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2013 EMS Award Recipients

November 14, 2013
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EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES 2013 CALIFORNIA EMS AWARDS

Twenty-three (23) Californians will be honored for their heroic acts and extraordinary contributions to EMS on December 4th in San Francisco.

SACRAMENTO - Dr. Howard Backer, Director of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), has announced the recipients of California Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Awards for 2013.  Launched in 2007, the annual awards honor and recognize exceptional acts and service by individuals working or volunteering in California's emergency medical system.

EMS personnel are trained to provide stabilizing and lifesaving care.  These EMS awards are intended to honor and recognize noteworthy or exceptional acts and service while working as EMS certified or licensed personnel, administrators, trainers, or volunteers within the EMS system. The award period represents activities from September 8, 2012 through September 6, 2013 for cumulative service.

“I am pleased to announce a select group of EMS professionals who are being honored for their exhibited professional excellence and exceptional service,” said Director Backer. “These men and women epitomize the spirit and commitment to quality that embody these awards and deserve official recognition for their contributions in making California's EMS system one of the best in the world.”

Most of the awards will be presented during a luncheon ceremony following the regular meeting of the Commission on Emergency Medical Services on December 4th in San Francisco at the Marines’ Memorial Hotel. Clinical Excellence Awards will be presented at the recipients’ home stations.

The award ceremony is sponsored by American Medical Response, Bound Tree Medical, Paramedics Plus, California Ambulance Association, California Fire Chief’s Association, and the San Francisco Paramedic Association and will be held at no cost to the State. List of recipients below.


2013 EMS Awards Recipients
(program)

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD:

 

Ross Elliott - Bakersfield, Kern County EMS Agency, Director

Ross Elliott is being honored for his efforts in leveraging technology to allow more EMS Administrators to participate in statewide meetings when travel budgets were being slashed and for his experience in emergency management, preparedness and strategic planning. A respected member of EMSAAC, Elliott has over 10 years of experience as an EMS Administrator as well as experience as a seasonal firefighter, city planner, senior deputy county administrator and director of information technology.

 

EMS MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD:

 

Dr. Karl Sporer - San Leandro, Alameda County EMS Agency, Medical Director

Dr. Sporer is honored for his passion, leadership and knowledge exemplified in his current role as Medical Director of Alameda County EMS Agency. Using his near three decades of experience, Dr. Sporer has effectively implemented cutting edge technology and current QA/QI best practices in Alameda County, to include the addition of a Medical Priority Dispatch System, Electronic Patient Care Record System and Chest Compression Systems. Most recently he has worked to develop cervical spine restriction guidelines with the goal of decreasing the use of the traditional cervical collar and hard board.

 

EMS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR:

 

Les Hugie - Buellton, AMR Santa Barbara, Clinical Manager

Les Hugie is being honored for his tireless advocacy of EMS education, training and professionalism California. Hugie is committed to facilitating and participating in cooperative relationships amongst all prehospital agencies to provide education that fosters quality patient care for all of our communities. With is unique “Kudos Bar” motivational style and over 23 years of experience, Hugie was instrumental in educating and training Santa Barbara County paramedics on their new STEMI system and Hands Only CPR program.

 

                          EMT OF THE YEAR:

Jeremiah Glass - Chico, Enloe Hospital/West Side Ambulance, Paramedic

Jeremiah Glass is being honored for his dedication to excellent patient care, compassion, public and professional service. Stemming from his devotion to public service, Glass has volunteered thousands of off-hours to underserved communities across the globe, declined pay raises and promotions out of concern for the state’s flagging economy, and has not had a sick day in over five years. Glass travelled to Honduras in 2011, serving as the team’s sole paramedic on a project converting a school into a health clinic.

 

 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD:

 

Cathy Chidester - Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles County EMS Agency, Director
For more than 30 years of dedicated and sustained EMS service demonstrating a strong passion for training, teamwork, patient advocacy, and statewide leadership.
Since 2006 she has served as the Director LA County EMS Agency and oversees the daily operations of the largest multi-jurisdictional EMS system in the nation.

 

Cynthia Frankel - San Leandro, Alameda County EMS Agency, Disaster & EMSC Coordinator

Cynthia Frankel is being honored for her superior sustained statewide leadership, advocacy, and education in improving EMS for Children. With over 23 years in the EMSC community, Frankel has facilitated annual EMSC state conferences and regional conferences for pediatric disaster preparedness and response. She is co-chair of the California Neonatal Pediatric Disaster Coalition and has supported multidisciplinary grass roots coalition building to support local preparedness of neonatal and pediatric disaster and medical surge linking novice to expert.

 

Dave Austin - Irwindale, AMR West, Director of Administration

Dave Austin is being honored for his superior sustained statewide EMS service. With more than 37 years of prehospital experience, Austin’s institutional knowledge and personal experience have proven invaluable during his service on numerous boards and commissions addressing local and state EMS public policy. Austin’s extensive committee and policy work have permitted him to quickly and effectively address complicated issues and generate consensus amongst stakeholders all while keeping the best interest of the patient at heart.

 

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Christopher Van Gorder, FACHE - San Diego, Scripps Health, President  & CEO

Christopher Van Gorder is being honored for his superior sustained statewide leadership as a member of the California Commission on EMS and for exceptional achievement and exemplary leadership in disaster medical response.  Van Gorder and the SCRIPPS team developed the premier specialized California Medical Assistance Team (CAL-MAT) and Hospital Administrative Support Unit (HASU) that serves as the model for health systems in California and the nation and provides the cornerstone for the State's Mobile Medical Assets Program.  Van Gorder was also on the original development team of the Hospital Incident Command System, of which is used nationally and internationally.

 

 

MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD:

 

Dr. Marc Eckstein - Los Angeles, Los Angeles Fire Dept., Medical Director

Dr. Eckstein is being recognized for providing exceptional leadership and service to the Los Angeles medical community. Dr. Eckstein was influential in coordinating and providing medical oversight for implementation of the Los Angeles AED Public Access Program and continues to contribute to state and national pre-hospital policy formulation.

 

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William “Bill” Caldera - Sonora, Toulumne County LEMSA, Operations Manager

Bill Caldera is being recognized for outstanding service and leadership during the Rim Fire on August 17, 2013. Recognizing the danger of the fire, Caldera instinctively directed his medics to evacuate Groveland residents, provide firefighter rehabilitation and verify credentials of responding volunteer personnel.

 

Jim Morrissey - San Leandro, Alameda County LEMSA, Supervising Prehospital Care Coordinator

Jim Morrissey is being recognized for 30 years of sustained, dedicated EMS service in the San Francisco area. Morrissey has taught classes in emergency medicine, tactical medicine, wilderness rescue and technical rope rescue in over 25 countries. A recognized subject matter expert, Morrissey advises the FBI Hostage Rescue Team and deploys with FBI SWAT Team members, providing medical care when necessary.

 

Rebecca Foster - San Leandro, Paramedics Plus, Paramedic

Rebecca Foster is being recognized for heroic action while participating in the rescue of a family trapped in their sinking automobile on June 16, 2013. Placing herself in danger, Foster negotiated the rocky shore, entered water containing broken glass and gasoline, and pulled passengers from their sinking vehicle just before it submerged.

 

Michael Jacobs - San Leandro, Alameda County LEMSA, Cardiovascular Program Manager

Michael Jacobs is being recognized for outstanding efforts involving the improvement of cardiac arrest survivability in the hospital and pre-hospital setting. Jacobs worked with 13 ED Receiving Centers, over 1,000 EMS providers and the American Heart Association to develop cardiac arrest protocols which have dramatically increased patient survivability rates in Alameda County.

 

 

LIFESAVING AWARD:

 

Sean Diemert - Martinez, ProTransport-1, EMT

While off duty on November 12, 2012, EMT Diemert witnessed an auto collision that resulted in the vehicle catching fire and rendering the driver unresponsive and injured. Diemert, with the assistance of two bystanders, sprang into action, pulling the driver from the burning vehicle. Diemert stabilized the patient until Contra Costa Fire responders arrived and the patient was resuscitated.

 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD:

 

Jym Bridger – El Cajon, Heartland Fire Rescue, Firefighter/Paramedic

With over 15 years of experience in EMS as a firefighter/paramedic with Heartland Fire Rescue and as a paramedic for AMR San Diego, Bridger is a consummate professional who embodies what a paramedic should be: committed and compassionate.  In his community, Bridger initiated a program that provided bicycle helmets to local children.  He also participates in instruction and preceptorship for interns.  Additionally, he chairs the annual October Stash charity drive which helps underserved local children and he manages the AED program for San Diego. 

 

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Rich Porcelli – San Francisco, South San Francisco Fire Dept., EMS Division Captain

Each year, 795,000 strokes occur and approximately half of these victims do not call 9-1-1, resulting in poor rehabilitation outcomes.  In order to change these results, Rich Porcelli, an active member of the Pacific Stroke Association’s Annual Stroke Day, assisted in coordinating efforts with firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, doctors, nurses and other clinicians to distribute 11,000 stroke information cards at 20 BART and Cal Train stations in five counties on the morning of May 7, 2013.  This successful endeavor resulted in heightened public education and increased awareness and surpassed 2012’s outreach campaign.

 

Ennis Jackson – Carlsbad, AMR San Diego, Paramedic

Ennis Jackson has not let a personal tragedy prevent him from becoming a staunch advocate to teenagers by bringing his heartfelt and powerful message about how the perils of drugs, alcohol and distracted driving can result in disastrous outcomes.  After a terrible situation that resulted in the death of his 14 year old daughter, Jackson created “Call Me Before You Need 9-1-1.”  In 2012, Jackson spoke to more than 6,000 students and in the past 20 years he has shared his story with more than 400,000 students – and he performs these duties gratis.  Jackson has been an EMT-P for more than 21 years and has served as a Field Training Officer. 

 

Walter Parton – Merced, Riggs Ambulance Service, EMT-P

Walter Parton has been with Riggs Ambulance for over 28 years and is one of the most recognized EMS professionals in his home town of Dos Palos. His career began in 1978 as an ambulance attendant volunteer while working for the Dos Palos Police Department and he quickly realized that residents preferred seeing him as an ambulance attendant at their door.  Parton is currently a field paramedic and the Community Liaison of West Merced County.  He attends all Dos Palos HS football games, fairs, parades and special events in his community as a stand by medic.  Parton was a recipient of the California Ambulance Association’s Star of Life Award in 2011.  

Chana Alexander – Lancaster, American Medical Response, Paramedic

Hands-Only CPR which requires no mouth- to-mouth contact as standard resuscitation efforts have in the past has gained popularity in recent years.  In four months, Alexander trained over 1,000 residents of the Antelope Valley in this vital life-saving technique.  Once a week she volunteers at Poncitlan Square in Palmdale to teach this technique.  Alexander’s goal is to share this important information with every resident (well over 155,000 people) in the Antelope Valley.

 

 

CIVILIAN AWARD:

 

Albert Alvarez (Seaside, CA) is being honored for saving a victim’s life on April 10, 2013. Albert was on the scene when a 76 year-old man collapsed and was not breathing. He quickly administered CPR until paramedics arrived on the scene. Albert’s quick thinking and responsiveness played a tremendous part in saving the life of the patient.

Tracey McCormick (Alameda, CA) is being honored for her heroic actions as part of a group of civilians who assisted in life-saving efforts to rescue a family on June 16, 2013. As a car was slowly submerging into the water with a family of four inside, Tracey was the first to jump into the water and swim towards the family to break them free. With the assistance of other members of this heroic team, Tracey helped bring the family to shore.

 

Erik Schorken (San Leandro, CA) is being honored for his heroic actions as part of a group of civilians who assisted in life-saving efforts to rescue a family on June 16, 2013. Erik made his way towards the drowning victims, used a knife to break the window open, and freed the family from the water-logged car. He assisted multiple members of the family swim back to shore.

 

Andrew Goodwin (San Leandro, CA) is being honored for his heroic actions as part of a group of civilians who assisted in life-saving efforts to rescue a family on June 16, 2013.  He was in the water, alongside the paramedic, helping pull the victims out of the water as they started coming to shore. Andrew also escorted them to the ambulance.

 

CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD:

The following Clinical Excellence Awards will be presented at the recipients’ home stations, not at the EMS Awards Ceremony in San Francisco.

 

 

Doug Butler (Santa Rosa, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on February 6, 2013.

 

 

Romeo Pardilla (Stockton, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on February 6, 2013.

 

 

Bill Bullard (Forestville, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on February 6, 2013.

 

 

Terry Davis (Forestville, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on February 6, 2013.

 

 

Jeremy James (Santa Rosa, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on February 6, 2013.

 

 

Kyler Walker (Graton, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on February 6, 2013.

 

 

Shepley Schroth-Cary (Sebastopol, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on February 6, 2013.

 

 

Diane Mibach (Corte Madera, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on February 6, 2013.

 

 

Paul Fleckenstein (Guerneville, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on February 6, 2013.

 

 

Michael Hunt (Rohnert Park, CA)

Excellent and compassionate care while transporting individuals under extreme circumstances on July 6, 2013.

 

 

Marcos Barros (Santa Rosa, CA)

Excellent and compassionate care while transporting individuals under extreme circumstances on July 6, 2013.

 

 

Jacob Sheffer (Santa Rosa, CA)

Excellent and compassionate care while transporting individuals under extreme circumstances on July 6, 2013.

 

 

Brian Trotter  (Vacaville, CA)

Excellent and compassionate care while transporting individuals under extreme circumstances on July 6, 2013.

 

 

Jared Eckle (Oakdale, CA)

Excellent and compassionate care while transporting a 2 year old under extreme circumstances on December 22, 2012.

 

 

Robert Shelp (Oakdale, CA)

Excellent and compassionate care while transporting a 2 year old under extreme circumstances on December 22, 2012.

 

 

Jesus Sigala (Modesto, CA)

Excellent and compassionate care while transporting a 2 year old under extreme circumstances on December 22, 2012.

 

 

Mike Satariano (Riverbank, CA)

Excellent and compassionate care while transporting a 2 year old under extreme circumstances on December 22, 2012.

Jeremy Smith (Riverbank, CA)

Excellent and compassionate care while transporting a 2 year old under extreme circumstances on December 22, 2012.

 

 

Doug Falle (Riverbank, CA)

Excellent and compassionate care while transporting a 2 year old under extreme circumstances on December 22, 2012.

 

 

William Hiller (Milpitas, CA)

Excellent and compassionate care while transporting an infant under extreme circumstances on May 28, 2013. 

 

 

Sadie Eirich (Merced, CA)

Excellent patient care for the transport of a young patient ejected from a vehicle after a car crash on January 19, 2013.

 

 

Eduardo Salazar (Sacramento, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on January 12, 2013.

 

 

Anthony Lawrence (San Francisco, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on August 8, 2013.

 

 

Josh Menzies (Santa Rosa, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on August 8, 2013.

 

Elias Nasser (San Bruno, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on August 8, 2013.

 

 

Vinh Nguyen (Merced, CA)

Excellent patient care for treatment of an unstable STEMI patient on June 12, 2013.

 

 

Conrad Arenas (San Francisco, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on January 12, 2013.

 

 

Scot Daniels (San Rafael, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on January 12, 2013.

 

 

Brian White (Bakersfield, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on January 12, 2013.

 

 

Kent Frazier (Bakersfield, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering from a cerebral vascular accident on June 22, 2012.

 

 

Brian McChristian (Bakersfield, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on February 11, 2013.

 

 

Shawn Crocker (Bakersfield, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on February 11, 2013.

 

 

Sam Fyles (San Francisco, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on August 8, 2013.

 

 

Nolan Hamblen (Berkeley, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on August 8, 2013.

 

 

Christopher Kopitzke (Berkeley, CA)

Excellent patient care for an individual suffering cardiac arrest on August 8, 2013.

 

 

Jonathan Knauf (Escondido, CA)

Excellent patient care for an infant who coded on March 1, 2013.

 

 

Chiyon Speakman  (Vallejo, CA)

Excellent and compassionate care for a patient who went into ventricular tachycardia during transport on February 26, 2013.

 

 

Markus Lincoln (Vallejo, CA)

Excellent patient care for a 6 year old suffering cardiac arrest on December 5, 2012.

 

 

Michael Spath (Sunnyvale, CA)

Excellent patient care while delivering CPR instructions over the phone, which saved the life of an elderly woman on January 1, 2013.

 

 

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