Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is celebrating National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week from May 17 to 23 to recognize the men and women who commit their lives to providing critical, life-saving services and compassionate care to our patients and community. Hospitals across the country have been celebrating National EMS Week since 1974. The community is invited to recognize and thank the dedicated first responders who provide quality care throughout the year.
“The emergency department is the backbone of our hospital that provides advanced technology and rapid reactions in urgent situations. It is a vital part of our community,” says Michelle Pate, nurse manager of the Emergency Department at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “Residents rely on the EMS system and its trained professionals, who have incredible devotion to their jobs and community. We are proud to show them how much we appreciate their dedication.”
The goal of National EMS Week is to recognize the numerous ways EMS providers make a difference and improve the quality of life for everyone through life-saving endeavors. Another focus during the week is to educate the public about how to be safe at home. This includes posting emergency phone numbers by every telephone in the home, enrolling in a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course, checking batteries in smoke detectors, and updating first-aid kits.
“Our emergency medical personnel play an incredibly important role at our hospital,” adds Pate. “During a medical emergency, it’s important to know that treatment is being administered by qualified health professionals, and, just as importantly, by people who care. National EMS Week allows each of us to say ‘thank you’ to these heroes who are an invaluable resource to our community.”