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2023 FRIEND OF EMS

Brooke Kensinger
Today, we gather to honor an individual whose unwavering support and dedication to the world of emergency medical services have left a lasting mark on the Elkader community. This person truly embodies what it means to be a 'Friend of EMS,' and her name is Brooke Kensinger, the CEO of MercyOne Elkader Medical Center.

Being a 'Friend of EMS' means more than just offering support; it means understanding the vital role that EMS providers play in our communities and wholeheartedly championing their cause. In this regard, Brooke Kensinger has proven herself to be an exceptional advocate for EMS services in rural healthcare, recognizing how they are an integral part of our daily lives.

Brooke's commitment to EMS is not mere lip service; she has translated her understanding and passion into tangible actions. As the CEO of MercyOne Elkader Medical Center, she has demonstrated her unwavering support for the MercyOne Elkader Ambulance Service. Through her advocacy, she has ensured that EMS remains an essential component of the day-to-day operations of the medical center.

But her contributions don't stop there. Brooke's vision and dedication have been instrumental in enhancing the quality of care and services provided by the MercyOne Elkader Ambulance Service. Under her leadership, she played a crucial role in hiring paramedics to work full-time in the MercyOne Elkader Emergency Department, a decision that not only bolstered the hospital's ambulance service but also provided invaluable support to the nursing staff.

It is with immense gratitude that we acknowledge Brooke Kensinger as a 'Friend of EMS.' Her dedication to the field, her support for EMS providers, and her vision for enhancing rural healthcare services exemplify the spirit of this award. The MercyOne Elkader Ambulance Service and, by extension, the entire community, are indeed fortunate to have Brooke as a steadfast ally in their mission to save lives and provide essential healthcare services.

Ladies and gentlemen, let us celebrate Brooke Kensinger's invaluable contributions to EMS and her well-deserved nomination for the Iowa EMS Association's 'Friend of EMS' Award. Thank you, Brooke, for your unwavering support and commitment to the well-being of our community.

City of Carroll Police Department
The Carroll Police Department services the City of Carroll and its roughly 11,000 residents 24/7/365. Their service and compassion is top notch, but that is only a small part of what separates them from the rest. The Carroll Police Department employs 15 full-time certified Police Officers, and it would be an understatement if I simply said these guys are "busy." The officers work hand in hand with EMS and received their CPR and First Aid Training from the Carroll County Ambulance Service. All of their squads are equipped with Lifepak CR2 AED's, as well as, they carry Stop the Bleed and Narcan kits. I can, without a doubt, 100% honestly say, these guys are the true-life savers when it comes to patients suffering cardiac arrest. During critical calls, they always respond with EMS and are often the first ones on scene administering CPR. Even on non-critical calls, they are eager to lend a hand, whether it be providing lift assistance, running supplies back and forth to the rig, driving an ambulance to the hospital, or just shuttling staff around. These guys are our brothers, our backbone when the shit hits the fan, and they are definitely a friend and an essential part of Carroll County EMS. Please consider them above qualified to receive the 2023 IEMSA Friend of EMS Award.

As I mentioned, the Carroll Police Department responds to 100% of the cardiac arrest calls in the City of Carroll. They provide immediate high-quality CPR, deploy their AEDS and provide lifesaving defibrillation, and they are trained to provide basic airway management during critical events. In the last year, their AED deployments and high-quality CPR have resulted in dozens of ROSC events and POST ROSC full neurologically intact outcomes. When I teach these guys CPR, I always tell them they are the ones that are going to make a difference in the outcomes of patients. Their immediate actions and dedication are what truly makes a difference; Paramedics Don't Save Lives, We Just Give God Time to Decided. They are the first guys in and their actions speak the unspoken word. They are the difference between living and dying and they continuously show up and step up to the plate.

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