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Hospital board seeks voter approval or EMS levy renewal

Proposal will run in Feburary 2007

The Skyline Hospital Board of Commissioners at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 25, voted to renew the present EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Levy in February of 2007.

The levy will be a single purpose, special election affecting the Klickitat County Hospital District #2 area only.

The proposal will ask for a renewal of the original 49 cents per $1,000 valuation.

The dollars raised by the levy renewal will be used to maintain current levels of emergency services for the district and continue the expanded services in the outlying areas of Dallesport, Murdock, Lyle, and High Prairie.

Ambulance services have improved over the last few years to provide an immediate response to emergency situations and to ensure that there is an immediate back-up ambulance when the first ambulance is responding to a previous call.

The levy will also ensure that emergency response facilities, vehicles and equipment are maintained at state of the art levels. Skyline's newest ambulance arrived in 2005 and was purchased by the EMS Levy which was approved by Hospital District No. 2 voters in 2001.

This emergency vehicle is stocked with the latest in advanced life support systems and equipment. As has been done in the past, the ambulance that was replaced, found a home with one of the area fire districts.

In 2005 Trout Lake Fire District received Skyline's replaced vehicle which greatly improved their emergency capability.

Funds will also be used to continue volunteer participation in the hospital district by providing first responder and EMT training annually in all fire districts within the hospital district.

Skyline maintains a close relationship with the local fire districts to assist with training, equipment and supplies.

EMS levy dollars will also be used to support the emergency room physician staffing to guarantee that a physician is available at all times to take care of all emergencies as they occur throughout the district.

Skyline's trauma surgeon, Dr. Gianna Scannell, is also available in trauma situations to offer life saving surgical interventions to the severely injured patient.

Additional personnel are available for emergencies including respiratory therapy, radiology, lab, certified nursing assistant, clerical support, an anesthesiologist, and registered nurses. Skyline's Emergency Department is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Individuals interested in offering time and efforts to generate the support that this effort needs can call Robin, Jessie or Renee at 493-1101 to volunteer.


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