Please take a moment to thank an Emergency Medicial Services provider this week as we celebrate EMS Week! The theme of this year is “Caring for our Communities” and I find it to be especially fitting as we reflect on the turbulent past year in pre-hospital health care. As a regional medical director, I can proudly say that the EMS providers of Southern Illinois have displayed true care and selflessness for their communities, especially this past year. The patience, tolerance, attention to constantly changing medical standards, comradery, and compassion for others that I have witnessed is inspiring. As we move forward to the next hurdle thrown our way, I can confidently say that I have no concerns about the professionals that I supervise and their ability to handle whatever the future may bring. Happy EMS Week and thank you for your dedication and care for our communities!