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Johnson Memorial Health Services in Dawson receives CALS designation

DAWSON (Staff reports) — Johnson Memorial Health Services in Dawson is now among only seven hospitals in the state to be designated as a Comprehensive Advanced Life Support facility.

Dr. Darrell Carter, a physician with the Affiliated Community Medical Centers clinic in Granite Falls and one of the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support program founders, presented the designation to Johnson Memorial Hospital staff during the Ag Day and Health Fair March 16 in Dawson.

The educational program is designed specifically for rural health providers with limited resources. It prepares participants to evaluate and treat time-sensitive, life- or organ-threatening emergencies including trauma,  stroke, cardiac or other emergencies.

The program maintains a rural focus to help healthcare teams working in rural areas with resources such as specialized equipment that may not be available. They use a team approach for training and advocate links among health care institutions and providers at all levels and stages of emergency care.

It took Johnson Memorial Health Services two years to meet a number of stringent criteria for staff training, up-to-date technology and evidence of commitment to the principles, according to information from Johnson Memorial.

Johnson Memorial Health Services is a small, rural facility that provides hospital, clinic, care center, assisted living, home health and ambulance services. They employ more than 240 full- and part-time workers.