Employees in the Spotlight - Valley Communications Center
Our annual award winners for Employee of the Year are:
Supervisor of the year 2011 - Sheryl Kowalczik
Communications Training Officer of the year 2011 - Trish Hanes
Dispatcher of the year 2011 - Krystal Marshall
Call Receiver of the year 2011 - Ben De La Vega
Administration Employee of the year 2011 - Brian Powell
Our quarterly award winners for Employee of the Quarter are:
Supervisor of the 1st Quarter 2012 - Michael Densmore
Communications Training Officer of the 1st Quarter 2012 - Rita Noble
Dispatcher of the 1st Quarter 2012 - Rema Strauss
Call Receiver of the 1st Quarter 2012 - Lorrie Broming
Administration Employee of the 1st Quarter 2012 - Brian Heck
Our EMD award winners are:
Sustained Superior Performance – Alison Barlow
Exemplary Handling of a Critical EMS Call – Melissa Johnson
Each Year at our annual banquet 2 special awards are given:
Director’s Award – Mary Quinn
President’s Award – Jason Storts
Calling All Heroes:
King County Executive honors Emergency Medical Dispatchers
Four in Kent and Bellevue to receive Dispatchers of the Year award for outstanding service
King County Executive Dow Constantine today congratulated four public employees who are being honored for their outstanding contributions to the community's health and safety as King County Emergency Medical Dispatchers of the Year.
"When someone calls 911 for help, it's the region's emergency medical dispatchers that consistently provide information and care that's needed," said Executive Constantine. "They all deserve our thanks for their calm and steady service, and this year's award winners deserve this special recognition."
Part of King County's world-class Emergency Medical Services/Medic One system, emergency medical dispatchers protect the public's health and safety with critical medical advice to callers and by making quick decisions about the best emergency medical care.
The awards recognize overall excellence and expert response to critical incidents, and they are given annually by Public Health - Seattle & King County's Emergency Medical Services Division during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 8-14, 2012.
This year's award winners include Meggin Harris of Maple Valley and Kit Danichek of Renton from Valley Communications Center in Kent, and Stacey Montemayor of Seattle and Traci Caligiuri of Lake Stevens from Norcom Communications Center in Bellevue.
Ms. Danichek and Ms. Montemayor both received the award for sustained exemplary performance throughout the year.
Ms. Harris and Ms. Caligiuri both received their awards for exemplary handling of a critical Emergency Medical Services incident. Ms. Harris responded to a man that called 911 reporting chest pain, which then progressed into cardiac arrest. Her calm and reassuring demeanor allowed the patient's daughter to focus and follow her explicit instructions for CPR. Ms. Caligiuri was honored for her ability to quickly assess and respond to an emergency childbirth situation, providing the caller with life-saving instructions to prevent the positioning of the unborn child from putting pressure on the umbilical cord.
· On Wednesday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m., Valley Communications Center will host an awards ceremony for their honored dispatchers at their Kent Facility, 27519 108th Ave. SE.
· On Friday, April 13 at 9 a.m., Norcom Communications Center will host an awards ceremony for their honored dispatchers in Room 1E-112 at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Avenue NE. April 9, 2012
Contact: Matías Valenzuela 206-263-8697
"Emergency Medical Dispatchers evaluate patient signs and symptoms and provide life-saving instructions to bystanders over the telephone. Their contribution to the medical care provided to our residents and the subsequent increased survival from cardiac arrest is enormous," said Dr. Mickey Eisenberg, Medical Director for King County Emergency Medical Services Division of Public Health - Seattle & King County.
Valley Communications provides police, fire and medical dispatching in south King County, managing approximately 62,000 emergency medical calls in 2011. North East King County Regional Public Safety Communications Agency (NORCOM) provides police, fire and medical dispatching in the east and north regions of King County, managing approximately 48,000 emergency calls for medical assistance in 2011.
King County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operates in a coordinated partnership with four dispatch centers, six paramedic providers, and 35 fire departments. Funded through a countywide EMS/Medic One Levy, King County EMS utilizes a layered-response system providing a continuum of care for people in need of emergency medical services. For more information on King County EMS, visit www.<http://www.metrokc.gov/health/ems/>kingcounty.gov/health/ems.