Submitted by Gordon Hospital
Gordon EMS, a service of Gordon Hospital, was named the Georgia Region I EMS Service of the Year during the 2013 Northwest Georgia EMS Awards Banquet held March 28 at the Northside Cherokee Conference Center in Canton.
“What an incredible honor,” Gordon EMS Director Courtney Taylor said after the award announcement. “I am very proud of the service that we provide for the residents of Calhoun and Gordon County. Our folks work very hard and I am proud to see them get the recognition they deserve.”
Region I EMS is a government agency responsible for overseeing ambulance and medical first responder operations in a 16-county region, and is part of the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services. The Region I EMS Service of the Year award is presented to any Region One EMS service, licensed first responder service, or air ambulance that has not only maintained a high performance level and spotless record, but has also made improvements or contributions which benefit the citizens it serves and has contributed significantly to EMS at the community, regional, and/or state level.
“Contributed significantly” is defined as going far above and beyond the call of duty, whether in the direct delivery of patient care or in programs offered to the community that enhance the standing of EMS and/or the education of the public. Among the items that were addressed in the nomination were: involvement in local, regional, state, and national EMS related work; contributions to EMS at the local, regional, state, and national levels; involvement with local, regional, state, and national EMS organizations, associations, etc.; community involvement of a non-EMS nature; EMS affiliations; and, EMS education.
“This recognition speaks volumes about our EMS service and the professionals we have serving our hospital and community,” said Steve Hannah, chief operating officer for Gordon Hospital. “Gordon EMS beautifully exemplifies our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ to all we serve.”
Gordon EMS will now represent Region 1 in the state competition planned for May at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.