Representatives from several regional Air Methods Medevac bases that serve the Glen Spey, NY area as well as crews from Westchester Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center met at Camp Simcha recently to review policies and procedures for medical helicopter flights.
Simcha Shain, a Camp Simcha paramedic who organized the meeting, noted that the meeting was the latest in a series of annual visits to familiarize helicopter crews with Camp Simcha’s medical program. Rivkah Reichmann, LCSW, Camp Simcha Special’s associate director, noted that the meeting enables crews and medical staff to review protocols and the camp’s physical setup before the summer began.
The group included Air Methods’ medical director, pilots, flight nurses, and coordinators arrived in three helicopters and proceeded to the Ilian Goldberg Social Hall to discuss issues related to medical transports and coordinating with the camp’s medical and administrative staffs.
They toured the Silber and Scheiner Families Medical Center, Camp Simcha’s state-of-the-art medical facility. The Medical Center is a two-story facility that contains a complete emergency medical center, isolation rooms, pharmacy, exam rooms, physical therapy center and bathing facilities for the camp’s most physically compromised campers. As the home base for the medical staff, the Silber and Scheiner Families Medical Center uses the latest technology to safeguard the health and well-being of campers, all of whom are seriously ill. This year the Medical Center will begin remote monitoring of campers’ vital statistics using technology usually found only in hospitals.
“The group was impressed with the Medical Center and our medical program,” said Nachman Maimon, Camp Simcha’s director. “We try very hard to keep our children safe and healthy within the camp environment. We hope the only time we see our Air Methods friends is for training and social visits; nevertheless, it’s vital for them to see the Medical Center and become familiar with our protocols.”
Simcha Shain added, “Air Methods is really part of the Camp Simcha family. This meeting helps them to understand what our needs will be during the summer.
While Rabbi Simcha Scholar, Chai Lifeline’s executive vice president, could not be at camp to greet the group, he noted the long-standing and warm relationship between the camp and Air Methods. “We are happy to host the clinical review event. It’s one more way our medical and administrative staffs work to assure the health of every child who comes to Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special.”