Marshfield Medical Center introduces new EMS coordinator team
For the Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD – Marshfield Medical Center (MMC) in Marshfield has created a new EMS coordinator team that will work to build stronger relationships with local first responders and medical units at the hospital.
“Excellence in emergency patient care starts with the patient’s call for help. Many roles are involved from the 911 dispatcher, emergency medical responder, emergency medical technicians of all levels, police and fire department personnel to the staff in the Emergency Department to ensure that every patient receives quality care to manage their emergency,” an MMC release stated.
Karen Fluegel, a registered nurse in the hospital’s emergency department and Kristin Taylor, a critical-care paramedic who works in our Urgent Care and with United Ambulance Service, will be taking on joint responsibility of EMS coordinators at Marshfield Medical Center.
“Karen and Kristin play an important part in supporting emergency management directives for the community and our hospital,” said Dr. Clint McKee, emergency department medical director. “They will work side by side with our service lines in the pursuit of excellent EMS service for the communities we serve, a vital role as we help support our EMS crews.”
“The EMS coordinators role supports more than 20 hospital service lines that serve our surrounding community. This role helps support educational needs and quality assurance. EMS coordinators help as a liaison with some of hospital programs like trauma, stroke and ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), a very serious type of heart attack during which one of the heart’s major arteries is blocked,” the release added
Fluegel has 30 years of experience in health care – 24 in EMS. She is currently an emergency medical responder, advanced medical technician, firefighter, and emergency department nurse.
Taylor is clinically-trained and has spent the past 12 years working pre-hospital and with experience as a first responder, intercept paramedic, emergency department, pre-hospital 911, and urgent care roles.
“We are excited for the development of this team as we are committed to the ongoing support and partnership to serve our surrounding communities,” said Stephanie Tate, emergency department and urgent care nurse manager. “Teamwork, communication, continuing education and training help to ensure we offer the best possible outcome for our patients. We look forward to our EMS coordinators serving as a vital link between pre-hospital and hospital chain of care to achieve this goal.”