Sparks, Summit Honor Lifesaving Teamwork

FORT SMITH, Ark. (May 20, 2013) – Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center are paying tribute this week to those committed to providing lifesaving services on medicine’s “front line.”

National Emergency Medical Services Week is May 19-25, a time to honor the individuals who work quickly and efficiently to deliver care in life-threatening situations. This year’s theme “EMS: One Mission. One Team,” highlights the multi-disciplinary approach these professionals take to fulfill their mission to care for those in need. The EMS system includes emergency physicians, nurses, technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators and administrators working together to supply lifesaving care.

Emergency responders are highly skilled professionals with extensive experience and medical knowledge. Their training and medical knowledge helps the physicians and staff at Sparks Regional Medical Center and Summit Medical Center prepare for diagnosis and treatment of emergency patients, all in the time it takes them to arrive at the hospital.

To thank our local EMS teams, Summit Medical Center is hosting a cookout for first responders from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 24 at the hospital, located at East Main and South 20th Streets, Van Buren. Media members are welcome to attend.

Sparks Health System includes Sparks Regional Medical Center, Sparks Clinic (an employed multi-specialty physician group), Sparks PremierCare physician-hospital organization, Sparks Home Health and the fully hospital-integrated Marvin Altman Fitness Center. For more information about Sparks, visit 

Summit Medical Center is a fully accredited, 103-bed acute care hospital. The medical staff includes numerous specialties such as Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Family and Internal Medicine, Bariatric and General Surgery, Orthopedic and Plastic Surgery, Pediatrics and Wound Care. For more information about Summit, visit