Archive for November, 2013

Vital Link Celebrates 30th Anniversary

November 2013 marks an important milestone for Vital Link – thirty years of serving the community as a dependable and high quality emergency medical service.

As a result of a young life that was taken too soon, concerned citizens and health care professionals who recognized the need for high quality and dependable emergency medical services for Independence County, began to raise funds to purchase the existing for-profit ambulance service.

These funds were used to establish Independence County Emergency Medical Services, a non-profit Basic Life Support ambulance service in November 1983. Dedicated employees and Board of Directors persevered through struggles and pulled together to better serve their community they cared so much about and became an Advanced Life Support ambulance service in 1992.

Looking to the future, Independence County Emergency Medical Services’ name was changed to Vital Link, as it best represented the vital services provided by linking people to other health care providers. Since that time, Vital Link’s service area has expanded to include Stone County in 1999 and Izard County in 2010.

Over its thirty years of distinguished service, Vital Link has been recognized twice as the Arkansas Ambulance Service of the Year, received an Arkansas Economic Development Award in addition to multiple community awards, is home to more than one former Arkansas and National Paramedic of the Year, Arkansas Medical Director of the Year as well as maintained continual accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services since 2003.

Vital Link is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that has provided ambulance services in North Central Arkansas since 1983. Vital Link currently serves Independence, Izard, and Stone Counties. In addition to emergency and medical transportation, Vital Link also offers ambulance service memberships, pre- employment and random employee drug testing, EMS billing services, and emergency vehicle maintenance and repair; contact the Business Office at (870)793-3351 for more information.

Vital Link is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, one of only four CAAS accredited services in Arkansas and one of over one hundred and forty accredited ambulance services in the entire country.

Message from the President-Elect Ronald "Ronny" Russell

Ronny Russell

Ronny Russell

Hello, I would like to thank everyone that took the time to cast a vote in the presidents election. If you cast your vote for me, Thank you so much for your vote and support. If you cast your vote for my friend, Robert, I hope that we can work together to move The AEMTA forward. Also, Thanks Robert for a good race. Again, Thanks everyone. Now, time to start to work and move the AEMTA forward. Feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you or your friends. Below is my contact information and also on

870-628-1303 Home Phone
870-692-1927 Cell


Ronald “Ronny” Russell

AEMTA Presidential Election Results

Election ResultsThe final results are in for the new 2014-2015 AEMTA President!!

Robert Galligher: 121- votes
Ronny Russell: 129 – votes (WINNER)
Total Votes Cast: 250
Percentage of votes cast versus eligible voting members was 3%

The AEMTA wants to congratulate Ronny Russell and all the new Board of Directors which will take office starting January 1, 2014. Lets all give then the support they deserve for the next two years as they work to make the AEMTA bigger and better, not only for the members but for the communities they serve.