May 18-24 is National EMS Appreciation Week! Southampton Hospital thanked local emergency volunteers with a recognition breakfast to mark the occasion.
The annual event is part of the hospital’s EMS Week celebration, which encourages local citizens to thank Emergency Medical Service professionals—many of whom are volunteers.
First established by President Ford in 1974, National EMS Week is celebrated every year in the third week of May. According to the official website, National EMS Week aims to bring 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 lines.’”
With the summer months approaching, EMS workers on the East End are sure to see a boom in 911 calls. The roads will be cram-packed, and beaches will be swarming with tourists and locals alike: both of which provide ripe opportunities for the accident-prone.
And of course surging hospital traffic and 911 calls means an increase of work for Emergency Medical Service professionals. So, before June rolls around and the Kardashians arrive in Southampton, take an hour or two out of your day to thank your local EMS workers.
This EMS Appreciation Week, the Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at Southampton Hospital is offering discounted massage rates for all EMS volunteers. Volunteers can also enjoy a massage at one of their several satellite locations, in Westhampton, Hampton Bays, and East Hampton.
Volunteers are asked to call 631-728-WELL for more information and to book appointments.
Interested in becoming a volunteer EMS worker? To find out more information on how to become a volunteer with your local fire department or ambulance corps, call 877-932-9268 or visit suffolksbravest.com.