MEDIC EMS Honors Late Dr. Phil Collins

June  30, 2014

      Thanks to one man's vision, residents of the Quad Cities receive quicker emergency medical care. Today, community members honored the late Doctor John Collins by naming the MEDIC building after him. He established MEDIC, the emergency medical services for Scott County in 1972.

      Collins served on the Scott County Health Board and worked in the emergency rooms of what are now Genesis East and West hospitals.

      Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba calls him the "father" of modern day emergency ambulance services.  

      "Under his guidance, the MEDIC program was established with emergency technical traning classes offered at Scott Community Colleges. He took us from an era of funeral home hearse to the fantastic state of the art system we have today."

      Bill Collins, his son, says Collins recognized how improvements could be made both inside and outside of the emergency room. 

      "He felt that the better the emergency care out in the field was, the better that they could do once they got them to the hospital."

      Collins lobbied to bring full-time paramedics to Scott County. He also encouraged collaboration between emergency responders, the three health systems, and the fire department.

      MEDIC EMS is a non-profit organization operated by 145 employees and volunteers. Its services cost $10 million annually, and it serves residents of Davenport, Bettendorf, Eldridge, LeClaire, and Buffalo.