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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 Emergency Medical 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
  • Wabash County Ambulance
  • Warrick County EMS

Air Medical

  • Air Evac 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. 

Deaconess professionals are actively involved in regional EMS activities.

  • Deaconess is approved as a Supervising Hospital for the State of Indiana.
  • Deaconess is approved as a Resource Hospital for the State of Illinois.
  • Gina Huhnke, MD: Emergency Department Medical Director and Medical Director for Gibson County EMS.
  • Vernon Taylor, MD: Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director for the University of Southern Indiana.
  • Jacob Kennedy, MD: Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director for Pike County Ambulance and the Wadesville Fire Department.
  • Howard Heerdt, DO: Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director of Deaconess EMS Services for the State of Illinois.
  • Christopher Cannon, MD: Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director for McCutchanville Volunteer Fire Department and the Evansville Police Department SWAT. He also serves as the Liaison for Air Evac Evansville Base 46 and Posey County EMS. 
  • Ted Troyer, MD: Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director for Spencer County Ambulance, all Fire Departments in Spencer County, and ALCOA.
  • Matthew Gilbert, MD: Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director for Scott Township Fire Department and Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Eric Cure, MD: Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director for German Township Fire Department, Ivy Tech Community College Paramedic Sciences Program, and OnSite Health and Safety.
  • Peter Stevenson, MD: Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Medical Director for AMR Evansville, the Evansville Fire Department, the Evansville Regional Airport, Tropicana, Posey County EMS and Black Township Volunteer Fire Department.
  • J. Patrick Fouts III, MD: Deaconess Emergency Department physician, is Co-medical Director for AMR Evansville. 
  • Gary Keepes, MD: Deaconess Clinic Petersburg physician, is Medical Director for Jefferson Township Fire Department, Petersburgh Fire Department, and South Patoka Township Volunteer 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
    • Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)
    • 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
    • Emergency Medicine Symposium, held annually in September
    • 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
Frontier Community College in Fairfield, IL
  • First Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Paramedic and Primary Instructor courses

For more information on educational offerings for health care 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.


EMS Education Events

Two Day course:  from 8:00 - 5:00 each day.

2-day course offered August 21-22nd
2-day course: September 18-19th