May 30, 2012 by Kendra Walker
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center celebrates everyday heroes in commemoration of annual National Emergency Medical Services Week. The theme, “EMS: More Than A Job…A Calling,” has been chosen to aptly describe the life-saving services the hard-working emergency technicians and team members provide on a daily basis. National EMS Week 2012 was May 20th through May 26th. Dr. Adam Crilly, Medical Director, LNRMC Emergency Department, addresses EMS team members at dinner in their honor.The point of National EMS Week is to bring together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety, as well as honor the dedication of those who are truly on medicine’s “front line.”Lake Norman Regional hosted a dinner May 24thin honor of local EMS team members with Drs. Adam Crilly and Dan Snow, Emergency Medicine physicians from the hospital’s Emergency Department,as the evening’s keynote speakers. The physicians presented case studies on patients whohave been treated with stroke at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. The hospital’s Nutrition Services department prepared the special dinner where paramedics, including one EMS student, were in attendance representing both Iredell and Catawba Counties. The hospital’s Stroke Task Force provided educational material and keepsake items to the attendees. A special demonstration by E.S.T.E.R. (Emergency Stroke Teleconferencing Evaluation Robot), the hospital’s stroke robot that assists in diagnosing patients with stroke, and the severity of stroke, more quickly and easily, was provided via beaming in with a Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center physician. “Their medical knowledge, combined with everyday experience and speed, helps our hospital’s physicians and staff prepare for the next step of diagnosis and treatment, all in the time it takes them to get to our hospital. We can’t thank our EMS partners enough for their commitment, as they are everyday heroes to our community,” said Greg Lowe, Chief Executive Officer, of Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.The entire EMS system includes emergency physicians, nurses, technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators and administrators.