To The Rescue

Medical and rescue personnel are sometimes forgotten until they are needed, and then they are wanted immediately.
Equipment, vehicles and training have all contributed to the changing role of rescue workers. Controversy about responsibilities and response times by medics was the subject of a recent study by Charlotte’s health care providers.
Pre-hospital emergency medical care is provided now by Carolinas Health Care System and Presbyterian Healthcare System under contract to the county.
Charlotte’s medical community has maintained a leadership role in the Southeast. The health care industry employs more than 54,000 people in the Charlotte region and continues to be state-of-the-art.
Mercy Hospital began treating Charlotteans in 1906. The newest member of the community, Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) is a state designated academic medical center teaching hospital and a level one trauma center. Presbyterian is the second largest hospital in the region.

Rescue Workers
Rescue workers of three different decades illustrate the increased sophistication of the emergency medical worker. A private ambulance service contracted to answer calls from the fire and police after funeral directors asked to “get out of the business.” By the 1970s, the Charlotte Life Saving Crew was on the job. Today’s rescue workers are known as Emergency Medical Technicians.

Photo: 11/5/59 - Related article: 11/9/59


Photo: 1/3/74 - Article: 1/4/74 (Jim Strickland)

Photo: 7/16/90 - Article: 7/17/90 (T. Ortega Gaines)

Photo c. 1960 - 1961
Article: unknown
Fireman often risk their lives for our safety. The Southern Drug Co., 1400 E. Morehead, burned with such intensity that special equipment was required to enter the building.

Photo: c. 1960 - 1961 Article: unknown
Up close and personal, the media were on the job as the fire roared at the Southern Drug Co. on Morehead Street.

Photo: 10/8/58 - Article: 10/9/58
State-of-the-art equipment arrives at Presbyterian Hospital at a cost of $30,000. A “Cobalt-60” machine for cancer treatment using radiation was installed in a specially designed room in the hospital’s basement. Hospital employees demonstrate treatment.

Photo c. 1960 - 1961 - Article: unknown
Young women were steered to traditional roles e.g. nursing via volunteer activities such as being a candystriper. Now known as junior volunteers, boys and girls 13 and older can get a first-hand look at the variety of health care careers.

Photo: 9/22/94 - Related article: 6/10/92 (Gary O’Brien)
843 beds
+ 7500 employees
= Carolinas Medical Center
No longer housed in just one building, CMC has multiple facilities throughout Charlotte and the county.