Granville Health System EMS Recognized for Excellence by the the American Heart Association 

From left to right: Jonathan Pernell, James Harris Boyd, Kristen House, Dylan Cash, Carolyn Devore, Tom Froelich

OXFORD, NC (June 8, 2017) – Granville Health System (GHS) recently announced Granville EMS, within their first year of participation, received the Silver Award for the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition program. The silver-level award is the highest honor that can be received for an organization’s first year of participation in the program.

Specifically, Granville EMS was recognized for excellence in the treatment and care of heart attack patients as it coordinates with STEMI centers. ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) is a very serious type of heart attack in which one of the heart’s major arteries that supplies oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the heart muscle is blocked.

To be recognized for this national award, Granville EMS had to demonstrate at least 75% compliance for each of the three mandatory achievement measures for one year:

Achievement Measure 1

  • 91% of GHS patients with non-¬≠traumatic chest pain ≥ 35 years, treated and transported by Granville EMS, received a pre-hospital 12-lead electrocardiogram.
  • This measure is important as an abnormal 12-lead allows the EMS crew to contact the STEMI center and provide important information on the patient’s condition.
  • Taking the time to perform a 12-lead on-scene saves time at the receiving STEMI center.

Achievement Measure 2

  • 80% of GHS STEMI patients were treated and transported directly to a STEMI receiving center with pre-hospital first medical contact to device time ≤90 minutes.

Achievement Measure 3

  • Lytic eligible STEMI patients are treated and transported to a STEMI referring hospital for fibrinolytic therapy within 30 minutes.

“This program assists Granville EMS in implementing care procedures to ensure patients get timely access to treatment. EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks.  Since they are often the first medical point of contact for the patient, they can save precious minutes by activating the response teams at receiving hospitals,” said GHS Administrative Director of Emergency Medicine Jason Brand. “The ongoing collaboration between our EMS Medical Director and our Emergency Department Medical Director ensures the coordination of overall better care for our community. Patients receive the right care, at the right place, and at the right time; whether through Granville Medical Center or one of our partner tertiary care facilities.”

Granville Health System prides itself on operating a highly-skilled and efficient program. In 2016, Granville EMS traveled 347,000 miles while responding to 8,707 calls for assistance. More than 6,000 of the calls for assistance required that the patient be transported to a hospital. With such high volume, Granville EMS recognizes just how critical programs like Mission Lifeline are in ensuring timely care. A commitment to ongoing training ensures EMS staff remain sharp and focused.

Granville EMS Paramedic providers maintain educational standards in accordance with the National EMS Education Standards. EMS staff attend a minimum of 36 hours of continuing education classes each year and maintain certifications in Advance Cardiac Life Support, Basic Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Prehospital Trauma Life Support. Courses are coordinated through the Vance Granville Community College EMS Division and are taught by certified EMS Instructors, which include Granville paramedics.

“Granville paramedics are highly-trained, highly-skilled emergency medicine providers,” Brand said. “Our commitment to ongoing education and training extends beyond Granville EMS stations. Our program does an excellent job working with other area first responders and the community.”

Granville EMS also maintains a strong commitment to community education, offering a variety of training courses to area emergency response partners. Granville EMS developed the Granville Responder Program to assist local volunteer fire departments. Under the guidance of Nicholas True, MD, GHS EMS Medical Director, local volunteer firefighters attend a 16-hour class that is taught by certified Granville EMS Instructors. Upon successful completion of the Granville Responder Program, volunteer firefighters are able to function in Granville County as  first responders. They are required to participate in monthly continuing education which is offered at all fire departments that provide First Responder service.  

In addition, Granville EMS instructors provide first aid and CPR training to local fire departments and offer courses to the public. Granville instructors have held first aid and CPR training programs at Camp Oak Hill; Granville County Senior Center in Creedmoor and Oxford; First Baptist Church, Creedmoor; FBC Academy, Creedmoor and the Granville County Sheriff Department. Granville EMS continues to work with community leaders to schedule educational programs for schools, civic groups and churches throughout the area.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition from the American Heart Association,” Brand said. “It acknowledges our high standard of excellence in caring for our community. Whether a GHS Paramedic is providing quality care for a cardiac patient or delivering one of many of our important community education programs, Granville EMS remains committed to the well-being and safety of Granville County.”

Granville Health System

For more than 97 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home. To meet the growing needs of our community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where you work and live. GHS received a number of national awards, including the Hospital of Choice Award which named Granville Health System as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. GHS also received the Community Value Index Five-Star Hospital Award, placing GHS in the top 20% of hospitals in the country in offering financial value to the communities served, while reinvesting back into facilities in order to provide for current and emerging health needs. Recently, Granville Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System visit GHS online at