2012 Award Recipients, awarded in 2013:
Dale Becker, NREMT-P , Captain, EMS Supervisor
Howard County Dept. of Fire & Rescue (Columbia, Md.)
- Captain Becker formed and implemented a new crew resource management initiative for high-performance CPR (CRM/HP CPR) initiative for the Howard County Dept. of Fire & Rescue.
- As a measure of Becker’s efforts, cardiac arrest survival rates for victims of sudden cardiac arrests have improved by about 20%.
John Curry, Captain
Organization: Coral Gables Fire Department (Miami-Dade, Fla.)
- Curry helped create the FOAM-D Stroke Consortium, a network composed of South Florida firefighters, doctors from the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and 16 local hospitals with a goal of providing comprehensive, rapid response to the treatment of stroke patients.
- Preliminary data shows that 30% of patients are being transported to comprehensive care centers, which is higher than the predicted 13%.
Jessica DeMarzo, EMT-B, Chief of Operations
Purchase College of Emergency Medical Services (N.Y.)
- A 19-year-old New Jersey EMT, DeMarzo founded the Purchase College Emergency Medical Service, a new collegiate EMS service, approved by the Purchase college council and Albany office of the State University New York (SUNY).
James Dunford, MD, Medical Director, San Diego (Calif.) EMS
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Medicine & Surgery in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
- Dunford has directed the implementation of the San Diego Resource Access Program (RAP) and electronic Resource Access Program (eRAP), an EMS-based surveillance and case management system designed to help individuals who repeatedly accessed 9-1-1 find appropriate care.
- Since its inception in 2008, RAP has evolved from a gumshoe case management approach into a health information technology (HIT)-enabled program supported by real-time EMS and computer-aided device surveillance.
David Grovdahl, EMT-P, Executive Director
LeFlore County EMS (Poteau, Okla.)
- Grovdahl aggressively revamped EMS system to improve service and patient care using technology and improving educational standards in “super rural” Oklahoma region.
- EMS of LeFlore County has improved save rates from 6% to 40%, has not had a failed intubation in 3 years with and without RSI (nearly 200 intubations)
Graham Nichol, MD, MPH, FRCP(C), FACP, FAHA
Emergency Medicine Physician/Professor of Emergency Medicine
Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington School of Medicine
- Dr. Nichol led the creation of the Mission: Lifeline Cardiac Resuscitation Systems of Care program launched April 17, 2012, a program designed to help improve survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP, Operational Medical Director/Professor
Richmond Ambulance Authority (Richmond, Va.)/ Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Department of Emergency Medicine
- Under Ornato’s direction, the cooling program, launched in 2008, now allows for the discharge of more than 14% of these aggressively cooled out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients neurologically intact from the hospital alive compared to the national survival of approximately 6%.
David Page, MS, NREMT-P, EMS Instructor/paramedic
Inver Hills Community College (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.)/Allina EMS
- Page spearheaded the formation of the Saint Paul Emergency Medical Services academy, also called “Freedom House,” a 240-hour program geared toward training low-income young people to become EMTs with the goal of diversifying St. Paul’s EMS workforce.
- Under Page’s leadership, an out-of-use fire house was renamed “Freedom House” in memory of the Pittsburgh program that began in 1967 that trained unemployed and underemployed black men and women as EMTs.
Richard Price, Fire Chief/President
San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (Calif.)/PulsePoint Foundation
- Price launched the PulsePoint smartphone mobile application and supporting Foundation, which work to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through bystander performance CPR and defibrillation.
Medstar Mobile Healthcare
Fort Worth and 14 other cities in North Texas
- Over the past 4 years MedStar has implemented numerous programs that have improved healthcare in their local community and improved safety for their personnel, including Community Health, 9-1-1 Nurse Triage, Congestive Heart Failure, Hospice Revocation Avoidance and Observational Admission Avoidance programs.
- Over the past 20 months, MedStar has hosted visitors from 43 communities in 22 states and 4 foreign nations to see how they operate these programs.
For more information on these EMS innovators —and to nominate someone for recognition of their 2014 innovations (by 12/31/13)—please visit JEMS.com/EMS10.
The EMS10: Innovators in EMS