May 22, 2013
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has proclaimed May 19-25 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, as part of a nationwide initiative led by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Samuel M. Keim, MD, MS, head of the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine, a part of the UA College of Medicine, met with Mayor Rothschild today to thank the mayor for his proclamation and to discuss emergency medicine programs, services and trainings the department offers to the community.
The mayor shared his 360 Plan and the health and wellness efforts he is leading to create a healthy Tucson and its focus on addressing the needs of seniors, youth and the impoverished. Mayor Rothschild and Dr. Keim agreed to coordinate to promote community-directed health efforts.
Emergency Medical Services Week began on Monday with the UA Department of Emergency Medicine hosting events for local pre-hospital emergency medical providers, including emergency department physicians and support staff at The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus and The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus.
Also today, the University and South Campuses will participate in a statewide emergency-preparedness exercise.
The EMS Week national theme, “EMS: One Mission. One Team,” captures the everyday commitment of the UA Department of Emergency Medicine to provide excellent emergent care training and to conduct research to advance knowledge, both in the pre-hospital and emergency department settings.
The Preparedness Training Institute and the Arizona Resuscitation Research Institute, programs of the UA Department of Emergency Medicine, fulfill their missions by offering training to emergency medicine services providers, locally and nationally, that are aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality in emergency care.
Daily events, hosted by the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine, include raffles, a hotdog cart, barbecues and Eegee’s, along with training exercises, to recognize the dedication and commitment to safety of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services in medicine’s front line.