San Antonio AirLIFE hosted its annual “Leaders in Emergency Care” recognition dinner on August 10, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk Hotel. The dinner was held in conjunction with AirLIFE’s Emergency Care Conference on August 11.
With KSAT 12’s Jennifer Dodd as the emcee for the celebration, there were over 120 attendees for the annual affair. “The purpose of this event was to take the opportunity for AirLIFE employees to recognize others in the region that work hard at ensuring the best care is given to their patients” stated AirLIFE president and CEO Shawn Salter. All of those recognized were chosen by AirLIFE Flight Nurses, Flight Paramedics, and Flight Communicators based on interactions they had experienced with hospitals, EMS agencies and individuals in Emergency Medicine. All facilities and agencies in the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Trauma Service Area “P” were included.
Those recognized during the event were:
Rural Healthcare Facility: Uvalde Memorial Hospital
Urban Healthcare Facility: University Hospital
Urban/Suburban EMS: New Braunfels Fire/EMS
Rural EMS: Canyon Lake Fire/ EMS
Hospital Person of the Year: Jennifer Eldridge, RN, Mission Trail Baptist Hospital
EMS Person of the Year: Stephanie Bonette, EMT-P, Acadian Ambulance
Telecommunicator: Judy Hillis, Utopia Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services
“Partner in Life”: Ronald M. Stewart, M.D., Chair, Department of Surgery, UTHSCSA
“I believe that it is important to be recognized by your peers, and these are the people that our flight crews interact with daily,” added Mr. Salter.
Serving the community since 1991, AirLIFE is the only Texas owned nonprofit and CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services) accredited air medical service in Southwest Texas and provides emergency air transport to more than 50 counties within a 150-mile radius of the San Antonio. AirLIFE is jointly owned by Baptist Health System and University Health System.