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REMS 20th Anniversary

REMS is turning 20 this year!

20th1From the first emergency call on October 4, 1996, REMS has grown into an established First Responder Organization, serving the needs of the Rice University community.  The undergraduate members, the alumni who return as EMS instructors and event staff, the part time staff, and the medical director team continue to work together to provide this critical service.

The mission of Rice University EMS (REMS) is to provide the Rice community with quality emergency medical care.  REMS seeks to accomplish this goal through rapid response to calls for emergency service, special event coverage, education of the Rice community, and a commitment to compassionate patient care, quality improvement, and professionalism.

This call to action has changed and grown in the past 20 years.  So many hours of service given…so many trips around the loop on the golf cart…so many dedicated students, alumni and staff that continue to work to make this possible!

Rice University EMS Endowment

picture1In celebration of REMS’ 20th year, we are pleased to announce the creation of the Rice University EMS Endowment. Made possible with an initial gift from Dr. Mark Escott, this fund seeks to recognize an outstanding graduating REMS senior with an award to be applied to post baccalaureate education.  REMS has currently raised $25,000 in cash and pledges toward this fund, and needs an additional $25,000 to permanently fund the endowment.

Can you help with a gift to the Rice University EMS Endowment?  Please consider making a one time or recurring gift to this fund.  If every REMS alumni donated $100/year for the next five years, the scholarship would be fully funded.  Thank you for considering designating a donation to the Rice University EMS Endowment!!

To make a donation, go to this link.  In the Special Instructions box, designate the gift to the Rice University EMS Endowment.

Thank you for your support!!

Highlights of the 2015/2016 academic year include:20th2

  • 51 undergraduate volunteers, representing all of the residential colleges
  • 26 part time staff, including 17 alumni, teaching EMS courses and providing coverage for major events
  • REMS responded to 637 emergency calls, and provided 2029 hours of coverage for athletic events, social events, and campus-wide events
  • 589 people participated in CPR and First Aid classes
  • 55 students completed EMT or Advanced EMT certification courses, and 1291 hours of continuing education hours were earned

Over the past 20 years, highlights include:

  • National Volunteer EMS Service of the Year (National Association of EMTs, and EMS World), 2014
  • REMS has been continually recognized for more than 17 years by the National Collegiate EMS Foundation as Striving for Excellence, a designation for collegiate EMS services who are following best practices of EMS care.
  • National Collegiate EMS Video of the Year, 2015
  • National Collegiate Website of the Year, 2001 & 2014
  • National Collegiate EMS Advisor of the Year, 2015
  • Participant in the National EMS Competition, the JEMS Games, in 2016

We’re excited to see what the next decades of REMS have in store for us!

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