2008-05-30 / Community

St.John's Episcopal Hospital Celebrates EMS Week

The EMS Week celebration held by St. John's Episcopal Hospital for emergency and ambulance medical technicians and paramedics included lunch and a cake. The 2008 EMS Week theme is "Your life is our mission." The EMS Week celebration held by St. John's Episcopal Hospital for emergency and ambulance medical technicians and paramedics included lunch and a cake. The 2008 EMS Week theme is "Your life is our mission." Eergency Medical Services, the first responders who rush to give lifesaving aid and comfort at scenes of tragedy and disaster, were honored by St. John's Episcopal Hospital at its first EMS Week celebration on Tuesday, May 20, 2008. EMS Week was held nationally from May 18 to 24, 2008.

Emergency Medical Service practitioners from the New York City Fire Department and Emergency Ambulance Bureau of the Nassau County Police Department were praised at a ceremony for their dedication and professionalism when they are the first line of help in crises large and small. As emergency medical technicians and ambulance medical technicians mingled over lunch with top brass from the two agencies, two individuals were singled out for outstanding service to the community.

The honorees were Jean Nelson, an ambulance medical technician of the Emergency Ambulance Bureau of the Nassau County Police Department and Neil O'Connor, emergency medical technician of the Fire Department of New York City. Addressing the packed room, John Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of St. John's, said, "The highly trained men and women we honor here today risk life and injury daily, rushing to the scene of calamity and catastrophe, saving countless lives in their mission of protecting the community 24/7."

St. John's Episcopal Hospital presented a plaque to ambulance medical technician Jean Nelson (second from right) of the Emergency Ambulance Bureau of the Nassau County Police Department for her calmness under pressure. With her when she accepted the EMS Week award was (from left to right): Chief James P. Kelly of the Emergency Ambulance Bureau of the Nassau County Police Department; Denise Higgins, RN, Nurse Manager, Emergency Department, St. John's; and John Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, St. John's. St. John's Episcopal Hospital presented a plaque to ambulance medical technician Jean Nelson (second from right) of the Emergency Ambulance Bureau of the Nassau County Police Department for her calmness under pressure. With her when she accepted the EMS Week award was (from left to right): Chief James P. Kelly of the Emergency Ambulance Bureau of the Nassau County Police Department; Denise Higgins, RN, Nurse Manager, Emergency Department, St. John's; and John Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, St. John's. The honorees posed at the EMS Week celebration along with St. John's Episcopal Hospital administrators and staff and fellow EMTs and AMTs from a variety of ambulance services from New York City and Nassau County. The honorees posed at the EMS Week celebration along with St. John's Episcopal Hospital administrators and staff and fellow EMTs and AMTs from a variety of ambulance services from New York City and Nassau County. St. John's Episcopal Hospital honored EMT Neil O'Connor (center with plaque) for his respectful attitude to patients and staff and his patience and cheerfulness when carrying out his duties. With him in the photo were (from left to right): Denise Higgins, RN, Nurse Manager, Emergency Department; John Gupta, Chief Executive Officer; Chief Ann Fitton, New York City EMS; and Captain Martin Miller, New York City EMS. St. John's Episcopal Hospital honored EMT Neil O'Connor (center with plaque) for his respectful attitude to patients and staff and his patience and cheerfulness when carrying out his duties. With him in the photo were (from left to right): Denise Higgins, RN, Nurse Manager, Emergency Department; John Gupta, Chief Executive Officer; Chief Ann Fitton, New York City EMS; and Captain Martin Miller, New York City EMS.

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