Alexandria, VA – Early on Christmas morning, Alexandria paramedic Erich Wade arrived at a local McDonald’s to attend to a man having a stroke. The call was handled perfectly despite the holiday, and the patient was appropriately treated at Inova Alexandria Hospital. It might seem like a simple ordeal, but the act potentially saved the patient’s life, and on Tuesday, May 21, Wade was honored alongside a number of his colleagues who have delivered similar services at the hospital’s 19th annual EMS breakfast.
“You are very much the front line of our city,” Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson told the EMS personnel, and later read a city proclamation declaring May 19-25 as EMS Week. “You are the first face that some of our residents see in some of the most significant situations in their lives, the most challenging situations where they are in doubt of health and the wellness of their families. We appreciate the compassion and professionalism and the dedication that you exhibit every single day.”
Inova Alexandria Hospital President Dr. Rina Bansal told the EMS personnel that quality compassionate care is at the heart of the hospital’s core.
“Thank you for your dedication as your work helps advance a culture of health and wellness here in the city of Alexandria and throughout the northern Virginia region,” Bansal said.
Additionally, Alexandria Fire Chief Robert Dube congratulated staff on their responses to tens of thousands of EMS calls.