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West Chester’s Good Fellowship Ambulance receives top pediatric honors


West Chester >> The worst nightmare for parents is when they have to summon 911 for their child who is either injured or sick. But, in Chester County, children who live in Good Fellowship Ambulance’s coverage area are in the best of hands.

Good Fellowship Ambulance was recently recognized and awarded top honors in the “Expert” category by the Pennsylvania Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program. This level demonstrates that the E.M.S. agency has additional pediatric-specific medical equipment on the ambulances, compiles complete child abuse background checks, performs pediatric-specific continuing education programs each year, and is actively involved in multiple community outreach programs.

In 2014, the Emergency Medical Service Council, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Service and Emergency Health Services Council formed the Pennsylvania Pediatric voluntary Recognition Program to spotlight E.M.S. agencies that exceed current requirements to deliver outstanding health care to children of the commonwealth.

Out of approximately 1,200 EMS agencies in the commonwealth, only 173 are recognized by the program and fewer than 50 attain the “Expert” level of pediatric services which was awarded to Good Fellowship Ambulance


“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Charles Brogan, chief of operations of Good Fellowship Ambulance. “I’m very proud of the emergency providers who are trained professionally and genuinely care about their patients,”

In a year’s time, Good Fellowship answers 300 pediatric emergencies consisting of allergic reactions, falls, respiratory illnesses, and choking incidents. These emergencies can occur at home, school, day care centers, and at doctor offices.

“When a 911 call is placed from home, it’s a very scary time for the parent or guardian. We use a different approach when we aid a pediatric patient. We introduce ourselves, get the child calm and comfortable with the crew members, explain how we are going to make them feel better. And, equally important, get the parent or guardian calm as well because it is a traumatic experience,” explained Brogan.

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