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EMS Accolades 2000
Texas Department of Health
Honors Emergency Medical Service leaders
with 2000 Texas EMS Awards


EMS Educator Award – Leslie Madden-Hernandez, Licensed Paramedic, Kendall County EMS for her leadership in advancing EMS education in Texas. Madden-Hernandez has told several levels of EMS training, from community CPR to national-registry paramedic classes. She includes several of the specialty classes, such as basic trauma life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support, in her training classes instead of forcing people to take another class. She returned to college and completed a Bachelor's degree in Paramedicine when she learned that TDH was promoting EMS personnel licensure. With EMS training in demand, she has taught EMS classes all over south Texas, taking EMS training to the outlying areas of Texas.
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EMS Medical Director Award --- Sister Catherine Young, MD, for work and dedication as medical director for Kinney County EMS and Eagle Pass Fire Department. Though she is employed full-time at Fort Duncan Medical Center, she completed paramedic licensure, so that she could provide medical care on-scene and in the transporting ambulance. She has been at the forefront in public health community projects, such as the Kinney County/Piedras Negras, Mexico mosquito control program and the Hepatitis A immunization campaign, and is active in health fairs, community CPR training, car seat safety events and mass casualty incident training scenarios.
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EMS Administrator Award – Candelario Ontiveros, Med-Care EMS, for leadership in quality prehospital patient care and community wide emergency response. Under Ontiveros' leadership, Med-Care EMS has grown to 38 units and more than 120 employees. He has formed strong relationships with city officials, the local community college and the McAllen sister city, Cadereyta, Mexico, and has donated ambulances to Cadereyta, Mission and the college. Ontiveros also focuses on his employees by spotlighting their accomplishments in an employee newsletter.
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EMS Public Information and Education Award – City of La Porte Fire Department, EMS Division, for outstanding achievement in public education and injury prevention education in southeast Harris County. As the emergency care provider for several Houston chemical facilities, LPEMS has also worked with industrial plant safety teams to coordinate mock disaster drills and training. LPEMS sets up a monthly immunization clinic to help community children get their immunizations. Several LPEMS employees are safety clowns and, along with Andy the Ambulance, they do educational presentations at area schools. LPEMS teaches children and adults to be more safety conscious and they provide CPR training for the cost of a new toy. Those toys, along with toy donations solicited throughout the year, are donated to the La Porte Neighborhood Center to give to needy children and teens. LPEMS, with the help of other local emergency response agencies, has also recently began the Shattered Dream program.
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Citizen Award – Officer R.P. Myers, Pasadena Police Department, for his professionalism and courage in responding to emergencies. Last summer, Myers crawled under an overturned, burning car being held up by bystanders to cut a teen loose from her seat belt and is credited with saving her life. Myers has also received a Meritious Service Award for his response to a Phillips Petrochemical Plant explosion. He and three other officers assisted medical personnel with the injured and volunteered to assist the search and rescue for others in the plant, even after they had been cleared to fall back from the fire.
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EMS Private Provider Award – Med-Care EMS, for providing high-quality, mobile intensive care emergency response care for citizens and visitors in south Texas. MCEMS coverage area includes the cities of McAllen, Mission, Palmview, Pharr, San Juan, Donna Mercedes, Hidalgo Precinct #3 and Fire Rural County Precinct #4. While MCEMS's area includes large rural expanses, the service always participates in public safety/EMS awareness and civic responsibilities. MCEMS has donated ambulances to two Mexico cities and to Mission to use as a dive rescue unit. MCEMS has also built a state-of-the-art computerized dispatch center to more effective handle the call load and dispatching services.
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EMS Public Provider Award – Brownsville EMS, for achievements in community education and leadership in emergency medical services to the community. BEMS was awarded the 2000 "VITA" Wireless Samaritan Award by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association for the service's use of cellular technology to transmit 12-lead data into the hospital from the field. BEMS has also trained U.S. Border Patrol agents, increasing the federal agency's medical team's abilities, and the local EMS Explorer group, giving teens a chance to learn about and work with emergency medical services. BEMS has provided medical coverage for many local events, such as high school football games and rodeos, and CPR and first aid training with the community.
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EMS Volunteer Provider Award – League City Volunteer EMS, for providing excellent emergency medical services to its community. LCVEMS currently has 38 volunteers and six paid staff, serving a population of 50,000. With the waters of Clear Lake and Clear Creek, the third largest concentration of pleasure water crafts in the U.S., in its service area, LCVEMS has added a boat to its fleet of response vehicles. LCVEMS sponsors several CPR and first aid classes in the community each year and participates in health fairs, bike rodeos and many community events. LCVEMS has also become an American Heart Association Community Training Center and has taught several local organizations, including League City Police Department, how to use automated external defibrillators on people who have suffered a heart attack. LCVEMS has recently participated in several emergency medicine studies.
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EMS First Responder Award – Caddo Mills Fire/Rescue, for leadership in EMS training and community awareness. Caddo Mills Fire/Rescue, one of 13 first responder organizations funded through Hunt Memorial Hospital District, provides 24-hour emergency response in western Hunt County and has approximately 20 personnel with certification levels ranging from ECA to paramedic. CMFR responds to all extrication and rescue calls in western Hunt County and provides in-house training for its personnel. CMFR also offers CPR and first aid course to the public and provides medical coverage for local high school football games and community events.
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EMS Air Medical Service Award – San Antonio AirLife, for leadership in providing air medical services to local communities. Serving south Texas, SA AirLife transports the critically ill and injured patients into San Antonio. SA AirLife personnel also educate the surrounding emergency response agencies in landing zone preparation, basic life support skills and advanced life support skills and sponsor educational conferences for EMS and first responder agencies. Always courteous and known for their compassion towards other responders, victims and families, SA AirLife follows up with the patients they transport and reports the last known condition back to the original responding agency, since many of the incidents that SA AirLife responds to are in small rural areas and the original responders might have known the patient.
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Outstanding Regional Advisory Council Award -- South Texas Regional Advisory Council, for continuing excellence in regional trauma system development. With grant funding, this well-organized RAC has created a communications trailer to be used wherever the emergency situation makes communications difficult, as in flooded areas, or where communication needs outweigh the community's resources, as in wildfires in rural areas. The RAC has also received grant funding for hospital diversion computer software that will allow all the hospitals in Bexar County to post their current diversion status on the Internet, so EMS personnel can transport patients to a hospital with the proper care level more efficiently.
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Outstanding EMS Person of the Year Award – Scott Bolleter, EMT-P, San Antonio AirLife, for leadership and dedication in providing emergency medical services to the citizens of Texas. Bolleter, a flight paramedic for San Antonio AirLife, is known for his compassionate, competent medical care for the critically ill and injured patients that are air-transported within the San Antonio area. Bolleter is also well-known for his speaking abilities and regularly speaks on clinical and motivational topics at national, regional and statewide conferences.
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