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Otto Bremer Foundation awards Rugby EMS

September 20, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

The Otto Bremer Foundation awarded the Rugby EMS $69,532 to go towards the purchase of a new, state-of-the-art ambulance.

"The Otto Bremer Foundation and Bremer Bank are committed to building healthy communities in Rugby" says Wes Black, president of Bremer Bank in Rugby. A large share of bank profits goes back into local communities. Over the years the owner of Bremer, The Otto Bremer Foundation, and Bremer Bank have given millions of dollars in grants and donations to help local nonprofit organizations. Each year Bremer employees spend thousands of hours volunteering and supporting the people and communities where they live and work.

Total grants given to the Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation for Heart of America Medical Center and Haaland Estates have now reached over $240,000. "We truly admire the Bremer model of giving back to the communities that they serve" says Paul Schaan Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation Director.

The ambulance that the Rugby EMS purchased is a 2013 Ford type II van conversion. The vehicle was manufactured by Wheeled Coach Ambulance Builders in Winter Park Florida, which is the largest manufacturer of ambulances in the country, and was just displayed at the EMS Expo in Las Vegas as being one of their top-of-the line models.

This ambulance is more fuel efficient and will be used primarily for interfacility transfers, which make up about half of the EMS's volume. "This is more like matching the vehicle to the mission" says Ken Reed, EMS Director at Heart of America Medical Center. "It will be a much more comfortable ride for transferring patients to other facilities, since we can travel up to 5 hours away at a time" says Reed "and the way it's customized makes it much more user friendly for our paramedics."



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