National EMS Week


It’s National EMS Week.

A time set aside to honor the men and women who provide day to day life saving services.

Jesse Lewsader paramedic, “Working on an ambulance it’s paramount for us to be the first line of treatment on their worst day.”   

Jesse Lewsader is a paramedic on a Horizon Health ambulance team. He took classes for two years to learn to save lives.    

Jesse Lewsader, “For us to be able to get out there in a timely fashion and start those interventions prior to entry into a hospital is critical.”

After arriving on the scene of an accident or incident, Lewsader and other ambulance staff assess the situation, provide immediate treatment and then call Paris Community Hospital for further instructions.

Samantha McCarty, Director of Emergency Services, “They are basically taking the emergency room to the scene of Either an accident or the  home of someone who is medically ill.”

According to the US Labor Department,  there are roughly two  paramedics for each 1,000 people living in Illinois and Indiana nd the job market is growing.

Samantha McCarty, “Paramedics are higly trainined and higly skilled.”

Horizon Health ambulance teams do everything from respond to emergencies, to transport patients to various hospitals, to working along side doctors and nurses in the ER

They’re on duty for 24 hours and then off for 48.

They sleep when they can. While some days are tough, it’s the love of the job and the love of helping others that causes them to do what they do.

Jesse Lewsader, “To play apart in someone worst day and to be able to to make that a little better to me is pretty special.

To learn more about Horizon Health ambulance service call 217-466-4911.

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