May 28, 2013
EMS Appreciation Week Celebrated at Local Florida Hospitals

VOLUSIA/FLAGLER – In celebration of National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties hosted free lunches for emergency services personnel at their Emergency Departments.

National EMS Week, which is designated as May 19 – 25, gave the Florida Hospitals an opportunity to honor and recognize the brave men and women dedicated to saving lives and responding to medical emergencies.

During these annual celebrations, the Florida Hospitals’ emergency department parking lots were filled with area police officers, fire trucks, SUV’s and ambulances, which carried hungry first responders to the cookout in their honor.

About National Emergency Medical Services Week
National EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) was instrumental in establishing EMS Week when President Gerald Ford declared November 3 – 10, 1974 as the first “National Emergency Medical Services Week.” This annual observance continued for four more years and was then reinstituted by ACEP in 1982. Around this time, the observance of EMS Week was moved to September. In 1992, EMS Week was again moved to the third week in May. The move was made to separate EMS Week from Fire Prevention week in October.

About Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler
Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler is a member of the Adventist Health System, the nation’s largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider with a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation, with 44 hospitals within ten states, 79,000 employees, 7,700 licensed beds, and 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.

With five hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida Hospital is the largest hospital system in the area, with 788 beds, 4,900 employees, and 650,000 patients every year. In 2012, Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler collectively contributed more than $110 million in benefits to the underprivileged, the community’s overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements.

Photo Caption
On Tuesday, May 21 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., EVAC personnel stopped by Florida Hospital DeLand for a free lunch in celebration of National EMS Week. Here, two EVAC personnel are all smiles with Florida Hospital DeLand security officer Tom Wise after receiving their free lunch.

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