Each year in May, a week is set aside to recognize the lifesaving work that EMTs, paramedics and first responders do every day in our communities. National EMS Week, from May 15 to May 21 this year, has been celebrated nationwide since 1974, but Aspirus’ connection to the roots of EMS goes back even further.
The state of Wisconsin has a proud history in the evolution of EMS. Dr. JD “Deke” Farrington, physician at Lakeland Memorial Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center, now part of Aspirus Health in Woodruff, has been called “the father of modern EMS” because of the pivotal role it has played in the development of emergency medical services over the years. 1950.
While the foundations of an organized system of pre-hospital emergency medical care had already been laid, it was Dr. Farrington who became a pioneer of EMS as we know it today. Among his many accomplishments in the field, Dr. Farrington notably coordinated the first nationally recognized EMT course held in Wausau in 1969, invented the spine board and promoted the use of extrication, and even part of development of “Star of Life” as EMS symbol.
“The Northwoods is proud to have such a rich history in developing these techniques and trainings that continue to save countless lives today,” says emergency physician Dr. Michael Clark physician and EMS medical director at Aspirus Health. “Dr. Farrington understood the importance of emergency medical care and had the foresight to see how he could improve it. We can imagine he would be thrilled to see how Aspirus Health continues to contribute to the field of emergency medical care. emergency.
Today, Aspirus MedEvac is a team of more than 250 emergency service providers, with two air bases, 35 ground ambulance units at 13 bases located in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Aspirus MedEvac has been accredited by the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA) since 2015. Aspirus MedEvac is the first hospital program in the NAAMTA Alliance and the first program to achieve 100% compliance in the inspection process. MedEvac helicopter services are operated by PHI Air Medical and Air Methods Corporation.
Join Aspirus Health in recognizing the dedicated EMS professionals who provide emergency medical care in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan communities.
For more information on Aspirus’ medical transportation services, visit www.aspirus.org/medical-transport.