Some special-needs residents of the area have another service available to them, thanks to a partnership between the Hermann Area Ambulance District (HAAD) and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
The partnership makes available in this area the STARS Program — the Special-needs Tracking and Awareness Response System.
STARS allows the ambulance district to identify and care for special-needs children (birth-18 years old) if an emergency arises.
These individuals include, but are not limited to, those with a physically debilitating disease or syndrome, developmental delays, behavioral or emotional conditions, anyone who is at higher rsik of requiring health-related services to a degree not typical of normally developing individuals.
STARS helps HAAD’s paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) become familiar with a child’s needs before treating them in an emergency.
HAAD officials say if you or someone you know would benefit from this program, call the number below to request a STARS starter packet, This is a completely free program available to all the residents within the HAAD coverage area.
For more information, visit the district’s website at www.hermannems.com or call to speak with one of the STARS coordinators at 573-486-3330, Ext. 14.