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2023 SCEMSA AWard Nominations open - nominate today!

NEW FOR 2023 - ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINECLICK  ON THE LINKS BELOW TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION.

The deadline for submission of nominations is DECEMBER 15, 2023 at 5 pm.  This is a firm deadline and no nominations will be accepted after this date.  If you have any questions, contact SCEMSA CAO Mary Napier.

Many of the awards ask for a nomination statement and supporting documents along with a picture of the nominee.  Start gathering information for those EMS professionals who you would like to see recognized and nominate them today!  The awards reception will take place in March 2024. 

To learn more about award submissions, judging, and the selection process, download our awards policies here.  Anyone can submit a nomination for these awards.

Nominations should be for contributions to EMS in calendar year 2023.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Unless indicated otherwise, these awards are presented to individuals who have contributed most significantly to EMS at the community, state and/or national level based on their certification level.  

EMT of The Year Award - SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE

Eligibility:  Any EMT. Open only to those individuals whose primary responsibility is providing direct patient care. 

AEMT of The Year Award - SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE

Eligibility:  AEMT only.  Open only to those individuals whose primary responsibility is providing direct patient care. 

Paramedic of The Year Award - SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE

Eligibility:  Paramedics only.  Open only to those individuals whose primary responsibility is providing direct patient care. 

Director of The Year Award - SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE

Eligibility:  Open to any director of a licensed ambulance service – paid or volunteer.

Robert D. Lesslie, MD Medical Control Physician Of The Year - SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE 

Eligibility:  Open to any medical control physician. 

Jack Niles Award For Excellence In Education - SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE

Criteria:  Presented to that individual who has demonstrated outstanding contribution to the improvement of EMS through education and training of the community and/or EMS providers.
Eligibility:  Any individual involved in improvement of EMS through educational goals. Must be certified as an EMT, AEMT or Paramedic Instructor.

Emergency Nurse of The Year Award - SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE            

Eligibility:  Open to any nurse involved with EMS.                             

EMS Telecommunicator Of The Year - SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE

Criteria:  Presented to that individual who has contributed most effectively to the dispatch operation of an EMS provider. 
Eligibility:  Must work or volunteer to dispatch EMS among other duties.                                                                                      

Warren D. McBride Award - SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE

Criteria:  Presented to that individual who has demonstrated outstanding contribution to the improvement of EMS through a continuing long-term commitment to the citizens of South Carolina.
Eligibility:  Any individual involved in improvement of EMS.  Normally administrative and not required to be a direct patient care provider.       

H. Dean Douglas South Carolina EMS Advocate of the Year - SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE

Criteria: 

  • Significant efforts to educate and build foundational relationships with elected government leaders in South Carolina.
  • Serving and engaging South Carolina EMS professionals through advocacy activities.
  • Impacting South Carolina professionals in which ones abilities to grow personally and professionally are fostered through advocacy.
  • Actively pursuing quality patient care and outcomes via advocacy efforts.

Eligibility: Any prehospital provider (all levels), telecommunicator, registered nurse or physician in a prehospital setting.

CURTIS P. ARTZ AWARD - SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE

Criteria:   

  • Does the situation or incident being cited deal with a person’s or group of peoples’ primary performance as an emergency medical care professional?
  • Do the actions of the nominee(s) exceed the normal expectations of others holding equivalent certifications and faced with a similar situation?
  • Did the nominee(s) subject himself/herself to unusual risks in an effort to render urgently needed medical care to the patient(s)?
  • Was the risk, if any, necessary in terms of the severity of the situation?  In other words, did the nominee(s) assess the overall situation and then knowingly accept the risk for the sake of caring for the patient?

Eligibility:  Any prehospital provider (all levels), telecommunicator, registered nurse or physician in a prehospital setting.             

*Note:  The award is not given based on the degree of blind risk taken by someone, but on a well thought out response to a medical emergency in the field where the situation at hand required extraordinary performance in order to save life, limb and/or eyesight and where an option not to act could have been exercised. 

ORGANIZATION AWARDS

System of The Year Award – Small AND Large - SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE

One award will be given out for a large service (more than 2,000 calls in the previous year) and one for a small service (less than 2,000 calls in the previous year). Select your call volume on the nomination form.

Criteria:  Ambulance service which exemplifies outstanding professionalism and service to its community.  Examples of these contributions might include any of the following:

  • Exceptional programs/results in training of personnel
  • Significant awareness by the community of importance of your local EMS system and/or professionalism of system of employees from:
    --Letters from patients
    --Local government support
    --Local media
    --Award received, etc.
  • Significant contribution to citizen awareness for injury prevention, EMS access, and EMS career opportunities through:
    --School programs
    --Business support
    --Health fairs, etc. 

Eligibility:  Any EMS service in SC

PIER Award For Public Information And Education In EMS - SUBMIT A NOMINATION HERE

One award will be given out for a large service (more than 2,000 calls in the previous year) and one for a small service (less than 2,000 calls in the previous year). Select your call volume on the nomination form.

Criteria:  The candidates will submit examples of their work in the current calendar year as follows:

  • Public Relations
    --The presentation should be on what your service did to make known EMS in the community.
    --Documentation of Public Relations Events you had for the current year.
    --Pictures of related events.
    --How did you let the public know about your service?
  • Education
    --What type of events did you do to teach the public about safety, drug use, drinking or driving, car seat safety and other injury prevention programs?
    --Participation in 3D Week, EMS Week, or other related educational activities. 
  • Public Information /  Other:
    --Present/list any other items, events activities showing your participation in PIER activities.
    --Active Public Information Officer on staff or dedicated to the service and/or organization.
    --Documentation of public information classes or training as conducted for staff or other public safety agencies. 

Eligibility:  Any EMS service in SC

Memorial Honorees - Nominations due by January 31, 2024

We have developed a simple form to nominate honorees for the EMS Memorial Bike Ride and EMS Memorial Events.  If you know of anyone who has passed away and needs to be nominated, please submit using the button below.  (Nomination Period: Feb. 1, 2023-Jan. 31, 2024)

SCEMSA MEMORIAL - SUBMIT YOUR HONOREE NOMINATION HERE


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