Press Release: Leon County Board of County Commissioners
The award was presented at the State EMS Advisory Council meeting and the Emergency Medicine Learning & Resource Center’s Clinical Conference on Pre-Hospital Emergency Care in Orlando. The Excellence in EMS Awards are given annually by the Florida Department of Health Bureau of EMS to organizations and individuals who make a positive impact on local EMS throughout the state.
Leon County EMS was established in December 2003 and has made great strides in public education in the field of pre-hospital care. The Public Education Team, led by Capt. Sally Davis, works tirelessly to promote injury prevention and improve the community’s quality of life.
LCEMS participates in nearly 200 public education programs each year including a “Press the Chest” community-wide CPR event, CPR Saturday, Operation Prom Night and Leon Lifesaver community visits. In addition to injury prevention programs, the Public Education Team has taught thousands of citizens cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator (AED) use and other medical techniques for pre-hospital care.
“Leon County is proud of all the work our EMS team does to provide safety education to our community,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Nick Maddox. “Citizens and visitors alike benefit from not only the EMS team’s expertise in the field, but their year-long educational programs.”
This recent award is in addition to many other accolades given to the only nine-year-old EMS team. LCEMS recently underwent a rigorous and successful three-year re-accreditation process for compliance with national standards of excellence by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), reviewing the department’s efforts to positively impact the community’s health care needs. In 2010, when LCEMS initially received the accreditation by CAAS which represents excellence in high-quality patient care, it became the only municipal ambulance service at that time to be accredited in the state and only the eighth municipal service accredited in the country.
"This statewide award recognizes the tireless training our Leon County EMS team uses to better prepare our community. The award also recognizes the outstanding efforts of our Public Education Team, led by Capt. Sally Davis," said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. "EMS is not just focused on emergency response after an accident happens, but the team looks for forms of prevention. We appreciate the recognition of our dedicated employees."
Leon County EMS has also received recognition from national publications, including a Crown Community Award from American City and County Magazine and a Gold Award from EMS Magazine. LCEMS has been named a Heart Ready County by the American Heart Association for consecutive years as well, and Leon County EMS’ Heart Ready Initiative has improved cardiac arrest survival rates to 33.6 percent, which far exceeds the 7 percent national average.
In 2010, LCEMS was named the EMS Provider of the Year Award, Chief Tom Quillin was awarded the Marilyn Crook EMS Pioneer Award and Capt. Stephen Suarez received the Paramedic of the Year Award. Additionally that year, Leon County Emergency Medical Services was selected as a recipient of the first annual State Surgeon General Health Innovation, Prevention and Management Award. In 2011, Chief Quillin was named the National EMS Executive of the Year by the National EMS Management Association.
For more information, please contact Jon D. Brown, Director of Community and Media Relations (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov or EMS Capt. Sally Davis at (850) 606-2113 / DavisSal@LeonCountyFL.gov.