The EmStar Emergency Department of Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center recognized local emergency medical service professionals at an award's dinner on Wednesday at the Niagara Falls Country Club.
Sponsored by Mount St. Mary's Hospital and the BEA Group - the group of physicians that staff the hospital's EmStar Emergency Department - the dinner was held in conjunction with the hospital's recognition of national EMS Week. Dr. Lloyd Brown, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine/EmStar, is the organizer of the event to salute EMS excellence.
"The initial treatment provided by the EMS professionals is extremely important and often life-saving," Brown said. "We are proud to be associated with the EMS teams that provide the first-responder care to individuals before they are in our care."
"This is an opportunity for us to say 'thank you' to these dedicated professionals and community volunteers," said Judith A. Maness, president and CEO of Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center. "We appreciate their service and want to draw attention to their excellence."
Jonathan Schultz, Niagara County Director of Emergency Services and Fire Coordinator, addressed the group. Awards presented include:
Service Recognition: David Piwtorak of the Upper Mountain Volunteer Fire Co.
Best Save Recognition: Lewiston No. 1 (Kevin Macaulay, chief; John Penzotti, assistant chief; and Wayne Seguin, assistant chief) for efforts in saving a potential drowning victim from the Niagara River on July 18, 2011.
Best Save Recognition: Ransomville Volunteer Fire Co. (Chris Ledershouse, chief; Doug White, EMS captain; William Lowery; and Eric Bartlet) and Upper Mountain Volunteer Fire Co. (Terrence Hailey and David Piwtorak) for efforts on the morning of Jan. 31, 2012, when the Ransomville Fire Company was dispatched to a man down at a residence on Dickersonville Road.
Special Recognition: Rural/Metro Medical Services for its partnership with Mount St. Mary's, which has resulted in providing the highest level of patient care to the community.
Special Recognition: John Malinchock, Upper Mountain Fire Company in recognition of more than 30 years of service to the local and state EMS community.
EmStar/EMS Awards 2012
Upper Mountain Volunteer Fire Co.
Dave is a constant and positive presence in the ER. He is extremely dedicated to the members of the community and is always kind and compassionate in his care.
Lewiston No. 1
Kevin Macaulay, chief
John Penzotti, assistant chief
Wayne Seguin, assistant chief
For efforts in saving a potential drowning victim from the Niagara River on July 18, 2011. A crew from the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours pulled a woman from the Niagara River near the Lewiston sand docks and CPR was administered. A crew from Lewiston No. 1 began treatment and intercept was made with Upper Mountain ALS.
Ransomville Volunteer Fire Co. - Chris Ledershouse, Chief
Doug White, William Lowery and Eric Bartlet
Upper Mountain Volunteer Fire Co. - Terrence Hailey and David Piwtorak
On the morning of Jan. 31, 2012, the Ransomville Fire Company was dispatched to a man down at a residence on Dickersonville Road. The patient was unresponsive and in cardiac arrest. CPR was provided until the arrival of Ransomville's ambulance and the Upper Mountain Fire Company's Advance Life Support Fly Car. Transport was initiated to Mount St. Mary's. With the patient still unresponsive and in arrest, advanced life support procedures were initiated by Critical Care EMS providers. Patient became responsive. Having received early notification from the pre-hospital providers, hospital staff was in place awaiting arrival. Life sustaining procedures were initiated and patient was subsequently stabilized and transferred to a cath lab. A few days later he was back home with his family.
Rural/Metro Medical Services
In recognition or Rural/Metro's partnership with Mount St. Mary's Hospital, which has resulted in providing the highest level of patient care to the community including its work with the hospital's Quality Dept. and the hospital's accreditation as a Chest Pain Center.
Upper Mountain Volunteer Fire Company
In recognition of more than three decades of service to the local and state EMS community including service as commissioner of the Town of Lewiston Haz-Mat Dept., past chief of Upper Mountain Fire Co., member of the Big Lakes Regional EMS Council, the NYS EMS Council, and the NYS Medical Advisory Committee. In 2009, worked with Dr. Brown to establish the Mount St. Mary's Pre-hospital Provider Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance Committee, which is recognized by the NYS Dept. of Health bureau of EMS as a committee that provides oversight and peer review of EMS providers.