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By Member Joyce Shry
May 19, 2017

In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. Back then, EMS was a new profession, and EMS practitioners had only just started to be recognized as a critical component of emergency medicine and the public health safety net. A lot has changed since then.
EMS is now firmly established as an essential public function and a vital component of medical care. On any given day, EMS practitioners help save lives by responding to medical emergencies, including heart attack, difficulty breathing, a fall or accident, drowning, cardiac arrest, stroke, drug overdose or acute illness. EMS may provide both basic and advanced medical care at the scene of an emergency and/or en-route to a hospital. EMS practitioners care for their patients' medical needs and are caring and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments.

With the development of mobile integrated healthcare and community paramedicine (MIH-CP), EMS is also increasingly a valued participant in achieving the nation's overall healthcare goals of improved patient health and lowered costs.

EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line” in the field. Given the challenges facing our nation's healthcare system and the rapid pace of change, making sure the public understand what EMS has to offer has never been more important.

This year’s theme is “EMS STRONG: Always in service.”

It’s EVERY day:
• We are called upon to help others through one of the most difficult and frightening times of someone’s life.
• We are called upon to provide a sense of security and relief during chaotic and challenging situations
• We are called upon to do the work that only a select few can do.
• We are called to CARE.

It’s about so much more than lights and sirens. It’s about giving the most of ourselves in the name of helping out our communities when they look to us for help. It’s about being in service to others, every day……always in service. And most importantly, if you’ve chosen, you answer the call of a career that demands passion, purpose and heart.

Please join us in thanking everyone who works in our field as we celebrate National EMS Week.

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