Nominate first responders to be recognized during EMS week

Steward Health Care System Hospitals will host “EMS Stewards of the Community” Awards Ceremony on May 22 in the W Hotel in Scottsdale. (Independent Newsmedia/Josh Martinez)

Nominations are being accepted for recognition of exemplary emergency medical service providers in the Valley.

To celebrate National Emergency Medical Service week, May 19-24, Steward Health Care System Hospitals in Arizona will host its first “EMS Stewards of the Community” Awards Ceremony, according to a press release.

The private event will be held on Wednesday, May 22, in the W Hotel in Scottsdale, according to the release.

St. Luke’s Medical Center, Tempe St. Luke’s Medical Center and Mountain Vista Medical Center will recognize select emergency medical services providers for going “above and beyond” in their interactions with patients at each of the community hospitals.

The “EMS Stewards of the Community” awards show appreciation for emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, and paramedics who highly care for others with expertise, professionalism, and compassion.

“The men and women of EMS display their valor and commitment to patient safety and care every day,” said Doug Luckett, regional president of Steward Health Care, Arizona, in a prepared statement.

“This is an annual celebration to honor their brave work and an opportunity to express our gratitude for being partners to keep families and communities healthy and safe.”

An internal committee of physicians and EMS directors selected recipients among current providers in communities served by Steward, the release added.

“Once again, we have the opportunity to recognize the outstanding efforts of the brave men and women of EMS,” said Brenden Hayden, vice president of EMS at Steward Health Care, in a prepared statement.

“We encourage all members of the Steward family to nominate outstanding EMS providers in their community to thank them for their lifesaving work.”

Nominations must be received by April 15, according to the release.

To nominate an EMS provider for an “EMS Stewards of the Community” award, visit http://info.steward.org/EMSAZ.html.

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