National EMS Week

National Emergency Medical Services Week begins Sunday and continues through next Saturday. This is the one week out of the year set aside to honor and recognize the EMS providers who protect our communities. This year’s EMS Week theme is “EMS Strong.” A memorial ceremony for EMS providers who dedicated themselves to protecting others will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the EMS Memorial in Empire State Plaza in Albany. Two EMS providers who died in 2014 will have their names added to the memorial. We’re teaming up with Olean General Hospital, TransAm Ambulance and Mercy Flight to host a cookout to thank area EMS providers. The cookout will be held at Olean General Hospital Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the Emergency Department entrance. Brooks Memorial Hospital is hosting an EMS thank you cookout Thursday at noon and Jones Memorial and WCA Hospital are hosting cookouts Friday at noon. Encourage EMS providers you know to drop by and grab a hot dog and a soda or water. If you have a chance, please thank an EMS provider in your community. We’re blessed with dedicated EMS providers who sacrifice to serve others. They deserve our thanks throughout the year.

OCFS Site Visit

Office of Children and Family Services (OCSF) Program Manager John Clinton conducted a site visit last week to review the protocols of our Southern Tier Child Health and Safety Team (CHST) and attend the team’s quarterly meeting. The team conducted a case review during their meeting and discussed summer outreach and education campaigns. The case review involved an infant and an unsafe sleep environment. I’m happy to report that John found no issues with the team’s protocol and was impressed with the way team members from Allegany and Cattaraugus counties interacted and worked together. He pointed out that the team is unique in that it’s the only team in New York that includes members of more than one county. I want to thank John for attending the meeting and for his guidance and help. Without support from the OCFS, the team wouldn’t exist. I also want to thank all of our CHST agencies. Their willingness to work together to improve the health and safety of children in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties made the Child Health and Safety Team possible. The CHST is an OCFS-approved child fatality review team. The team was founded to explore the causes of preventable child deaths in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties and make recommendations to the community to prevent child deaths and improve the health and safety of children.

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National EMS Week
OCFS Site Visit

It is the mission of the Southern Tier Health Care System to improve the health and wellness of our rural communities.

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