(November 3, 2022 4:50 PM) In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Jackson Community Ambulance (JCA), and the opening of a new $1.5 million building, JCA held an event at their Jackson campus on Thursday. A brief presentation was followed by tours of the facility, history exhibits, cake, and refreshments.
Jackson Community Ambulance was formed as a nonprofit EMS provider in partnership with Jackson Foote Hospital (now Henry Ford Jackson) when the private ambulance service, known as JEMS, was failing. Within only a few weeks, JCA was able to assume EMS operations by keeping the experienced personnel in-place as new leadership and equipment was brought in to stabilize services countywide.
Over the years, JCA has added station locations and ambulances, created systems for EMS education and critical care transportation (Mobile Intensive Care Units), and began offering Community Paramedics, all drastically improving the level of care for the citizens of Jackson County.
Paul Hood, JCA’s Chief Operating Officer, recalls two important memories about the transition 25 years ago. “We quicky recognized that the level of trauma care provided was below national standards, so we made sure our teams had the best equipment available and provided them with certification training in traumatic life support to better help the victims of motor vehicle accidents.“ Paul adds, “A few of the experienced personnel were unsure if they would stay with JCA after we took the reins. But, after only a few months, every one of them decided to keep with us. Many remained for 20 to 25 years following the transition, which made us a much stronger organization.”
Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV News.