New London Ambulance Receives $3,500 Grant

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Willmar Area Community Foundation announces that its New London-Spicer Area Fund issued a grant to the New London Ambulance in the amount of $3,500. This grant will be used to purchase an Image Trend Reporting System to increase efficiency and improve quality of emergency care in northern Kandiyohi County.
Prior to the grant, the New London Ambulance squad recorded emergency patient care and administered billing manually. This manual recording system involved writing insurance billing codes and patient care notes by hand, taking between eight and ten hours of administrative time per patient. With the new Image Trend Reporting System, this time frame will be reduced to approximately one hour per patient.
Along with improved speed and accuracy comes improved patient care as well. With the new system, patients’ vital sign measurements will be transmitted to the destination hospital while the patient is en route. This allows the hospital to be more prepared to transition the patient out of the ambulance crew’s care and efficiently into the hospital staff’s care. A training officer on the ambulance crew will also be able to review records from the new system to identify areas for training and improvement.
According to Clark Vollan, Chair of the New London-Spicer Area Fund, “This system not only improves accuracy and speed of patient records, it has the potential to literally save lives.” Paul Peterson, New London Ambulance’s training officer, agrees. Peterson states “This grant will allow us to focus even more on patient care during what is oftentimes the most critical point of contact in emergency care medicine.”
The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) in affiliation with CommunityGiving, is a Newpublic charity that attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local community.  The New London-Spicer Area Fund is a locally driven and advised charitable giving Fund with a focus on positively impacting local non-profits. Since its start in 2014, the New London-Spicer Area Fund has granted nearly $20,000 back into projects in northern Kandiyohi County via its partnership with WACF.  Since 1998, WACF has grown to over $16 million in assets and awarded $4 million in grants to local nonprofits.  CommunityGiving is a partnership of four community foundations, including Alexandria Area Community Foundation, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, Central Minnesota Community Foundation and Willmar Area Community Foundation.  CommunityGiving administers more than 650 funds totaling more than $115 million.  Learn more at