RANDOLPH, Vt., October 4, 2022— Our local law enforcement often arrive first on the scene of an incident where medical attention is required, but they don’t have the basic tools to provide first aid. That’s the reason behind Gifford’s recent presentation of several first responder medical bags to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. These bags will ensure the Randolph-based officers are better prepared to handle any moderate situation.
The idea first came to light after Captain Scott Clouatre of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department mentioned the lack of first aid tools to Gifford Community Outreach Coordinator, Katja Evans. Evans consulted with Gifford Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Josh White to determine the items that should be included in the bags, such as a CPR mask and tourniquet.
“This donation is a way we can continue to build our vital relationship with one of our many community partners,” Evans said. “We are pleased to know that members of the sheriff’s department will now be more prepared for what they may face on a call.”
“The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is extremely grateful for this generous donation and grateful for the collaboration and working relationship with Gifford,” Clouatre said.
The tools and medical bags were funded by Gifford’s community outreach funds.
Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Randolph, Rochester, and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department and inpatient unit; many surgical services; an adult day program; 49-unit independent living facility, and nursing home. Its mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.