MARIETTA — Cobb County ambulance provider MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service has been named Georgia’s 2013 Emergency Medical Service of the Year.
Also nominated and recognized for their outstanding service at a banquet Thursday at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth were paramedics Kim Mathews, Phil Douglas and Holly Desenberg.
Courtney Terwilliger, chairman of Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services and the Governors EMS Advisory Committee, along with Keith Wages, director of the State Office of EMS and Trauma, presented the award to MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service President and CEO Pete Quinones.
Quinones accepted the award on behalf of the company’s more than 300 employees.
Quinones also thanked the employees, management team and his medical directors for their commitment to ensure the company is providing services in compliance with the industry’s highest standards of care.
GAEMS Chairman Courtney Terwilliger also recognized Quinones for his company’s commitment to and ongoing support of the communities they serve through volunteerism and philanthropic support.
“The list is long, but MetroAtlanta Ambulance’s recent donation to help build the Cobb County Safety Village is just one great example of their commitment to ensuring the health and safety of kids in Cobb County,” said Terwilliger. “There are many more examples of what they’ve done in their community, but we’d be here all night.”
MetroAtlanta Ambulance Paramedic Kim Mathews was awarded the Mary Beth Bowns Excellence in Trauma Award for her actions of outstanding trauma care provided.
On her way to work traveling down I-75, she witnessed a truck driver being hit by a passing car while he was exiting his truck on the side of the road. Mathews stopped and immediately began performing CPR until the ambulance arrived. She then gave a complete description of the vehicle that struck the truck driver, and police later apprehended the motorist. The truck driver survived traumatic cardiac arrest, aided by quick action and care provided by Mathews.
MetroAtlanta Ambulance Paramedic Phil Douglas was recognized as the Georgia EMT-Paramedic of the Year Award for his significant contributions to EMS at the community, regional and state level. Douglas began his 27-year EMS career in Cobb County while in high school and eventually started, owned and operated his own private ambulance service, which he later sold to return to what he really loves, being a medic.
Douglas has participated in several EMS support missions overseas and most recently began gathering supplies and sending care packages and letters of encouragement and support to deployed combat medics in Afghanistan. He created a Facebook page titled “Medics Military Missions” to harness support around the globe for deployed medics. Douglas’s efforts have resulted in medical personnel from throughout the country getting involved in his philanthropic project. To date more than 2 tons of supplies have been delivered by Phil’s Friends to military installations in Afghanistan.
“Our medics recognized tonight are all great representative of the quality of people in this industry and are exceptional representatives of our company and this community,” Quinones said.
MetroAtlanta Ambulance is a 911 ambulance service provider for Cobb County, including the cities of Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta and Smyrna. They are one of less than 200 EMS providers in the nation to receive accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services signifying they meet the EMS industries highest quality standards in patient care and customer service. MetroAtlanta Ambulance provides contract ambulance services for 14 hospitals throughout the greater-Atlanta area and north Georgia.
The annual banquet was hosted by the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services and attended by EMS providers from around the state.