Archive for 2005

State of Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles Recognizes the Dedication of EMS Professionals with a Prestige EMS License Plate.

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Local Cobb County State Representative's Steve Tumlin and Matt Dollar sponsored legislation creating a prestige license plate for Georgia's EMTs and Paramedics. The plates, which will be available in January 2006 to licensed Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics, will display the EMS star of life symbol, the recognized symbol of emergency medical services throughout the nation. Devan Seabaugh, Vice President of Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service and Chairman of the Georgia Association of EMS Legislative Committee, presented a draft bill to Representative Tumlin last session and Tumlin along with Representative Matt Dollar eagerly agreed to sponsor it through the legislative process.

Seabaugh stated, "It's a well deserved tribute to the dedicated EMTs and Paramedics in Georgia that work around the clock to ensure we as citizens receive Emergency Medical help whenever we need it. I really appreciate Representative's Tumlin and Dollar for agreeing to sponsor the bill for these folks and more so for their seeing that it made it through the legislative process during the session last year."

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Paramedic Rich Palmer Awarded the 2005 Cobb Chamber of Commerce Award of Merit

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

On May 8, 2004, Paramedic Rich Palmer responded to the scene of a severe motor vehicle accident where two vehicles crashed head on at Bell Ferry Road and Hawkins Store Road. Upon arrival Paramedic Palmer found an 8-year-old female child lying in the floorboard in the rear of one of the cars. The child was unconscious, unresponsive and suffered massive facial trauma and facial shifting. He quickly assessed the driver of the vehicle and determined she was deceased. He had another visibly shaken small child in the back seat, shaken but unharmed. The young girl's facial bones were shattered, her breathing was severely compromised and she was loosing a lot of blood. The facial trauma was such that normal airway procedures to restore her breathing were not an option. Palmer made a quick decision to rapidly load the patient for transport to the Emergency Department. While enroute to the E.D. the young girls condition deteriorated into full cardiac arrest most likely due to hypoxia and severe loss of blood. Paramedic Palmer along with members of the Cobb County Fire Department quickly began CPR, infused her with IV fluids and began delivering oxygen via mechanical devices to raise the oxygenation to Savannah's brain. Savannah's vital signs and heartbeat returned and her oxygenation increased from a dismal 60% to 90% by the time the ambulance arrived at the Emergency Department. Once further stabilized at WellStar Kennestone, the young child was airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for immediate surgery.
The young girl and her baby sister were traveling with grandmother when a vehicle in an opposite lane lost control and crashed into their vehicle head on. The Grandmother and the other driver was killed instantly upon impact but due to the professionalism, skills and fast decisions made by Paramedic Rich Palmer, a young girl named Savannah has made a full recovery and has returned to live a normal and active life of a 9 year old.

Attending to children, especially those with traumatic injuries but more so, one in cardiac arrest test the skills, patients and confidence of the best medics. Rich is quick to give credit to his partner and the other rescuers with Cobb County Fire Department that responded, however Rich's ability to make split second decisions, stay calm and provide the necessary resuscitative measures and leadership ultimately saved this young girls life.

Congratulations to Rich Palmer and all those that have dedicated their lives to ensure our health and quality of life here in Cobb County. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed and are very much appreciated.

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Successfully Coordinates Medical Transportation for Evacuees Airlifted into Dobbins Air Reserve Base from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Friday, September 30th, 2005

When FEMA decided to evacuate residents of Louisiana and Texas into Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, Metro Atlanta Ambulance, with the support and cooperation of a number of local area EMS agencies, served a key role in moving over two thousand displaced citizens from Dobbins ARB to local area hospitals, nursing homes and shelters established by the Red Cross.

Within an hour of notification, Metro Atlanta Ambulance President and CEO Pete Quinones had assembled a team and soon had staged more than 30 ambulance units, 15 Paratransit vehicles, 8 passenger vans and 20 transit buses in the Cobb Civic Center parking lot.

Participating transportation agencies included Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service, Puckett EMS, Dekalb County EMS, Gwinnett County EMS, Cherokee County EMS, Clark Ambulance, Elite EMS, ProCare Ambulance, Hall County EMS, Henry County EMS, National EMS, Hightower Ambulance, Newton County EMS, Bartow County EMS, and Barrow County EMS. MARTA, GRETA, the Georgia Department of Transportation and Med Van provided ambulatory and wheelchair transportation.

Patients and displaced Louisiana residents were airlifted into Dobbins ARB for four days following the devastating blow Hurricane Katrina had on the gulf coast. Medics, many working overtime shifts, staffed dedicated EMS units around the clock to ensure transportation was immediately available whenever a plan touched down.

About a week after the Louisiana Airlift, FEMA officials decided to take precautionary measures and airlift patients out of Texas and Louisiana hospitals and nursing homes before Hurricane Rita had reached the Texas-Louisiana Coast. The Hurricane Rita operation lasted two days and moved more than 1000 patients, many critically ill or injured out of harms way.

Mr. Quinones, the Staging Commander for Transport Operations stated," Our hearts and prayers continue to be with all those devastated by these two storms and we are deeply sadden by the destruction and loss of life. However, the people of Georgia can be proud in our collective ability to react so quickly to these type situations. FEMA, GEMA, Public Health, Law Enforcement, local governments, healthcare agencies, local EMS providers and a numerous other agencies and volunteers worked together to try and make people's transition here as painless as we could. Their lives as they knew it had been devastated and everyone working on this operation had true compassion in their hearts for what these folks had been through and wanted to help them. I?d rap it up by stating we all worked together and accomplished a great mission for humanity. I hope circumstance never present where it has to be done again."

Pete Quinones to Serve on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Strand Theater

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Metro Atlanta Ambulance President & CEO Pete Quinones will serve on the Board of Directors for the "Friends of the Strand". The Strand Theatre, a noted landmark on the historic Marietta Square in Cobb County, got its start as a major motion picture house in 1935.

The Strand provided movie entertainment to thousands of people of all ages until it closed its doors as a movie house in 1976. In 2002, a group of community leaders began exploring the possibility of restoring the Strand Theatre.

Chairman of the Board, Earl Smith stated, "Many people throughout the community have wonderful memories of the Strand and we are discovering abundant excitement about its restoration and renewal! An active theatre on the historic Marietta Square will most certainly enhance the current business and pleasure pedestrian traffic and, more importantly, draw newcomers to the area to experience the unique spirit of Marietta's downtown. Pete Quinones stature in the community along with his knowledge and expertise in audio and acoustical design will be a great addition to our board."

Cobb Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Metro Atlanta Ambulance as one of Cobb County’s 2005 Top 5 Small Businesses of the Year

Monday, June 6th, 2005

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service was recognized as one of Cobb County's top 5 small businesses of the year at the Cobb Chamber's monthly breakfast on June 6, 2005. After the awards, Metro Atlanta's President Pete Quinones stated, "It's a great honor to be named in the top 5 small businesses in Cobb County for a second year in a row. We have worked hard over the past several years to strategically grow the organization both internally and externally and have really worked with our healthcare partners to find solutions to their medical transportation issues. Being privately owned and providing a public service often results in the people in our community assuming we are part of the government fire department and it's great to be recognized by the business community for our efforts. I'm proud of our management and staff and this recognization is for them".

Soap Box Cars Sponsored by Metro Atlanta Ambulance Finish 1-2 in the 2005 Marietta Soap Box Derby

Saturday, June 4th, 2005

The Local Race of the All American Soap Box Derby was held Saturday, June 4, 2005 and for Heidi Seabaugh and Kyle Partello both sponsored by Metro Atlanta Ambulance, it came down to a matter of seconds.

The Kiwanis Club of Marietta hosted the local race of the All American Soap Box Derby in the Parking lot of Marietta High School in Marietta, GA.. More than 32 racers competed for the opportunity to represent the greater Atlanta area in the All American Soap Box Derby Championships in Akron, OH on July 30, 2005 where more than 500 kids from all over the world will compete for the title of World Champion.

After winning 14 races and 9 heats, it came down to one race for Kyle Partello and his competitor Heidi Seabaugh. The fathers of Kyle and Heidi are both employees of Metro Atlanta Ambulance, which also made for an exciting showdown and bragging rights at the water cooler. At the end of the day, Heidi Seabaugh crossed the finish line .070 seconds before Kyle Partello to win the Championship but both came away winners as did all the racers.

The All American Soap Box Derby was established in 1932 in Dayton, OH and was moved to Akron in 1935 where it has been ever since. It has been titled "The Greatest Amateur Racing Event in the World" and is a recognized Youth Initiative of NASCAR/ Local Soap Box Derby Races are held in more than 406 cities throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Heidi Seabaugh will go to Akron, OH in July to race in the All American Soap Box Derby World Championship against the best Soap Box racers in the world. Kyle's father, Mitch Partello stated, "We had a great time building the car together and it was an awesome experience for me and my wife to watch our son have such and exciting day. I appreciate Pete Quinones and MetroAtlanta Ambulance for sponsoring the car and we will definitely be back next year ready to rumble."

Cobb Chamber Officials Tap Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service Vice President Devan Seabaugh to Chair the 2005 Tribute to Public Safety Awards Breakfast

Saturday, March 5th, 2005

Cobb Chamber Officials Tap Metro Atlanta Ambulance Vice President Devan Seabaugh to Chair the 2005 Tribute to Public Safety Breakfast. In 2004, more than 600 people attended the breakfast which recognizes the unselfish sacrifices and dedicated service of all Cobb County's Public Safety Officers, Fire Fighters, EMT's and Paramedics. The event will be held on October 3,2005 at the Cobb Galleria. Call the Cobb Chamber of Commerce for more information 770-980-2000.

Georgia’s Region III EMS Names MetroAtlanta Ambulance Supervisor Mitch Partello “Paramedic of the Year”

Friday, March 4th, 2005

MetroAtlanta Paramedics Rich Palmer, Joe Simcox, Ronnie Delong and Mitch Partello were among many Cobb County public safety/health agency personnel recognized at the Region III EMS Award Banquet on March 2, 2005. Paramedics Palmer, Simcox and Delong were recognized for Excellence in Pediatric Care and MetroAtlanta Paramedic and Field Operations Supervisor Mitch Partello was recognized as the Region III EMS Paramedic of the Year. Lt. Partello was applauded and recognized for his professionalism and dedicated service to EMS. He is a member of the Region III EMS Quality Improvement Committee and volunteers numerous hours in the community teaching Boy Scouts and other community organizations about 9-1-1, first aid and other issues important to ensuring the public health in Cobb County. Metro Atlanta CEO Pete Quinones stated, "We are extremely proud of all the nominees for their public service but were really excited for Mitch and his family. He works extremely hard to make Cobb County a better place to live and truly deserves the recognition. He is an integral part of the leadership in our organization and we are proud to see his hard work duly recognized by his peers from throughout the greater Atlanta area."

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