Gordon EMS, a service of Gordon Hospital, was named the Georgia Region I EMS Service of the Year during the 2015 Northwest Georgia EMS Awards Banquet held Thursday, March 12 at Wellstar Paulding Hospital in Hiram, Georgia. Gordon EMS has earned this title twice in three years.
"It is an incredible honor to be recognized again," says Courtney Taylor, Gordon EMS director. "We are proud to serve the residents of Calhoun and Gordon County, and our folks do a great job at what they do. They are the most compassionate and hardworking employees I have ever worked with, and they all have a heart for serving. This award also reflects on the entire public safety family here in Calhoun and Gordon County. On a daily basis the collaboration between Gordon EMS, Gordon Hospital, local fire departments, local and state law enforcement, emergency management, and E 9-1-1 is very evident on every response. We are blessed to live in a community where all the departments work together as a team to work toward the best outcome for our citizens and visitors. It’s great to see them recognized."
Region I EMS is a government agency responsible for overseeing ambulance and medical first responder operations in a 16-county region and is part of the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services. The Region I EMS Service of the Year award is presented to any Region One EMS service, licensed first responder service, or air ambulance that has not only maintained a high performance level and spotless record, but has also made improvements or contributions which benefit the citizens it serves and has contributed significantly to EMS at the community, regional, and/or state level.
"Contributed significantly" is defined as going far above and beyond the call of duty, whether in the direct delivery of patient care or in programs offered to the community that enhance the standing of EMS and/or the education of the public. Among the items that were addressed in the nomination were: involvement in local, regional, state, and national EMS related work; contributions to EMS at the local, regional, state, and national levels; involvement with local, regional, state, and national EMS organizations, associations, etc.; community involvement of a non-EMS nature; EMS affiliations; and EMS education.
"We are very proud of our team at Gordon EMS," says Brandon Nudd, chief operating officer for Gordon Hospital. "Their employees are passionate about caring for our community and providing the highest level of patient care to all of our residents. This is the second time they have won this award in the last three years, and it speaks volumes about Gordon EMS and the professionals we have serving our community."
Gordon EMS will now represent Region 1 in the state competition planned for May at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.