Williamson Medical Center emergency responders returning home from Florida

By: Johnny Bradigan

FRANKLIN, Tenn.— Three members of the Williamson Medical Center’s EMS Strike Team are on their way back home from Florida, after spending the past four days responding to emergency calls in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The Tennessee ambulance strike teams operating in the state received demobilization orders from state officials late Tuesday afternoon.

Clyde Prater, EMS Supervisor/CCPM, James Bourland, EMS Supervisor/CCPM, and Robert Skinner, Paramedic, had originally planned to spend up to two weeks in Florida. Instead, they will spend the rest of their Tuesday traveling to Georgia to spend the night. In the morning, they, and the other Tennessee ambulance teams that answered the call to assist, will meet back up in Chattanooga before heading back home.

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During their time in Florida, Prater, Bourland, and Skinner traveled up and down central and southern Florida, responding to incidents as needed. Their calls included evacuating special needs patients from a facility in Dover, and responding to a hospital in Naples that had lost both power and water.

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“We are very proud of Clyde, James, and Robert’s volunteer work in Florida,” said Mark King, Assistant Director of Williamson Medical Center’s EMS Department. “They delivered the level of quality care and compassion that Williamson Medical Center is known for, and we will be grateful to have them back home.”

It is anticipated that Prater, Bourland, and Skinner will arrive back in Williamson County sometime after lunch on Wednesday.

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: Lifeline Gold Award, and the EMS Star of Life Award, presented by the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children Foundation.

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 600 physicians represent 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. In 2015, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center opened on our campus, adding dedicated pediatric emergent and inpatient care to our offerings. With our fully equipped pediatric rooms, we are now able to provide focused, specific care to the children of our community as well as their parents. For more information visit www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org.

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