Granville Health System Celebrates EMS Week

May 22, 2019

Granville Health System celebrates May 19 – 25 as EMS Week. With the national theme of EMS Strong the organization will recognize the group throughout the week.

“We are pleased to celebrate National EMS week. This is an opportunity to recognize the compassion, the courage and the care provided by EMS personnel, typically for those they do not know in the same manner they would for a close relative. They often risk their lives to quickly travel through difficult weather conditions and obstacles for the sake of others,” said Granville Health System CEO John F. Snow. “So, this week let’s celebrate how EMS makes a difference in our communities and in the lives of our friends and neighbors.”

The primary role of EMS is to provide responsive and professional care to pre-hospital medical emergencies - stabilizing and transporting the patient to the nearest appropriate facility. Some examples of the types of emergency dispatches for EMS include strokes, heart attacks, loss of consciousness, motor vehicle accidents and respiratory distress. EMS also responds to diabetic emergencies, burns, seizures, poisoning, pregnancy/childbirth, environmental injuries (heat/cold injuries), and many other serious medical conditions.

EMS crews responding to emergencies are staffed by at least one paramedic; other crew members have varying degrees of knowledge and responsibility. Paramedics have received approximately 1,500 hours of training – the highest level of training available. And, because of the high level of training and skill, Granville EMS has earned the “Advanced Life Support” designation.

Granville EMS responded to more than 8,900 calls for service last year. The Division employs more than 70 full and part-time employees and has 5 bases strategically located throughout the county.

About Granville Health System

For more than 99 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home. To meet the growing needs of its community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where its citizens work and live. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System visit GHS online at

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