TriStar Centennial May 24, 2012

National Emergency Medical Services Week is May 20 through May 26, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 24, 2012)Day and night, Emergency Medical Services personnel are on the front lines of emergency medical care in our communities.

During National Emergency Medical Services week, TriStar Centennial Medical Center salutes Nashville area EMS partners for their role in helping our community have access to quality emergency medical care 24/7. The theme of this year’s national celebration is ‘EMS: More Than a Job. A Calling.’

“It’s obvious to me that the men and women we interact with in our emergency room every day are passionate about their role in providing emergency healthcare to every patient they serve,” said Joseph Mazzo, vice president of clinical operations for TriStar Centennial. “Their professionalism and commitment to providing timely, quality care are a testament to the critical role emergency services personnel play in positive outcomes for our patients.”

The hospital hosts an annual celebration for area EMS personnel with two appreciation cookouts, one during the day shift and one during the overnight shift.

“Without the capable care from our highly trained EMS partners, many of our critical patients may not have had as positive of an outcome following an emergency situation,” Mazzo said. “It’s important to us that we take this opportunity to recognize the people who frequently provide the first steps of emergency care to patients and thank them for their role in providing emergency healthcare services for Nashville.”

About 20% of patients treated in the TriStar Centennial emergency room arrive by ambulance. Many of them receive life-saving emergency care from EMS personnel en-route to the hospital or receive support and assistance from an emergency services operator by telephone or mobile technology.

EMS professionals fill a variety of roles in providing emergency healthcare, from paramedics, emergency medical technicians and first responders to 9-1-1 operators and firefighters to police officers. They are volunteers, public servants and private contractors.

National EMS Week is celebrated during the third full week of May each year. Communities around the country celebrate the men and women who have dedicated their lives to providing emergency healthcare services to their local communities.

EMS Week Celebration

Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room at Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.

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