LETTERS

This week is dedicated to thank EMS teams

Joseph Hugar

Sharon

May 20-26 is National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, an observance designed to recognize and celebrate the enormous contributions EMS professionals make to our local communities.

EMS answers the call day or night, in all kinds of weather and in all kinds of conditions - many of which can be dangerous and emotionally challenging. It’s easy to forget how difficult this work can be, but our dispatchers, emergency medical responders, EMTs, AMETs, and paramedics deliver, without fail, day in and day out.

We are extremely fortunate to have the many caring, skilled professionals that comprise our regional Emergency Medical Services System - all dedicated to answering the call and making a difference in their patients’ lives. Members of emergency medical services teams - whether career or volunteer, public or private - engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills. They also give back to their communities far more than they take.

Additionally, we are proud to have partnerships with local EMS organizations to provide their medical command services where we collaborate to enhance care when treating patients in the field and when they arrive in our Emergency Care Center.

This year’s EMS Week theme is “EMS Strong - Stronger Together” and heralds how EMS providers, regardless of service or system, work together daily to help save lives.

On behalf of the Sharon Regional Medical Center board, our leadership team, and the more than 1,100 employees, I extend our sincere appreciation to all EMS teams for the exceptional work they do and celebrate them during EMS Week.

JOSEPH HUGAR is president of Sharon Regional Medical Center.