08/2022 - Football season is finally here! We want to wish each of Doniphan's Football Teams (varsity, junior varsity and 7th and 8th grade) the best of luck this year for a winning season. Ripley County Ambulance District will have a unit standing by at all home football games!
08/2022 - Employees will have a new tool at their disposal as Sapphire IV Infusion Pumps are being added. They will allow IV drip medications to be administered more accurately than the previous option of controller tubing. The pumps will have a library of all IV drip medications that Ripley County Ambulance crews administer.
08/2022 - Ripley County Ambulance District is proud to announce that the third group of Emergency Medical Responders has completed the EMR Course. Emergency Medical Responders are being added and utilized in an attempt to provide faster emergency care to the residents of Ripley County. As you are aware in 2018 Ripley County lost its' only hospital when Southeast Health closed the local facility. Now all patients have to be transported to Poplar Bluff and Pocahontas creating the added burden on ambulance crews of longer transport times and potentially leaving the county without ambulances for brief periods of time. In that event, EMRs can respond to emergencies and provide basic emergency care until an ambulance can arrive on scene. They are also valuable in assisting ambulances on scene. Most of the EMRs are associated with some type of emergency service already, fire or law enforcement.
08/2022 - The Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Dennis Meyer's to fulfill the unexpired term of Bert Wright which runs to April 2025. Dennis is a local businessman of many years and brings that experience with him to serve Ripley County Citizens as the newest board member. The Director and Board Members look forward to working with Dennis.
07/2022 - Bert Wright, who has served the citizens of Ripley County as a Board Member since 2006, has retired from the Board. Bert was present for many changes and events over the last several years, including construction projects to provide ambulance crew members with a first-class facility. Purchase of several new units over the years, up to date medical equipment, increased salaries and benefits for employees, was present when the hospital no longer was able to manage the ambulance service and the board chose to operate the service themselves. Although we will miss Bert's stories, we want to wish him the best. It was truly an honor to serve with Bert, a true gentleman.
07/2022 - The Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Kristen Whiteside to fulfill the unexpired term of Malissa Bradshaw which runs until April 2024. Kristen a registered nurse will bring her valuable medical experience as she serves the citizens of Ripley County. Kristen is no stranger to us as she has worked professionally as an ER Nurse at both, Ripley County Memorial Hospital and Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. All of us at Ripley County Ambulance District look forward to working with Kristen.
06/2022 - Ripley County Ambulance District added new video laryngoscopes to all of its' units. The McGrath Video laryngoscope will replace the video scopes that crews have relied on for the past nine years. The McGrath is designed to be similar in both size and shape to a standard laryngoscope and allow the user the option of visualizing the vocal cords, with or without the video component.
06/2022 - Ripley County Ambulance District has promoted Brandon Martinez to the position of Director of Education. Brandon will be the lead educator for employee continuing education and the EMR Program. With the shortage of paramedics and EMTs, Ripley County Ambulance District is also preparing for a site inspection by the Bureau of EMS so that we can offer an EMT Program in the near future. Assisting Brandon will be Kelsey Johnson, EMT as an adjunct instructor.
05/2022 - Malissa Bradshaw submitted her resignation as a Board Member for Ripley County Ambulance District. Malissa unfortunately moved out of the district from which she was elected and under Missouri State Law was not allowed to fulfill her term. Malissa brought wisdom, common sense and light heartedness with her as she served on the board. She will be missed very much. As her term runs through 2024, the board will be looking for an interested individual to fulfill her term.
05/2022 - On May 18, 2022, employees of Ripley County Ambulance District (RCAD)got together to celebrate EMS week and to recognize several employees for outstanding service.
Kathy Payne was recognized for 5 years of service to RCAD
Joanna Wilson was recognized for 10 years of service to RCAD
Carol Lee was recognized for 10 years of service to RCAD
Dee Vaughan was recognized for 15 years of service to RCAD
Kathy Payne was also recognized for the Outstanding Service Award
Jason Shepard for the EMT of the Year Award
Steve Petty for the Paramedic of the Year Award
Brandon Martinez for the Employee of the Year Award
04/022 - Ripley County Ambulance District Board of Directors interviewed several applicants for the position of Director of EMS. While all candidates were well qualified, Tim Rutledge was chosen for the position. Tim has almost fifteen years of EMS experience as both a ground ambulance paramedic and flight paramedic. He has served as one of the base educators for Survival flight and educator for Ripley County Ambulance District. Although he won't officially take over until December, he will be working closely with David to position himself to take over the daily duties of the director at that time.
01/022 - David informed the Board of Directors that he intends to retire in December of this year. He plans to work closely with the person selected to take over his position in the coming months.