World War II Veteran and Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician Updates a Showcase to Help Celebrate National Emergency Services Week at Bon Secours Community Hospital
Port Jervis, NY (May 20) – During the week of May 19-25 Bon Secours Community Hospital celebrated National Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Week. This year’s theme was, “EMS: One Mission – One Team.”
National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."
Chuck Myers, who lives in Eldred, NY with his wife, Ruth, is a current New York State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who has been instructing those who provide those day-to-day lifesaving services since 1948.
Myers, a World War II veteran who served in Europe with the US Army Combat Engineers, helped form American Legion Post 1363 in 1947. A year later, he and a group of veterans who wanted to do something for the community founded the American Legion Ambulance Service, which became a training center for the American Red Cross. Myers served as a First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instructor. He is also an instructor with the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI).
Myers also has an interesting and unique hobby, which he proudly shares with patients and families that come to Bon Secours Community Hospital.
“I have a collection of 1,577 model ambulances and other methods of patient transport that I’ve been collecting since 1988,” said Myers. “It’s an obsession.”
Others share that same obsession and in 1995 a fellow collector from the Netherlands mentioned that he had displayed part of his collection at a local hospital and that it was well received.
Myers approached executives at what was then Mercy Hospital and offered to purchase a showcase to demonstrate parts of his collection, which he would periodically update. When Mercy Hospital became Bon Secours Community Hospital, permission to continue the tradition was granted and Myers has been changing and rearranging the display once each month for 18 years.
“I live in the town of Highland and know firsthand the positive impact Chuck’s dedication and years of service have had on our community,” said Bon Secours Community Hospital Emergency Department Clinical Director Maureen Donnelly, MSN RN-BC. “I am always proud to see him when he arrives in our Emergency Department with someone he has aided. He and all EMS personnel are a vital part of our team, and we are so thankful for all they do.”
Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, is located at 160 East Main Street in Port Jervis, NY. For additional information call (845) 858–7000 or visit: www.bonsecourscommunityhosp.org
About Bon Secours Charity Health System
Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.
Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.
The Health System, which draws its name from its two Catholic sponsors, the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit bschs.bonsecours.com.
Chuck Myers and his wife, Ruth, pose with Bon Secours Community Hospital Emergency Department Clinical Director Maureen Donnelly by the showcase, which Myers has been changing and rearranging once each month for 18 years. The latest display has a sign, which Myers provided and, which reads, “National Emergency Medial Services Week 2013.”