During National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospitals in Breese and Highland recognize the tremendous role that local EMS partners make to improve health in this region and in communities across the nation. 

According to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), President Gerald Ford authorized the first “National Emergency Medical Services Week” (EMS Week) In 1974 to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. 

From hospitals’ perspective, EMS is an essential part of building a resilient health care system that functions efficiently and effectively every day and can respond to disasters and public health emergencies. These dedicated professionals strive for seamless care, from the field to the hospital emergency department or trauma center.

“The Breese and Highland areas have incredible teams to count on when it comes to medical emergencies – and pandemics,” said Dr. Delwin Merchant, emergency medicine physician and medical director of both St. Joseph’s Hospitals’ emergency departments. “Paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders, dispatchers, emergency nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, as well as all of the fire and rescue personnel, are exceptional. Our care teams at HSHS Joseph’s Hospitals in Breese and Highland know we are blessed to be a small part of these dedicated teams who work tirelessly for our family and yours.”

Please join HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospitals in Breese and Highland in thanking these everyday heroes during EMS week, May 17-23.  “As we continue through these unprecedented times, we are proud to work alongside these outstanding individuals,” said Dr. Merchant.

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HSHS Illinois
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