Seven crew members earn PRN Employee of the Month honors

PRN Ambulance recently announced its Employees of the Month for September, naming seven crew members as honorees across the company’s five stations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Congratulations to all and thank you so much for your dedication to patients, healthcare partners and PRN Ambulance! Carson Station: Lani Allenegui & Michael Armenta   East Los Angeles Station: Hrag Hajian   Glendale Station: William Jeong   North Hills Station: Harrison Oken & Rodrigo Rebollo Andino   Stanton Station: Eric...

Josh Parker receives promotion to Director of Training & Safety

PRN Ambulance has completed a key promotion, appointing Josh Parker to the newly defined position of Director of Training & Safety. In his new role with PRN, Josh is responsible for risk and safety measures throughout the company while also overseeing the Training Department. Josh’s much-deserved promotion to his first directorial position comes after he spent almost two years as PRN’s Training Manager, which is the position that brought Josh to the company early in 2016. Still at the forefront of PRN’s ongoing training efforts, Josh also provides leadership for essential aspects of operations including ambulance and station safety, claim management, continuing education and much more. In a decade as an emergency medical services professional, Josh has gained valuable insights to the EMS and healthcare fields as an EMT, Paramedic, Field Training Officer, Field Supervisor and EMT Instructor in Los Angeles County. He is certified as an American Heart Association Instructor in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support, and is a certified Federal Emergency Medical Services Instructor. Congratulations, Josh, we’re excited to see you grow into a new role at...

PRN hires new Director of Operations from sister company ProTransport-1

PRN Ambulance has a new Director of Operations after selecting Matt Condie for the integral leadership position. Matt transitions to PRN from its sister company in Northern California, ProTransport-1, where he most recently served as the company’s San Francisco and Alameda County Operations Manager. “Matt is a proven leader with a customer service focus and years of experience leading ambulance operations in high-volume, urban regions,” PRN General Manager Victoria Tatloyan said. “We’re excited to enhance our operations leadership with the addition of an EMS professional from within the larger PRN family.” A go-to resource within ProTransport-1 field operations leadership for the past three years, Matt works closely with the company’s Operations, ComCenter and Administration Departments to ensure safety and efficiency throughout PRN. Matt arrived at ProTransport-1 as an EMT working from the company’s Oakland station and steadily expanded his role at the company while continuing to provide excellent patient care. In six years at ProTransport-1, Matt progressed through the ranks of field leadership, fulfilling roles including Business Development EMT, Station Safety Officer and Station Supervisor prior to becoming San Francisco and Alameda County Operations Manager. Matt also earned an A.S. in Fire Science Technology at Las Positas...

Stellar crew draws high praise from Kaiser Los Angeles care liaison

PRN Ambulance and the crew of George Campbell and Steven De Caro were recently presented with a unique and challenging opportunity by Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center to transport a patient home for hospice care. Though the transport was difficult due to the patient’s quickly declining health as well as the apparent emotional toll the situation took on his family, the compassionate PRN crew drew nothing but praise from all involved, as evidenced by the following letter sent to PRN by a hospital care liaison at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center: “I wanted to send an email of praise regarding your crew that came to Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center early this afternoon to help with a VERY emotionally difficult situation. We had a 57-year-old male with End Stage Cardiomyopathy who was given a prognosis of ‘days’ to live. This man’s dying wish was to be on hospice and at home when he took his final breath. Hemodynamically, this man was VERY unstable; [systolic blood pressure] sat in the low 80s ON a LevoPhed infusion. “When the crew arrived, I met them at the door, as I knew that I needed to speak with them before they met with the patient and family. After a couple-minute briefing, the family started to come out of the room. Your EMT-P, George Campbell, IMMEDIATELY [showed] appropriate command and control of the scene. “This scene was not an auto accident on the 405 freeway. This scene was an ICU, with a dying man of a mere 57 years of age, grieving family members who wanted nothing more than to see their loved one...

Unique transport exemplifies PRN’s compassion and capabilities

Exhibiting the compassionate care and unmatched customer service that is the trademark of PRN Ambulance, a diverse team of PRN professionals recently banded together to successfully transport a uniquely sensitive patient. From start to finish, the event exemplified PRN’s ability to couple comprehensive transport coordination with efficient patient care on short notice. Fielding a wide range of transport requests is nothing new to PRN. As the leading interfacility transport specialist in Los Angeles, PRN knows that transport requests vary from the routine Basic Life Support trip scheduled well in advance to the same-day request to transport a high-acuity patient. In this case, the transport request was communicated directly to PRN Critical Care Manager Ian Wilson by the hospital’s director of case management during an in-person meeting, a sure sign of the transport’s critical nature. “We setup the call to be assigned to a hand-picked team of a CCT RN, EMTs and a station manager,” Wilson said. “This was a wait-and-return call for a lengthy procedure, and the patient required IV morphine to be administered every 5-to-10 minutes.” The 38-year-old patient’s undiagnosed condition required intensive pain control, gentle handling and an extremely cool environment. The PRN team spent nearly six hours attending to the female patient’s care requirements at two hospital locations as well as on the ambulance – not the easiest space in which to keep an ultra-sensitive patient comfortable. “I was able to meet the patient and her husband personally, and to obtain a quick overview of what special care the patient would need during the transport,” added Wilson. “Our team was able to successfully manage the patient’s...

Art McDonald Scholarship Recipients Announced!

PRN’s Emily Besch was among this year’s winners to receive the esteemed, annual Art McDonald Educational Scholarship. Each applicant was asked to write an essay, detailing their aspirations to excel in the field of healthcare. Emily is a dedicated caregiver and it is her dream to become an RN in the near future. This is the first time the coveted scholarships were opened up nationwide, calling to a crowd of applicants from ProTransport-1, PRN Ambulance, Century Ambulance Service, ATS Ambulance and Priority One Ambulance. Here is the entire list of 2016 scholarship winners: ProTransport-1: Jordan Lippincott, future MD Century: Deanna Moore, future RN ATS/Priority One: Kathryn Peterson, future Neurologist PRN: Emily Besch, future RN The Art McDonald Educational Scholarship was first started years ago as a means to respect those truly motivated enough to seek higher levels of education in healthcare, the same way the late Art McDonald did. Art’s legacy lives on, not only through the recipients, but through the actions of all who perform selfless acts of kindness toward those in...

PRN business development team grows by two savvy professionals

Customer service is essential to the success of PRN Ambulance and has been from the start. In addition to the personal touch provided by crew members in the field, the business development team is an invaluable asset to PRN and the healthcare facilities we serve. Bob Buslik and Edward Opulencia recently joined the BD team as Account Executives, each arriving with more than a decade of experience serving the healthcare industry in various roles. Bob’s professional healthcare experience began with roles in healthcare information systems and continued when he transitioned to the ambulance market in 2011. Bob has helped optimize operations and strategic account management in highly competitive markets, excelling as a specialist in business development. Most recently, Bob served as Vice President of Business Devlopment for MedResponse, Inc. after spending four years as Director of Business Development and Public Relations for Elite Ambulance, which was his first ambulance industry role. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from Trinity University and an Associate of Arts in Health Science and Administration from California State University, Northridge. Edward got his start in the healthcare community as a Certified Nurse Assistant at Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital and has since stayed on the healthcare and EMS path. He joined Pacific Ambulance in 2005 and spent seven years fulfilling numerous roles including EMT and Operations Supervisor. Additionally, Edward has spent time in Admission and Marketing for Crystal Cove Care Center, Business Development Manager at Lifeline Ambulance, and Emergency Care Technician at Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, among other roles. In addition to his numerous medical certifications, Edward has a Bachelor of Science in...

Alicia Foggmen, Bradford Adkins promoted to Station Manager roles

PRN Ambulance has strengthened its operational leadership in the field with the dual promotions of Alicia Foggmen and Bradford Adkins to Station Manager roles in Carson and Glendale, respectively. Alicia rises to the managerial role from a number of years in the PRN ComCenter while Bradford has served most recently as a PRN EMT. Each has a bounty of EMS experience. Alicia is an EMS veteran of more than 10 years who found a home in PRN when she joined the company as a Call Taker in 2010. She eventually earned promotions to Lead Dispatcher and Communications Training Officer, where she trained potential ComCenter candidates and other communication personnel. An avowed patient advocate, Alicia was driven to help those in need after witnessing the tragic death of a family member; she knew she wanted to be a paramedic from that moment forward. Soon after receiving her EMT certification in 2005, Alicia began working in Arizona’s 911 system. She experienced both rural and urban EMS, responding with lights and sirens to calls so rural that her crew would be the only resource available systemwide to respond to many patient emergencies. Alicia gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience by completing a paramedic certification program in 2008 while still in Arizona. Upon returning to Southern California, she continued in the EMS field as a Field Training Officer throughout Los Angeles County. A more recent addition to the PRN team, Bradford has a wealth of EMS experience. He joined PRN in January 2016 as an EMT, bringing 27 years of EMS know-how along with him. Bradford has held numerous managerial positions in EMS in which...

Burbank youth group receives special visit from PRN Ambulance

The latest in PRN Ambulance’s community outreach efforts took place on Sunday when EMT Robert Houston visited a youth group at CityLight Baptist Church in Burbank. A volunteer at the church, Robert arrived in ambulance to offer a show and tell session, safety tips, and an ambulance tour to the children. Many thanks go to Robert for being every bit the exemplary representative of PRN and EMS for which he is known as well as the many smiling faces at CityLight!...

New monitors, bags streamline paramedic mobility at PRN

PRN Ambulance features a thriving advanced life support division with paramedics providing top notch care to patients and unrivaled customer service to hospitals. These EMS professionals play an increasingly important role in the growth of PRN as it expands outside of Los Angeles County, and now their ability to respond with as much quickness and efficiency as possible has been aided by a pair of improvements in the form of an updated paramedic bag and new defibrillator/monitors. Through its paramedic bag pilot program, the PRN Training Department has streamlined the way its ALS teams carry essential gear and supplies. The program has resulted in a one-bag system that replaces what previously required three bags. With just one bag to worry about, PRN paramedics can respond quicker than ever and provide care with no time wasted. The new paramedic bag setup will be introduced during mandatory paramedic meetings next week during which paramedics will familiarize themselves with the improved system. Additionally, PRN is adding a number of Physio-Control LIFEPAK® 12 defibrillator/monitors for use on its ALS and CCT ambulances, with online training already released to crew members. The cutting edge LIFEPAK 12® features a display more than twice the size of our current monitors. It has an advanced ECG algorithm, built-in pulse oximetry, waveform capnography, automatic non-invasive blood pressure measurement, and the ability to simultaneously view up to three user-selectable waveforms (ECG leads, sPO2, or ETCO2). The LIFEPAK 12® also offers increased run time and reliability in the field due to battery improvements. PRN is excited to offer its EMS professionals the tools that allow them to offer efficient, high quality patient...

PRN Ambulance implements new EMS physical preparedness test

By Ted Milano Risk & Safety Manager PRN Ambulance is introducing a new EMS Physical Preparedness Test (EMS PPT). The goal is to increase crew and patient safety by testing applicant physical abilities before they are hired. It will consist of several physical events designed to imitate certain standard EMS field duties. Moving forward, the EMS PPT will be administered to all prospective crew members as part of the overall selection process. Existing PRN field employees will not be required to take the EMS PPT. However, we invite you to voluntarily participate and offer feedback, if you’re interested. We want to keep our team members and patients as safe as possible, preventing on-the-job injuries and accidents common to our profession while also encouraging healthy lifestyle habits on and off the clock. We believe this unique addition to our selection process will set the EMS provider bar even higher as PRN continues to grow throughout Southern California. Physical fitness training advice is always available to PRN employees in areas of diet, exercise, body composition and proper lifting technique. In addition to being the company’s Risk & Safety Manager, I’m also a nationally certified Personal Fitness Trainer, specializing in public safety physical education. You can contact me at tmilano@prnambulance.com or 818.810.3662 if you need help in any of these...

PRN Ambulance opens first Orange County station in Stanton!

PRN Ambulance is about set to dispatch ambulances and crews from its newest station, located in the Orange County city of Stanton. This means PRN will have an operations center in the heart of a new county, with crews and ambulances transporting patients 24/7 in nearby communities such as Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, and out to Huntington Beach. The Stanton station is PRN’s sixth location alongside its North Hills headquarters, East Los Angeles, Glendale, Carson and Lancaster. The company will send crews and ambulances out of the station to healthcare facilities for the first time on Monday, May 2. PRN will initially run BLS and CCT calls from Stanton, but will expand to offer a NICU transports from the location. The number of ambulances, EMTs, paramedics and RNs will soon increase to serve patients and hospitals in the region. The station features approximately 4,000 square feet of office space, ample outdoor parking in a gated lot, training and kitchenette areas, and more. PRN is looking forward to getting started in a new county!...

Please join us in welcoming Megan Acosta to PRN Ambulance!

PRN Ambulance has added key support to its Human Resources Department by hiring Megan Acosta as the Human Resources Assistant. Megan works out of company headquarters in North Hills, bringing four years of human resources and recruiting experience to the team. Megan is a recent graduate of California Lutheran University, where she graduated with a degree in English. Prior to joining PRN, Megan worked as a Human Resources Assistant in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at her alma mater. In addition to her HR skills, Megan has worked very closely with recruiters to coordinate some of their hiring activities. Most recently, Megan served as a Recruiting Assistant with California Virtual Academies. PRN is happy to welcome Megan to the team. Any PRN team member who’d like to stop by and say hello to Megan will find her in the office adjacent to Recruiter Sam Zito. If you need to reach Megan, her office number is...

PRN Ambulance celebrates Telecommunicators Week 2016!

National Telecommunicators Week 2016 is fast approaching and PRN Ambulance is excited to celebrate its hardworking telecommunications professionals at company headquarters in North Hills. From Sunday, April 10 through Friday, April 15, festivities will take place in honor of this awesome crew. Check out the daily calendar for National Telecommunicators Week 2016: Sunday, April 10 Ice Cream Sunday Monday, April 11 In-N-Out Burger Tuesday, April 12 Taco Tuesday Wednesday, April 13 Italian Food: ‘cause when you’re here, you’re family Jersey Day Thursday, April 14 More In-N-Out Burger Friday, April 15 Hawaiian Friday: wear your flowery lei and show off your hula moves Hawaiian...

Elliott Elementary School students receive visit from PRN Ambulance

Students at William F. Elliott Elementary School in Cerritos were thrilled to receive a special visit from PRN Ambulance and St. Mary Medical Center on Monday to kick off the school’s Community Helpers Week. The week-long event began with a day dedicated to EMS professionals, making PRN an ideal fit for the unique educational opportunity. Four PRN EMTs –Amir Abdalla, Samuel Lewis, Noel De Leon and Salvador Trujillo – arrived at the school in uniform and in two ambulances, giving a “show and tell” presentation alongside a nurse from SMMC. The children were able to spend time in the ambulances to see all their bells and whistles while learning about safety from their new EMS heroes. Thanks go to Elliott Elementary for having PRN Ambulance on campus, the students who attended the presentation, St. Mary Medical Center for working with us, and our two crews for representing PRN as well as EMS!    ...

Hiring & Bonus Update: refer for $250, sign on for $1,500!

PRN Ambulance is hiring, and that could be a bonus for everyone! Having a bigger team allows PRN to achieve its growth goals and provide additional service to customers, and it also gives current as well as prospective team members some unique bonus opportunities. For a limited time, newly hired EMTs, paramedics and CCT RNs receive a $1,500 sign-on bonus  when hired full-time while those hired part-time will get $250. Meanwhile, current team members can receive a $250 bonus through our Employee Referral Program. All bonus amounts listed are pre-tax and dispersed in two payments (one upon hire and a second when the new hire completes their probationary period). In order to make a referral, visit the company’s ePro page and then click Self Service > Other Records > Incident Reports > New Report > Incident Type > Employee Referral Form. If PRN hires the professional you’ve referred, you’ll receive the bonus! Prospective employees can click on the Careers link in our website header or visit https://prnambulance.candidatecare.jobs/. Current team members interested in finding a new role open only to those on the PRN team can view openings and apply at https://prnambulance-internal.candidatecare.jobs/job_positions/browse. In addition to EMT, paramedic and CCT RN positions, current openings include: Account Executive Dispatcher Field Supervisor Field Training Officer Support Service Technician Clinical Quality Assurance Manager Human Resources Assistant Check out our Careers page frequently to view the latest opportunities with Southern California’s leading provider of patient logistics services to hospital...

ComCenter promotions, tech upgrades and tacos at PRN

Every day at PRN Ambulance features activity all over the company’s operational footprint as team members do the hard work that makes the company tic. Since you can’t be everywhere at once, or experience all the latest PRN happenings yourself, here’s a quick rundown of some recent items of interest. ComCenter Promotions Dmitriy Polishchuk earned a well-earned promotion to Utilization Supervisor within the ComCenter. After joining the PRN team in 2012 as a Call Taker, Dmitriy quickly moved up the ranks to the Communications Training Officer position. Meanwhile, the ComCenter team is changing its shape in another way, naming three experienced professionals to Dispatch Training Officer roles. As DTOs, Alicia Mendoza, Jose Diaz Cruz and Sarkis Armenian will ensure that PRN continues to provide the best customer service and communicate efficiently with crews from its ComCenter. Physio-Control LifePak® 12 Monitors Acquired for Ambulances PRN has acquired a number of Physio-Control LIFEPAK® 12 defibrillator/monitors for use on its ALS and CCT ambulances. This order will supplement the company’s existing cache of defibrillator/monitors and sustain a growing collection of ALS and CCT ambulances as PRN expands into Orange County. The LIFEPAK® 12 will be deployed at the Glendale and Lancaster stations within the coming weeks. In the near future, PRN will begin replacing its existing defibrillator/monitors with new hardware at all stations. In addition to an advanced ECG algorithm, the LIFEPAK 12® features a display more than twice the size of our current monitors. It has built-in pulse oximetry, waveform capnography, automatic non-invasive blood pressure measurement, and the ability to simultaneously view up to three user-selectable waveforms (ECG leads, sPO2, or ETCO2). The LIFEPAK 12®...

PRN adds new Ford Transit ambulances to growing fleet

PRN Ambulance received a special delivery sure to benefit its crews as well as patients and partner hospitals – a pair of new Ford Transit ambulances! Customized by Leader Ambulance, the Ford Transit ambulances provide everyone on board with the highest quality ambulance transport available from comfort to cutting-edge technology. Leader brought PRN’s new ambulances to company headquarters in North Hills last week and you can see them in the lot now, but more are on the way and will be ready to hit the road soon. We are very excited to provide the very best to all of our team members, who we know offer the best care and customer service in the industry. Although different from the traditional Type II ambulance design, the Ford Transit offers several benefits. In addition to more vertical space and improved fuel efficiency, the Ford Transit also features the new five-point safety harness and a tighter turning radius. The patient compartment is as spacious as ever, with a sliding door for ease of entry when needed, and all internal components are customized to meet PRN Ambulance needs. Maintenance of the new vehicles will be much easier and more efficient while driving and maneuverability is significantly better than older vehicles, which only increases crew and patient safety. We hope our crews are as eager to use the Ford Transit Ambulance as we are to provide them. Keep up the good work,...