Macker Medical Makeover

by Brittany Shannon on June 5, 2010 at 5:07 am

If you’ve been to Gus Macker, you know the streets are packed, and there’s not much room to move. When injuries happen, the medical staff needs the fastest way to work their way through the crowds.

To navigate quickly through the courts, the medical staff got a new ride that is meant to transport injured players.

"We had a golf cart donated to us from the Genesis Hearts and Hands Auxillary, part of the Genesis Foundation. And it’s been really integral for us to be able to get to places especially during Macker and also during the fair where a regular ambulance just won’t reach just due to the crowds or alleyways," says Community Ambulance Director of Operations, Philip Koster.

Unlike the old golf cart, the new custom-made cart has lights, a siren and much more.

"The older one was about 15 years old and it was just showing signs of wear and tear. It was just time to get a new one, so the new one we have has a roof so in cases like today when it’s raining we’ll be able to keep people dry while we take them up to the medical tent," says Koster.

Luckily, the Macker medical staff has not had to use the cart during the tournament.