Be a Local Hero: EMCERT educates the community

February 13, 2019 by

EMCERT (Emergency Medicine Center for Education, Research and Technology) was founded in 2000 to support the Department of Emergency Medicine’s efforts in research, education and the use technology to improve patient care. EMCERT has contributed to the growth of the Medical Simulation Center as well as the department’s Division of Medical Toxicology, the Blue Ridge Poison Control Center, the Emergency Medicine Research Office, the Emergency Medicine Design Thinking program, and other efforts to support and assist within the board’s discretion.

EMCERT is currently running the “Be a Local Hero” program. This program utilizes a website, Facebook page, radio public service spots, and press releases with the intent of equipping the community with relevant and useful health-related information. The first campaign was opioid addiction awareness, prevention and treatment. Their second campaign is heart-related and will incorporate information, updates, and local resources for CPR, AEDs, and bleeding control.  While the information is definitely informative and resourceful, if there is a need for medical attention or an emergency, please call 9-1-1, contact your personal doctor, or come into the Emergency Department, do not take any online reference or direction as a replacement for seeing a medical professional.

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Local Heroes recognized during the opioid campaign include:

Charlie Smith, Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad (CARS)

Rebecca Kendall, Region Ten Community Services Board

Dr. Christopher Holstege, UVA Department of Emergency Medicine

Schuyler Wong, CARS and UVA Health System, Emergency Department & LSLC

Jon Howard, UVA Health System, Life Support Learning Center (LSLC)

Jackie Brown, UVA Health System, Emergency Department

Garrett Taylor, Madison County Emergency Medical Services


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Additional information can found at: EMCERT