Bryn Mawr College Emergency Medical Services (BMCEMS) is a 100% student-led, student-staffed volunteer organization dedicated to providing Bryn Mawr College with the highest quality emergency medical care. We provide immediate medical assessments, pre-hospital treatment, life-saving interventions if necessary, and determine the need for further action—whether it be a visit to the Health Center the next day, a ride to the ER with Campus Safety, or an ambulance transport. Our goal is to determine the appropriate route of care for the patient’s individual needs, and ultimately ensure the health and safety of the Bryn Mawr community. BMCEMS is a member of the Philadelphia Collegiate EMS Alliance (PCEMSA).
BMCEMS is an extension of Narberth Ambulance, Bryn Mawr's local 911 corps, which serves Lower Merion, Narberth, Haverford, Conshohocken, and West Conshohocken. Our members are EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) certified and volunteer members at Narberth, where they undergo full BLS training. This unique partnership allows us to hold our organization and our providers to rigorous training and operating standards. We take pride in the fact that we are able to provide the Bryn Mawr College community with the highest caliber of emergency medical care.
BMCEMS was formally founded in the fall of 2016. Beforehand, a Bi-College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) club run by Lauren Sauers BMC'17 had existed since the spring of 2014. All in all, the program as it is today was an extensive two- year long process driven by Lauren Sauers and Sarah Awad BMC'17 that consisted of many long nights writing detailed proposals, standard operating guidelines, protocols, and budgets. Two years, a thousand meetings, and four logos later, BMCEMS hit the ground running in January 2017 with 10 total EMTs, 8 of which were newly certified underclassmen at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges.
The program received a generous amount of start-up funds from Bryn Mawr's former Dean of the College, Jennifer Walters, which allowed the program to purchase important equipment and uniforms for members. The program was also made possible by the incredibly generous assistance of Narberth Ambulance.
This unique partnership with Narberth Ambulance is more than ideal and we are truly thankful for the opportunity to have our on-campus providers experience EMS with a prestigious 911 ambulance provider. Very few collegiate EMS programs have this opportunity available to their providers and we are extremely fortunate to have such an incredible resource available to us at Bryn Mawr College.
Founders Lauren Sauers (left) and Sarah Awad (right)