Shoals area prepare for first critical care program

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) -   A first of its kind for northwest Alabama.  Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital and Shoals Ambulance are in the process of creating a critical care program. Part of this program is having medics, paramedics, respiratory therapists and nurses get their critical care certification. One of them is paramedic Lee Cornelius.
"I’ve spent probably two thirds of my career here in this area and the patients are what we`re here for. That`s the reason we do it," said Cornelius.
The program allows patients to receive critical care treatment on a special ambulance truck instead of waiting to get to the hospital.  The ambulance is equipped with tools specifically for critical care patients.
"We`re looking at becoming a regional medical center and bringing the ability for this entire specialized care home to the Shoals. We`re talking about our people, our community, our public and really wanting to be able to offer the services in this area to keep them from having to drive a distance to get the same level of care," said nurse director Kevin Bowling.
More than thirty emergency personnel have been trained for this program. The critical care program will not only provide service to northwest Alabama, but southern Tennessee too.