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About Us

HGH EMS Rescue is a department of Humboldt General Hospital, a 52-bed critical access hospital in Winnemucca, Nevada. The service responds to approximately 2,100 calls each year across 10,000 square miles of rural high desert in ambulances, rescue vehicles, on ATVs and bicycles.

HGH EMS Rescue operates a substation in McDermitt, Nevada, located on the Nevada-Oregon border, 70 miles north of Winnemucca. The agency also operates a critical care ground transport program that responds to approximately 350 calls yearly to take patients the 165-mile, one-way, distance to trauma centers in Reno, Nevada.

In 2005, the-then all-volunteer BLS operation began transitioning to a CAAS-certified all-ALS service. Since that time, HGH EMS Rescue has transitioned into an EMS system that has become a national role model for rural healthcare delivery.

CAAS Accredition

HGH EMS Rescue is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and is among the smallest and most rural services to ever receive CAAS certification.

Pre-Hospital Care Program

HGH EMS Rescue's mission is to advance evidence-based care that will improve patient outcomes. HGH EMS Rescue and Director Pat Songer were recognized for their efforts when they were named "EMS 10 Innovators" for 2011. The "Innovators" project is sponsored by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services and recognizes and pays tribute to 10 individuals who make significant contributions to the development of EMS in the United States. HGH EMS Rescue was recognized for establishing a critical care paramedic ground transport program, establishing the "HeartShare" PAD program, introducing portable ultrasound to the field, introducing handheld blood analyzers to the field, and launching a Community Paramedicine program.

Outreach Education

In addition to its all-ALS ambulance service, HGH EMS Rescue is an American Heart Association training site. The service further offers a myriad of programs aimed at educating the local community and keeping residents safe. These include car seat education and installation, helmet safety, babysitting instruction, and a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program that has seen more than 200 AED units deployed in Humboldt County since 2007. HGH EMS staffs a Tactical Emergency Medical Service (TEMS) team and a Hazardous Materials Unit. The service is also a rural paramedic training site.

Community Paramedicine

HGH EMS Rescue launched a Community Paramedicine Program which serves to reduce ER visits and hospital readmissions. When patients call 9-1-1 to have HGH EMS Rescue take them to the emergency room because they are experiencing adverse symptoms related to poor management of a chronic disease, responders have the option of treating and releasing the patient home rather than bringing that patient into the hospital for an unnecessary visit. The program also offers in-home flu shots, blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks and much more.

National/Regional Medical Services

HGH EMS Rescue is an American Ambulance Disaster Network Provider and regularly renders aid during major natural disasters. The service also provides mutual aid across northern Nevada, including rendering assistance during the 2011 Amtrak collision near Fallon, Nevada and the Reno Air Races disaster, also in 2011. HGH EMS Rescue also provided all medical services at the annual Burning Man counterculture event held each Labor Day weekend in the Black Rock desert from 2011-2014. For about 10 days each year, the service offered on-site medical services to more than 60,000 people in one of the world's most austere environments.

Industrial On-Site Services

HGH EMS Rescue has joined with area industries to provide on-site industrial services. This unique program not only ensures the safety, health, wellness and productivity of area workforces, but also helps local industry improve their bottom lines. On-site services can include safety services, emergency response, education and training, clinical services, wellness programs and participation in HGH EMS Rescue's ground transport membership program.

Northern Nevada EMS Consortium

HGH EMS Rescue is the lead member of the Northern Nevada EMS Consortium. The consortium centralizes the coordination of HGH EMS Rescue and Lander County Emergency Medical Services. It allows each hospital to more adequately support the other during mass casualty incidents and mutual aid requests. On a daily basis, the consortium financially benefits both hospitals by limiting duplicative services. The EMS consortium also allows the hospitals to share resources and collectively participate in educational courses and seminars. Pat Songer, director of HGH EMS Rescue, oversees the consortium as director, while Battle Mountain General Hospital Administrator Phil Hanna and Humboldt General Hospital CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish provide administrative oversight.

General information

For more information on HGH EMS Rescue, please click on the brochure below.

HGH EMS Rescue Brochure