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Letter: Say thanks to emergency medical services this week


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From: Dan Spartz

Director of ambulance service, Columbus Regional Health

May 18 to 24 is National Emergency Medical Services Week. While we appreciate these dedicated men and women throughout the year, this week gives us an opportunity to make an extra effort to show our gratitude for the lifesaving work they provide on a daily basis.

The emergency medical services system consists of emergency physicians, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses, firefighters and first responders. We are fortunate in Bartholomew County to have an integrated network of emergency responders that works collaboratively to ensure that those in need receive the highest level of emergency care in a timely manner.

The emergency medical services team is staffed by highly trained professionals who respond in the time of need 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our community should take comfort in the fact that those who arrive at your home or at the scene of an accident are highly trained caregivers who have the equipment and capability to handle any type of emergency. They are prepared for whatever emergency need exists and are dedicated to delivering high quality, pre-hospital care anywhere, anytime and often under difficult and unpredictable circumstances. Rapid access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.

Please join me in recognizing our emergency medical services team during this special week by saying thank you for the dedicated and professional service they provide.

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