Emergency Medical Services Week Recognizes First Responders

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb., – Regional West joins hospitals throughout the region in paying tribute to the paramedics, EMTs, flight nurses, and rescue squad members who are among the first to respond to regional medical emergencies and traumas.

“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the EMS crews in western Nebraska who provide lifesaving care to people of all ages in all kinds of emergency situations. They perform a vital public service that plays a huge role in positive patient outcomes,” said Peter Meyer, MD, Air Link Medical Director and Regional West Emergency Medicine Physician. 

Regional West Emergency Medical Services (EMS) serves the 16 counties in Nebraska’s Trauma Region 4 and beyond. It is staffed by both Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and Nationally Registered Paramedics (NRP) that provide emergency and non-emergency 911, hospital to hospital, and critical care transport services.

As Regional Emergency Medical Director, David Cornutt, MD, works with regional hospitals, health care providers, and EMS providers to make sure standards and resources are in place for responsive emergency care throughout the panhandle.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have the dedicated EMS staff we do in this region. As their Medical Director, I have never worked with a finer group of professionals anyplace in my medical career,” said Dr. Cornutt.

Regional West Emergency Medical Services Manager Randy Meininger echoes Dr. Cornutt’s appreciation for the work of area EMS providers.

“It takes special people to be in EMS and special families to understand that commitment,” said Meininger. “We’re fortunate to have so many individuals throughout the region who are willing to serve their neighbors and communities as first responders.”

Regional West Emergency Medical Services provides ground ambulance services in Chadron, Gordon, Kimball, Ogallala, Oshkosh, Scottsbluff, and Sidney. In addition, Regional West Air Link offers both rotor and fixed wing regional air ambulance capabilities and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS).

Regional West Health Services in Scottsbluff, Neb., is the parent company of Regional West Medical Center, a 188-bed regional referral center and one of three Level II Trauma Centers in the state. As the region’s only tertiary referral medical center, Regional West offers care that spans more than 32 medical specialties provided by over 28 physician clinics. With nearly 300 in-network providers, and 2,000 employees, Regional West provides comprehensive and innovative health care services for the people of western Nebraska and the neighboring states of Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming.