Our region’s first line of defense in medical emergencies
Whether it’s a wreck on the highway or your neighbor’s chronic cardiac problem, an ambulance is usually the first response to medical emergencies to provide lifesaving care.
And sometimes they provide non-emergency transportation when a patient has no other means to get to a doctor.
In our region, ambulance service is personal. Many local residents know the people driving the vehicles or providing care. And emergency workers truly care because many live in the communities they serve. In other words, building trust within the community matters just as much as the care itself.
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics are often the first to the scene and the last line of defense against tragedy.
--U.S. News & World Report
Geisinger is there
Working with local EMS to ensure prompt service
Community Life Support (CLS) works in collaboration with Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC) to ensure the safe transport of behavioral health patients from the Emergency Department to more advanced care in Lackawanna County, Wyoming County, and the surrounding area.
CLS also provides training programs to the public and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community. Typical programs include CPR, and Advanced Life Support (ALS) Assistant. And they work with GCMC and county EMS for Emergency Preparedness drills.
Other CLS services include:
- CLS ambulance services: Deploys ALS and Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance service to communities within Lackawanna County, as well as Paramedic intercept services with volunteer service providers and assists GCMC in providing training for pre-hospital providers and hospital staff.
- ALS/BLS Inter-facility services: Offers local and long distance ALS/BLS inpatient transports for hospitals and nursing homes for referrals, diagnostic testing, and evaluation.
- Wheelchair accessible van transportation: Provides this service to Lackawanna County for patients requiring transport but do not meet the criteria for ambulance transportation.
Through teaching, community education and service, CLS builds lasting relationships between professional and community-based providers. Care is always based on patient needs, not patient’s ability to pay.
Employing the community
CLS employs over 100 paramedics, EMTs and office staff as they cover 9-1-1 calls in Lackawanna and Wyoming counties, and parts of Luzerne, Bradford and Susquehanna counties.
Community Life Support has established a reputation for providing the highest standard of care in this region. This reputation comes from the pride and excellent work of the employees of the CLS program and their collaborations with Geisinger Community Medical Center.