Chief Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

House Sponsor: Edward H. Redd


9     General Description:
10          This joint resolution highlights the contributions of emergency physicians to the state of
11     Utah and the nation, and recognizes the field's fiftieth year as a recognized medical
12     specialty.
13     Highlighted Provisions:
14          This resolution:
15          ▸     highlights the contributions of emergency physicians to the state of Utah and the
16     nation; and
17          ▸     recognizes the fiftieth year of emergency medicine as a recognized medical
18     specialty.
19     Special Clauses:
20          None

22     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
23          WHEREAS, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the oldest and
24     largest national medical specialty organization representing physicians who practice emergency
25     medicine;
26          WHEREAS, the American College of Emergency Physicians was founded in 1968 in
27     Lansing, Michigan, by eight physicians and has grown to represent more than 37,000 members

28     with 53 chapters, representing every state, as well as Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and
29     the government services chapter representing emergency physicians employed by military
30     branches and other government agencies;
31          WHEREAS, the Utah Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians was
32     founded in 1972 and represents 337 emergency physicians practicing throughout the state of
33     Utah;
34          WHEREAS, emergency physicians treat and comfort more than 141 million patients
35     each year during some of their most frightening moments;
36          WHEREAS, emergency care is critical at any hour of the day -- Anyone, Anything,
37     Anytime -- and emergency physicians provide diagnosis and treatment services not available
38     anywhere else in the health care system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year;
39          WHEREAS, emergency physicians are critical to America's ability to respond to
40     disasters and mass casualty events;
41          WHEREAS, quick thinking and smart decisions in the emergency department save
42     millions of lives every year;
43          WHEREAS, an estimated 4.5 billion Americans have received emergency care in
44     United States emergency departments since the American College of Emergency Physicians
45     was founded;
46          WHEREAS, every community needs a fully staffed emergency department, ready to
47     treat patients around the clock for any emergency;
48          WHEREAS, emergency physicians are leaders in defining, evaluating, and improving
49     quality emergency care and focusing on individual patients while advocating for the wellness
50     of society as a whole;
51          WHEREAS, the best, brightest, and most diverse young physicians who graduate from
52     our nation's finest medical schools are becoming emergency medicine specialists;
53          WHEREAS, emergency medicine was recognized in 1979 by the American Board of
54     Medical Specialties as the nation's 23rd medical specialty;
55          WHEREAS, the American College of Emergency Physicians is the leading source of
56     continuing education for emergency physicians and the primary information resource on
57     developments in the specialty;
58          WHEREAS, the development of physicians specializing in emergency care has

59     contributed greatly to the health and well-being of all the people of the United States:
60          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
61     congratulates the American College of Emergency Physicians on its 50th anniversary.
62          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature recognizes the accomplishments
63     and contributions emergency physicians have made to advance our nation's health care system.
64          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature reaffirms the value of emergency
65     medicine and the vital role that emergency physicians serve in ensuring the health and
66     well-being of their patients.

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