PRESS RELEASE: San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services / Island Air Ambulance responded to a record number of emergency calls and transported a record number of patients in 2011. These accomplishments were recognized by the Commissioners of San Juan County Public Hospital District during their public meeting on January 25, 2012.
San Juan Island EMS / Island Air Ambulance responded to 1266 emergency calls, a 22 percent increase over last year. These accomplishments are a testament to the dedication and commitment of the over 30 EMTs, nine paramedics and transport nurses, and eight pilots who individually responded more than 7,000 times – during all hours of the day and night – to assist fellow islanders and visitors in need.
2011 also saw more than 550 patients transported to mainland hospitals via Airlift Northwest helicopters, Island Air Ambulance, the ferry, and the Sheriff's boat Guardian.
The SJI Public Hospital District sponsors Island Air Ambulance, which is a community-based fixed wing air ambulance program operated in partnership by Island Air, Inc. and SJIEMS. Among a number of innovations, it is one of only a few air ambulance services in the nation that can boast utilization of critical care RNs and EMT flight crews.
"It's not just a matter of a record number of patients but the quality by which they were transported....SJIEMS was recognized as being #1 in the nation for patient satisfaction based on patient surveys conducted independently by EMS Survey Team in the fourth quarter of 2011 and Island Air Ambulance carries a perfect safety record." stated Commissioner J. Michael Edwards of the Public Hospital District. "Both organizations are working very hard to fully integrate with the new Peace Island Medical Center...we as a community could ask for no better and are very appreciative of their efforts." he added.