HCEMS To Hold Pink Shirt Campaign

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Pictured Back row (l to r): HCEMS Lt. Brandy Rogers; Paramedics Tracie Shannon and Leeh Butcher; Jared Lesher assistant administrator, Parkridge; Captain Darlene Poole; Michael Howard, director of Sarah Cannon Cancer Center; Dan Astleford, COO, Parkridge; Tom Jackson, CFO; Diana Morrow, assistant chief of Nursing, Parkridge.; Front Row: HCEMS Paramedic Patrice Schermerhorne; Robin Marsh, director, Parkridge Emergency Services; Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger; Anne Ervin, director of Outreach and EMS Relations, Parkridge; HCEMS Paramedic Crystal Johnson; Lt. Paramedic Brian Bricker; Deborah Deal, Parkridge chief nursing officer; HCEMS Deputy Chief John Combes; and HCEMS Director Ken Wilkerson.
Pictured Back row (l to r): HCEMS Lt. Brandy Rogers; Paramedics Tracie Shannon and Leeh Butcher; Jared Lesher assistant administrator, Parkridge; Captain Darlene Poole; Michael Howard, director of Sarah Cannon Cancer Center; Dan Astleford, COO, Parkridge; Tom Jackson, CFO; Diana Morrow, assistant chief of Nursing, Parkridge.; Front Row: HCEMS Paramedic Patrice Schermerhorne; Robin Marsh, director, Parkridge Emergency Services; Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger; Anne Ervin, director of Outreach and EMS Relations, Parkridge; HCEMS Paramedic Crystal Johnson; Lt. Paramedic Brian Bricker; Deborah Deal, Parkridge chief nursing officer; HCEMS Deputy Chief John Combes; and HCEMS Director Ken Wilkerson.

The 134 employees of Hamilton County Emergency Medical Service will wear pink shirts as part of the official HCEMS uniform during the month of October, announced HCEMS Deputy Chief John Combes.  The uniform change is in recognition of breast cancer awareness month.  

This will be the third annual campaign by HCEMS raising funds for Breast Cancer Awareness in Hamilton County. 

Sales of the t-shirts will begin Sept. 5 through the end of September, and are available to all citizens, organizations, and businesses in the area for $10 each.  Sizes range from adult small through 5X.  

Proceeds from the 2017 T-Shirt Sales Campaign will benefit Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga.  

Sarah Cannon was a television and radio personality, known worldwide for her Grand Ole Opry character “Minnie Pearl.” After receiving treatment for breast cancer she offered the use of her given name to promote cancer research and patient education with a vision of offering patients convenient access to early detection, clinical trials, and a team approach to cancer care. The funds donated by HCEMS from the proceeds will assist breast cancer victims and their families in the Hamilton County and Chattanooga area.

Under the direction of Campaign Chairman HCEMS Captain Darlene Poole, the committee of HCEMS crew members and administrative employees created the design, printed, and will sell the shirts for the 2017 campaign.

“It is a very dedicated committee of emergency medical employees that I am proud to be a part of," said HCEMS Captain Poole.  “As medical personnel, especially emergency medical, we see pain and suffering daily. We are conscious of the needs of those who suffer from the disease of cancer and the challenges faced by their family and friends.

“Many of our employees have faced the fears and challenges of breast cancer and as a group, we wanted to continue to bring awareness of the disease in our community and the local efforts to help find a cure and support breast cancer survivors and their families.”

HCEMS employees purchase the pink shirts to wear during October.  A limited number of the pink HCEMS shirts will be available to the public for $10 each.  For more information, contact HCEMS Captain Darlene Poole at 423-209-5007 or dpoole@hamiltontn.gov.

“It is our goal to provide quality emergency medical care for our community,” said Dep. Chief Combes. “This month-long awareness campaign is an effort of our employees to continue to set the standard of care in our area and provide service and assistance to those in need.”



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