A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, announced the winners of the 2010 EMS 10 Innovators in EMS Award at the opening keynote sessoin of the EMS Today Conference & Exposition.
These 10 individuals might all hail from different places in the U.S. and be involved in different areas of EMS. However, they all share two characteristics in common: They are innovators and they are humble about their accomplishments. The are as follows:
David Aber, NREMT-P
• Was instrumental in obtaining a $420,000 grant for carboxyhemoglobin monitors.
• Because of David’s hard work, Delaware is the first state in the nation to have the statewide ability to monitor carbon monoxide levels in all firefighters and patients on every run.
Chief Jeffery Dumermuth, CMO, EMT-PS
• Formed the Iowa EMS Alliance.
• In this system, the city of West Des Moines paramedics rotate shifts between units staffed in fire stations and the hospital. It forms a critical service based out of a city EMS agency, housed in fire stations and transferring critical patients around the entire state.
Ray Fowler, MD, FACEP
• Advocated for the establishment of EMS as a medical specialty with the American Board of Medical Specialties.
• Dr. Fowler is the primary reason this goal has been achieved—one that will have a profound impact on EMS. Dr. Fowler’s lifelong commitment to EMS and the advancement of EMS as a profession is exemplified by his most recent project.
Greg Friese, MS, NREMT-P
• Is the lead co-host of the EMS EduCast, a weekly one-hour Internet radio show for EMS educators and providers.
• He’s an innovative educator for CentreLearn, creating cutting-edge online learning modules for EMS organizations across the U.S.
David Hiltz, NREMT-P
• Conceived, promoted and assisted in the development of successful HeartSafe Community programs in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.
Lt. James Logan, BPS, IC, EMT-P
• Created a unique, innovative training program for responses to bombing victims and terrorism.
• Thanks to his efforts, hundreds of firefighter/paramedics have experienced true-to-life scenarios and training.
Nicholas Miller, BS, CCEMT-P, I/C
• Developed an intensive, 14-week groundbreaking program that transitions specific military medics to NREMT paramedics.
• It’s the first program of its kind in the U.S. and the first to receive approval from the U.S. Army Department of EMS.