May 17, 2007

Emergency Medical Services Workers to be Honored May 20th-26th

Members of emergency medical services teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.

The emergency medical services system consists of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators, administrators and others.

The members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills.

All of these reasons make it appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of emergency medical services providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Week.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) announced that the 34th annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week will be celebrated throughout the nation May 20-26, 2007. The event brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services on the medical “front line.”

National EMS Week will feature hundreds of grassroots activities coast-to-coast that will be planned around this year’s theme, “Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service,” which exemplifies the excellent services provided every day, under any circumstances by the 750,000 EMS providers who serve their communities.

Scotland County Memorial Hospital and the Scotland County Ambulance Service will host a number of special events throughout the week. (See the ad on Page 5 for a complete schedule.)

“As this year’s theme emphasizes, EMS providers are dedicated to saving lives, even putting their own lives on hold as they respond to medical emergencies,” said Dr. Brian Keaton, president of ACEP. “They do this every day without special recognition, which is why we are recognizing EMS providers this year as extraordinary.”

The Scotland County Hospital Ambulance Service is staffed with EMT & EMT-Paramedic mobile emergency medical teams. The local service utilizes type 3, heavy duty, all weather, modular trucks, featuring advanced life-support monitors and medical devices and equipment, for both medical and trauma emergencies.

Emergency mobile medical teams are on call 24/7 with capabilities for a third team when necessary.

The Scotland County Hospital Ambulance emergency phone number is 660-465-2131. Other key numbers include the Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222.

Staff Members for the local EMS service are: Elliott Hix, D.O., Board Certified Emergency Medicine) Emergency Medical Services Director; Jose Padilla, NREMT-Paramedic, EMS Manager; David Crawford, EMT-Paramedic, EMS Assistant Manager; Sara Hammes, NREMT-Paramedic; Dustin Crump, NREMT-Paramedic; Kyle DaVolt, NREMT-Paramedic; Greg Probst, NREMT-Paramedic; David Dalton, NREMT-B; Jeanne Parrish, EMT-B; Bill Young, NREMT-B; Kenny Hoover, NREMT-B; Jessica Sevier, NREMT-B; Susan Oliver, NREMT-B; Nikki Ward, NREMT-B; Kat Johnson, NREMT-B; and Bud Wilson, EMT-B.

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