Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and Reno County Emergency Medical Services joined similar organizations nationwide during May in observance of EMS Week.
Emergency Medical Services was in its infancy in 1974 when President Gerald Ford signed a proclamation authorizing the annual observance. In those distant times, EMS was a fledgling profession and the healthcare professionals who worked within the organizations nationwide were on the cusp of gaining much deserved recognition for their around the clock efforts.
Kevin Miller, F.A.C.H.E., President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, said the Reno County EMS story started in 1971 and is today a 44 year old success story that stands as a model to the state and nation for its rapid high tech response to emergency medical situations.
“That year a group of healthcare visionaries, including Drs. Jack Wortman and William Von Ruden, working with City Manager George Pyle and Joe Mackey, Hutchinson Hospital Corporation CEO, met to find common ground for the county’s emergency medical services,” Miller said. “Mackey offered the services of the city’s two hospitals to operate the ambulance service with trained personnel, an offer no one could refuse.”