Winneshiek Medical Center ambulance requests are down 6 percent.

At Wednesday's meeting of the WMC Board of Trustees, Steve Vanden Brink, director of ambulance services at WMC, said while total calls were down in fiscal year 2013 compared to fiscal year 2012, responses to 911 calls were up 2 percent. The Medical Center's fiscal year runs from July 1 - June 30.

Over the past three years, ambulance requests have fluctuated, with 1,411 calls in 2011, 1,547 in 2012 and 1,453 in 2013.

Vanden Brink said of the calls in 2013, 57 percent or 835 were from 911 calls. The other calls involved transporting patients regionally to approximately 30 other facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes.



Where they go

Of the ambulance calls WMC receives, two-thirds of those go to Winneshiek Medical Center. Of the patients who chose to go outside the area, 48 percent selected Mayo in Rochester, Minn. and 37 percent chose either Mayo Franciscan or Gundersen in LaCrosse.

Vanden Brink said ambulance response times to Decorah are at six minutes, well under the Northeast region and state average of 8.1 minutes. Inside Decorah Township, including Freeport, response times averaged seven minutes.

Trips to Springfield, Madison and Frankville townships average 11 minutes, while calls to Glenwood and Canoe townships took around 12 mimutes. Bluffton calls took 14 minutes, and trips to Ridgeway, Calmar and Ossian, 14 minutes: Pleasant Township and Spillville, 16 minutes; Burr Oak, Sumner and Orleans townships, 18 minutes; Castalia, 18.5; Fort Atkinson, 19; Freemont, Hesper and Highlandville townships, 22; and Jackson Township, 25 minutes.

Ambulance crews logged a number of reasons they were called to the scene of an emergency, with the most frequent reason being falls (156).

In addition, 127 calls were made for breathing problems, 125 for cardiac symptoms, 92 for "sick" people and 84 for traffic accidents.

Other miscellaneous calls included those for abdominal pain, altered level of consciousness, convulsions/seizures, diabetic problems, ingestion/poisoning, psychiatric problem, stroke/CVA, traumatic injury and loss of consciousness/fainting.



Emergency partners

Vanden Brink credited the ambulance's success to the help of a number of community partners, and shared statistics for how many times the WMC crew was assisted.

The Ossian Ambulance assisted 51 times; Decorah Fire Department, 43; Iowa State Patrol, 31; Luther Security, 29; Calmar Police, 28; Ridgeway First Responders and Burr Oak, 23; Mabel Ambulance, 20; Fort Atkinson Fire Department, 15; and the Postville Ambulance and Highlandville First Responders, nine.

Ambulance crews logged a number of reasons they were called to the scene of an emergency, with the most frequent reason being falls (156).

In addition, 127 calls were made for breathing problems, 125 for cardiac symptoms, 92 for "sick" people and 84 for traffic accidents.

Other miscellaneous calls included those for abdominal pain, altered level of consciousness, convulsions/seizures, diabetic problems, ingestion/poisoning, psychiatric problem, stroke/CVA, traumatic injury and loss of consciousness/fainting.



Emergency partners

Vanden Brink credited the ambulance's success to the help of a number of community partners, and shared statistics for how many times the WMC crew was assisted.

The Ossian Ambulance assisted 51 times; Decorah Fire Department, 43; Iowa State Patrol, 31; Luther Security, 29; Calmar Police, 28; Ridgeway First Responders and Burr Oak, 23; Mabel Ambulance, 20; Fort Atkinson Fire Department, 15; and the Postville Ambulance and Highlandville First Responders, nine.

Ambulance crews logged a number of reasons they were called to the scene of an emergency, with the most frequent reason being falls (156).

In addition, 127 calls were made for breathing problems, 125 for cardiac symptoms, 92 for "sick" people and 84 for traffic accidents.

Other miscellaneous calls included those for abdominal pain, altered level of consciousness, convulsions/seizures, diabetic problems, ingestion/poisoning, psychiatric problem, stroke/CVA, traumatic injury and loss of consciousness/fainting.



Emergency partners

Vanden Brink credited the ambulance's success to the help of a number of community partners, and shared statistics for how many times the WMC crew was assisted.

The Ossian Ambulance assisted 51 times; Decorah Fire Department, 43; Iowa State Patrol, 31; Luther Security, 29; Calmar Police, 28; Ridgeway First Responders and Burr Oak, 23; Mabel Ambulance, 20; Fort Atkinson Fire Department, 15; and the Postville Ambulance and Highlandville First Responders, nine.

Ambulance crews logged a number of reasons they were called to the scene of an emergency, with the most frequent reason being falls (156).

In addition, 127 calls were made for breathing problems, 125 for cardiac symptoms, 92 for "sick" people and 84 for traffic accidents.

Other miscellaneous calls included those for abdominal pain, altered level of consciousness, convulsions/seizures, diabetic problems, ingestion/poisoning, psychiatric problem, stroke/CVA, traumatic injury and loss of consciousness/fainting.



Emergency partners

Vanden Brink credited the ambulance's success to the help of a number of community partners, and shared statistics for how many times the WMC crew was assisted.

The Ossian Ambulance assisted 51 times; Decorah Fire Department, 43; Iowa State Patrol, 31; Luther Security, 29; Calmar Police, 28; Ridgeway First Responders and Burr Oak, 23; Mabel Ambulance, 20; Fort Atkinson Fire Department, 15; and the Postville Ambulance and Highlandville First Responders, nine.