Building Bridges Program
An experienced emergency medical technician in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Gary Reis serves as president of Med Tech Ambulance Service and president of Triton Fleet Services. Gary Reis is also a board member for the Alliance for Better Long Term Care, an organization that honored him with the 2009 Hero Award and the 2009 Outstanding Contribution Award.
Founded in 1979 and based in Warwick, Rhode Island, the Alliance for Better Long Term Care is committed to protecting the rights of individuals who are living in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Among the organization’s numerous educational and outreach programs is the Building Bridge program, which pairs nursing facility residents and elementary-aged children for visits, projects, activities and other shared experiences.
These visits allow children to cultivate empathy and sensitivity to the unique needs of the elderly, as well as to experience the personal benefits of volunteerism. Additionally, the visits provide children with a helpful glimpse into the field of healthcare. For more information about the Building Bridges program, visit www.alliancebltc.com/page18.php.
Pawtucket Country Club
The president of the private ambulance service Med Tech, Inc. since 1996, Gary Reis has also served as the president of Triton Fleet Services since 2006. Outside of his professional career, Gary Reis enjoys traveling, boating, and golfing, and is a member of Rhode Island’s Pawtucket Country Club.
Part of the Massachusetts Golf Association and the Rhode Island Golf Association, the Pawtucket Country Club was established in 1902 as the Pawtucket Golf Club. What began as a 10-hole course on farmland grew to be an 18-hole course designed by one of the era’s top golf course architects, Willie Park, Jr. Having one of the best-maintained courses in the region, the country club is also family-friendly and has an average golf round completion time of less than four hours.
In addition to the golf course, the Pawtucket Country Club has several other amenities for its members, from an Olympic-sized swimming pool to a recently remodeled dining room. Recognized by both the 2015 WeddingWire Couples Choice Awards and The Knot’s Best of Weddings, its banquet facility – with an outdoor pavilion and a grand ballroom – is available for weddings and other events for parties of 10 to 200 people.
Mount St. Rita Health Centre
As the founder and president of Med Tech Ambulance, Gary Reis helps thousands of Rhode Island residents obtain the lifesaving emergency transportation services they need. Gary Reis is also a philanthropic community member who supports worthy charities and nonprofits; he has previously served as a presenting sponsor at Mount St. Rita Health Centre Annual Benefit Dinner at the Kirkbrae Country Club.
Mount St. Rita Health Centre was founded in 1971 as a retirement home specifically for Sisters of Mercy. In 1989, it opened its doors to everyone, regardless of age, sex, or religion. At its location in Cumberland, Rhode Island, gentle hills, beautiful woodlands, and vibrant gardens surround the Health Center. It is a peaceful and vibrant healthcare facility dedicated to serving patients in long-term care.
In addition to rehabilitation and care programs for people who have survived strokes, heart attacks, and cancer, the facility also provides compassionate hospice care. Through pain management, palliative care, and spiritual support, St. Rita Health Centre helps patients to find peace and dignity in their final days.
Med Tech Ambulance Service
As the owner of Med Tech Ambulance Service, Gary Reis has worked to aid both health care professionals and residents of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In addition, Gary Reis has also donated automated external defibrillators to the Pawtucket Parks Commission.
Pawtucket, with a population of about 71,000 people, recently received a HeartSafe Community designation by the American Heart Association and the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program. This program seeks to save lives by ensuring a community is prepared to provide early care in response to cardiac arrest. Part of this goal is making sure more members of the community are CPR-trained as well as increasing the number of AEDs available in public spaces and carried by first responders.
Activities such as CPR/AED classes and public safety officials’ promotion of CPR/AED response, earn communities points during the application process for the HeartSafe designation. When a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest, the chances of survival increase dramatically when high-quality CPR and an AED are used, even before first responders arrive.
Med Tech Ambulance Service
Gary Reis is a Rhode Island entrepreneur who leads Med Tech Ambulance Service, a company that provides transportation services to nursing homes and hospitals throughout the state. Involved in his community, Gary Reis contributes to a number of local nonprofits, including the Pawtucket Family YMCA, where he sponsored the opening of a Warm2Kids Learning Center.
In 2007, the Pawtucket Family YMCA established a Warm2Kids Learning Center to provide local youth and underserved community members with free computer access and membership in the Warm2Kids website, which provides celebrity role models and resource experts who answer questions about a variety of topics.
Warm2Kids’ mission is to provide young people with reliable, safe information about issues that affect them directly. Among the offerings at the learning facility are computers with advanced technological capacities and programs designed to enhance the social and emotional development of teenagers.
Since 1996, Gary Reis has served as the president of Med Tech Ambulance Service in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Gary Reis is also a founding member of the Rhode Island Ambulance Association and a board member of the Alliance for Better Long Term Care (ABLTC), an organization that protects the rights of individuals living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
The ABLTC is an independent advocacy organization that provides a voice to individuals who have experienced abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation while living in a long-term care facility. In addition to mediation and advocacy efforts, the organization offers the Long Term Care Ombudsman program, which follows guidelines outlined in the Older Americans Act to monitor the quality of care in long-term care facilities.
Ombudsmen are certified, trained volunteers who visit long-term care residents and represent them before government agencies. They also coordinate with enforcement agencies to investigate complaints and implement corrective action when necessary.