Heat exhaustion and dehydration issues are serious concerns for emergency medical service personnel whenever summer temperatures and humidity skyrocket. Even in this extreme heat, these first responders are working hard delivering care to our community, often without a water break. Concerned about their health and safety, Riddle Hospital set up a cooler with bottled water for all EMS workers to take in hopes of avoiding dehydration. Michael Goodyear, DO, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Riddle Hospital, a part of Main Line Health, urges everyone, “Drink plenty of water even if you don’t feel thirsty to avoid heat-related health complications.”
Riddle Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a not-for-profit, acute-care hospital with 204 inpatient beds and 23 Transitional Care Center beds. Riddle has been nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers and other health care rating organizations for its high quality patient care. For the fourth year in a row, Riddle has achieved designation from the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. Riddle was named among US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for the Philadelphia metro area for excellence in the specialties of orthopedics and urology. The hospital offers a full range of services including maternity, orthopedic care and cardiovascular care—aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and advanced technology. Riddle Hospital recently expanded and enhanced its Emergency Department to better suit the growing needs of the community it serves. Health Center 4, a LEED Certified Gold building, houses the Rothman Institute, the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, a variety of outpatient programs and a state of the art surgical center. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest award for excellence in nursing care. For more information about Riddle Hospital, visit mainlinehealth.org/riddle.
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