Paramedics Celebrate First Birthday of Their Special Delivery

Parademics Andrew Person, left, and Sean Doherty, right, visit with Layane DaSilva who, with their help, gave birth one year ago to her son Joshua, left. Older brother Isaac, 3, on right. (Courtesy Telegram & Gazette)

When Joshua DaSilva met our Emergency Medical Services paramedics Andrew Person and Sean Doherty, he happily went into their arms. After all, they were the first arms that ever held him. A year after they helped his mom Layane bring him safely into the world just in time for Christmas, she invited Andrew and Sean to Joshua’s first birthday. They brought him a Fisher-Price medical kit – in case he wants to follow in their footsteps. Ms. DaSilva said the medics deserved praise for helping her through what she said was a terrifying experience. “They were great,” she said. “They did the best they could and I remember I was freaking out so they tried to keep me calm as best they could.” Read the Telegram & Gazette story.


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Celebrate National EMS Week with Paramedic John Schofield

 This week is National EMS Week, the perfect opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the skill, compassion and dedication Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams bring to every call. Our own Worcester EMS team recently hosted a MassLive reporter for an ambulance ride-along to showcase the services it provides to our community day in and day out. In the MassLive article, you can follow Paramedic John Schofield, Worcester EMS supervisor, as he responds to overdoses, cardiac arrests and car accidents. When an emergency occurs, our teams make the health and safety of our patients their top priority. Read the article, watch the video (below) and see photos.

A Show of Stamina, Strength and Mobility from Our EMS Team


Left photo, the team participates in the ambulance pull. Center photo, Katie Flavin, Katherine Howard and Brittany O’Neill push the sled. Top right, Lisa Horowitz, David Silva and Heidi Roy-Choquette roll the tire. Bottom right, Brittany O’Neill and Katherine Howard work on sit-ups.

For the fourth year in a row, Josh Bennett, paramedic, organized a 12-week fitness challenge for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department. Each weekly challenge was designed to connect back to the job, such as 261 push-ups, sit-ups and squats; a reminder of the 261 badges earned by team. The challenge ends with an 11-event relay race at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute athletic fields and includes a team ambulance pull of 15,000 pounds! So far, seven of the 10 teams have completed the relay race. The winning team will receive a $500 gift card paid out of the EMS Relief Fund. Check out the media coverage by our social media teamTelegram & Gazette and MassLive.

Don’t Miss Our EMS Ride-a-long on Facebook Today

Tomorrow is the last day of National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week and to celebrate our social media team hit the road with our paramedics for an up-close and personal look at how they spend their days. Be sure to check our Medical Center’s Facebook page for ongoing coverage of our EMS teams in action. Plus, the Telegram & Gazette published an in-depth feature of our EMS team. You’ll get answers to questions like:

  • Is it true what they say about full moons?
  • What’s the most rewarding aspect about your job?
  • What’s one thing people don’t know about your job?

Follow #WEMSridealong to also check out coverage from earlier this week, including this behind-the-scenes look at Life Flight.


This Week We Recognize Our Emergency Medical Services

Have you noticed our Emergency Medical Services team is getting a little extra attention these days? That’s because it’s National EMS Week, a time to recognize and celebrate the men and women who are out in the community every day making sure patients get medical assistance when they need it most. Pay close attention to our Medical Center’s Facebook page for daily photos, videos and posts that highlight the dedicated work of our UMass Memorial EMS team. “People don’t always realize the dangerous situation our paramedics face while they are on the job, as well as the breadth of services that we provide to the community. EMS Week is a great opportunity to acknowledge and thank these brave men and women,” said Mike Hunter, deputy chief, EMS. Check out the latest coverage on Charter TV 3.

This Week We Recognize National Emergency Medical Services

ems 2015We salute all our Medical Center EMS staff that provides 9-1-1 coverage for Worcester and Shrewsbury, as well as Life Flight Services for the region. Last year, our paramedics responded to more than 33,000 ambulance calls. Life Flight responded to more than 2,000 requests and about 1,110 patient transports. Most of the ambulance requests were handled in less than six minutes. Our EMS communications specialists receive, triage, and dispatch all these requests plus provide specialized Emergency Medical Dispatch services for Leicester and Westborough. Our EMS service is also heavily involved in community CPR and EMS training and regional disaster planning, and works closely with police, fire and EMS agencies in Central Massachusetts. Learn more about our Medical Center’s EMS.

Learn How Our EMS Staff Supports Each Other

EMS tshirtMembers of UMass Memorial Emergency Medical Services are showing support for breast cancer survivors, including Lisa Schofield, RN, an Emergency Department colleague. According to Michael Hunter, deputy chief of EMS, the 84-member staff, whose uniforms are brown, raised money through the sale of t-shirts (pictured) with the slogan “The Only Color Stronger than Brown is Pink.” Proceeds and personal donations will help sponsor Schofield and Josette Paduani, patient care associate, who is walking with her in a breast cancer walk this weekend. “In emergency medicine, we care for patients who are in pain and under stress,” said Hunter. “We also take care of each other in times of personal need, like this.”

We Celebrate National Emergency Medical Services Week

EMS-Week-2014 -HeaderThis week we celebrate our Emergency Medical Services staff for their dedication and professionalism in providing 9-1-1 coverage for Worcester and Shrewsbury, as well as Life Flight Services for the region. Our paramedics are first responders for almost 32,000 ambulance calls annually, and Life Flight responds to over 1,000 requests a year. Our EMS communications specialists receive, triage, and dispatch all these requests and provide specialized emergency medical dispatch services for Leicester and Westborough. Our EMS staff is also involved in community CPR and EMS training, regional disaster planning, and works closely with police, fire and EMS agencies in Central Massachusetts. Be sure to thank members of our EMS team for their compassionate care and service to our patients and community!