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EMS Capital Campaign gets a boost from the 2022 JKV Gala

Months of planning came to fruition in September when John Knox Village hosted the 2022 John Knox Village Gala: Born to be Wild! Thank you to everyone who came together to make the event such a success. It, indeed, takes a Village and because of everyone’s hard work and dedication for such a great cause (the “Raise a Roof for EMS” capital campaign), we raised more than $220,000. Thank you for helping us get going as we work to build beautiful new headquarters for our EMS team!

Why are we raising money to build a new EMS facility? Gail Benne, president of the John Knox Village Foundation, and Brian Opoka, director of public safety, recently sat down with KCTV5’s Bill Hurrelbrink to discuss the need and campaign. You can watch the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjD_Z7mkDPU


Plans for the new emergency medical services headquarters have been solidified and accomplish many of the goals set early on in the project, such as creating more space to allow the EMS team greater privacy and more opportunities to comfortably rest and relax between calls. What’s more, all of our ambulances that are in service will be housed inside and protected from the elements.

  • Location: the former medical building located off Murray Road between D Building and the out-patient therapy offices
  • Floor plan: The building is a total of 7,955-square-feet, which includes:
    • 5,355-square-feet of building area that will be renovated, and
    • 2,600-square-feet of new structure to be constructed for the ambulance bays
  • Layout: The building is more spacious and includes space for staff to rest and relax, offices and training space.
    • 6 bunk rooms
    • 3 offices
    • Kitchen/dayroom
    • 24-person training/meeting room
    • 4-stall, drive-thru ambulance bays
    • Parking for additional public safety vehicles