South Shore Health Joins EMS Champions Parade

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Todd Ellerin and other colleagues from South Shore Health post for a photo next to a Boston MedFlight airplane at the Convoy of Champions parade.
Todd Ellerin, MD, Director of Infectious Disease; EMT Mark Vajentic; Patient Coordinator Lauren Murphy; and EMT Scott Davis pose for a photo after the Convoy of Champions parade.

South Shore Health was a proud participant recently in the annual “Convoy of Champions” parade, hosted by the Massachusetts Ambulance Association (MAA), to celebrate the dedication of Massachusetts’ Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals.

Held in honor of the 50th annual National EMS Week, paramedics and EMTs from across the state came together to participate in the procession and be recognized for their contributions while serving on the frontlines of healthcare. 

The parade of ambulances departed UMass Medical Science Park in Worcester in the morning, escorted by the Massachusetts State Police. UMass Memorial LifeFlight and Boston MedFlight air ambulances flew over the parade route. 

The procession concluded with a celebration at Boston MedFlight headquarters at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford. 

Todd Ellerin, MD, Director of Infectious Disease, spoke to those who gathered, alongside MAA President, Dennis Cataldo, Boston MedFlight CEO Maura Hughes, and State Representative John Mahoney.

In his remarks, Dr. Ellerin acknowledged the enduring and evolving importance of the profession. 

"EMS continues to be a beacon of hope to countless individuals in their time of need," said Ellerin. "You’re often first on the scene, facing unknown situations and dangers. All of you exemplify courage. Thank you for risking so much to help so many."

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of EMS Week, South Shore Health is especially grateful to its emergency medical services providers and all those across Massachusetts who continue to safeguard the health, safety, and well-being of our communities each day.