IDAHO FALLS — From the 911 call, to the ambulance, to the hospital — the local EMS and first responders are constantly at work saving lives. The Emergency Department at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center wanted to recognize these additional team members through a special project.
To do so, emergency staff created a Hall of Honor revealed earlier this month. The hall honors local EMS, first responders and law enforcement throughout eastern Idaho. Groups from Jackson, Wyoming and Air Idaho are also represented.
“They wanted to set it up to celebrate the work of the team as a whole and the team being bigger than just the ER staff,” EIRMC spokeswoman Jessica Clements told EastIdahoNews.com.
The Emergency Department Staff started putting the hall together in May and completed it in August. EMS Liaison Jim Howard has been collecting patches for the hall of honor since last year.
“We wanted to personalize it to each of them and to say we recognize that they are part of our team. We appreciate what first responders do for our community, and for patients in crisis situations,” Nicole Storer, Emergency Department Director said in a release.
Clements said the Hall of Honor is the hallway that is used when EMS bring a patient in on an ambulance. She said there has been a positive response to the project, and EMS or law enforcement who come through can see they are a part of EIRMC’s team.
“At EIRMC we recognize that caring for our patients a lot of times starts out in the field. We are very appreciative of those agencies out in the community that provide great care for our patients before they even get to our door,” Clements said.