NorthStar Providers Recognized During EMS Week
May 31, 2007
NorthStar EMS recently recognized several of its EMT staff at its traditional annual dinner and awards night during National Emergency Medical Services Week.
Highlighting the evening were the "EMT of the Year" awards. These awards are bestowed on employees who go above and beyond for NorthStar in areas of professionalism, patient care, community service, and stewardship. Awards are given for "Base EMT of the Year" for each of NorthStar's five bases, as well as an "Overall NorthStar EMT of the Year."
This year's overall award winner was Wade Browne of Kingfield, clearly a favorite choice at the dinner. He was cited for his innovations in improving the billing process for NorthStar, his service in the area, his excellent patient care, his leadership at NorthStar's Sugarloaf base, and his positive impact throughout the system.
In giving the award, David Robie, NorthStar's Director, praised Browne as an all-around asset to NorthStar and to the communities he serves. "We are very proud and fortunate to have a person of Wade's outstanding caliber in our service," he noted.
Also announced were the base EMTs of the year recipients. Award winners were: Greg Drummond of Highland Plantation (Sugarloaf base), Peggy Betts of Oquossic (Rangeley base and a two time winner), Ben Guild of Industry (Phillips base), Peter Wade of Farmington (Farmington base) and Don Salm of Phillips (Livermore base).
As each was introduced, their Operation Managers, Mike Senecal and Felicia Harris, and their peers said a few words about his or her accomplishments. Each recipient's name is engraved on the respective base awards plaque as a permanent reminder of their award.
The ceremony also included presentations by Richard Batt, Franklin Memorial Hospital President; Jay Bradshaw, Maine EMS Director; and local pastor John Pillsbury. A video with music, prepared by Ed Strapp, EMT-I; Matt Smith, EMT-P; Alan Hutchinson and Tim Cormier was also enjoyed by attendees.
According to Robie, the entire night was orchestrated by Carol Pillsbury, EMT-P, who also received a plaque for her dedication to EMS.
Earlier in the week Governor Baldacci, Maine EMS, and Maine Healthy Partnerships recognized NorthStar as a Gold HeartSafe Community. The award reflects NorthStar's commitment to cardiovascular related education and the American Heart Association's Chain of Survival.
Other events held in conjunction with National EMS Week included open houses at the bases and presentations to local schools.
In reflecting back on the week and the ceremony, Robie commented, "These EMTs are the people that exemplify the best of EMS. We are proud of their accomplishments and pleased that we can honor them in this way. The strength of the NorthStar system is directly tied to the excellence and professionalism of our staff. With them we will continue to provide the highest level of emergency medical service to our communities."
NorthStar is the regional ambulance service of Franklin Memorial Hospital. More information about NorthStar can be found at www.fchn.org/NorthStar.
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