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New Boston EMS Station opens at Tufts Medical Center

03/11/2013

Mayor Menino, other dignitaries dedicate station

BOSTON, MA – The City of Boston and Tufts Medical Center have partnered to provide a new Boston EMS Ambulance Station located on the campus of Tufts Medical Center. The EMS Ambulance Station will enable the city to permanently locate two more ambulances in a densely populated area near downtown Boston. It will aid in providing accessible and immediate emergency medical services to the Chinatown community and surrounding area.

The new Boston EMS Ambulance station will enable emergency medical technicians to provide even faster emergency care to those living and working in the downtown area. It will also ensure a constant, round-the-clock presence of EMS in the area, as well as a rapid response to emergencies for the residents, employees, and visitors to Chinatown and downtown Boston.

At a dedication that marked the opening of the station today, remarks were offered by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino; Chief James Hooley of the Boston Emergency Medical Services; John Townsend, Director of Administration and Finance for the Boston Public Health Commission; Ellen Zane, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center, and Bill Moy, co-moderator of the Chinatown Neighborhood Council.

"The City is proud to partner with Tufts Medical Center on this great project that will help Boston EMS provide rapid, critical care for our residents,” Mayor Menino said. “Tufts Medical has demonstrated once again their dedication to their surrounding community."

Boston EMS employs over 350 EMTs and Paramedics who respond to an average of 300 emergencies each day, and more than 100,000 each year. With one of the busiest emergency medical services in the country, Boston EMS will use this new station to help respond to the heavy demand for emergency services downtown. The new station will make shift changes more efficient and cut down the time ambulances currently spend re-fueling and re-stocking medical supplies. By operating more efficiently, the new EMS Ambulance station will help yield savings to the City of Boston in fuel and time, while benefiting the community by reducing emissions from idling.

“This ambulance station will not only help us improve the way we serve the surrounding neighborhoods, but will benefit all Boston residents and visitors. This station also provides a respite for the dedicated staff who respond to these high volume areas,” EMS Chief Hooley said. “I’d like to thank Tufts Medical once again for all their efforts to make this station a reality."

The new EMS Ambulance station is located at 25 Harvard Street in a formerly unused loading dock belonging to Tufts Medical Center. The station provides an enclosed parking area for two ambulances as well as a rest area and locker-room space for the EMS technicians that will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The ambulances will not sound sirens as they leave the station, and will take all necessary precautions to ensure safe operation by accounting for pedestrian and automotive traffic in the area.

“Tufts Medical Center is honored to play a role in this important contribution to the health and well-being of the City and the local community,” said Ellen Zane. “We look forward to helping provide even better emergency health care and access to this important community,”

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About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

Media Contact: 
Julie Jette
(617) 636-3265
jjette@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Jennifer B. Mehigan
Director of Media Relations, PIO
Boston EMS
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mehigan@bostonems.org