Southern Paramedic Service/Southern Care Ambulance  
2ND Quarter SUMMER newsletter - we've been supporting the community! 

Gary Padget, CEO
CEO's Message

We did it!  Southern Paramedic Services/ Southern Care Ambulance received national ambulance accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for our companies' compliance with national standards of excellence. Thanks to the diligence, innovation and dedication of our management team and employees,
Southern is one of only 180 ambulance services in the country to successfully complete the voluntary review process which included completion of a comprehensive application and on-site review by national experts in emergency medical services (EMS). 

The Commission is a non-profit organization which was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America's medical transportation system. The primary focus of the Commission's standards is high-quality patient care.  This is accomplished by establishing national standards which not only address the delivery of patient care, but also the ambulance service's total operation and its relationships with other agencies, the general public, and the medical community.  The Commission's standards often exceed state or local licensing requirements.

With the CAAS accreditation achievement, Southern Paramedic Service and Southern Care Ambulance become only the fourth ambulance service to be currently CAAS accredited in the state of Arkansas. We will continue to strive to always do our best for our patients and community. 

All the while we have been working towards achieving national accreditation, we have not stopped our attention to the 9-1-1 business at hand; responding to a robust call volume in all our service areas and adding new equipment, technology and the education programs that go along with stepping up our performance. We have also been participating and supporting numerous community and industry events and causes.  In particular, we have recently celebrated national EMS Week under the American College of EMS Physicians (ACEP) theme of EMS Strong; Always in Service. I couldn't be more impressed with our EMS professionals and the compassion and competence they offer our patients.  We were proud participants in the State's Parade of Lights in Little Rock and also broadcast a TV Public Safety Announcement (PSA) encouraging everyone to minimize driving distractions. 

Southern Paramedic Service/ Southern Care Ambulance have a lot to celebrate as we enter into a busy summer.  We hope you will all join with us in celebrating the season by safely enjoying all Arkansas' recreational venues have to offer. 

Picture in front of the State Capital during EMS week

Southern Paramedic Services' Paramedics and EMTs say, "Leave Room for the Drive!"

Our National EMS Week PSA was recently broadcast by KATV in Little Rock. 

We've been busy community supporters!
Southern Paramedic Service offered information and assistance during the May 6th Clinton Ozark Health Fair 

Raising Money
for a New Lonoke Preschool Playground means Sponsoring and Participating in Lonoke's Hog Roast

With the goal of helping the Lonoke Exceptional Development Center (LEDC) provide much needed updates for the Lonoke preschool playground, Southern Paramedic Service sponsored and attended the organization's  May 20th Annual Hog Roast, a BBQ catered dinner featuring live music, kids' activities and a silent auction.

LEDC is a non-profit organization licensed by Arkansas Developmental Disability Services. The programs offered are designed to provide skills and opportunities for individuals that have developmental disabilities that will enable them to increase their ability to make choices that will lead to a useful, purposeful, and self-sufficient life.    

Southern Paramedic Services Participates in the State EMT Association's National EMS Week 
- Parade of Lights in Little Rock

We've been busy community supporters! Southern Paramedic Service offered information and assistance during the May 6th Clinton Ozark Health Fair   

Southern Paramedic Services Participates in Van Buren County's Mass Casualty Incident Drill

Led by the Van Buren County Office of Emergency Management, Southern Paramedic Services participated along with both Choctaw and Clinton fire departments as well as state, county and regional law enforcement agencies in a mock gas pipeline explosion and fire. This MCI drill and debriefing session was staged behind the TTT Transport facility on Highway 95 East of Clinton. 

Kortnie Fallon and her fiancée Jarret Secrease
Southern Paramedic Services Sponsors Wynne's Mucka Mania event

Southern Paramedic Service offered its special event medical standby services for Wynne's sixth annual Mucka Mania 5k/10k run on June 3rd, 2017. The course was challenging for those running through Wynne, the "City with a Grin!" and kept standby crews busy rehydrating runners and spectators alike as well as offering first aid. 

The Muckas Running Club held their 6th Annual 5k walk/run and 10k race which is a challenging course set on the vicious streets of Wynne Arkansas. Southern Ambulance is one of the proud sponsors of this event along with providing an ambulance for standby. There were two runners that represented Southern Ambulance at this event and want to say congratulations to Kortnie Fallon and her fiancée Jarret Secrease for both running in the 5k with both having a time of 32:24. Kortnie placed 1st in her division and Jarrett placed 1st in his and 3rd man over all.
Kortnie Fallen is the Daughter of Paramedic Melony Fallen.

Fun N Fishin' 2017 June 10th

It's Fun N Fishin' Time again! 
Southern Paramedic Service was a proud sponsor for the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce's Fun n Fishin' event again this year.  Along with other sponsors, Riceland Foods, Arkansas County Bank, WalMart, Stedman's ACE Hardware, the Fun N Fishin' fishing derby for children 12 years old and younger is a much anticipated community event.  Southern provides a medical standby team for emergencies but mostly participates just to watch all the kids have a great time. 

Hosted by Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce
Sponsored by Riceland Foods, Arkansas County Bank, WalMart, Southern Paramedic & Stedman's ACE Hardware.

Southern Paramedic Service and Southern Care Ambulance Are Standing By to Ensure the Safety of Event Participants and Attendees

Archey Fork Festival in Clinton  |   Wynne Farm Fest  |   Wynne Fourth of July Music Fest 

Photo courtesy of
Enjoy Summer Grilling 
With Safety in Mind.
The American Red Cross says

Every year people in this country are injured while using backyard charcoal or gas grills. Follow these steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors - not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using grills."

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