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Group donates money to Penns Valley EMS Service

by on January 03, 2020 9:18 AM

GRACE UNITED Methodist Church Men’s Group president Bob Booz, center, and member Dave Bressler presented Penns Valley EMS Chief Cindy Ross with a check for $1,000 to be used for the purchase of two CPAP machines.

CENTRE HALL — The United Methodist Men’s Group from Grace United Methodist Church in Centre Hall presented the Penns Valley EMS Service with a check for $1,000 on Dec. 27 at the EMS station, located at 106 Ross Hill Rd, Spring Mills.

Men’s Group president Bob Booz and member Dave Bressler presented the check to EMS Chief Cindy Ross. The money came from several fundraising events held throughout the year by the men’s group for the purpose of helping service groups in the Penns Valley area.

Ross said the money will be used to help pay for two Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines to be carried in the service’s two ambulances. The CPAP machines are used to aid patients with breathing difficulties. The CPAP’s are connected to oxygen tanks, and provide air and oxygen under pressure when the patient inhales. Ross noted that a CPAP machine is very helpful to a patient with breathing problems.

“It really does help, and we have a lot of people down here that really could use that immediately,” she said.

Ross said the EMS service’s medical director feels that the CPAPs will be very beneficial, given that Penns Valley is a fairly large rural area and ambulance travel time to locations in Woodward, Rebersburg or Livonia might be as long as half an hour.

Ross said the CPAPs are not required by state regulations.

“It’s not a requirement. It’s up to the service, but because we have two ambulances, we have to have two (CPAPs),” she said. “Whatever’s in one rig we have to have in the other rig.”

She said the CPAPs cost nearly $2,300 each, and with funding from a grant from the Centre Foundation plus the United Methodist Men’s Group’s donation, the EMS Service will be able to purchase the two CPAP units very soon.


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