Clarion Hospital EMS enhances emergency vehicle fleet

From staff reports

Clarion Hospital Emergency Medical Services, part of Independence Health System, has received a new ambulance and emergency squad vehicle through the support of a $268,000 statewide grant.

The funding was requested by the Clarion County Economic Development Corp. in an effort to replace higher mileage vehicles in the emergency fleet and upgrade aging equipment.

The vehicles were presented Friday to the Clarion Hospital Ambulance Service and hospital leadership.

The ambulance will provide necessary updates to the emergency fleet.

And the addition of an emergency squad vehicle will allow paramedics to provide supplemental coverage to emergency calls requiring advanced life support, expand coverage area and reduce emergency response time.

In addition, the Clarion Hospital Foundation has set up an “ambulance fund” to help raise additional money to replace a second ambulance in the fleet.

The first fundraiser will be Saturday, Feb. 24, with a “Handbags for Health” designer purse bingo from 2 to 5 p.m. at the American Legion at 530 Main St. in Clarion.

Tickets cost $35 each and can be purchased at the Clarion Hospital registration/front lobby, the Clarion County YMCA and the Clarion Area Chamber of Business & Industry, or online at

All proceeds will support the Clarion Hospital Ambulance Fund.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for organizations interested in supporting the cause.

Contact the Clarion Hospital Foundation at (814) 226-1258 for additional information.