Written by Rich Forestano Tuesday, 12 August 2014 09:00
The Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Winthrop-University Hospital announced a partnership last week, revealing the hospital will provide one paramedic and a rapid response vehicle, called a fly car, to the corps. Officials say it will assist in decreasing response time on emergency calls.
“[The fly car] has all the equipment you need and all the medications you need,” said MVAC Commissioner Tom DeVaney. “I think it’s a tremendous plus for Mineola residents.”
The Winthrop paramedic will be operating out of MVAC headquarters at 170 Elm Place.
“As the call comes over and the pagers go off, if the paramedic is in his fly car or driving around, the ambulance will be right behind it,” DeVaney said.
Village officials were on board with the partnership.
“You have an increased level of caring to residents and a decreased response time,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “It’ll help the ambulance corps and Mineola.”
The fly car had responded to 15 calls since Aug. 1 as of press time. DeVaney, a 20-year East Williston firefighter, said MVAC’s emergency calls are split between “direct calls” and 911 calls, indicating
MVAC is the secondary call-route option to the Nassau County Police Department. The ambulance corps responded to 1,000 calls in 2013.
“If you call 911, we’re the third option,” he said. “Right now, the calls are split.”
DeVaney said Winthrop considers MVAC, “an extension of the hospital.”
Winthrop held meetings with MVAC as early as December 2013, discussing plans. The two also huddled with the Nassau County Regional Ambulance Council and Mineola village trustees before announcing its proposal.
According to Justin Burke of Winthrop’s External Affairs Department, MVAC members can also utilize training facilities at the hospital, including seminars and a simulation center dedicated to clinical training and education for physicians, nurses, residents, medical students, health professionals and first responders.
“We wanted to partner with MVAC,” he said. “We just want to continue the standard of care that MVAC has done for many years as well and continue to be a good neighbor to the community.”
DeVaney said New York State mandates, specifically emergency medical training certifications, have become cost prohibitive, leading MVAC to seek out other avenues of medical function.
“The state put on a lot of mandates in training,” he said. “An EMT class is 120 hours. A paramedics class is more than 2,000 hours. You’re basically [spending the same amount of time as] getting an associates degree,” DeVaney stated. “And they need to be recertified every three years.”
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.