Thanks to the ED teams at Valley Medical Center in Renton and Kadlec Medical Center in Richland for participating in the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association EM Day of Service. Kadlec sorted enough produce through Second Harvest to serve more than 500 meals, while VMC prepared 2,154 meals for the community at NW Harvest.
EMRA is encouraging healthcare providers in the emergency medicine specialty from around the world to plan and participate in a volunteer event in the month of September. EMRA and participating organizations including ACEP hope the EM Day of Service will strengthen communities while bringing awareness to the passionate individuals in emergency medicine.
WA-ACEP members are asked to consider working with their ED groups to host some type of community service event in their areas. Ideas might include planning a blood drive or food drive, or participating in a health screening. Learn more here. Last year, at least 47 groups participated in the EM Day of Service and impacted 463,000 community members. EM physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, EMTs, medical students and staff fed the hungry, provided shoes to the homeless, brought lunches to those unable to leave their home, cleaned parks and rivers and taught CPR to the masses — just to name a few of the service projects.