Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center, which provides pediatric emergent and inpatient care. With our fully equipped pediatric rooms, we are now able to provide dedicated, focused, and specific care to the children of our community as well as their parents. For more information visit www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org.