Story Medical recently put a new ambulance into service that will improve safety and efficiency for the patient and the care team. The new vehicle replaces the older of two ambulances Story Medical has had in service.


Emergency Department Supervisor Susan Hofmeyer says the new ambulance offers a number of enhancements.


“This ambulance is better designed, especially in the area where we are providing care,” Hofmeyer said. “The patient is much more accessible to the paramedics and EMTs. And as an added safety feature, our providers are able to strap into a harness and still have full access to the patient on the go.”


Other safety enhancements include a full LED lighting system, a hydraulic lift that can raise or lower the entire ambulance to accommodate loading or unloading a patient in different situations, and a “power load” system that allows patients to be loaded automatically with the push of a button.


Story Medical paramedics and EMTs respond to nearly 1,500 calls annually.


“One of the unique features of our work in emergency services is that speed is of the essence in administering care,” Hofmeyer says. “Even the smallest of improvements in efficiency or an enhancement in access to the patient can make a big difference in regard to outcomes. We are always looking for ways we can positively impact care and we are confident this new ambulance will allow us to better serve our communities.”


Story Medical has two ambulances in service, providing paramedic coverage 24/7 to communities including Nevada, Colo, Cambridge, Maxwell, McCallsburg, Zearing and Collins, among others. Story Medical also assists with paramedic coverage of Ames.