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Thursday - September 13, 2018 4:20 am

Head of Gundersen's Tri-State Ambulance named to state board

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The head of the La Crosse's Gundersen Health System ambulance service is headed to Madison.

Chris Eberlein was named to the state EMS board by Gov. Scott Walker. Eberlein said he's looking forward to having a direct impact on regulating how departments, like the one he runs, operate on a daily basis.

“The board has more authority on rule changes for the Dept. of Health and Human Services (and) more of an influence on EMS rules that affect how our system plays out every day,” he said.

Eberlein, the head of Tri-State Ambulance, said, at times, he feels the board has not fairly considered rural departments and focused on larger operations, like Milwaukee and Madison, when making decisions.

He said some of the protocols are preventing medics from doing their job due to the lack of resources that rural areas face. Eberlein has been with Gundersen for 12 years. He says some of the concerns from other rural hospitals mirror his own.

“Recruitment and retention are a huge deal throughout the EMS system, and rurally especially,” he said, “keeping focus on first responders in these rural areas so that people still want to go into that and help out their communities.

Eberlein hopes to be a voice for some of those rural medical outfits, and adds he's looking forward to improving the policies that Gundersen works under everyday.

Drew Kelly

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