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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | February 6, 1997
In a move that has infuriated and frightened emergency medical workers, Baltimore is considering turning over ambulance service to private management.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has instructed the fire chief to explore whether private companies can transport and provide quick emergency medical assistance to patients at a lower cost than the $8 million the city spends each year."All I'm doing is studying the issue and gathering information," Schmoke said.Schmoke said he expects proposals to go out within 30 to 60 days, and a final answer could come 60 days after that.
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2001
With the flu season just getting under way, hospital emergency rooms throughout metropolitan Baltimore have been declaring "yellow alerts" this week -- meaning they are too busy to take additional patients. Though the number fluctuates from hour to hour, seven of the region's 21 hospitals were asking ambulances to take patients elsewhere by late afternoon yesterday. A day earlier, 17 said they were treating all the patients they could handle. "It's very busy," said Dr. Brian Browne, director of emergency medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
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June 3, 2001
Farmers' market opens this month in Westminster The Downtown Westminster Farmers' Market opens this month at the Sherwood Parking Lot on Railroad Avenue and Distillery Drive. The market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 27. The farmers' market features fresh seasonal produce, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, flowers, eggs, apple butter, raw and spun wool, and organically grown produce. All produce is delivered and sold directly by local farmers. The market is sponsored by the mayor and Common Council of Westminster.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 26, 2003
Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens appointed a committee yesterday to study the Fire Department's $7.2 million overtime expenditures last fiscal year. The move is the second county government response to criticism that the department exceeded its overtime budget by more than $1 million and spent millions more on overtime than neighboring counties. Last week, the County Council requested an audit of the department. The eight-member committee, headed by Owens' senior economic adviser, Ronald McGuirk, will analyze the department's staffing practices and compare them with other jurisdictions.
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October 24, 2004
The Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department has launched a membership recruitment campaign, Who Will Answer The Call, with a goal of recruiting 25 new fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel in six months. Membership applications can be downloaded from a new Web site, www.sykesvillefire.org, which includes news and history of the Fire Department and information on how to contact personnel. The department is seeking new firefighting and emergency medical services volunteers, as well as for administrative duty, which includes fund raising, public relations, fire prevention and auxiliary work.
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By New York Times News Service | June 16, 1993
NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn woman, pronounced dead by emergency medical technicians, lay on the floor of her apartment for at least two hours until an investigator from the city Medical Examiner's office heard a gurgling sound and realized she was alive.The woman, Nancy Vitale, 40, a teacher, was unconscious and in critical condition yesterday at Coney Island Hospital as the police, the Emergency Medical Service and the medical examiner's office defended their actions and said they were not responsible for failing to realize that she needed a doctor, not a coroner.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1995
Anne Arundel County is considering whether a private company should provide a critical component of its emergency medical services -- a controversial idea some say could lead to life-threatening delays and raise the cost of service."
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,Sun Staff Writer | March 12, 1995
Speeding ambulances and screaming sirens don't always improve a patient's chances of surviving an injury or illness. Sometimes, the trip itself can be deadly."
NEWS
May 11, 1993
Donna Geiman has been named 1993 nurse of the year from Carroll County General Hospital. She has been with the Westminster hospital for 18 years and works in the emergency department.John Sernulka, executive vice president of the hospital, said it is "proud that she is a member of our nursing staff and a neighbor in our community.""Her contributions to our hospital are invaluable," he said. "Her understanding that good nursing care is the foundation of a community hospital helps to raise the standard of care throughout our institution."
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September 20, 1990
The other honorees are:Civilian Certificate of Honor:* Matthew Scott, 6, of Rockville, was at home when his mother had a seizure. He called 911 and requested an ambulance, then cared for his younger siblings during the absence of an adult.* Gertrude Kidd, of Fallston, a home-health care nurse, stopped the bleeding from a motorist's head within seconds after an accident, before paramedics arrived.* Margaret Johnson, of Bladensburg, saved a child whose clothes were engulfed in flames.* Joseph R. Snowberger, of Ridgely, was driving a dump truck when he saw another dump truck overturn and catch fire.
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