1999 National Heroes Awards Recipients


Tom Lemaster
1999 EMS Provider of the Year

For more than 17 years, Tom Lemaster has been a tireless advocate for ill and injured children at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. During his professional career as a clinical nurse, Tom not only provided direct patient care, but also developed a communication system that allowed providers in the field direct access to expert advice from hospital providers.

He also developed a course on the evaluation and care of children for EMTs that has been presented at several national EMS scientific symposia.

Tom instituted the EMS Program, “Statline”, a pediatric resuscitation equipment and exchange program, and an EMS continuing education program.

Connie Wells
1999 EMSC Parent Volunteer of the Year

As a dedicated parent advocate for the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program and as the mother and grandmother of children with special medical problems, Connie Wells understands the necessity of emergency care plans for children with special health care needs (CSHCN).

She has devoted countless hours promoting the use of emergency care plans for CSHCN at the local, state, and national levels. In addition, Connie has actively served on the National Injury Prevention for Children with Disabilities Taskforce.

Through her efforts in the Family Voices movement and as a parent liaison for the EMSC National Resource Center, she has been a driving force in the creation and maintenance of relationships between parents of children with disabilities and EMSC programs across the United States. She has also developed local initiatives around emergency preparedness and disaster planning.

Teaching Resource for Instructors Prehospital Pediatrics (TRIPP)
1999 Innovation in EMSC Product Development Award

Created by the Center for Pediatric Emergency Medicine with pediatric emergency medicine specialists around the county, TRIPP was developed to help EMTs bridge the gap in specialized prehospital pediatric care. Because it teaches the enhanced pediatric components of the new EMT-Basic National Standard Curriculum in a cost-effective, easy-to-disseminate format, TRIPP is an excellent resource guide for EMT instructors.

The product has been so popular that practitioners from New Zealand, Argentina, England, Austria, Italy, Spain, Greece, Israel, and Canada have requested copies.

The award was presented to the creators of TRIPP: Dr. George Foltin, Dr. Michael Tunik, Dr. Aurthor Cooper, Dr. David Markenson, Marsha Treiber, and Tamia Karepeles.

Children with Special Health Care Needs:
Technology-Assisted Children (TAC)
1999 Innovation in EMSC Product Development Award

This book identifies educational objectives and guidelines for prehospital personnel who are challenged with providing emergency care to the growing number of children with special health care needs, especially technology-assisted children.

Assessment-based interventions coupled with exceptional illustrations and dialogue help emergency medical providers comprehend techniques essential to providing quality care to children with special health care needs.

The award was presented to the books creators Breck Rushton and Dr. Madolin Witte.

Risk Watch
1999 EMSC Community Partnership of Excellence

Risk Watch is a community program developed by North Carolina EMSC in partnership with Lowe’s home safety council and the National Fire Protection Association.

Risk Watch is a comprehensive injury prevention curriculum for children in preschool through grade eight designed to help children and families create safer homes and communities.

The innovative curriculum targets the eight major risk areas that kill or injure the most children each year: motor vehicle crashes; fires and burns; choking, suffocation and strangulation; poisoning; falls; unintentional firearms incidents; bike and pedestrian hazards; and water hazards.

The award was presented to the Risk Watch creators Dr. Karen Frush and MaryKay Appy.

Marsha Treiber
1999 EMSC Project Coordinator of the Year

Marsha Treiber has been involved with EMSC since its inception. She has been the grant coordinator for the New York State EMSC Implementation grant and three additional Targeted Issues grants. In those roles, Marsha developed Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) for the New York City EMS system, enhanced airway management and intubation, and developed and distributed TRIPP for EMT instructors.

She also helped develop a web site containing TRIPP, TRIPP ALS, and Bear Facts , an electronic newsletter targeted to state EMS directors. Currently, Marsha is the project coordinator for the targeted issue on TRIPP ALS for paramedics and serves on numerous local, state, and national pediatric committees.

Evelyn Lyons
1999 EMSC Project Coordinator of the Year

Evelyn Lyons was instrumental in coordinating the EMSC regional conference for the Midwestern states, and in developing partnerships with the Kiwanis Club and other community organizations.

Under her direction, Illinois has successfully completed a comprehensive needs assessment, statewide programs for prehospital and school nurse training, a web-based quality improvement system, and a voluntary facility recognition program. Her hard work and passion for EMSC is evident in her continual unselfish giving to the project.

North Carolina EMSC Program
1999 EMSC State Achievement Award

By developing educational programs for prehospital providers, primary care physicians, and emergency department nurses, North Carolina has made significant progress in improving emergency care for children. Since North Carolina first received EMSC funding in 1990, the state has received an implementation grant, an enhancement grant, and a partnership grant.

North Carolina’s EMSC Program has achieved many successes, including: working collaboratively to develop Risk Watch; convening the Southeast Regional EMSC group; instituting an office-preparedness program for primary care providers; initiating research on the possibility of a color-coded system of care for kids; and establishing the North Carolina EMSC Educational Foundation. The state currently has strong relationships with 10 national and professional organizations.