Inside the Medical Tent

Here’s some info from the Jack Rabbit speaks, about how the Medical Center operated in 2011.

Humboldt General Hospital’s EMS Rescue Department will join forces with Black Rock City LLC to provide medical services on the Black Rock Desert next Labor Day weekend.

“With more than 48,000 people, there is an obvious need for a wide range of medical services,” said Humboldt General Hospital Emergency Medical Services Rescue Director Pat Songer. “We feel confident that our competent, compassionate skill set will be a great complement and partnership with Black Rock City’s Emergency Services Department.”

The Black Rock City Emergency Services Department (ESD) also provides medical, fire, mental health and communications services in the temporary city. Earlier this spring, HGH EMS Rescue signed a five-year contract with Burning Man officials to provide a municipal style EMS system much like those in most other cities in the United States.

Not only will HGH EMS Rescue provide advanced life-support ambulance service within Black Rock City, but Songer said his group will staff the medical clinic that will be open 24/7 during the entirety of the event and handle all ground transports from the event site to Reno hospitals.

More than 300 doctors, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and other medical professionals will staff the 2,000-square-foot medical clinic during this year’s Burning Man. The mobile unit will include 32 beds and six advanced life-support ambulances will be on call around the clock.

Jim Parrish, CEO/Administrator of Humboldt General Hospital, which operates the ambulance service, said all 250+ members of the HGH team stand ready to assist with HGH EMS Rescue’s efforts at this year’s Burning Man.

Humboldt General Hospital Emergency Medical Services Rescue is one of only five CAAS-certified ambulance services in Nevada. The agency has been hailed by EMS Magazine as the standard-bearer for rural emergency medical services in the United States, not only for members’ medical response efforts but also for their rescue and hazardous materials response, as well as tactical training and support.

The group operates one of the nation’s leading ground transportation services and was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for their innovative use of portable ultrasound in the field.

For more information on Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue’s partnership with Black Rock City LLC to provide medical services during Burning Man 2011, please contact HGH EMS Rescue Director Pat Songer at (775) 623-5222, ext. 260.

If you are a Nevada licensed medical professional (EMT, Paramedic, RN, NP, PA, MD) interested in working with HGH, please call or email to request an application or for more information.

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