Community Health Heroes Include EMS Paramedic, Hospital Green Team
Whidbey General EMS paramedic Robert May was among those recognized as Health Heroes in May by the Island County Community Health Advisory Board.
The awards ceremony was held May 14 at the Pacific Rim Institute in Coupeville, where Dr. Roger Case, Island County Public Health Officer, emceed the gathering of more than 70 guests. Board of Health members presented the citations (see complete list of 2013 award winners below).
The award recognizes an adult, youth or agency that has directly or indirectly impacted community health, including but not limited to health care, environmental health, safety or quality of life. Selection criteria include the urgency of the problem addressed, number of people affected and results generated. The award was named for a late executive secretary of the Island County Health Department.
EMS paramedic Robert May (left) received a Linda Lee Martens Memorial Community Health Hero Certificate of Special Recognition for launching an island-wide hands-only CPR program that has reached more than 1,000 people. He has taught groups of all ages, with as few as three participants or as many as several hundred. Robert manages the training, collaborating with the Navy and with local agencies such as Island County Emergency Management to ensure this lifesaving training is spread as far as possible.
In addition to providing CPR training, Robert consults with older residents in their homes as part of an effort to prevent falls. He also holds a senior falls prevention class called Stay Active & Independent for Life.
Whidbey General’s Green Team also received a Certificate of Special Recognition. The multidisciplinary group's vision is “One Team, One Planet, One Purpose: Caring for You and Our Environment."
They seek to minimize Whidbey General’s environmental impact by improving efforts in areas such as waste reduction, energy efficiency and proper storage and disposal of unused medications. The team was the driving force behind Whidbey General and affiliated clinics being among the first to be awarded the Whidbey Green Seal, which identifies island organizations that implement resource conservation, demonstrate a culture of environmental awareness and practice social responsibility. The Green Team was formed at the direction of hospital CEO Tom Tomasino and is led by Lori Taylor, RD.
Other winners of the Linda Lee Martens Memorial Community Health Hero Awards for 2013 included:
- Robert Bishop
- Laurell Brault
- Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers
- Jerry Henrichsen
- Kristiine Miller
- Catherine Overmann
- Reilly Richards
- Dawn Scott
- Soroptimists International of Oak Harbor
- Whidbey CareNet
Congratulations and many thanks all the award winners!