LETTER: Thank you first responders!

To the Editor:

May 20-26 marks the 44th annual celebration of National EMS Week in the United States. Each year, the celebration offers a special time to recognize the crucial role EMS providers play in the community. But even more, it serves as an excellent reminder to say thank you.

 As the medical director of EMS at Regions Hospital, my team and I see first-hand the lifesaving care EMS teams from your community provide to patients long before they arrive at the hospital. This care is highly professional, timely and undoubtedly critical to a patient’s short-term and long-term success.

 Because we do not always have the chance to say thank you to these providers — as they are swooping into our ambulance arrival center or administering critical care at the scene — this week, my team and I would like to give a big thank you to each of these real-life superheroes.

 The work these first responders do every day is simply amazing, and we are so thankful to be their partner in EMS — this week and 365 days a year. 

Your community is in excellent hands. Please join us as we say thank you to our first responders.

Dr. RJ Frascone - Medical Director, Regions Hospital Emergency Medical Services

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