Western Chester County first responders gathered for an informational meeting in Parkesburg last week to discuss the impending closure of Tower Health’s Medic 93 and the effects that the loss of its advanced life support will have on the region, writes Jen Samuel for the Daily Local News.
“This is a crisis,” said Chief Brian Gathercole of the Keystone Valley Fire Department.
The goal of the gathering was to explain the situation to community members and get all stakeholders to create a better system of the local emergency management services that puts the focus specifically on advanced life support.
When there is a lack of advanced life support in an area, medics must travel greater distances to bring their patients to hospitals further away. The closure of Jennersville Regional Hospital and Brandywine Hospital had already made the situation precarious, and the expected closure of Medic 93 services on September 1 will only worsen it further.
“This is a countywide problem,” said Gathercole. “First it was our two hospitals, now it is our advanced life support service.”
Read more about the closure of Medic 93 in the Daily Local News.