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Cheryl Behm retired as the EMS Coordinator for Fairview Hospital after 43 years of service in the Cleveland Clinic system. She transferred from Lakewood Hospital where she held the EMS coordinator position there for over 30 years. After graduating from the Ohio State University College of Nursing with her BSN, she started her career in the CCU at Lakewood Hospital. At that time, she began working with the rescue squads on the West Side of Cleveland. Cheryl taught many of the paramedics on Cleveland’s West Side the skills needed in the pre-hospital setting. She has been involved with WESHARE for many years, providing EMS education to paramedics of nine West Side suburbs. During her years at Lakewood, Cheryl also had many different roles. After functioning in the CCU as the assistant clinical nurse manager, she worked as Critical Care Instructor, clinical nurse manager of Lakewood’s Emergency Department, Clinical Care Coordinator, staff nurse, and most recently, Trauma Program Manager at both Lakewood Hospital and Huron Hospital. During her tenure at Lakewood, she functioned as the hospital’s EMS coordinator. Cheryl also worked as a nurse recruiter and staff development instructor. She taught in both the Tri-C and LCCC Paramedic programs during the early years of those programs. In her spare time, she also was a Parish Nurse for Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Lakewood. She has been married to Randy for 28 years and lives in Westlake.

We wish Cheryl a happy and healthy retirement and thank her for her dedicated service to the Cleveland Clinic as well as the EMS communities that she touched through education and friendship.

Thank you Cheryl for all you have done for us!!!

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When Fairview caregiver Caroline Kessler got off the employee shuttle one Friday in July, she knew something wasn’t right when a car sped by her on its way to the hospital’s main entrance. Kessler, an Emergency Management Program Coordinator, says, “I assumed it was a medical emergency, maybe a cardiac event.”Fortunately, Bill Sillasen, RN, BSN, EMS-I, Regional EMS Director, was also near the hospital entrance and sprang into action. “A woman was in labor on the passenger side of the front seat, and the baby’s head was already showing,” says Sillasen. While he stayed on the scene, Kessler ran to get supplies from the Emergency Department.A Code Pink (neonatal/pediatric medical emergency), as well as the Obstetric Emergency Response Team, were called. Dusty Burke, MSN, RNC, nurse manager, High Risk Obstetrics, and Nora Knipper, MSN, RN, nurse manager, Mother Baby Unit, happened to be nearby and were able to join the group to quickly assess the situation. “I guided Mom about what to do,” says Burke, “and also explained how I was going to assist.” Burke helped deliver the baby boy during the next contraction.“It was an amazing group effort,” says Kessler. “In spite of the unusual circumstances, Bill and Dusty and her team did an absolutely stellar job of responding, keeping the parents calm and getting baby the immediate care he needed. Then we all got Mom on a gurney and transported to the Fairview Family Birth Place.” Sillasen agrees. “The whole experience shows the truly amazing things caregivers can do when we pull together as a team.”Mom and baby were released from Fairview Hospital two days later — and both are doing great.

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More Cadaver Procedure Labs added for 2017         


 Dr. Sauto, EMS Medical Director/Procedure Lab Co-Director,  has added several more educational opportunities for pre-hospital personnel to attend  the Cleveland Clinic Cadaver procedure labs.
 Registration via the web site is REQUIRED. Click on upcoming events on Home page.
 These labs give participants the opportunity to practice advanced procedures such as 

 Basic Procedures include  (but not limited to):

Intubation by direct laryngoscopy/LMA/Gum Elastic Bougie/various supraglottic airways
Needle and Surgical Cricothyrotomy
Needle decompression of chest for tension pneumothorax
Intra-osseous needle insertion - tibia and humerus placement
Thoracostomy tube placement

Advanced Procedures (at some labs)

Retrograde Intubation with jet ventilation/transtracheal ventilatione labs)
Lateral Canthotomy
Arthrocentesis of knee, shoulder and ankle
Open lateral Thoracotomy

******4 hours of Continuing Education given. Pre-registration through the web site is REQUIRED

More information , including study packet will be sent via a welcome email approximately 1 week prior to the course by the Course Director. This email will contain specific instructions, proper attire, classroom location, parking instructions and other pertinent information.


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The Cleveland Clinic Emergency Services Institute EMS Department will continue to offer Complimentary "FREE" EMS refresher courses for 2017.

As a Cleveland Clinic Medical Command Fire Department affiliate or employee of Cleveland Clinic Health System you are entitled to receive a complimentary EMT or Paramedic Refresher Course every 3 years to aid in the renewal of your State of Ohio Re-Certification. We are committed to you, your education and professional development as an EMS-educated member of our pre-hospital family. Providing you with the highest caliber of education ensures that our communities in which you serve are receiving the best care available as we continue to put patients first. These ONLINE courses will be conducted through the Online Virtual Instructor Led Training program (VILT) via the new Cleveland Clinic Learning Management System (LMS).

Unfortunately, we will no longer be accepting refresher applications from EMS personnel OUTSIDE Cleveland Clinic Medical Control authority.

Online EMS Refresher Courses for 2017

September 11 - November 13, 2017
Registration open on September 7
Course limited to first 100 registrants.

  • Courses MUST be completed within the session time frame.

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Fairview Hospitals "NEW" Helipad is official open to all area Aeromedical services.
This new helipad will greatly enhance the safety and transport of crital care patients to and from the Level 2 Trauma Center


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Cleveland Clinic Mobile Stroke Unit

The goal of the Mobile Stroke Unit is to shorten the time between the onset of stroke-like symptoms and the delivery of “clot-busting” – or thrombolytic – drugs, which must be administered within three hours of when symptoms began or when the patient was last known to be well.

How it Works
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