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State EMS Awards

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Florida Department of Health Emergency Medical Services Awards 

For over 25 years, the Florida Department of Health had the honor of recognizing the men and women who provide lifesaving services in times of crisis. This is a small way of paying tribute to the brave medical professionals and agencies that ensure the public’s health and safety in times of an emergency. The following award categories represent several aspects of the prehospital environment. The department is honored to receive nominations each year.  Application form now available. 

Award Categories 

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Paramedic
  • 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator
  • EMS Disaster Preparedness & Response
  • EMS Provider
  • EMS Education (individual or organization)
  • EMS for Children (individual or organization)
  • Larry S. Jordan - EMS Hall of Fame
  • Raymond H. Alexander - EMS Medical Direction
  • Marilyn Crook EMS Pioneer Award
  • Lynn Stevens Excellence in Safety Award
  • Beth Rogers Nursing Award
  • EMS Injury Prevention
  • Photo and/or Video (individual or organization)
  • Friend to EMS (individual or organization)
  • EMS Memorial




Emergency Medical Technician

This award recognizes an EMT who:

  • is a non-administrative, certified EMT whose primary job is direct patient care;
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health;
  • has demonstrated exceptional qualities in one or more of the following areas: quality assurance/improvement, patient care, medical control, disaster preparedness, or public education and/or training; and
  • has acted “above and beyond the call of duty” in response to the EMS community and/or profession (please elaborate as to how the individual exceeded normal day-to-day job functions while on duty).

Paramedic

This award recognizes a paramedic who:

  • is a non-administrative, certified paramedic whose primary job is direct patient care;
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health;
  • has demonstrated exceptional qualities in one or more of the following areas:  quality assurance/improvement, patient care, medical control, disaster preparedness, or public education and/or training; and
  • has acted “above and beyond the call of duty” in response to the EMS community and/or profession (please elaborate as to how the individual exceeded normal day-to-day job functions while on duty).

911 Public Safety Telecommunicator

This award recognizes an individual who:

  • has demonstrated outstanding effort in processing a medical emergency call; and
  • has demonstrated outstanding efforts in educating the public on 911.

            A copy of the nominee processing a call must be included      within your submission

EMS Disaster Preparedness & Response

This award recognizes an individual (or organization) who:

  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health;
  • has demonstrated exceptional proficiency in developing response plans and/or has been instrumental in ensuring successful emergency or disaster response;
  • works in the area of emergency medical planning or response;
  • has made a significant contribution in helping Florida prepare for health/medical response to significant emergencies or disasters;
  • has demonstrated leadership and initiative in the areas of emergency medical preparedness, education, and response;
  • is known as an “innovator” for developing successful ideas or programs to facilitate a successful health/medical response to emergencies or disasters; and
  • has been an active participant in organizations, task groups, or committees whose mission is to enhance disaster medical response throughout Florida.

EMS Provider

This award recognizes a licensed EMS provider that:

  • participates in the Florida Prehospital EMS Tracking and Reporting System (EMSTARS);
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health;
  • has assumed a leadership role in the Florida EMS system and community;
  • has demonstrated outstanding initiative in the area of public education  and/or training; and
  • has demonstrated excellence in the areas of quality assurance/improvement and medical control protocol development/implementation.

EMS Education

This award recognizes an individual (or organization) who:

  • is recognized as an educator of a Florida EMS training program, Florida approved continuing education provider, or licensed EMS service;
  • has assumed a leadership role in the field of EMS education;
  • has made a positive contribution to EMS education in the community, state, or nation; and
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health.

EMS for Children

This award recognizes an individual (or organization) who:

  • has demonstrated outstanding achievement in pediatric education;
  • has a comprehensive understanding of the unique needs of the pediatric patient;
  • has successfully integrated pediatric issues into current disaster management efforts;
  • has assumed a leadership role in EMSC within the community, state, or nation;
  • has made a significant contribution (e.g., development of product or program) that has improved emergency care for children and their families; and
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health.

Larry S. Jordan - EMS Hall of Fame

This award recognizes an individual who:

  • is viewed as a national advocate for EMS, increasing public attention and action at the highest levels;
  • has devoted a significant part of his/her life to promoting and advancing prehospital emergency care;
  • has worked to change the manner in which we care for patients throughout the entire continuum of care;
  • has been active on numerous committees and boards at the state and national levels;
  • has had EMS related works published in journals, textbooks, and/or other publications;
  • has a minimum of 20 years experience in the field of EMS; and
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health.

Raymond H. Alexander - EMS Medical Direction

This award recognizes an individual who:

  • is a licensed Florida physician;
  • has assumed a leadership role in EMS within the community, state, or nation;
  • has demonstrated excellence in the areas of quality assurance/improvement and medical control;
  • has successfully promoted the use of new medical trends and technologies; and
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health.

Marilyn Crook EMS Pioneer Award

This award recognizes an individual who has advanced the EMS profession and/or system:

  • through visionary leadership:
    • by setting directions and creating patient focus, clear and visible values, and high expectations while balancing the needs of all EMS stakeholders; and
    • by ensuring the creation of strategies, systems, and methods for achieving performance excellence, stimulating innovation, building knowledge and capabilities, and ensuring EMS sustainability.
  • through managing for innovation.  Innovation means making meaningful change to improve EMS products, services, programs, processes, and operations and to create new value for EMS stakeholders; and
  • by promoting the use of best practices by building internal and external partnerships to address common issues, enhance communication, and evaluate progress to adapt to changing conditions in the EMS system.

Lynn Stevens Excellence in Safety Award

This award recognizes anyone directly involved in the EMS transport community who has made significant contributions to safety initiatives that have impacted the safety and culture of a specific program or the transport community as a whole.

The criteria for the award are:

  • Individual initiative promotes safety and improved the culture for a transport program or the transport community.
  • Individual steps above and beyond industry norms distinguishing themselves by implementation of an innovation, policy or practice centered on safety excellence.

Beth Rogers Nursing Award

The Beth Rogers Nursing award came about in 1994 to recognize the dedication and achievements of Florida air and ground transport nurses who have demonstrated enhancement of their profession through skill, participation, and support of excellence in patient care.

The criteria for the award are:

  • Is currently a Florida licensed registered nurse;
  • Currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health;
  • Minimum of two (2) years active service in the transport nursing industry;
  • Has provided leadership in an area of emergency medical services;
  • Active role in continuing education or other vital aspect of the industry;
  • Contributions or innovations in the industry
  • Available to non-management level transport personnel;
  • Employed or contracted to a Rotor Wing Service or,
  • Employed or contracted to a Fixed Wing Service or,
  • Employed or contracted to a Ground Transport Service

EMS Injury Prevention

This award recognizes an individual who:

  • currently holds Florida certification as an EMT/Paramedic or is a licensed RN or physician that is employed with a licensed EMS agency pursuant to Chapter 401, F.S.;
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health;
  • has demonstrated outstanding initiative and promoted best practices to prevent injuries in at least one area of injury prevention, such as motor vehicle safety, drowning, falls or burn prevention, etc.;
  • has been active on injury prevention committees, task forces, or boards at the local, state and/or national level;
  • responds to injury problems within communities by regularly going beyond duties as assigned; and
  • successfully integrated injury prevention issues into emergency care efforts.

Photo and/or Video

This award recognizes an individual (or organization) who submits a photo (color or black & white) and/or video that clearly depicts the current National EMS Week theme. Amateur and professional photographs/videos accepted. 

In order to be considered, all color and black and white photo submissions must include the attached release form signed by the submitting agency and/or the individuals in the photos.

Friend to EMS

This award recognizes an individual (or organization) that is not employed with an EMS organization, but has successfully enhanced EMS through their partnership or promotion of EMS activities such as preparedness, injury prevention, or other initiatives.

EMS Memorial

This award recognizes an individual who has lost his/her life in the line of duty. Please report any of these unfortunate casualties to the EMS program that occurred during the calendar year. These individuals will be recognized for their sacrifice at the awards ceremony.

APPLICATION PROCESS 

To nominate an individual or organization please submit the following:

Nomination Entry Sheet:  Please complete the nomination entry sheet and indicate the award for which you are applying.

Summary Statement Guidelines:  Prepare a statement to depict the nominee’s qualities and contributions to EMS in Florida. Include why the nominee is exceptionally qualified and should be selected for this award. Break down the nomination criteria by specifics and describe how the nominee has excelled in each area specified in the criteria. Be specific. If you do not address EACH component of the nomination, you will lose points.

 

****This does not apply to the photo and video categories. Simply submit the photo or video with the signed release form(s) and describe the event in the photo or video.

 

Supporting Materials: Supporting materials can include articles, letters, résumé (if necessary) and any additional information to support the candidate’s nomination. 

Electronic Photograph: You MUST submit an electronic photograph (high resolution JPEG) of the nominee and include the attached photo release form completed and signed by that individual or organization. This photo will be incorporated into the awards ceremony in the event the nominee is selected as a winner.

 

CHECK FOR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS BEFORE YOU SUBMIT THE NOMINATION:  

 

_____ Selected the most appropriate category for the nominee

_____ Nomination form and support materials included

_____ Electronic photograph (high resolution JPEG) of nominee enclosed

_____ Signed release form(s) enclosed for all photos or videos submitted

_____ Summary statement follows the guidelines listed above

 

****Failure to provide ALL the necessary information will lead to the disqualification of the nominee. 

 

DEADLINE

All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by March 15th of every year.  Mail materials to:

 

EMS State Awards Coordinator

Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight

4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A22

Tallahassee, FL  32399-1722

 

Or email documents to her at:

EMS@Flhealth.gov