Spring Hill, Florida (July 22, 2013) – Oak Hill Hospital recently celebrated National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week by recognizing several members of both Hernando and Citrus County EMS with awards for both customer service and clinical excellence.
The Customer Service award recognizes an EMS provider who treats others with care and compassion at all times. In Hernando County Captain David Hramika, Derek Cechile, and Kyle Brisco were nominated for their service in Hernando County. The award winner was Dave Hramika, who continuously strives to provide excellent patient care and is actively involved in progressing Hernando County Fire Rescue. Captain Hramika is the project manager for the department’s recent change in its patient care and fire reporting system. In an effort to improve customer service to the system and the community, he and his crew have spent numerous hours installing new computer and antenna systems in rescues and engines. Captain Hramika has also provided training to the area’s hospitals and is always available to Oak Hill Hospital and others for further questions and assistance.
The Citrus County nominees were Graham Losse and Andy Mulligan. Graham Losse was the award winner based on his passion and his ability to exceed normal day-to-day functions while on duty. Graham always has a smile on his face and keeps everyone’s spirits high, even in the hardest times. Graham was once dispatched to a female in ‘labor,’ advised that baby was premature and found a one pound infant on the mother’s chest with a crudely tied shoe string around the cord. He was unable to utilize flight assist due to weather conditions. Finally he obtained an airway then transported the baby to a neonatal unit where a full recovery was made. Graham also volunteers for committees and events to enhance EMS visibility and involvement in the community.
The Clinical Excellence award was given to an EMS provider who consistently performs at a higher standard. The individual has recognized and treated a serious condition or change in condition.
In Hernando County Tim Porter, Zach Lyons, and Joe Depiero were nominated by their peers for their work in Hernando County. The award was presented to Tim Porter. Tim always treats his patients as if they are his main priority. Whether it is a STEMI or a hangnail, in the middle of the day or in the middle of the night, he treats each patient with respect and kindness. Tim has a strong clinical understanding and his assessment skills help him provide exceptional care. If I or a family member needed immediate treatment for a critical condition, multiple people state, “I would want Tim to treat me.”
In Citrus County the nominees were Victor DeJesus and Jen Armstrong. The award was presented to Victor DeJesus who started his career in EMS 5 years ago to help others. As part of his journey to being the best paramedic he can be, he completed the “Surface Water Rescue” class. One week after graduation, he responded to a call for a patient that had a diving accident. He arrived via boat to find a patient floating in the water without sensation from the chest down. He successfully maneuvered the long spine board, fighting the current and waves while protecting the spinal cord and preventing further damage. Extrication from water is not part of the paramedic curriculum, but because Victor voluntarily took the Water Rescue course, he was able to provide excellent care to this patient. He mentors new team members and is always ready to help with a smile.
The recognition celebration not only included recognition of EMS providers but also hot pizza provided by Marco’s Pizza.
About Oak Hill Hospital:
Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984. It is the largest medical facility in Hernando and Citrus County (262 acute care beds), is one of the area’s largest private employers, and offers Hernando County’s only comprehensive cardiovascular program, including open heart surgery. Approximately 300 physicians, 950 associates, and over 350 volunteers comprise Oak Hill Hospital’s healthcare delivery team.
Oak Hill has achieved distinction as the:
· First and only open heart surgery hospital in Hernando County.
· First Chest Pain Center with PCI (heart catheterization) in Hernando County accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
· First and Only advanced level primary stroke center in Hernando County to be fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
· First comprehensive Women’s Imaging Center in Hernando County and the first imaging center offering digital mammography with computer aided detection.
· First hospital in the area to be recognized as an accredited cancer institute by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).
· First hospital in the region to achieve Heart Failure accreditation with the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
· First hospital in the region to offer a comprehensive Orthopaedic & Spine Institute and first to achieve national certification by The Joint Commission for its Hip & Knee replacement and spinal fusion programs.
· First in the nation to have achieved 100% Board Certified Emergency Nurses, CEN’s.
· Now offers the most advanced robotic assisted surgical system: the newly refined da Vinci® Si Surgical System.
· Only Emergency Care Center in Florida, and one of only 20 nationwide, honored by the Emergency Nurses Association for its first-ever Lantern Award exemplifying exceptional and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy, and research.
It is located at 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Spring Hill, 1.9 miles east of US 19 on State Road 50. For more information about this release, please contact Richard W. Linkul, Director of Marketing, at 352-597-6383 or Richard.Linkul@hcahealthcare.com. In Citrus call 352-628-6441. For more information about Oak Hill Hospital, visit our website at OakHillHospital.com, or like us on Facebook.