Our emergency medicine physicians and staff are active in the communities we serve across the region. Doctors James Leaming and Thomas Terndrup direct the Health Care Facilities Partnership of South central PA—a regional collaboration of all 17 acute care regional hospitals. Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, the collaboration includes emergency management agencies and three primary care clinics to create a model for communities across the United States to begin addressing their own public health emergency preparedness needs. We also staff the Beaver Stadium first aid stations during Pennsylvania State University home football games—weekends where State College becomes Pennsylvania’s third largest “city.”
Every day, our Life Lion Critical Care and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams bring life-saving skills into our communities. The Penn State Hershey Life Lion Critical Care team of flight nurses, paramedics, and pilots offers lectures and presentations on health care and safety topics, participates in community events such as National Night Out and Prom Promise, and provides tours of the Life Lion hangar for students, Scouts, and more to learn more about the aircraft. Our crew also offers landing zone safety presentations for fire departments and EMS organizations, as well as continuing education programs for members of the EMS community.
From car seat safety inspections and bicycle safety checks to blood pressure screening and beginner driver safety, the Penn State Hershey Life Lion EMS team offers various community outreach programs each year. In partnership with the Hershey Area Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons, the team distributes File of Life (a tri-fold personal medical home file that includes vital information for first responders such as medical conditions, drug allergies, and emergency contacts; magnet pouch; and window decal) to seniors at various community health fairs and events.
Penn State Hershey Emergency Medicine partners with public health and safety management agencies throughout the region, including Emergency Health Services Federation, Lebanon County Ambulance Association, Dauphin County EMS Council, Dauphin County Crisis Response Team, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and South Central Pennsylvania Counter Terrorism Task Force. Interests include improving survival from sudden cardiac arrest, stroke, acute myocardial infarction, and trauma.