Ed Hasnerl was recognized for serving 14 years on the IU Health Starke Hospital’s Community Board during a special meeting Monday night. At the same time Hasnerl was receiving his award, the board was welcoming his replacement, Martin Bedrock.
In board business, Ben Bennett was reelected the Board President, Sandy Hansen remains as Vice President, and Dr. Walter Fritz was selected to be the new Secretary taking the place of newly retired member, Ed Hasnerl.
On hand at the meeting was Starke County EMS Director Paul Mathewson who brought the board and administration up to date on the plans to move the service to ALS status. The new status will allow those hired as paramedics to start medical procedures before the patient is brought into the hospital for treatment. Currently, the EMS provides only Basic Life Support service.