'To the Best of My Knowledge' to focus on emergency medical response

March 14, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- Millions of people rely on the quick response and capable care of emergency first responders every year. A call to 911 and the ambulance is there for you. Despite the physically demanding conditions and the stressful emotional involvement of a life-or-death situation, Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics often risk personal security to care for those in danger. Emergency response workers operate under all weather conditions, at all hours of the day and night, and are often responsible for the well-being of mentally unstable, combative or contagious patients. Nonetheless, many find this job to be a challenging and rewarding way to serve their community. In the next edition of “To the Best of My Knowledge,” Penn State President Graham Spanier will sit down with Lou Brungard from Mount Nittany Medical Center and Tim Nilson from the Seven Mountain EMS Council to discuss emergency first response.

The live call-in program airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM. It will also air on PCN.

Lou Brungard has been the vice president of facilities and plant management at the Mount Nittany Medical Center for six years. In this position, Brungard serves on a team that is responsible for the hospital’s environmental, health and safety regulatory compliance. Brungard is an active firefighter and EMT with the Pleasant Gap Fire Company. There, he’s served as EMS captain, trustee and Relief Association president.

Tim Nilson is the executive director of Seven Mountain EMS Council, and has been with the council since 1987. He is a lifelong resident of Centre County and has been involved with emergency services since 1978. An independent non-profit organization, the council provides Emergency Medical Services in Centre, Clinton, Juniata and Mifflin counties. It is contracted through the Pennsylvania Department of Health to coordinate with the regional EMS providers on issues such as training, ambulance licensure, mass casualty preparation and public information and education.

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling 800-543-8242 or by sending an e-mail to response@psu.edu during the broadcast.

A monthly feature on WPSU-TV and -FM, "To the Best of My Knowledge" features Penn State faculty, local experts and national guests in discussions on a variety of topics. In its 14th year of production, the program reaches viewers, Web users and listeners and allows the audience to communicate directly with Penn State's president.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. This public media service produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

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