In the late 1960's CARS teamed up with the University of Virginia's Coronary Care Unit to provide mobile coronary care to patients in the field. The person who was behind much of the program's development was Dr. Richard Crampton, a UVA Cardiologist. Dr. Crampton provided the first training class to our personnel, saw to it that we had state-of-the-art equipment, and was often found riding along on calls to provide on-scene guidance. We were one of the first such programs to start up in the country and in 1977 Newsweek Magazine named CARS as one of the top three EMS agencies in the country.
Dr. Crampton also added a personal touch to his mobile coronary care ambulances (now known as medic units). He drew the above logo, had it copyrighted and we had it painted on each MCCU. The picture depicts an EKG tracing that develops an R on T and quickly degenerates from ventricular tachycardia to ventricular fibrillation. The lightning bolt is the defibrillator shocking the patient back into a normal rhythm. We are very proud to have Dr. Crampton as part of our team, today he is on our Board of Directors.
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