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Fire department thanks Adventist GlenOaks Hospital for ambulance equipment

Caption: From left: Scott Walker, Scott Heinrich, Joe Leone, Don Markowski, Dr. Joe Shanahan, Marshall Gray, Jr., Marion Schneider, and Bruce C. Christian show off a previously idle ambulance now equipped for the Addison Fire Protection District, thanks to a generous donation from Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.

Glendale Heights – The Addison Fire Protection District now has a fourth fully-equipped ambulance, thanks to a generous donation from Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.


The fire protection district had three fully-equipped ambulances and a fourth one which did not have the equipment needed to be serviceable and comply with Illinois regulations. The necessary equipment includes medicine, first aid supplies, a cardiac monitor and stretchers and is estimated at about $50,000.


“Having a fourth fully-equipped ambulance gives us the flexibility to better serve the community,” said Don Markowski, chief of the fire protection district that serves the village of Addison and surrounding unincorporated areas, about 14 square miles. “We’re very grateful to Adventist GlenOaks Hospital for purchasing the necessary supplies and equipment to outfit the ambulance for us.”


Marshall Gray, chairman of the GlenOaks Hospital Foundation’s board of directors, said Adventist GlenOaks Hospital was more than happy to help.


“An ambulance run can mean the difference between life and death,” Gray said.


Added Bruce C. Christian, chief executive officer of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital: “Helping to equip this ambulance is a fitting way to partner with the Addison Fire Protection District. We’re both committed to saving lives and providing the best medical care available to the community in times of emergency.”


According to Markowski, when one of the three equipped ambulances was being serviced, all the equipment was transferred to the fourth ambulance. It takes one hour to transfer the equipment, creating a down time of two hours when only two ambulances were available.


“Having all four available means we have no trouble when multiple calls come in,” Markowski said.


The ambulance will bear the logo of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.



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Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-856-0354