About Us

Magic Valley Paramedics is owned and operated by St. Luke's and operates within the organization framework of St. Luke's Magic Valley. 

 

  MVP provides out of hospital medical care and ground ambulance transportation of the sick and injured in Twin Falls and Jerome Counties.  Magic Valley Paramedics has six ALS ambulances stationed within the cities of Twin Falls and Jerome.  Ambulances are staffed at a minimum with one Paramedic and one Emergency Medical Technician.

 

  The Magic Valley Paramedics staff is employed by St. Luke's.  These labor cost are then subsequently charged to Magic Valley Paramedics, for accounting purposes.  Since the staff members of Magic Valley Paramedics are employees of St. Luke's, they receive benefits from St. Luke’s Magic Valley and are covered by St. Luke's Policies, as appropriate.

MVP Leadership Team

Blaine Patterson - Director of EMS

   St. Luke's Magic Valley employs a Director of EMS . The Director is a member of the St. Luke's management team and oversees the operations of Magic Valley Paramedics.

Kevin Kraal - EMS Medical Director

Dr. Kraal has been the Medical Director for Magic Valley Paramedics since 1993. Dr Kraal obtained his MD from OHSU in 1982. He is currently not only the Medical Director for MVP but also serves as the Medical Director for Air St. Luke's here in Twin Falls along with all of the volunteer EMS agencies and fire departments in Twin Falls County.  

When Dr. Kraal is not going through our charts and protocols, he will likely be found outside. Look to the mountains, rivers, or bike trails where he can be seen fishing, biking, skiing, and hiking.  Dr. Kraal is not only one of our biggest supporters and advocaters, but he is also our biggest critic.  He has helped shape MVP into the great department that we are. Thank you Dr. Kraal for all you do. 

James Pennington - EMS Manager

   St. Luke's Magic Valley employs a Director of EMS . The Director is a member of the St. Luke's management team and oversees the operations of Magic Valley Paramedics. 

Magic Valley Paramedics is owned and operated by St. Luke's and operates within the organization framework of St. Luke's Magic Valley. 

 

  MVP provides out of hospital medical care and ground ambulance transportation of the sick and injured in Twin Falls and Jerome Counties.  Magic Valley Paramedics has six ALS ambulances stationed within the cities of Twin Falls and Jerome.  Ambulances are staffed at a minimum with one Paramedic and one Emergency Medical Technician.

 

  The Magic Valley Paramedics staff is employed by St. Luke's.  These labor cost are then subsequently charged to Magic Valley Paramedics, for accounting purposes.  Since the staff members of Magic Valley Paramedics are employees of St. Luke's, they receive benefits from St. Luke’s Magic Valley and are covered by St. Luke's Policies, as appropriate.

 

  St. Luke's Magic Valley employs a Paramedic Manager, who reports directly to the Critical Care Director. The Critical Care Director is a member of the St. Luke's management team and oversees the operations of Magic Valley Paramedics.

 

  Magic Valley Paramedics also retains the services of a Physician Medical Director to collaborate with the Magic Valley Paramedics management and provide overall medical direction to the Paramedic Service.

 

  St. Luke's Magic Valley has established an Advisory Committee, consisting of various SLMV employees, a County Commissioner, a Medical Center Board Member and members of the community. This committee meets regularly to consider matters pertaining to Magic Valley Paramedics and make recommendation to the SLMV Management and designees on various issues surrounding the operation of Magic Valley Paramedics.

 

 Magic Valley Paramedics practice under both direct and indirect medical supervision.  Liberal written protocols, designed with our input and authorized by our medical director, Dr. Kevin Kraal, provide guidance for most situations.   In complicated situations, where time permits it or the situation dictates it, we can also access on-line medical direction, via radio or telephone, from the physicians at the St Luke’s Magic Valley Emergency Department. 

 

  The advanced level care we provide includes, but is not limited to, electrocardiogram (EKG) monitoring, including 12-lead EKG, defibrillation, cardioversion and pacing.  Aggressive airway management includes oral tracheal intubation, Rapid Sequence Intubation (RSI), and oxygen and carbon dioxide level monitoring (SPO2 and ETCO2).  We administer numerous emergency medications and gain vascular access for adult and pediatric patients through such advanced techniques as, peripheral venous cannulation, external jugular cannulation, intraosseous cannulation, and central venous access through PICC lines and Porta Cath devices.

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