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Poughkeepsie, NY… The Dutchess County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council presented special recognitions for EMS providers and their partners on Wednesday night at the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response. The annual awards highlight the important role of our first responders and the invaluable and critical services they provide to the community. Dutchess County Public Safety Dispatcher Mary Anne Baker was named as the EMS Communications Specialist of the Year.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients, especially our own, Mary Anne Baker. The services provided by Ms. Baker and all of our first responders should never go unrecognized. We are grateful for their unwavering contributions and sacrifices to their community and Dutchess County.”
Ms. Baker was selected as EMS Communications Specialist of the Year for her handling of an incident involving a child asphyxiation call. By using the training she received as an emergency medical dispatcher, she instructed the mother of the choking child over the phone on how to clear his airway while at the same time, keeping the mother calm during the high-stress event.
The Dutchess Community College Emergency Medical Services Program was honored for Excellence in EMS Quality and Safety. The award is in recognition of their continuous efforts to promote quality and safety for current and future EMS providers in Dutchess County. The award details significant contributions that enhance the focus on the delivery of EMS in the community.
Dutchess County Commissioner of Emergency Response Dana Smith said, “We join in recognizing and celebrating the achievements of our first responders and EMS providers. Throughout Dutchess County, we continue to work alongside our local agencies to deliver the best and most efficient services to our residents.”
This year’s recipients of the Dutchess County EMS Council Awards include:
Basic Life Support Provider of the Year
Mary Greenlese, EMTB, J.H.Ketcham
Adriana Desantis, EMTB, Mobile Life Support Services/NDP
Advanced Life Support Provider of the Year
Kelly Kohler, EMTP, EMStar/Arlington Fire Department
EMS Agency of the Year
Roosevelt Fire District Rescue Squad BLS
Mobile Life Support Services ALS
Harriet C. Weber EMS Leadership Award
Michael Quinn, East Fishkill Rescue Squad
EMS Educator of Excellence
Sal Mauro, EMTP, Northern Dutchess Paramedics
EMS Communications Specialist of the Year
Mary Anne Baker, EMD, Dutchess County Emergency Response
Excellence in EMS Quality and Safety
Dutchess Community College Emergency Medical Services Programs
Registered Professional Nurse of Excellence
Laura Santiago, RN, EMTB, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital/East Fishkill Fire Department
Physician of Excellence
Mark Papish, MD, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital
Hudson Valley Regional Emergency Medical Services Council also awarded Sal Mauro, EMTP, Northern Dutchess Paramedics as their 2016 EMS Educator of Excellence and has forwarded his nomination to the State of New York Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services for consideration of this award on the State level.