The Emergency Medical Services staff of Grand County received the highest honor for lifesaving care for our community’s most precious patients — children. The Colorado Children’s Hospital presented the paramedics and emergency medical technicians of Grand County EMS with the “2013 Colorado Children’s Hospital EMS Provider of Year.”
The award was presented during the Colorado State EMS Conference, at Keystone, in November.
“It is an honor to receive such an award on behalf of the men and women who are dedicated to save lives,” said EMS Chief Ray Jennings. “This award is not given out, but it was earned by the hard work and dedication of paramedics and EMTs of Grand County EMS. It is a tribute to the way we train and how we respond to save lives and provide ALS (Advanced Life Support) care during a tragic event. Our care goes beyond caring for a child, it includes care and compassion for the parents. A child injured or sick is a frightening situation.”
The majority of the pediatric calls are not life and death, yet unfortunately, some are. Grand County Paramedics and EMTs spend hundreds of hours training for pediatric emergencies, Jennings said, such as through Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Providers, the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and continuing education including child birth.
“The Colorado Children’s Hospital Award is a tribute to the paramedics and EMTs of Grand County EMS, reflecting their dedication to the Grand County community they proudly serve,” the chief said.