Donation in Memory of Local Doctor Helps Fund New Emergency Vehicle

Paramedics Diana Libby-Billings and Adam Cavanaugh. Adam was instrumental in creating the new design for the vehicles.

EXETER — Exeter Hospital was able to purchase a second paramedic intercept vehicle this year, using 100 percent philanthropically donated funds.

Nancy Sinclair, the wife of the late Dr. Thomas Wharton, and the Wharton family made a $10,000 challenge gift to The Wharton Fund, which was matched by the community. This Fund was named in memory of Thomas P. Wharton, Jr., MD and supports Dr. Wharton’s commitment to the prevention of heart disease along with the continued provision of advanced interventional cardiac services within the local community.

The rest of the support to purchase the vehicle was from Exeter Hospital employee donors who gave to the hospital’s United in Wellness Fund in 2019 through payroll deduction giving. Exeter Hospital paramedics serve the hospital’s surrounding communities when advanced critical care is needed, working with the towns’ EMS services.

In their role outside the hospital, paramedics travel in a specialized intercept vehicle outfitted with advanced lifesaving equipment. They meet local EMS providers at the scene of the medical emergency, which may be at a patient’s home, a business or on the roadside to provide pre-hospital Advanced Life Support (ALS) to patients. In critical situations, they even meet up with the ambulance on route to the hospital. There are many times when two emergencies happen at once, in communities a good distance apart. With this second vehicle, paramedics can provide additional lifesaving care to the communities surrounding Exeter Hospital when advanced life support is needed. Exeter Hospital paramedics respond to nearly 2,500 requests for service each year, and provide coverage 24 hours per day, seven days per week.


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