May 17-23, 2015 - 41st Annual EMS Week
“In 1973, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS, its practitioners and the important work they do in responding to medical emergencies. A lot has changed over the last four decades. EMS is now firmly established as a key component of the medical care continuum, and the important role of EMS practitioners in saving lives from sudden cardiac arrest and trauma; in getting people to the hospitals best equipped to treat heart attacks and strokes; and in showing caring and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments.
This year, NAEMT is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American College of Emergency Physicians on a national EMS Week promotional campaign, known as EMS Strong. By joining forces with ACEP, NAEMT will continue to work toward ensuring that the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized.
That has never been more important, given the changes in healthcare that are occurring as part of healthcare reform. With the nation seeking ways to control healthcare costs while improving the health of patients, and the way in which medical care is paid for shifting from a system that rewards the volume of services provided to one that rewards high quality, effective care, EMS is proving that it is dedicated to solving the nation's healthcare challenges through innovations such as Mobile Integrated Healthcare and Community Paramedicine.” (NAEMT)
Each year the Illinois Department of Public Health recognizes those celebrating five year increment anniversaries of being licensed as a Paramedic.
Today, we’d like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to everyone who works for the Niles Fire Department. Thank you for your time and dedication. Thank you for your caring, your compassion, and your devotion to patient care. Thank you for taking time away from your families. Thank you for thinking on your feet to solve new problems for our patients. Thank you for comforting families and the community. Thank you for your bravery and for risking your safety. Thank you for your commitment to being the best Firefighter/Paramedic for the Village of Niles.