2000 National Heroes Awards Recipients


Dr. James Seidel
2000 EMSC Lifetime Achievement Award

James Siedel has been involved in Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) since its inception in 1984. He was the principal investigator of one of the original four grants awarded for EMSC in the US in 1986. During the course of this grant, he established a research coalition with the Emergency Medical Services Authority for the State of California and the Los Angeles EMS Agency which has continued today. In 1991, he received a grant award to develop the National EMSC Resource Alliance which provided information to EMSC investigators, catalogued EMSC products, developed the first EMSC newsletter, established the EMSC web site, and produced a number of useful CD-ROMs that emergency physicians and pediatricians have used throughout the country.

Dr. Seidel implemented the National Conference for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows. In this conference, he integrated the EMSC continuum concept with traditional medical concepts for pediatric emergency fellows.

As national faculty for the American Heart Association, Dr. Seidel has helped to develop the first Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) guidelines. He was integral in drafting EMSC legislation in California. In addition, he served on the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medical Services from 1991 to 1993. In this capacity on the committee, he was involved in the writing and dissemination of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Report (1993).

Dr. Seidel has written a total of 19 textbooks on various subjects and has published over 75 articles. He chaired the task force examining research priorities for emergency medicine services for children which was published in three peer reviewed journals simultaneously.

Frank Marcucio
2000 Outstanding EMS Provider of the Year

Frank Marcucio is a paramedic and certified EMS instructor for the State of Connecticut. He is also the chief of Seymour’s EMS system and the Director and CEO of the Seymour Ambulances Association. In 1998, under Frank’s leadership, the association received a three-year grant to establish the EMS Safe Communities Program. Within one year, the program received national recognition as a “model safe community program.”

Approximately 4,000 individuals have participated in more than 20 of Frank’s safe community projects, some of which include: an annual safety fair, child car-seat clinics, bicycle and playground safety programs, prom night mock crashes, life jacket loaner program, a gunlock distribution program, and first aid and CPR training programs for middle school students.

In addition, Frank founded the Valley-Amity Safe Kids Coalition and is a member of both the State of Connecticut’s EMSC prevention subcommittee and the Connecticut Safe Kids Coalition steering committee.

Tina Standing Soldier
2000 EMSC Parent Volunteer of the Year

As a parent of a disabled child, Tina Standing Soldier’s principal concern is to raise awareness and improve services for children with special health care needs living in and around the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

In the last few years alone, Tina has devoted countless hours of her time and expertise to a variety of special causes and events, including the Partners in Policy Making State Training Program, Children’s Care Hospital and School, the Clean Water Action Project, the Caring and Sharing Hands Shelter, and the Dare to Dream Program.

In addition, she is the parent representative for the South Dakota EMSC Program and an active participant in the EMSC Annual Grantee Meetings and the National Congress on Childhood Emergencies. In 1995, she won the Bush Foundation’s “We Think You’re Wonderful” award for her work with the Stride program.

Not only has she devoted significant time and energies to various organizations, but Tina also provides hands-on unconditional love and support to the children in her community. Most recently, she held a Christmas party for these children using her own money and funds she received from a grant. She purchased toys and candy and additional gifts for children to give away so they could experience the true joy of Christmas.

The Emergency Guidelines for Schools
2000 Innovation in EMSC Product Development Award

This year’s award goes to the creators of “The Emergency Guidelines for Schools,” an outstanding emergency care resource for school staff without full-time medical or nursing support.

Produced by the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s EMSC Program in cooperation with the Emergency Care Committee of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, this 50-page booklet contains color-coded first-aid flow charts, clarification of more than 37 of the most common pediatric illness and injuries, a list of recommended first-aid equipment and supplies, and advice for caring for students with special health care needs.

The product is so popular that it was reproduced by North Dakota’s EMSC project and is currently being considered for Spanish translation by Puerto Rico’s EMSC Program.

The award was presented to the creators of the booklet, Christy Beeghly and Alan Boster.

Chicago Fire Department Firefighters and Paramedics of Engine Company 16 and Ambulance 35
2000 EMSC Community Partnership of Excellence Award

The station of this engine/ambulance crew is located within Chicago’s largest and poorest public housing complex. Children account for nearly two-thirds of the population of the surrounding neighborhood, which is exceedingly dangerous. Beginning at a tender age, these children are exposed to violence, drugs, and gangs.

Several years ago, the crew opened its firehouse doors to local children who ventured in for chats, minor medical assistance, or advice. Since that time, the firehouse has adopted the neighborhood children and established several model community service programs, such as the perfect attendance/good grades bicycle reward program, a clothing donation program, the “Kids to Read” program, and an after-school tutoring and hygiene program.

The firefighters and paramedics coordinate all activities on their own time. Their selfless efforts have been featured and recognized in Time magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Last year, the Illinois EMSC Program presented the firehouse personnel with the Ron W. Lee Excellence in Pediatric Care Award for not only having a vested interest in children, but also the willingness to step above and beyond in addressing their psychosocial needs.

Dr. Madhumita Sinha
2000 Excellence in EMSC Research Award

“Artificial Neural Network Predicts CT Abnormalities in Pediatric Head Injury.”

Hadhumita Sinha, MD is a former resident of St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York and fellow of Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Ohio. She was selected for the award based on a blind critique and scoring of all research abstracts submitted to the 2000 National Congress on Childhood Emergencies. A panel of well-respected researchers chose Dr. Sinha’s abstract. Dr. Sinha is a dedicated researcher and physician.

Rhonda Phillippi
2000 EMSC Project Coordinator of Distinction Award

In 1988, Rhonda Phillippi helped make legislative history when Tennessee became the first state to enact a law to ensure appropriate pediatric educational and equipment requirements for all emergency departments. Rhonda has also initiated and sustained relationships with more than 30 pediatric-related organizations, including the state’s parent teacher association, Safe Kids coalition and Department of Transportation.

Rhonda devotes time to not only working with local high schools on car seat, seat belt and teen drinking and driving issues, but also to families of special needs children. In addition, she serves on numerous EMSC task forces at the local, state and national level.

Most recently, Rhonda was chosen to speak about her EMSC accomplishments at the 1999 Gore Family Reunion, a national forum for public policy action.

David Boer
2000 EMSC Project Coordinator of Distinction Award

David Boer has been the EMSC Project Coordinator for the State of South Dakota since 1994. He played a lead role in the state’s implementation and partnership grants and currently oversees the state’s second partnership grant.

One of David’s most noted contributions to the EMSC program is his dedication to building lasting and meaningful relationships with the Aberdeen Area Native American Tribal Organizations based in Iowa, Nebraska and North and South Dakota. These relationships have enabled the South Dakota EMSC Project to offer help to a segment of the population that is often overlooked and underserved. Most recently, the South Dakota EMSC Project provided pediatric emergency training and promoted the advocacy of injury prevention programs.

In addition to his endeavors with Native Americans, David worked in partnership with the local Red Cross and the Department of Social Services to provide injury prevention and bystander first-aid training to childcare providers statewide.

Alaska ESMC Program
2000 EMSC State Achievement Award

Alaska first received EMSC funding 10 years ago. Since that time, the state has: conducted several pediatric surveys; developed more than 20 injury prevention projects; organized numerous two- and three-day instructor courses for prehospital providers, school nurses and hospital personnel; and assembled an EMSC task force to provide ongoing guidance and direction for the Alaska Council of EMS.

In addition, project staff have purchased and distributed pediatric equipment and training products to volunteer EMS first responder and ambulance services, and produced several one-of-a-kind publications, including the Alaska Medevac Manual; the Family Resource Guide and ASK, a survey tool to assess whether an adolescent’s illness or jury was unintentional or self-induced.

Under its third grant, Alaska developed its widely-respected “Gatekeeper” suicide prevention program. This program was designed in collaboration with Hawaii’s EMSC Project to reduce the incidence of youth suicide among Alaskans, Native Americans, and Hawaiians.

The success of Alaska’s first three grants and most assuredly of its current grant is partly due to the collaborations it has established. Currently, Alaska EMSC personnel work with more than 25 government, education, medical, and private partners.

The award was presented to the EMSC State Project team: Mark Johnson, Doreen Risley, Matt Anderson, Pat Carr, David Thompsen, Alice Rarig, Martha Moore, Larry Bussone, and Lance Brown.

Donald Sundquist
2000 EMSC Legislator of the Year Award

Since being sworn in as Tennessee’s 47th governor in 1995, Don Sundquist has provided the essential leadership to ensure that the voices of Tennessee’s children are heard. He has initiated reforms in the areas of welfare, crime, and government, while placing a special emphasis on Tennessee children.

In 1998, after being elected to a second term with a record 69 percent of the votes, Governor Sundquist signed into law the Emergency Medical Services for Children Act as well as other bills and policies for child services.

That same year, he hosted the first-ever Governor’s Summit on Tennessee’s Children, bringing together families, businesses, churches, schools, and volunteers to make a brighter future for Tennessee children. The TNKIDS Initiative, an outcome of the summit, stresses early intervention, prevention, and coordination of services for families and children at the state and local levels.

Along with Families First, a statewide welfare reform program, Governor Sundquist reformed the way Tennessee cares for its children in need by consolidating all services under one department. The move eliminates duplication of services, saves taxpayers money, and, most importantly, provides better care for children in need.

Under his governorship, the state’s child immunization rate is at an all-time high, while rates of teen pregnancy and infant mortality are at record lows. Tennessee also led the nation by offering health insurance to every child who otherwise has no access to coverage.

The award was presented to Governor Sundquist’s wife, Martha, who accepted it on his behalf.