South Georgia Medical Center was recently awarded the Georgia Emergency Medical Service of the Year award for 2020 by the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Association (GEMSA).
This award is given to a Georgia licensed emergency medical service (EMS) team that has gone above and beyond in delivering the best patient care and maintaining the best professionalism to communities locally, regionally and within the state of Georgia.
The finalists for the award included Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services, DeKalb County Fire Rescue/EMS, Gold Cross EMS, Henry County Fire Department, SGMC EMS, and West Point Fire Department.
David Bauch, Director of EMS, explained that the team is excited and humbled to have received this award for the past year.
“When I found out who the finalists were I knew all of them are excellent Fire and Emergency Services teams. To be told that SGMC EMS was the recipient of this award was truly an honor,” said Bauch.
SGMC EMS was recognized for continuing to efficiently respond to emergencies within the region during the pandemic and transport COVID-19 patients when other hospitals around the region were at capacity.
SGMC EMS was also recognized as the only service in the region to have a Regional Training Center that prides itself in continuing to develop staff through advanced training and programs that are focused on mental health, such as the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) program.
Ronald E. Dean, SGMC President and Chief Executive Officer stated, “We’ve witnessed extraordinary efforts from our front-line EMS team as they continuously give back to the region of South Georgia selflessly, while on duty and off. We are grateful for their service and proud to seem them honored for all their hard work.”
SGMC EMS has been responding to calls since 1972 and currently responds to an average of 2,010 calls for service each month. SGMC staffs six Advance Life Support (ALS) ambulances strategically located throughout Lowndes County, two ALS ambulances in Lanier County and two Non-Emergency Ambulances.