Dravosburg picks Prism for EMS
Prism Health Services of West Mifflin was recently chosen by Dravosburg officials to provide medical services to that community.
Mark W. English, director of operations, said the service began in 1979 with 40 part-time volunteers and now includes 20 volunteers and 25 paid employees. It is supported entirely by subscription fees and insurance billing, not by municipal taxes.
In addition to emergency medical services, Prism provides community services such as scheduled wheelchair van transports, free blood pressure screenings, CPR and first-aid classes.
The service was started by about 200 volunteers who went door-to-door to solicit donations from residents and businesses. The group raised nearly $90,000 in 18 months — enough for two emergency medical vehicles and a used trailer, which was used as a headquarters building. Today, Prism operates out of a building on Buttermilk Hollow Road and has six ambulances, a wheelchair van and two support vehicles.