Terry Mobbs accepts EMT of the Year Award presented by Gordon EMS deputy director Donald Bowen at the 2015 Gordon EMS Service Awards Banquet held recently at Trinity Baptist Church.
Recipient Chanda Gravitt accepts the Gordon EMS Paramedic of the Year Award from Gordon EMS Deputy Director Donald Bowen.
Members of the Gordon EMS team were recently honored at the 2015 Gordon EMS Service Awards Banquet held at Trinity Baptist Church.
According to Courtney Taylor, director of Gordon EMS, among the 11 categories of awards presented during the evening were the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) of the Year Award, which was presented to Terry Mobbs, and the Paramedic of the Year Award, which went to Chanda Gravitt.
"I am blessed to be the director of Gordon EMS because of each of our team members," said Taylor in the ceremony’s opening remarks. "I am proud each of you chose to be part of the Gordon EMS family."
Mobbs was chosen as EMT of the Year from multiple nominations submitted by peers across different shifts. Those nominations are later reviewed by an awards panel of judges from Gordon Hospital, who do not know or work closely with them. They make the final decision for EMT of the Year, Taylor explained.
"Excerpts from Terry’s nominations stated that he is an excellent employee for our service; has great skills and a solid knowledge base; has instincts to anticipate not only the needs of his patient, but his partner as well; shows compassion for patients and family members; and is willing to do whatever needs to be done, whether it is on the call or at the station," he added. "Terry is dedicated to his profession and Gordon EMS. He exemplifies the Christ-like principles our organization follows."
Paramedic of the Year Chanda Gravitt was described as one of the best in the field.
"Excerpts from her nomination included that amongst a career co-working with EMS professionals, Chandra is a favorite. Another mentioned her involvement with many things at EMS and is great taking time with students and new employees. They noted 'she hasn’t forgotten what is was like to be the new kid,'" said Taylor.
As a veteran, Chandra brought the idea of the "Hero Box" to Gordon EMS, which is a program to collect items and send to soldiers overseas at Christmas.
"Chandra also plays a large role in the annual EMS banquet," said Taylor, "by making sure all the certificates and awards were taken care of, a duty she has taken on for at least the last eight years. She then submits nominations from Gordon EMS for the Region 1 EMS banquet, as well as the State of Georgia banquet. Through her recording the accomplishments of Gordon EMS, we have won Region 1 EMS Service of the Year in 2013 and 2015."
The Rookie of the Year Award, which is presented to individuals that best represents excellence in the performance of their duties in their first year of service with Gordon EMS, went to EMT Branson Fair and paramedic Dusty Johnson.
"Their nominations made mention of their positivity, good work ethic, and exceptional learning abilities," Taylor said.
Other awards presented included:
Length of Service Award (presented to individuals for the length of time they have served in public safety in five-year increments): Robert Oglesby, 5 years; Andrea Kelley, 5 years, Victor Guzman, 10 years; Courtney Taylor, 15 years; Marcy Fountain, 15 years; Anthony Cronon, 15 years; Mark Bramblett, 20 years; and Donald Bowen, 25 years. Dr. Kirby Peden was also recognized during the Length of Service Awards for his role as Gordon EMS medical director.
New Life Award (presented to EMS personnel who assisted in the delivering of a child in the field): Chanda Gravitt and Claire Harris.
Heart Saver Award (presented to individuals who played an integral part in a cardiac arrest where the patient survived to leave the hospital): Derek Harp and Amber Bradford.
110% Award (presented to an individual who goes above and beyond on a continual basis): paramedic Jim Kretchman.
Sounding Board Award: Jeni Hasselbrack.
Leadership Award (presented to an individual who has been promoted to leadership within the last year and became an EMS Service Leader): Karen Steely.
Leader of the Year Award (presented to an individual who was nominated by their peers as a leader in the service): Captain Mark Bramblett.
Excellence in Education Award: (presented to an individual who helped to lead on educational opportunities by assisting with the delivery and improvement of classes offered): Chad Huff.