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June 1, 2014

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Statistics show that three out of four car seats are improperly used. Improper use of a child safety seat can lead to severe injury or death.

For the last several years, Riley Fire Department along with Honey Creek Fire Department has operated a permanent fitting station during normal business hours. This permanent fitting station is staffed by nationally certified child passenger safety technicians who inspect car seats and instruct families on how to properly secure them in their vehicles. Trained technicians can immediately spot a car seat that is not properly fitted for the child.

Often, the technicians can correct the problem that day during the appointment.

Recently Jessica Murphy, a member of Riley Fire Department, and Nick Montelauro, a member of Honey Creek Fire Department, completed the process to become nationally certified child passenger safety technicians, bringing the total number of technicians to four.

Car seat checks also can be made by appointment.

The National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program is a partnership between three organizations: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Child Passenger Safety Board and Safe Kids Worldwide. The course is an intensive three-day program designed to provide the student the technical skills and knowledge to educate caregivers on the correct selection, installation and use of car seats, booster seats and seat belts.

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Danielle Ireland, certified family nurse practitioner, is the new provider for the Chrisman Family Medical Center.

“We are thrilled to have Danielle join our team,” said Ollie Smith, president and CEO at Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center. “The Chrisman clinic has been in transition for much longer than we would have liked. We know how important the clinic is to the residents of Chrisman and the surrounding communities, and the addition of Danielle gives us a solid plan for the future.”

Ireland grew up in Allerton and graduated from Heritage High School. She attended the University of Illinois and received a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2006. She then obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lakeview College of Nursing in Danville. This spring, she completed her master’s in nursing through Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her FNP training included an emphasis in rural health. She has since tested and become a certified family nurse practitioner.

Ireland has worked as a registered nurse in Urbana since 2008, with experience in the medical, surgical and step-down units. (Step-down units provide an intermediate level of care between intensive care units and general medical/surgical units.) She was also a preceptor and resource nurse, and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Medical/Surgical Nurse.

“While in school, I got a good feel for where and how I wanted to work,” Ireland said. “When I looked toward my future, I saw myself in a small clinic setting, much like Chrisman.”

Ireland is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Illinois Society of Advance Practice Nurses, American Nurses Association and Illinois Nurses Association.

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Samantha Volstorf, FNP-C, also recently joined PCH/FMC. She is currently working with Ireland at the Chrisman Family Medical Center. Later this year, she will transition to the Paris Family Medical Center, where she will see patients full time.

Volstorf has been a FNP-C since 2005. She has worked in that capacity in Terre Haute, Clinton and Cayuga. Her experience in Cayuga was at a rural health clinic, similar to the Chrisman clinic. Before receiving her FNP credential from Indiana Wesleyan University, she worked at PCH/FMC as a registered nurse in the critical care and surgery departments.

“It is great to have Samantha back [at PCH/ FMC],” Smith said. “I’m grateful for her willingness to work with Danielle and help get the Chrisman clinic back to normal.”

Volstorf is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Credentialing Center and Society of Advance Practice Nurses of Terre Haute. She is also a provider at EZ Care, PCH/FMC’s weekend, walk-in clinic.

To make an appointment with Ireland and Volstorf, contact the Chrisman Family Medical Center at 217-269-2394.

 

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