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Life-Savers and Patients to Reunite

Friday February 21, 2014

 Louisville EMS to celebrate survivors, first responders at annual awards event

Louisville Metro EMS (LMEMS) personnel and their fellow first responders touch thousands of lives in our community each year, but rarely get the chance to follow-up with their patients once their work is done. That will change on Monday, February 24, when EMS, MetroSafe and Louisville Fire personnel are reunited for the first time with a special group of patients who survived critical medical emergencies.

The guests of honor at this year’s LMEMS Employee Awards Dinner are cardiac arrest survivors – patients who have suffered life-threatening medical emergencies and, thanks to first responders and hospital personnel, lived to tell their stories.

On Monday, they will meet with the MetroSafe communications specialists who took their 911 emergency medical calls, the firefighters who performed CPR and the EMTs and paramedics who resuscitated and stabilized them and transferred them to the hospital. It’s an important link to make for both the survivors and first responders.

“Emergency response personnel don’t get to stay behind to watch their patients improve and eventually walk out of the hospital,” said Neal J. Richmond, M.D., LMEMS CEO and Medical Director. “In a system as busy as ours they’re typically called out immediately on their next case, so they don’t often see the results of the work they do. This is an important reminder about how their performance directly affects the lives of the people they serve.”

More than 350,000 Americans suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year, and less than 10 percent survive, according to the American Heart Association. The association recognizes that first responders play a critical role in improving outcomes for cardiac arrest patients by performing both CPR and advanced treatments such as the administration of life-saving medications, and so they’re joining with LMEMS to present these awards celebrating the excellent work of emergency personnel.

“We are pleased to join LMEMS to honor the men and women who save lives each and every day,” said Kathy Renbarger, Metro Director for the American Heart Association. “Because of their heroic efforts, victims of heart disease and stroke have more time with their loved ones, and we appreciate the service these individuals give to the Louisville community.”

LMEMS will also present a number of other employee awards recognizing excellent performance over the past year. Employees will be honored for proficiency in training, compassionate care and clinical skill, and EMT, Paramedic, Operations Officer and Crew of the Year recipients will be named.

Louisville Metro EMS Employee Awards Banquet

WHEN: Monday, February 24, 2014

Award presentation begins at 7:15 p.m.

WHERE: The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave.