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Virtua Memorial Honors Burlington County First Responders
Story Number is : 110517111

Virtua Memorial in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, and Virtua Emergency Medical Services (EMS) hosted the first annual EMS Lunch and Continuing Medical Education (CME) Lecture for the Burlington County EMS community. A highlight of the event was the presentation of two EMS Hero Awards.

“We wanted to find a way to bring together the EMS workers in our communities who work so hard each day, saving the lives of those in need,” said John Kirby, Vice President/Site Administrator, Virtua Memorial. “These hard-working professionals are required to earn CME credits each year to maintain their license. So we included the CME lecture along with lunch and the awards to help them achieve that goal.”

The CME portion of the event included Patrick Connolly, MD, Penn Medicine|Virtua Neurosurgeon and James Sanfilippo, MD, Penn Medicine|Virtua Orthopedic/Spine Surgeon who led a discussion on Brain and Spine Care at Virtua Memorial. This recently added service brings Penn Medicine specialty care close to home at Virtua for residents in Burlington County and the surrounding area.

The event culminated with the EMS Hero Awards, presented to a deserving Basic Life Support (BLS) and an Advanced Life Support (ALS) professional. Emergency Room nurses, physicians and staff participated in the selection process. “These professionals know the first responders the best,” said Scott Kasper, Assistant Vice President, Emergency Medical Services. “They interact with them on a daily basis and witness their demonstration of leadership and values that define Virtua’s mission of providing genuine caring service every time.”

The honorees for 2017 are Virtua Paramedic Andy Lovell, and Westampton EMS EMT David Shaw.

Lovell, from Logan Township, Gloucester County has been a Virtua Paramedic for 16 years. The consensus among his nominators is that Andy is kind, caring and compassionate. His professionalism and positive attitude make him a role model to his co-workers as a leader in the field of prehospital care. He is always willing to take on more responsibilities.

Shaw, from Westampton Township Emergency Services, has been a member of the Westampton EMS squad for 15 years. Nominators described him as a kind, caring and compassionate provider who is tremendous with his patients, consistently going out of his way to advocate for them. His engaging personality has made a positive impact on the Virtua Memorial staff.

“Our first event was a huge success, with great feedback,” said Mary McCormick, Virtua AVP for Hospital Emergency Services. “We look forward to continuing and expanding this event to recognize these hard-working professionals who save lives every day.”

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