Horseshoe Bend: The new director, Judith Hutton, is in the process of restructuring the local medical emergency program. Just hired the first of November, Hutton has hit the ground running, she’s met numerous times with the Garden Valley emergency service providers, has had 2 meetings with Bruce Cheeseman, State EMS Director and has another one scheduled, here in HSB Tuesday, December 20 at 6:30. All current EMS volunteers have been notified about the meeting at the WICAP building.
Hutton a HSB resident, has an varied background, including military service, working at the Boise VA and EMS in Riggins. She is currently the science teacher at HSB High School. “My goal is to provide medical services to the people who travel through HSB and to the community of HSB; in order to offer the kind of service I will be satisfied with drivers and EMT volunteers are needed. I am looking for people with professionalism, you will be dealing with people on the worst day of their life. I want to establish teams who cooperate, coordinate, show respect and practice professionalism at all times toward each other as well as the patient.” Hutton’s background and her ability to explore options while learning her position has already affected change.
In addition to meeting with Cheeseman, Hutton has had numerous meetings with John Delvalle, Garden Valley Fire Dept chief and also head of the EMS. “Garden Valley has been of assistance to Horseshoe Bend on numerous occasions in the past and that relationship needs to be acknowledged and nurtured. The number of times they have come to our assistance should be diminishing, I have the month of December covered with the current EMS volunteering. It’s a stretch for them, we need more but they are rising to the occasion,” said Hutton.
“I am looking for EMS medical staff, people who are certified, need to recertify or want to take the class, talk to me. I want people who are serious about providing medical care for our constituents and the people who rely on us. I expect to have a driver training component available very soon. If you can drive a cattle truck without knocking them to the ground, talk to me, you can drive an ambulance with the required certification,” said Hutton. She is only looking for people who are serious about volunteering. Too many times in the past the city has paid for training and testing, only to have the person decline to volunteer for whatever reason. Hutton is reaching out to the whole community, looking forward, not backward and her plan of restructuring with compatible teams will completely change the dynamics and take the huge pressure off current EMS. To contact Judith email her at HSBEMS1@gmail.com
I want to reiterate, new EMTs, EMTs needing to recertify or people interested in being drivers, please contact Judith.