Carondelet hospitals honor first responders during EMS week

St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s will be hosting the two celebratory events

Carondelet hospitals honor first responders during EMS week
Medics take care of a patient outside of the hospital.

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Carondelet St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s hospitals are celebrating National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 19 to 25, recognizing the men and women who commit their lives to providing critical, life-saving services and compassionate care to our patients and our community.

Emergency Department staff at Carondelet St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s hospitals are hosting barbecues and breakfasts for first responders, and free CPR training.

CPR training will be held with local EMS providers at each hospital this week to provide coaching for local residents and teach them to help save lives through compression-only CPR.

The two events will take place at the following times and places:

· May 21 – St. Joseph’s Hospital CPR training event, 8 am – Noon, 350 N. Wilmot Rd.

· May 23 – St. Mary’s Hospital CPR training event, 80 am – Noon, 1601 W. St. Mary’s Rd

This has become an annual tradition to lift up and recognize the first people dealing with disaster.

“Our EMS partners answer the call for help day or night. They are there for the community, and we’ll be here for them,” said Carondelet Base Hospital Medical Director Dr. Merlin Curry

President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week in 1974 to celebrate the practitioners and important work they do in our nation's communities.

“We appreciate the contributions of all EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized,” added Julieta Scroggs, EMS liaison and pre-hospital manager at Carondelet.

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