ST. PAUL, Minn.
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and EMS World have honored Allina Health Emergency Medical Service with one of its 2017 National EMS Awards of Excellence. The awards will be presented during NAEMT’s General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and on Oct. 18, during EMS World Expo’s opening ceremony.
In announcing the selection, the NAEMT and EMS World noted these accomplishments of Allina Health EMS:
"Allina Health EMS serves more than 100 Minnesota communities and employs nearly 570 paramedics, EMTs, dispatchers, special transportation drivers, maintenance and administration and support personnel. Services include priority medical dispatch, 9-1-1 pre-arrival instructions, emergency and non-emergency ambulance response, the Greater Minnesota Ride program and wheelchair transport. In 2017, to support the development of evidence-based practice, Allina Health EMS added an in-house epidemiologist and a manager of EMS analytics to expand research, analysis and interpretation of information. In 2015, Allina’s communications center became one of only 144 dispatch centers in the world to achieve accreditation by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch. Allina launched a mobile integrated health (MIH) project to reduce the number of readmission and ED visits for patients with mental health issues or frequent hospital readmissions for CHF, COPD or cardiac conditions. In 2015, the agency conducted the first Allina Health EMS Freedom House EMT class to recruit and train inner-city St. Paul residents as EMTs."
"We are proud of the accomplishments of Allina Health EMS in service of the more than one million individuals in our service area," said Allina Health EMS president and EMS chief Brian LaCroix. "Our commitment to high-quality patient care is clear. In everything we do, from hiring the best candidates, to the processes established to achieve our care goals, to our commitment to continuing education for our employees: We are focused on the patient."
Formed in 1975 and more than 65,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military.
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