Shooting “Fore” Safety: OSF Golf Scramble a Victory for Emergency Medical Services

PONTIAC - The month of June began with clouds and cold weather…but an annual golf scramble is putting the month to bed on a brighter and safer note.

On June 1st, dozens arrived at the Elks Club in Pontiac, to play in the OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center Golf Scramble. The day lent itself to fellowship, friendly competition, and also raised more than $28,000 to support Emergency Medical Services in Livingston County.

“The proceeds are used for education, scholarships, and to help individuals who want to take a class in the EMS system,” said OSF Saint James Assistant EMS Coordinator, Tonya Johnson-Wilcox.

With calls for help spanning an area of more than 1,000 square miles, Wilcox says training and education is vital for first responders.

“Our smaller communities are struggling with their EMS services because they’re classified as bedroom communities—people sleep there and work elsewhere,” Wilcox explained. “So, when you don’t have enough emergency staff, you’re relying on outlying agencies to come in. That time is crucial depending on where your back up is coming from.”

Thanks to the community’s support at the annual golf scramble, more equipment and training is being funded for rural EMS agencies—and that means better outcomes when emergency strikes.

“Seeing so many community members, businesses, and organizations having fun, playing golf is a wonderful way to support the local EMS systems,” said Wilcox. “Even though the golf scramble is held in Pontiac, it’s benefitting all the EMS providers we have. Through their support, we’re saving more lives. After all, you never know when your family could need help.”