WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center, Jefferson Medical Center celebrate EMS week

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. –  The American College of Emergency Physicians is celebrating Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week May 15 – 21 with events in communities across the nation organized around the theme Rising to the Challenge.

WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center will honor local EMS providers in the Eastern Panhandle during this national celebration by hosting cookouts for EMS personnel and other area first responders.

“The Emergency Department staffs at both hospitals recognize the value and the accomplishments of our EMS providers,” Donnie Grubb, manager of trauma and emergency management at Berkeley Medical Center, said. “It is also National Police Week which gives us an even better opportunity to recognize our community first responders for providing vital public services that save lives every day.”

EMS personnel include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders, fire fighters, and police, some paid, some volunteer. These men and women are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24/7.

“Regardless of how we celebrate and recognize our EMS personnel during the official EMS week, we are thankful for their service and sacrifice every day of the year,” Denise Carter, nurse manager of emergency and trauma services at Jefferson Medical Center, said. “They play an integral role within our healthcare system and are committed to the service they provide for this community not just this week, but all year long.”

In 1973, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS, its practitioners, and the important work they do responding to medical emergencies. For more information on National EMS Week, visit www.emsweek.org.



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CED:  5-17-22