Archive for 2006

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Medics and Marietta Fire Fighters Team Up to Keep Kids Warm this Winter

Monday, December 18th, 2006

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Medics and Marietta Fire Fighters teamed up this year to collect new coats for deserving kids at Park Street Elementary School. MetroAtlanta Ambulance?s Allyson Shaffer and Marietta Fire Fighter/Commander Brinson Williams coordinated the coat drive with Counselor Jennifer Bussy at Park Street Elementary School. Drop boxes were placed at Marietta Fire and MetroAtlanta Ambulance Stations and the group collected more than 100 new coats. The coats will be handed out to kids that would otherwise not have one due to circumstance beyond their control.

Local Ambulance Company Makes Dream Come True

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

At 17 years of age, Sabri Omar was forced to flee his native Ethiopia when a military coup overtook the country. He sought refuge in Dibouti for three years until the United Nations came to his aid and brought him to the United States.

At 20 years old he started high school, found a job, married and had a family. In 1996, Sabri bought a business and made it a success. He recently took some of the money he earned and returned to the city of Harer in Ethiopia and built a 45-bed medical center named The Ya-Mage — meaning hope — that is now serving half a million people in his hometown. However, his dream wasn't complete. He needed an ambulance. Sabri stated, "When you get sick, you want to get to the hospital as quickly as possible and as efficiently as possible and one of the things we desperately need is an ambulance. There is absolutely no ambulance in the city of Harer."

Local news reporter Bill Liss with 11Alive News set out to find Sabri an ambulance and found Pete Quinones, President/CEO of MetroAtlanta Ambulance in Cobb County willing to make the dream come true.

Mr. Omar was surprised by Bill Liss when Metro Atlanta Ambulance executive Mike Jernigan drove the ambulance around the corner at 11Alive studios in Atlanta and handed him the keys.

"We are out helping people everyday, and to see people like you making sacrifices to help people back in your country is just really heartwarming," Jernigan said. "It reminds us of why we are here everyday. On behalf of our President/CEO Pete Quinones and the entire MetroAtlanta Ambulance family I want you to have this ambulance and put it to good use for the people in Harer."

Omar excitedly thanked Jernigan. "This will be a first for our city, so I am really excited! I really appreciate it. I really don't know how to express myself, but I really appreciate it."

MetroAtlanta Ambulance serves as the 9-1-1-ambulance provider for the citizens of Cobb County and was recently named by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce as the 2006 Small Business of the Year.

Local State Representative Steve Tumlin is Presented the 2006 GAEMS Star of Life Legislative Award

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Representative Steve "Thunder" Tumlin was recently honored by the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services (GAEMS), a statewide association representing over 14,000 EMS professionals in Georgia. Devan Seabaugh of Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service, and Chair of the GAEMS Legislative Committee, presented Representative Tumlin with the GAEMS Star of Life Legislative Award, which recognizes him as one of a select few honored as the association?s legislators of the year for the 2006 Legislative Session.

"This is the inaugural year for the GAEMS Star of Life Legislative Award and we are proud to have Representative Tumlin as one of the first recipients," said GAEMS Chairman Courtney Terwilliger. "Representative Tumlin took the time to listen and learn about the EMS community and industry and is quite familiar with the challenges that our profession faces in Georgia," continued Terwilliger." He was and continues to be a tremendous advocate for EMS professionals. He was selected for this honor for his dedication to sponsoring, speaking in favor of and voting for key issues for EMS Professionals that our association identified in the 2005-06 Legislative Agendas."

"GAEMS recognized Thunder and the other inaugural members for their understanding and appreciation for the lifesaving contributions our EMTs and Paramedics make in their communities, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year," said Seabaugh. "EMTs in Georgia regularly put their lives on the line for people they do not know and are not likely to ever see again. They do it out of dedication, out of compassion, and out of a sincere commitment to make a difference in the communities they serve."

The Award is named for the EMS Symbol, which is a blue, six-pointed star with the Rod of Asclepius in the center. Each of the bars of the blue Star of Life represents the six system functions of emergency medical services: detection, reporting, response, on scene care, care in transit and transfer to definitive care.

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Participates in the Park Street Elementary Mentor Program

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Park Street Elementary recently hosted it's first Mentor Social for the 2006 School year. The fun festive event allowed students and their mentors to get acquainted. MetroAtlanta Ambulance Compliance/CQI Manager, Allyson Shaffer got the opportunity to spend some time with two students she will be mentoring throughout the year. Ms. Shaffer stated, "I'm excited to be able to assist these children throughout the year. Some of these kids just need to know that people care about them and that they can accomplish anything if they set their minds to it. It's a great way for me to give back and I hope that something I might say or do, motivates these kids to continue with their education, get a great job and continue to prosper for the rest of their lives."

Cobb Chamber of Commerce Host the Annual Cobb County Public Safety Appreciation Awards

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Pete Quinones, President/CEO with MetroAtlanta Ambulance was recognized by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce during the Cobb Public Safety Appreciation awards on September 11, 2006.

Public Safety Director Micky Lloyd stated, "Pete brought together a group of professionals and started MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service 5 years ago to meet the growing medical response needs of the citizens of Cobb County." In 5 years the company has developed from a staff of 5 employees and two ambulances into the largest private EMS service and one of the most respected in the State of Georgia with more than 200 employees and a fleet of 52 vehicles. His company has been recognized for the past 3 years as one of the top small businesses in Cobb County and numerous members of his staff have received local and state recognition for their professional services and for their work in the community.

Over the past 25 years, Pete Quinones has proven himself as a humble servant leader in the EMS industry and as a leader in the Cobb Community. The EMS industry and the community at large is better off because of the leadership of Pete Quinones and it is with great pleasure we recognize him today with this honor.

Cobb-based ambulance firm is small business of year

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

For the Journal-Constitution

Pete Quinones, who founded Cobb-based MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service in 2001, was honored that his company was selected among the Top 25 Small Businesses in the county this year.

Still, the award presented Monday during the Cobb Chamber of Commerce's annual ceremony surprised him.

"I came here not knowing what to expect," Quinones said during the breakfast meeting, held at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest and sponsored by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I just know that somebody nominated us and I filled out a questionnaire for the chamber."

Once he received his Top 25 plaque, the soft-spoken Quinones took a seat before a head table occupied by Lydia Jones, director of the small business development center at Kennesaw State University; Kessel Stelling, president and COO of Bank of North Georgia and chairman of the chamber; and Mike Knowles, 2006 business services chairman for the Cobb Chamber.

Quinones listened to all their congratulatory remarks about Cobb's top small businesses before getting one more jolt.

Knowles announced that MetroAtlanta Ambulance Services was the Chamber's 2006 Small Business of the Year.

"It's a great honor to be recognized this way," Quinones said. "But this award goes to all our employees who made this award possible."

In five years MetroAtlanta has grown from a two-man operation to a 147-person team that since day one has provided 911 ambulance response and pre-hospital care for Cobb and other metro communities.

Last year, MetroAtlanta was charged with managing and coordinating ambulatory medical services for the 1,300 Hurricane Katrina victims who were evacuated from New Orleans

and brought to Dobbins Air Reserve Base.

"Any time a company like MetroAtlanta receives such an honor, it makes you want to work even harder to be No. 1," said Michael Dresdner, owner of Handicapped Driver Services, a Top 25 nominee that supplies personal, accessible transportation for people of all ages with disabilities.

MetroAtlanta will represent Cobb County at the State of Georgia Small Business Awards dinner to be held at year's end.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Executive Named Vice Chairman for the Kennestone Regional Health Board.

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

The Kennestone Regional Health Board voted Devan Seabaugh, Vice President of MetroAtlanta Ambulance to serve as Vice Chairman of the Kennestone Regional Health Board.

Chairman, Fred Gaborrie stated, "Mr. Seabaugh was chosen because of his commitment to serving the community, the mission of WellStar Health System and his ongoing efforts to help WellStar enhance the delivery of healthcare to all citizens. His leadership in the community and his background in prehospital care and business will be of great benefit to our board and we are excited to announce his new role as our Vice Chairman."

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Soap Box Derby Racers On a Roll!

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

The 2006 Marietta Soap Box Derby came to an exciting conclusion for all of MetroAtlanta Ambulance's sponsored drivers. Heidi Seabaugh, Ethan Tull, Kyle Partello, Abby Seabaugh and Shelby Salters all placed well in their divisions.

The local qualifying race of the All American Soap Box Derby was held Saturday, June3, 2006 and all the cars sponsored by MetroAtlanta Ambulance finished near the top with Heidi Seabaugh racing for the Championship.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Vice President and Local Soap Box Derby Director, Devan Seabaugh stated, "I'm proud of all the racers but I have to admit I did have my favorites. MetroAtlanta Ambulance sponsored 5 cars in the event this year and each year prior one of the drivers has had a shot at the Championship. This year was no exception. We appreciate the support from our President/CEO Pete Quinones and our employees. I haven't figured out if the kids or the parents are having the most fun!"

The Kiwanis Club of Marietta hosts the local race of the All American Soap Box Derby in the Parking lot of Marietta High School in Marietta, GA.. More than 38 racers competed for the opportunity to represent the greater Atlanta area and the state of Georgia in the All American Soap Box Derby Championships in Akron, OH on July 21, 2006 where more than 500 kids from all over the world will compete for the title of World Champion.

In the Stock Division, Ambree Garren, daughter of Al and Naomi Garren of Hiram, didn't lose a heat all day until Ethan Tull, sponsored by MetroAtlanta Ambulance gave her a run for the money late in the day. Ethan, son of Traci and David Tull of Powder Springs, beat Ambree in the last heat of the day causing a runoff for the Championship. At the end of the final heat, Ambree edged out Ethan by a time of .038 seconds to take first place and earn her a spot at the All American Soap Box Derby World Championships held in July of this year.

The Super Stock Division came down two experienced racers, 2005 Marietta Local Champion Heidi Seabaugh, sponsored by MetroAtlanta Ambulance and daughter of Devan and Beth Seabaugh of Marietta and rally racer Leah Garren, daughter of Al and Naomi Garren of Hiram. Leah Garren had not lost a race all day and Heidi had only lost one making for an exciting finish. At the end of the final heat, Leah edged out Heidi by .015 seconds, the closest race of the day to take the Super Stock Championship and earn her spot at the All American Soap Box Derby World Championships.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Donates an Ambulance to St. Joseph Catholic Church’s Mission Team in Honduras.

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

In certain rural villages in the Central America country of Honduras resident often must walk for miles in the hot sun to get required medical care. Their trip is just got a little easier thanks to the efforts of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Cobb County's local ambulance provider MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance President and CEO Pete Quinones announced the donation of a used ambulance to the parish in Inglesia Catholic de Honduras in the diocese of Juticalpa, Ponsguia La Union Olunoke through St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marietta.

The donation – which also included diagnostic equipment and supplies – is part of the ongoing ministry of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marietta's mission team in Honduras, aimed at making a difference in the lives of those in need throughout that part of the world.

Tom Reichert and Art Ezyaguriie delivered the ambulance in April of this year and will use the ambulance as a mobile clinic to take medical care to the people in rural villages of Honduras.

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