May 20-26, 2012 has been nationally designated as EMS Week. Barnesville Hospital recognizes the importance of EMS by honoring those community members dedicated to providing day-to-day, front-line lifesaving services. According to Patrick Dunster, M.D., Barnesville Hospital ER Director, The demand for EMS and the demands on EMS provider services has never been greater. These are our quiet heroes.
This years theme, EMS: More Than A Job. A Calling, demonstrates the philosophy that EMS Providers dont choose this field for big salaries, comfortable working conditions, or 9-to-5 hours. They have a true calling to help their neighbors and friends in their time of need. In cases of local emergencies, such as flooding or tornados, this often means leaving their loved ones to go to the aid of others. According to Nancy Heaton, Clinical Nurse Coordinator, “Our EMS members depict this years theme. They demonstrate their compassion and dedication to those they serve through their willingness to respond to those in need.
Barnesville Hospital staff will be expressing their gratitude to local EMS squads, May 21-25, by providing daily treats and door prize drawings. Squad members are encouraged to stop by the Emergency Department if they are in the area.
The hospital, in conjunction with MedFlight, will be hosting a picnic for EMS Providers on Tuesday, May 22nd, beginning at 1630 outside the Emergency Department. Immediately following, at 1800, there will be a 1-hour continuing education presentation entitled Pediatric Trauma in the Barnesville Hospital Classroom.