Valley Baptist recognizes area EMS staff during National Emergency Medical Services Week

The majority of Harlingen city commissioners are standing behind South Texas Emergency Medical Care Foundation's exclusive contract for ambulance servidces in the city. Maricela Rodriguez/Valley Morning Star

As May 17-23 has been designated as National Emergency Medical Services Week, Valley Baptist Health System would like to recognize the men and women who commit their lives to providing critical, life-saving services and compassionate care to patients in communities throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

“The emergency department is the front door of our hospital and an essential part of our community,” said Manny Vela, CEO for Valley Baptist Health System and Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen. “Residents rely on the EMS system and its trained professionals, who have incredible devotion to their jobs and community. We’re proud to take this opportunity to show them how much we appreciate their dedication.”

Since 1974, hospitals across the country have celebrated National Emergency Medical Services Week and invited their communities to recognize and thank the dedicated first responders who provide quality care throughout the year.

“Emergency Medical Service professionals play an incredibly important role, providing the first line of care for patients as they are transported to our hospital,” said Leslie Bingham, CEO for Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville.  “They are first to answer the community’s call for help. They are the faces we see at times in our lives that are often very frightening – during critical illness, catastrophe, or injury. These brave individuals are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist us, calm our anxieties, and transport us to receive the care we need. National Emergency Medical Services Week allows each of us to say thank you to these heroes who are an invaluable resource to our community.”

Valley Baptist Health System encourages local residents to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency so that EMS can provide immediate care and rapid, safe transport to the hospital.