Featured from left to right: Frederick County Fire & Rescue Acting Deputy Chief Kenneth Poole,
Frederick Health President & CEO Tom Kleinhanzl, Delaplaine Foundation
President Marlene Young, Delaplaine Foundation Chairman George Delaplaine,
Jr., Frederick Health Cardiac & Vascular Services Director Kristen
Fletcher, Frederick Health Emergency Department Director Jennifer Kramer,
and Frederick County Fire & Rescue EMS Battalion Chief Michael Cole
FREDERICK, MD – Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. has generously provided Frederick Health with
a grant of $20,500 to make required upgrades to the LifeNet System utilized
by Frederick Health Hospital and the Frederick County Division of Fire
and Rescue (EMS) Services. Delaplaine Foundation provided initial funding
for the purchase of the LifeNet System in 2007.
The LifeNet System enables EMS providers to digitally send an EKG from
the field to Frederick Health Hospital where physicians review the EKG
and, if needed, mobilize the code heart team to be ready and waiting for
the patient upon arrival to the hospital’s emergency department.
“Advancements in technology such as LifeNet continue to change and
improve the way EMS responders deliver patient care each and every day.
LifeNet allows our medical providers to provide real-time information
to treating facilities about patients suffering from cardiac arrest. This
greatly reduces the amount of time it takes to get patients from the incident
scene into a Cath lab for lifesaving interventions, thereby increasing
the probability of a full recovery. The Frederick County Division of Fire
and Rescue Services is extremely grateful to Delaplaine Foundation and
the George Delaplaine Family for their continued support of the Fire,
Rescue and EMS services and the community as a whole. Their generosity
has allowed for a LifeNet device in every Advanced Life Support medic
unit throughout Frederick County,” stated Frederick County Fire
& Rescue Acting Deputy Chief Kenneth Poole.
“We greatly appreciate Delaplaine Foundation’s commitment to
providing life-saving technology to Frederick Health Hospital and the
county’s emergency responders. Not only did they support the initial
purchase of the LifeNet System, they are continuing to ensure that this
technology can operate at peak performance and provide maximum benefit,”
said Frederick Health Cardiac & Vascular Services Director Kristen Fletcher.
“Through the dedicated commitment of emergency rescue personnel and
the top notch medical expertise at Frederick Health Hospital, Frederick
County is assured top quality medical care. We believe that this upgrade
is yet another example of Frederick Health being out in front of medical
and technological advancements to ensure the very best in health care
to the Frederick County region. This is a perfect fit with Delaplaine
Foundation's mission to enrich communities, families and quality of
life for all," said Delaplaine Foundation President Marlene B. Young.