To The Editor:

I want to take this opportunity to share an awesome experience that I participated in recently.

I was asked to participate in an emergency drill with the emergency department at the Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan and Air Evac Life Team.

I was instructed to go to the ER and tell them that this was a drill and that I was having chest pains. I was immediately taken to a room and went through the whole procedure of the usual health-related questions and also those regarding my “chest pains.” My husband was with me in the room. I was hooked up to an EKG machine to simulate verification that I was having a heart attack.

The ER staff was very professional and had this been an actual heart attack I would have felt very much at ease. They put stickers on my arms and body to simulate where all the various machines and IVs would have been hooked up if I was actually having a heart attack. I was then informed that I would be transferred to the hospital in St. Louis by Air Evac.

In a few minutes, the medics from Air Evac came into the room, introduced themselves and informed me of what was going to happen. I was transferred to their gurney and prepared for the transfer outside to the helicopter. In the helicopter I was secured and prepared for the flight and introduced to the pilot. At that time the drill ended and I was wheeled back to the ER.

The whole experience was very professional and the staff in the ER and the Air Evac team were without a doubt, the very best.

It is very comforting to know that if an emergency does occur, there are highly qualified, efficient, professional and caring personnel ready to take care of you.

Thank you Missouri Baptist Hospital and Air Evac for inviting me to be a part of this drill.

God bless all of the medical personnel, first responders, and all those who give their time and love to be of service to any and all who need it.