Dover-Foxcroft, ME. January 27, 2018 – Mayo Regional Hospital organized and hosted an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) conference and training program on January 27, 2018 at the Mayo campus in Dover-Foxcroft. The conference was a collaboration between the Mayo EMS Service, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Service (KPTI) at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and the Kiwanis Club of Dover-Foxcroft. There were 23 EMS professionals taking the class, 14 Mayo EMS staff, eight other EMS providers from the region, and one Mayo E.D. nurse. The EMS professionals met at Mayo and learned about updates on the latest in pediatric trauma assessment and treatment protocols.
KPTI got its start in the early 1980’s due to the advocacy of then Mayo Regional Hospital Board Chair “Hap” Gerrish and his uncle, Henry Gerrish, who were both very active in Kiwanis locally and at the New England District Level. They wanted to do something more across the entire region than what they were able to do in their local Kiwanis Club, and their conversations in the 1970’s let to the formation of KPTI.
The conference and training were sponsored by Mayo Regional Hospital and the Kiwanis Club of Dover-Foxcroft. “A huge thank you to Jan Barton, Marilyn Hartford and the numerous other Kiwanian volunteers who coordinated the breakfast and lunch sweets. Also thanks to Cathy Cody, RN who brought cookies and handled the registration for the class, and Will Wedge, the owner of Will’s Shop and Save for his gracious donation of lunch,” said William Hesketh, Mayo EMS Training Supervisor.