NorthStar Providers Recognized
Stan Wilcox is Recipient of EMT of the Year
June 1, 2011
Stan Wilcox of Weld was the recipient of the coveted EMT of the Year award.
Closing National EMS Week, NorthStar held its annual recognition and awards banquet to honor its staff of emergency medical technicians (EMTs). NorthStar is the ambulance service of Franklin Memorial Hospital and operates throughout Greater Franklin County.
Speaking in praise of NorthStar were Gerald Cayer, Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN) executive vice president and John Bogar, NorthStar advisory board chair. Both expressed appreciation to the staff and praised their quality of patient care and community service efforts. A letter was read aloud from Joanne LeBrun, TriCounty EMS coordinator, that referred to NorthStar staff as everyday heroes—this year’s theme of EMS Week.
Stan Wheeler, Franklin County Sheriff dispatcher, led the invocation, which was followed by NorthStar Director David Robie, who highlighted the accomplishments of the organization over the past year and presented awards.
Stan Wilcox of Weld was the recipient of the coveted EMT of the Year award that recognizes the employee who best represents NorthStar’s mission of professionalism, patient care, community activities, fiscal responsibility, and overall excellence. “On a daily basis working throughout the NorthStar system, Wilcox shows his dedication and untiring support of NorthStar and the EMS profession,” Robie said.
Wilcox was cited for his management roles, his participation on several NorthStar and hospital committees, his training and precepting roles, and his consistently exceptional patient care. A former recipient of the Above & Beyond award, Wilcox is a dedicated family man with a great sense of humor and an unfailingly positive attitude.
In presenting the award, Robie commented, “Stan has all the characteristics that are great about EMS professionals: highly skilled, giving freely of his expertise and time, and a wonderfully positive attitude. Stan has come up through the licensure levels and has worked at all the NorthStar bases. He is good for EMS and very good for NorthStar. We are proud and fortunate to have such an outstanding paramedic in our service.”
Above and Beyond awards were presented to: Peter Wade, paramedic; Steve Smith, paramedic; Shanelle Coolidge, EMT-I; Gabe Gunning, EMT-B; Shelby Rousseau, EMT-I; and Heather Rhinhart, EMT-B. These awards are given for actions and performances that are a cut above the norm. Wade and Smith are two-time recipients of this award
400 Club awards (for 400+ ambulance runs in one year) went to Joe Carpenter, paramedic; Shanelle Coolidge, EMT-I; Al Sleight, EMT-I; and Christie Pinkham, EMT-I. Every member of the NorthStar staff was recognized as a contributor to the success of the system.
Robie and all attending also recognized Smith and Coolidge for organizing the awards celebration and Operations Managers Mike Senecal and Felicia Harris for their leadership. Senecal also spoke of the disaster drill that took place at Sugarloaf in November and its positive impact on the subsequent lift derailment in December.
Robie closed by saying, “We are very proud of NorthStar’s accomplishments in the seven years that we have operated as a combined regional EMS service. We have state-of-the-art equipment and modern ambulances, but our most important assets are our professional EMTs who respond day in and day out. Our entire staff exemplifies the best in EMS and we are pleased to honor them in this way. With the power of our regional strength and our focus on local responsiveness, we look forward to continuing to provide the highest level of emergency medical services to each of the 71 communities we serve.”
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