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Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 31, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, May 31, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, May 31, 2018
Area hospitals host dinner to recognize emergency responders

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, with the support of Machias Savings Bank, hosted emergency responders from Hancock and Washington counties for an Emergency Responders Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, May 22, in the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital cafeteria.

The hospitals were pleased to have the opportunity to thank the men and women who are frequently the first people to see patients in their greatest time of need, according to a news release.

“On any given day, Emergency Medical Services providers help save lives by responding to medical emergencies, including heart attack, difficulty breathing, fall or accidents, drowning, cardiac arrest, stroke, drug overdose or acute illness,” Kelly Collins, Director of the Emergency Department at MCMH, said in the release.

MCMH honors a local team of responders each year with the “Outstanding Emergency Call of the Year” award based on nominations received from the community. This year’s recipient was Hancock’s Volunteer Fire Department and EMS for responding to a two-vehicle accident in November that, in addition to themselves, involved the cooperation of County Ambulance, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine State Police, the Sullivan Fire Department, Life Flight, Eastern Maine Medical Center, and MCMH.