HCH joins EMS Week celebration
National EMS Week began Sunday and continues through Saturday. This year’s theme is “This Is EMS: Caring for Our Communities.” The annual campaign recognizes those who provide emergency medical services in communities across the country.
“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to test EMS professionals like never before,” said Mark Rosenberg, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. “EMTs, paramedics and other front-line workers are rising to the challenge, and each has a crucial role in responding to the public health crisis of our lifetime. National EMS Week is a time to recognize and honor EMS professionals for their tireless dedication to their communities not just during this pandemic, but every day.”
In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized National EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the dedication they have for the community. Under the “EMS Strong” banner, the campaign supports and strengthens the EMS community by honoring accomplishments and increasing awareness of the role of EMS in communities.
Throughout the pandemic, EMS has been on the frontlines, caring for the sickest COVID-19 patients.
“EMS Week is a chance for communities to come together and express their gratitude for EMS practitioners,” said Chief Bruce Evans, president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. “Our nation’s paramedics and EMTs, as well as their families, have been through so much. Recognizing their service and sacrifices is an important step in healing and recovery from the stress and intensity of the past year.”
This week, pause to remember that medical care often takes place outside of the safe, insulated and well-lit hospital environment in emergent situations. Emergency care can start in a patient’s home or place of work. It can start on a busy sidewalk, in the tangled remains of an SUV or down a muddy embankment in the rain. The help never takes a holiday, and it arrives without regard for time of day, weather or safety conditions.
“Each day that an EMS professional goes to work that person is expected to perform at his or her best to take care of someone at his or her worst,” said Joe Squier, EMS manager for Harrison County Hospital. “I take pride in knowing that we have the best of the best. Each of our employees are here because they add value to this service and this community.
“Today and every day, we are thankful for this group of individuals and their tireless efforts in service of their patients, our health care system and the community,” he said.
The EMS department at Harrison County Hospital employs 61 team members with more than 980 years of collective EMS experience, averaging 16 years of experience per employee.
Last year, the department responded to 6,700 incidents.