Last updated: May 19. 2014 1:04PM - 478 Views
By - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

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The county has a new morgue cooler thanks to the Heart group, which is a hospital preparedness board made up of several individuals involved in the healthcare field.

The Heart group has been around for several years and is a great tool for communicating and connecting those that would be involved during regional disaster situations, creating a unified and influential voice which generates collaborative partnerships among hospitals and local, regional and state emergency preparedness players.

Shane Johnson, director of the Logan County Ambulance Service, attended the Tuesday, May 13th fiscal court meeting telling of the good news. Johnson is employed by Com-Care, Inc. out of Ohio County who runs the daily operations of the Logan Ambulance Service. Johnson said when Com-Care came to Logan County in 2009 they got on board with the Heart group because it was such a worthwhile body.

“We have participated in other regions with this group and they have provided several regional assets,” said Johnson. “A lot of these have benefited Logan County.” Some of those include generators and a mobile mass casualty trailer able to handle 30 patients at one time, along with several pieces of equipment.

“We want to ensure we do everything we can to keep our operations moving in the case of something happening that would require us all to pull together,” said Johnson.

The new morgue cooler has two-draws and will be placed at the Logan County Coroner’s office located in the downstairs of Young Funeral Home in Russellville. Although the $6,737 cooler will stay in Logan County, it can be utilized regionally if needed. The new cooler will be delivered in three to four weeks.

Johnson said a need was there in Logan County to have a new cooler. He suggested to the board and they approved the purchase, which will come out of grant money the group has obtained. The county has a cooler, however, it is an older model and has not been cooling like it should.

Coroner Mary Givens is very grateful for Johnson and the Heart group saying, “I appreciate Shane for his help in getting Logan County this cooler. We had a need and thanks to the hospital preparedness group we were able to fill that need.”

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