Cascade Medical’s emergency department provided care for more than 3,200 patient visits in 2017. More than half of all emergency patients were locals. The three most common diagnoses were chest pain, respiratory infection and head injury.
Cascade Medical ambulances responded to more than 1,000 calls in 2017. Ambulance crews offer both basic and advanced life support for the 1,200-square mile district ¬— from the summit of Blewett Pass to the summit of Stevens Pass — including Dryden, Peshastin, Leavenworth and the Lake Wenatchee area.
The EMS levy provides about 26 percent of the emergency medical services budget, which is critical to maintaining ambulance service and keeping the emergency department open. That funding helps cover round-the-clock staffing, equipment, supplies and insurance for the ambulance department and emergency department. The levy rate has remained the same at 50 cents per $1,000 for more than 15 years.
Please support this critical service to our community and vote “Yes” to the levy issue on the February ballot.
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