Swain Community Hospital and Harris Regional Hospital celebrate National EMS Week

May 16, 2016

Swain Community Hospital and Harris Regional Hospital celebrate National EMS Week 

SYLVA and BRYSON CITY – Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are pleased to recognize National EMS Week May 15-21. The week was first set aside by President Gerald Ford in 1973 to honor the lifesaving work of EMS professionals around the country.

Each day, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital have the privilege of working with EMS staff from around the area coordinating emergency care for thousands of patients arriving at the hospitals’ emergency departments or requiring transport to regional healthcare partners.

“Our hospitals are grateful for the longstanding collaboration we have with regional EMS services and for our milestone relationship with Jackson County. There are hundreds of dedicated EMS professionals saving lives each day in every corner of our region. Tens of thousands of patients and families benefit from that dedication,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital.

This year marks the 20-year anniversary for Harris Regional Hospital EMS. The hospital has operated the EMS service for Jackson County since January 1, 1996. Last year Harris Regional Hospital EMS answered 5,218 calls from all across the county representing a 15% increase over four years. 

Events were planned for Harris Regional Hospital EMS staff throughout National EMS Week including a cookout and ice cream party.

The Harris Regional Hospital EMS staff includes emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics (EMT-P), including a leadership team headed up by Stephen Plemmons, director of Harris Regional Hospital EMS, Emergency Department Services for Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, and Harris Regional Hospital Urgent Care, EMS operations coordinator Matthew Burrell, EMS crew leaders and paramedics, Kyle Dowling and David Moore, and EMS field training officers Brian McFalls, Christopher McFalls, Charles Moore, and Michael Prindiville. Crews include  John Vogler (EMT) and Jeffrey Entwistle (EMT-I), and paramedics Benjamin Applebome, Madison Bliffen, Susan Burrell, Zachary Cagle, Ashley England, Edward Hinson, Michael Huffman, Michael Murray, Adam Palmer, Gabrielle Robinson, Michael Silvers, Cameron Taylor, and Kurt Wamsley. Several regional EMTs and paramedics participate on the Harris Regional Hospital crews on an as-needed basis including EMTs Taner Campbell, Joe McFalls, Wyatt Messer, Leland Plank, Anthony Soop, and Benjamin Thackston, and paramedics Kimberly Anthony, Michael Belcher, Scott Buchanan, Mark Conner, Jillian DeBoer, Lynette Gregg, Eric Hester, Joseph Hoglen, David Lee, Kyle Luckey-Smith, Daryl Mason, Steven Rice, Zachary Stutts and William Wiggins.