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Picnic held in honor of EMS personnel

The members of Ellsworth EMS attending the picnic included, (clockwise round table, starting bottom left): Cathy Herold (spouse) and Kris Herold (Ellsworth EMS), River Falls Area Hospital President David Miller, Leroy Peck (Ellsworth EMS) and Garrett Gill (River Falls EMS). (Submitted photos)1 / 3
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A picnic was held at River Falls Area Hospital (RFAH) May 20 to mark national EMS Week.

Personnel from River Falls, Ellsworth, Spring Valley and Prescott Emergency Medical Services were invited to the picnic supper of grilled brats, beans, salads, chips and homemade desserts. About 100 people attended.

"We're incredibly lucky to have such high quality Emergency Medical Services available to our community,” said Dr. Thomas Monahan, medical director of the RFAH Emergency Department. “Our area services are nationally recognized as some of the finest in the nation, and offer cutting edge technology, training and service to the advantage of all patients. They truly are some of the real heroes of healthcare."

A friendly bean bag competition between services was also held.

“We wanted to thank our EMS partners for their great teamwork, clinical excellence and continued dedication,” said Emergency Department Manager Karen Swenson. “This picnic was to honor their dedication and service to our communities.”