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updated: 9/20/2012 4:11 PM

Northwest Community Healthcare to provide medical services at the PGA Ryder Cup

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Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) will provide medical services for the 39th Ryder Cup, held Sept. 25-30 at Medinah Country Club. NCH is bringing together volunteer medical professionals to deliver high quality and compassionate care to attendees at this historic event.

Anticipating more than 250,000 people will be on hand over the course of the five day tournament, NCH's multidisciplinary medical care force is comprised of nearly 200 emergency care nurses and physicians, as well as medical support staff from nearby hospitals. Paramedics from area municipalities and private EMS providers are also part of the medical services team.

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"We are prepared to respond to the wide range of medical care needs that may be experienced by Ryder Cup attendees. The medical care teams are equipped to handle everything from minor ailments and injuries to more serious conditions such as heart attack and stroke," says Connie Mattera, administrative director of the Northwest Community Emergency Medical Services System. In 2006, Mattera coordinated medical services for the PGA Championship also held at Medinah Country Club.

NCH will staff three medical aid stations with care teams who will provide rapid response, on-site care assessments and advanced emergency interventions, as needed. NCH will also deploy mobile medical care teams on foot and by golf cart to deliver first aid and Advanced Life Support anywhere on the course, clubhouse or hospitality areas. These teams of nurses and paramedics will be outfitted with medical supplies and stretchers to transfer individuals to a medical trailer. Ambulances will be on-site at all times to transport patients to local hospitals, if needed.

The Ryder Cup is considered one of golf's most compelling and historic events, dating back to 1927. A biennial match play golf tournament, the Ryder Cup is a team competition between Europe and the United States competing not for traditional cash prizes but instead the coveted Ryder Cup trophy. Team Europe is defending its 2010 Ryder Cup Victory while the United States is aiming for victory No. 26.

About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH):
Serving Chicago's northwest suburbs since 1959, NCH is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year, as well as nearly 30,000 inpatients treated annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Primary Stroke Center and earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2011. NCH has four Immediate Care locations in the northwest suburbs and operates a FastCare Clinic in Palatine. NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians, which includes the board-certified primary care doctors and specialists of the NCH Medical Group. In 1972, NCH helped establish Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Illinois and became the first EMS Resource Hospital designated in the State. For more information or to find a doctor on the NCH Medical staff, visit www.nch.org.

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