Patient Recognizes Granville EMS for Excellent Service and Care


OXFORD, NC (March 6, 2014) – Granville Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff recently had a follow-up visit from a heart attack patient they helped last year.

Teresa and David Parham of Henderson visited Granville EMS on the one year anniversary of his cardiac event to thank them for the quality care they provided.

Last January, David was in Oxford for a meeting when he began experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath. He walked into his wife’s office and later collapsed.

“David patted his chest and then lost consciousness,” said his wife, Teresa Parham. “Someone in my office began chest compressions while I called 911.”

Within minutes, Granville EMS responded to the scene to find the patient in critical condition. The crew was able to stabilize David and, in accordance with physician-led protocols, transport him directly to tertiary care at a regional hospital.

“My doctor calls me the poster child for recovery,” said David Parham. “I have continued to exercise daily, watch my diet and keep all my follow-up appointments.”

“I am so thankful to Granville EMS,” said Teresa Parham. “I dialed 911 and as soon as I put down the phone, I heard the ambulance sirens. I would encourage anyone experiencing symptoms of a heart attack to call 911. Don’t try to drive to the hospital or wait it out. The decision to call 911 saved David’s life.”

Granville EMS Director Jonathan Pernell said, “We were so honored that the Parham’s came to visit with us. We do extensive training for this kind of situation, so seeing David’s recovery is a very rewarding experience.”

Please call 911 immediately if you or someone you love has these heart attack warning signs:

  • Chest pain or discomfort that lasts for more than a few minutes
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, arms or upper back
  • Abdominal pain or feeling of heartburn
  • Cold sweats or clammy skin
  • Unusual tiredness or nausea
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
“The Parham’s story exemplifies the quality care delivered every day at Granville Health System,” said CEO L. Lee Isley. “The teamwork approach utilized by the Emergency Medicine service line provides the framework that supports these types of outcomes.”

About Granville Health System
For more than 92 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home. To meet the growing needs of our community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where you work and live. GHS received a number of national awards, including the Hospital of Choice Award which named Granville Health System as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. GHS also received the Community Value Index Five-Star Hospital Award, placing GHS in the top 20% of hospitals in the country in offering financial value to the communities served, while reinvesting back into facilities in order to provide for current and emerging health needs. Recently, Granville Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System visit GHS online at

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