Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) will celebrate Emergency Medical Services (EMS) week May 20 26, 2012. "EMS: More than a Job, a Calling" is the 2012 theme, reflecting the idea that EMS personnel don't choose this field for big salaries, comfortable working conditions, or a nine to five-hour job. They have a true calling to help and care for others in their hour of need.
EMS week brings together communities and medical professionals to publicize safety, educate the public about local EMS agencies, and to honor the dedication of those who provide day-to-day lifesaving services on emergency medicine's front line.
Local community EMS crews provide emergency medical services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, to the citizens of Butler, Grundy, Hardin, and Tama Counties.
Most crew members have regular day jobs, families, and every day activities. The service they perform in responding to your call for medical help is beyond the ordinary events of daily life.
Extensive education and specialized training are required. Grundy County Memorial Hospital provides free training and continuing education for local EMS personnel. Some of the classes held this year were: Neuro/Trauma, Stroke Management and Pediatric Potpourri.
"We appreciate the dedication our local EMS Crews provide to our communities and the patients and families we serve," says JoDee Knox, Acute Care/Emergency Department Manager.