JEMS and PennWell Corporation Announce the 2017 Recipient of the James O. Page/JEMS Leadership Award

Salt Lake City, UT (Feb. 23, 2017) — JEMS and PennWell Corporation are proud to announce James Dunford, MD, FACEP, as the 2017 recipient of the James O. Page/JEMS Leadership Award. The award was presented on February 23, 2017, at the 36th annual EMS Today Conference & Exposition in Salt Lake City, UT., hosted by PennWell’s JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services).

The James O. Page/JEMS Leadership Award is given to individuals or agencies who have exhibited the drive and tenacious effort necessary to develop improved EMS systems, resolve important EMS issues and bring about positive EMS system changes.

This year’s winner, Dr. Dunford, has been the medical director for the city of San Diego for over 30 years. In that time, he spearheaded the development of San Diego Project Heartbeat, a program that emphasizes early intervention for cardiac arrest patients and assists businesses in procuring publicly available AEDs. The program has saved 145 lives, including 3 children.            

Dr. Dunford has also worked tirelessly to reduce unnecessary 9-1-1 calls. He worked with the San Diego Police Department to develop a serial inebriate program, which became a national model for handling chronic public intoxication patients. In addition, he helps with the Homeless Outreach Team, and created the Resource Access Program to allow field paramedics to easily enroll homeless patients for city and social services specific to their needs.

Furthermore, he championed Project 25, a United Way Housing First initiative that allowed the city’s top 25 highest 9-1-1 system users to all be housed in one building with vigilant case management and care for the residents. This has had a significant impact on the frequency of 9-1-1 transports.

The award, sponsored by Hartwell Medical, is named for JEMS founder James O. Page, and was created in 2003 to encourage EMS professionals to work toward improvements in prehospital care. Page’s influence on emergency medical services ranged from his writing and advisory role on the television program Emergency!, to legendary essays and speeches. Page’s legacy continues to grow as the award is bestowed each year to individuals or groups with a desire to better EMS.

For more information on EMS Today, the James O. Page/JEMS award or the nomination process, please visit the JEMS website at


Founded in 1910 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, PennWell Corporation is a privately held and highly diversified business-to-business media and information company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following industries: Oil and gas, electric power generation and delivery, hydropower, renewable energy, water and wastewater treatment, waste management, electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, optoelectronics, fiber-optics, aerospace and avionics, LEDs and lighting, fire and emergency services, public safety, and dental. 

PennWell publishes over 130 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, websites, research and database services. PennWell Public Safety, a PennWell business located in La Jolla, CA, produces public safety products and services including JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services), JEMS.comEMS Today Conference and Exposition, and other products.

In addition to PennWell’s headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Company has major offices in Nashua, New Hampshire; London, England; Houston, Texas; San Diego and Mountain View, California; Fairlawn, New Jersey; Moscow, Russia; and Hong Kong, China.

About JEMS

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