(O’FALLON, IL) – During National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital recognizes the tremendous role that local EMS partners make to improve health in this region and in communities across the nation. 
“Emergency care professionals are committed to delivering emergency medical care in the community. They strive for seamless care, from the field to the hospital emergency department or trauma center. Their commitment to ensuring that patients receive the best medical care available, anytime and anywhere, is instrumental to advancing the health, safety, and well-being of the public,” said Brad Perry, EMT-P and Manager of Emergency Services at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
From hospitals’ perspective, EMS is an essential part of building a resilient health care system that functions efficiently and effectively every day and is capable of responding to disasters and public health emergencies. 
“We have a strong working relationship with all of the local EMS agencies who bring patients to St. Elizabeth’s,” said Perry.  “I want to take the opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ to these professional EMS teams who bring patients to our door every day, partnering with us in our mission to care for those in need.” St. Elizabeth’s has numerous events planned during this week of celebration to additionally thank those EMS team members who serve the community.
In April 2018, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was formally recognized as a Region 4 EMS System Resource Hospital by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
A Resource Hospital is a hospital with the authority and the responsibility for an EMS System as outlined in the IDPH-approved EMS System Program Plan. As the Resource Hospital for EMS entities, St. Elizabeth’s assumes responsibility for the entire EMS program of partnering agencies, including the clinical aspects, operations and educational programs. This hospital also provides medical supplies and equipment for participating EMS vehicles.
“Through these ongoing education programs and resources, EMS professionals will be able to grow their clinical skills and certifications which is a benefit for each patient and family they touch out in the field,” Perry noted.

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