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June 29, 2009

Major Sponsors Recognize Efforts of Emergency Medical Community

Thirty years in emergency medical services – Kathy LaVigne of North Shore Ambulance Service, an Emergency Medical Technician – Critical Care (EMT-CC) for more than 30 years, was honored for her leadership as a corps director, educator, member of Oswego County EMSAC, and involvement in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) committees. Above, she accepts the award from Oswego County EMSAC President James Jones.

Basic Life Support provider – Michelle Eastman, center, an emergency medical services technician now with NOCA, was honored for her efforts in 2008 as a Basic Life Support provider at SAVAC at SUNY Oswego. The award was named in honor of D.J. Ketcham, who received the award last year and died earlier this year. Above, his sister Christina Bailey, left, and daughter Brittany present the award.

Olsen EMS Educator of the Year – The Michael E. McDonald Educator of the Year Award, named in memory of an emergency medical services provider for more than 40 years who was a respected teacher in emergency medical services, was presented to Mary Olsen, RN, of Oswego Hospital, for her service to the EMS community. Above, James Jones, President of Oswego County EMSAC, presents the award.

Oswego – Emergency medical services providers throughout Oswego County were recognized recently for their outstanding service in 2008 at an annual banquet at the American Foundry in Oswego.

The Oswego County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) also expressed appreciation to the major sponsors of the 2009 EMSAC Awards Banquet. Oswego County Ambulance Service (Menter’s), and Uniforms Etc. were Premier Sponsors, while Oswego Health, ECI Physicians Group, Constellation Energy and Entergy Nuclear were recognized as Silver Sponsors.

A total of 18 awards were presented. Seven were life-saving awards, presented to agencies whose providers saved a life through their efforts. NOCA received three life-saving awards, with honorable mention citations to McFee Memorial Ambulance, Sandy Creek Fire Department and Lacona Fire Department. Oswego County Ambulance Service received a joint life-saving award with the Emergency Room staff of the former A. L. Lee Memorial Hospital and two other life-saving awards with Pennellville Fire Department receiving an honorable mention. Oswego City Fire Department also received a life saving award.

The Emergency Medical Services Leadership Award was presented to Kathy LaVigne of North Shore Ambulance Service for her more than 30 years of service as a professional, instructor, and corps director. The Basic Life Support Provider of the Year award was presented to Michelle Eastman of SAVAC (SUNY Oswego) by the family of D.J. Ketcham, who received the award for 2007 and died earlier this year. The Michael E. McDonald Emergency Medical Services Educator of the Year award was presented to Mary Olsen of Oswego Hospital.

David Potter of Oswego County Ambulance Service was recognized as Advanced Life Support Provider for 2008. Robert Loomis of the Oswego County E-911 Communications Center was cited as Communicator of the Year. Medtronics sponsored a new award this year, Excellence in STEMI Care for a provider whose efforts saved the life of a patient having a heart attack. David Corsette of Oswego County Ambulance Service received that award.

Staff of the former Lee Memorial Hospital were also recognized as outstanding providers in 2008. Dr. C. Nwokonko was named Physician of Excellence while Tammie Browne was honored as RN of Excellence. Dr. Wayne Farnsworth was honored as Physician of Excellence and Casey Wehunt as RN of Excellence for Oswego Hospital.

John Ferry and Nelson Metz donated their time as emcees for the event. “We would like to thank John and Nelson, as well as the major sponsors, award sponsors, and door prize donors for their support,” members of the EMSAC Banquet Committee said. “This event would not have been possible without their help. It’s an event to show the community’s appreciation for all the hard work and skills these emergency medical services professionals exhibit all year long.”

The 2009 banquet committee included Zach Menter of Oswego County Ambulance Service, Margaret Beers of Oswego Hospital, Damen Morrell of Oswego City Fire Department, and Patricia Egan and Terry Bennett of Oswego County Emergency Management Office/Emergency Medical Services.

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