Sturgis kicks off EMS Week with new SMRT program

STURGIS, S.D. — This week is all about honoring the men and women who work incredible hours to keep their community alive and well.

Sturgis EmsIt’s national EMS Week, and Sturgis Ambulance kicked it off with an open house and a ribbon cutting for a new program designed to limit repeat visits to the hospital.

The program is called “Smart” for the Sturgis Mobile Response Team (SMRT), which is funded through a grant from the South Dakota Department of Health and is designed to be a link between providers and patients.

The hope is that the program will limit ambulance calls that result in repeat trips to the hospital for some patients.

“Going into the homes and, you know, making sure they know how to use their medical equipment and make sure they have their meds set up correctly,” said Sturgis Ambulance Director Shawn Fischer. “The things that doctors can’t do from the office, we’re hoping to fill that link and make a healthier Sturgis.”

Three graduates from Lake Area Votech, who will be part of the program, were also honored during the ceremony.

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