(05/24/2001)
National Emergency Medical Services Week, a celebration to honor approximately 750,000 EMS providers nationwide who deliver lifesaving emergency care, is scheduled for May 20-26.

This year's EMS Week theme - Answering The Call - speaks to the commitment EMS providers make to answering the needs in their communities, and the countless ways they will continue to ensure our health, protection and physical well-being in the years to come.

Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center's Emergency Transport Services will be having a blood pressure and blood sugar screening, free to the public. It will start at 8:30 a.m. with free balloons, coloring books and crayons for the kids, along with free health information for the adults.

"This job is different from any other job you can have" says Kathy Nicholson, a paramedic with the Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center. "You are under tremendous pressure; you have to react quickly; you have to make flawless decisions. A lot of people are not aware of what EMS providers do and how far their services reach into the community."

National EMS Week honors the lifesaving efforts EMS providers offer nationwide, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

"This years theme is about the tremendous calling many EMS providers have to serve their communities and the myriad ways they educate, protect and improve our lives.

EMS Week is a great opportunity to recognize the contributions of the past, and to build upon them for the future.

Minnie Hamilton Heath Care Center joins in helping celebrate National EMS Week.


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