Helping paramedics save lives in coastal Texas communities

Emergency responders work fast. But when the local hospital in Aransas Pass was destroyed during Hurricane Harvey, patient transport time dramatically increased. These heroes needed help to save more lives.

Since 1978, the paramedics and first responders at Tri-County EMS have served the communities of Ingleside, Ingleside on the Bay, and Aransas Pass. ​During Hurricane Harvey, Care Regional Medical Center in Aransas Pass – the primary hospital for routing patients– was destroyed. Tri-County EMS must now route all its patients to medical care centers and hospitals in the surrounding areas. Transporting patients to hospitals in Portland, Texas or Corpus Christi adds significant travel time in the event of an emergency, especially for their cardiac and trauma patients. The Rebuild Texas Fund worked with Tri-County EMS to outfit their ambulances with CPR machines. These valuable machines can continue CPR on patients for an extended amount of time – and free up the paramedics to do other essential activities. In addition, the Rebuild Texas Fund provided a generator to the Tri-County EMS building, helping them to prepare for future big storms.

These heroes now have the support they need to help patients and save lives.