While reading old storybooks to my 8-month-old grandson last weekend, I encountered the story rhyme “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick.” This caused me to pause and think about how quickly we are asked to react to changes in healthcare. Our Emergency First Responders are asked to respond timely to a call for assistance. Our Surgery Department has to be able to perform that emergency surgery as time in both of these examples is critical to the outcome. I had the opportunity to visit with our EMS staff a few weeks ago. Many are volunteers who drop what they are doing on a moment’s notice at any time of the day to answer a call. We are grateful for their ability to be “Nimble and Quick!” However, I learned that our EMS team could use more volunteers. If you are interested in answering the call for service by being a part of our emergency response team, please contact Ann Jensen at [email protected] to obtain information on the next new responder class. By supporting our EMS Team, we can be ready for anyone that may “get burned by that candlestick” and respond in a timely fashion.
Kris Jacobson, LNHA, LALD, MBA
JMHS Interim CEO