In 1967, Boone County Hospital launched its first ambulance service. 50 years later, Boone Hospital Center’s emergency services team includes nine ambulances, two wheelchair transport vans, and 55 health care professionals, all trained and licensed in emergency pre-hospital care. In 2016 alone, Boone Hospital’s blue ambulances answered over 12,000 calls for help throughout mid-Missouri, to treat patient before they arrive at the hospital.
It was just your average Sunday. Glen Frerichs went up front and gave the announcements at his church, Trinity Lutheran, where he serves as an elder. He then went back to his seat and sat next to his wife, Kathy. The first hymn began to play and the church erupted into song.
For the last verse of the hymn, the congregation rose from their seats, but when Glen got up, he knew something wasn’t right. A wave of dizziness hit him — and that’s the last Glen remembers of that morning until he awoke in the emergency room.
As a Marine in the Pacific theater, Fred Oerly had survived World War II. He had volunteered to serve as a forward observer for naval gunfire on hostile islands like Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Okinawa, and received both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
“There is a never a dull moment in the Emergency Department,” says Michelle Crane, unit secretary. But she wouldn’t want it any other way: “I like the intensity. When the team goes into action to save a life, we’re all involved. We all have a role. It feels good to be a part of that.”
I just want to let all the wonderful people in the Emergency Department know how much I appreciate the care they gave me today.
First of all, I would like to apologize for the delay in getting this note out to the appropriate person. However, it has been a very difficult time for our family and we can’t move forward with the grieving process without thanking a very special employee at Boone Hospital.
My son, Brett, came to your ER last night with an injured foot. Your staff was so helpful and friendly!
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the exceptional care I received when I was a patient in your ER on June 27.
Boone Hospital Center’s Emergency Department is full of outstanding staff members like registered nurses Callie and Andrea.
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