Guess we all think about changes in our lifetime. I know I do. An example is EMS services for local citizens. Think back to the days when funeral homes provided limited service, no trained personnel, but a ride to the hospital or funeral home, depending on the condition of the patient. In the late 60s and early 70s, Rescue Squads were promoted by the state. There was basic training available to local volunteers. Rescue Squad buildings built, vehicles purchased and working relationships with hospitals established. All combined to provide a necessary service.
Over the years, more training was required, staffing 24/7 became a real problem, the volunteer list began to shrink. Today, some rescue squads continue, but paid EMS personnel is more the norm and that is getting to be an expensive service for county governments. Financial support from state and federal sources has been cut.
Rural fire departments have similar experiences. Expensive equipment, more training and the volunteer list is shrinking.
Had a reader share info related to a nearby doctor’s office using a physician assistant years before there was a formal concept. Bladen & Sampson residents near Garland no doubt were exposed to the service as early as the 40s. Suggest you Google ‘Amos Johnson, MD and Mr. Henry Lee “Buddy” Treadwell, “A Prototypical MD/PA Practice” written by Reginald D. Carter, PhD, PA and Thomas Clark, MSLS. There are other publications related to the Garland duo, but this I thought was very, very good. Treadwell, a young African American, was employed by Dr. Johnson as an orderly and over the years became a trusted health provider for many. Good reading. A formal physician assistant program was established years later (1965) at Duke University.
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