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Prehospital Care

Even Before Arriving at Deaconess, Patients Benefit from our Expertise

When a medical emergency occurs, our patients often need immediate treatment. Thanks to our skilled partners, the regional Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers, help is only a phone call away. If you or a loved one experience a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. Skilled medical professionals will provide crucial pre-hospital care during transport to Deaconess Hospital.

Regional EMS Providers

While our regional EMS providers are too numerous to list, we gratefully recognize them all for their dedication to quality services. These professionals include First Responders from area volunteer fire departments to paramedics and nurses who also provide ground or air transport to Deaconess. The following providers work with Deaconess patients most frequently.

Ground Transport

  • American Medical Response (AMR)
  • Gibson County Ambulance
  • Henderson County EMS
  • Posey County EMS
  • Scott Township Fire/EMS
  • Warrick County EMS

Air Medical

  • AirEvac Lifeteam
  • Arch
  • PHI
  • LifeFlight

Partners in Pre-Hospital Care

Pre-hospital services play a critical role in the overall care of Deaconess patients, so we consider regional EMS providers part of our winning team. We support this team by contributing to:

Deaconess professionals are actively involved in regional EMS activities.

  • Deaconess is approved as a Supervising Hospital for the Indiana EMS Commission.
  • Our Emergency Department Medical Director, Dr. Peter Stevenson, serves as Medical Director for American Medical Response (AMR) and the Evansville Fire Department, among other services.
  • Dr. Gina Huhnke, a Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director for the Gibson County EMS.
  • Dr. Vern Taylor, a Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director for Posey County EMS, and Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Dr. Jacob Kennedy, a Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director for Pike County Ambulance.
  • Dr. Howard Heerdt, a Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director of Deaconess EMS Services for the State of Illinois.
  • Dr. Chris Cannon, a Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director for McCutchanville Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Dr. Duane Kuhlenschmidt, an anesthesiologist at Deaconess Hospital, is Medical Director for Marrs Township Volunteer Fire Department
  • Dr. Ted Troyer, a Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director for Spencer County Ambulance
  • Dr. Eric Cure, a Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director for German Township Fire Department 

Quality Assurance – Like Deaconess, our pre-hospital providers are dedicated to quality care, so they review the care of every single patient receiving pre-hospital transport. Through various audit and review inservices, Deaconess assists with these quality assurance activities.

Education - Deaconess educates EMS providers through:

  • Hospital-based courses
    • Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC)
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
    • Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
    • Trauma Nurse Specialist (TNS)
    • Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)
    • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
    • Trauma-specific Continuing Medical Education (CME) presentations, offered monthly
    • 2-day Trauma Conference, held annually in November
    • Education offered through the Emergency Department and Trauma Department
    • Educational opportunities presented by our EMS Coordinator and supporting physicians on an "as requested" basis.
  • Courses in collaboration with Ivy Tech Community College of Evansville
    • First Responder
    • Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS)
    • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
    • Paramedic and Primary Instructor courses

For more information on educational offerings for healthcare providers, view our Professional Calendar.

These collaborations form solid partnerships that ensure expert medical care begins within moments of every 9-1-1 call - without losing precious time during travel to the hospital.