Archive for 2009

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Employees Donate Toys & Money to Cobb Christmas “Stuff a Bus” Program

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

MetroAtlanta Ambulance employees gathered toys, non-perishable food items, gift cards and gift certificates for Cobb County’s “Stuff A Bus” Christmas Holiday program. For several years now, Cobb Christmas partners with Cobb County Department of Transportation and Cobb Community Transit (CCT) to create the county’s most unique and memorable holiday program named “Stuff-A-Bus”. Cobb Christmas uses a Cobb Community Transit (CCT) bus to go around town collecting gifts from local businesses, schools and other organizations that have organized toy and food drives. The gifts and foods are distributed to families in need during the holiday season. This year MetroAtlanta Ambulance employees collected toys, stuffed several ambulances with them and delivered the toys to the Cobb Christmas warehouse. MetroAtlanta Ambulance vice president Devan Seabaugh stated, “This has been a tough year financially for a lot of families in our community and our staff was grateful to be able to participate again this year with Cobb Christmas. We know it’s going to make some deserving kids dreams come true”.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Donates $10,000 to the American Cancer Society

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Paramedic Lisa Reno headed MetroAtlanta's Relay for Life Team for the 2009 American Cancer Society Relay for Life. MAAS employees raised $5,000 and MAAS President and CEO Pete Quinones matched thier gift for a total of $10,000.

Ms. Reno stated," Cancer is a terrible disease that can be identified with proper screenings. There are also actions we can take to lessen our chances of getting Cancer and the American Cancer Society does a lot to educate the public about risk factors and they are conducting reseach everyday to find the cure and erradicate this disease. The employees and management at MetroAtlanta really came together and raised a significant amount of money for the second year in a row. I'm proud to work for a great company that has such compassionate and caring people".

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Helps Sponsor the Cherokee County Fire and EMS 1st Annual Golf Tournament

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

MetroAtlanta Ambulance was a sponsor of the Cherokee County and EMS 1st Golf Tournament. Money raised from the tournament will be donated to the Georgia Fire Fighters Burn Foundation and used to ensure severely burned patients receive treatment and counseling.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Opens A New Station in Canton,Georgia to support Cherokee County Operations

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service in conjunction with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and Cherokee EMS officials hosted an open house and ribbon cutting for MetroAtlanta's newest Ambulance Station located in Canton, Georgia. The station will be home to 24-hour and 12-hour crews and will support MetroAtlanta Ambulances operations in Cherokee County, Georgia where they provide contract services for Northside Cherokee Hospital and back-up 9-1-1 services for Cherokee County EMS.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance’s Mark Mathews is Appointed to the Atlanta Regional Commission

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Mark Mathews, MetroAtlanta Ambulance's Manager of Government Affairs and lifelong Kennesaw resident, was elected mayor in 2008 after serving 12 years on the Kennesaw City Council. He began his community involvement in 1987 as president of the Kennesaw Springs Homeowners Association and also served on the first boards of the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority and the Kennesaw Development Authority.

“I am honored to be appointed to the ARC Board of Directors,” said Mathews. “I look forward to looking at the issues Kennesaw has faced for the last 20 years and putting them into regional perspective. I believe that my experience in local government can add to regional conversations, and the opportunities I will have to interact with other regional leaders through through ARC will do nothing but benefit the City of Kennesaw.”

A graduate of ARC’s Regional Leadership Institute, Mathews actively pursues continuing education in municipal management and leadership, having earned a Certificate of Excellence from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute. He serves on the Kennesaw State University Citizen Advisory Board and is involved in the Kennesaw Business Association, as well as the Cobb Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Club and Honorary Commanders Class of 2009.

“We appreciate Mayor Dunaway’s service to ARC and we wish him well said Sal Olens, Chairman, ARC Board of Directors. “I’ve known Mayor Mathews for years and I believe he can make a difference for ARC and to the region.”

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service Donates Time, Talent and Resources to Ensure EMS is Available to a Rural Georgia Community

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service President/CEO, Pete Quinones along with Cobb County Commissioner Tim Lee and Georgia State Office of EMS Director, Billy Watson held a brief ceremony to hand over the keys to two fully operational ambulances that MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service has donated to the citizens of Georgetown-Quitman County.

Over the years, cooperative agreements with surrounding agencies in Clay and Stewart Counties have worked for short periods of time, but the current economic environment and infrastructure in this area just make it difficult to sustain reliable ambulance coverage for Georgetown-Quitman County. “Two hour waits for an ambulance in an emergency situation places lives in danger and we can’t have that,” said Quitman County Commission Chairman Richard Morris. Earlier this year, when county officials released a request for proposal (RFP) to provide ambulance services for the County there was no response. Sam Cunningham, Region VII EMS Coordinator stated, “There just isn’t enough tax revenue generated or call volume in Quitman County to adequately pay for the EMS services needed and providing EMS services is expensive. A private service depends on call volume to generate revenue and Georgetown-Quitman doesn’t have enough calls to make it a profitable or even breakeven business. We also found that not a single resident living in Georgetown-Quitman County is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician so not even a volunteer service was a possible alternative until recently.”

Pete Quinones, President and CEO of MetroAtlanta Ambulance said, “I’ve been working with Sam [Cunningham] to help find a way to provide coverage for some of these small South Georgia communities for more than 10 years. It was appalling to me to know that every county in Georgia didn’t have EMS coverage. I felt compelled to do something. The residents and officials of Georgetown-Quitman have been working diligently to find or start an emergency service program but could not seem to get a break. I hope our commitment allows them the opportunity they need to succeed.”

Region VII EMS Coordinator, Sam Cunningham stated, “Pete Quinones has a servant’s heart and has done more over the past 20 years to help shape Emergency Medical Services in Georgia than a lot of people in this industry will ever know. He goes quietly about his business making good things happen simply because it’s the right thing to do and the donation of these ambulances to Georgetown-Quitman County is a shining example of just how special a person he is and the type of organization he has created.” Georgetown-Quitman County officials hope to have the service up a running by August of this year.

Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Joins the MetroAtlanta Ambulance Team for the Summer

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Raymone Posey, recently recognized as the Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, has joined the Metro Atlanta Ambulance support services team for the summer. Raymone will be working alongside Metro Atlanta Ambulance’s Support Services Coordinator ensuring the ambulance units are stocked with the appropriate medical supplies and equipment required to respond to life threatening emergencies. MetroAtlanta President/CEO Pete Quinones is a member of the Board of Directors for the Cobb County Boys & Girls Club and hired Raymone to work over the summer because of his excellent grades, work ethic and leadership skills. Quinones stated, “I’m pleased Raymone accepted a position with our company this summer. My hope is this will be another learning experience for him and that he will better understand how the curriculum he’s learning in school translates into the everyday work environment. The job he’s performing is important to the operations of our company and requires he utilize his math and technology skills along with his common sense. He’s a terrific young man with a lot of potential to do great things and we’re excited he’s a part of our team this summer.

Raymone lives in Marietta and will be a 10th grade student at Marietta High School. He is a member of the Franklin Road Boys & Girls Club in Cobb County where he enjoys mentoring and helping the younger kids in the after school program. . After High School he plans on going to college and major in business and eventually have a career as a motivational speaker. He enjoys collecting reptiles and has several pets including an Iguana, Python and Leopard Gecko. Raymone was selected as the Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year out of more than 350 applicants.

Local Business Executive Mark Mathews Joins the Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service Management Team

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service, a Marietta-based company that provides 9-1-1 ambulance services in the greater Atlanta area, today announced that local business executive and current Mayor of the City of Kennesaw-GA, Mark Mathews has joined the Metro Atlanta Ambulance management team as the Manager of Government Affairs.

“Mark’s background in owning and operating a small business along with his local government and community leadership experience is a great addition to our government affairs team”, said MetroAtlanta Ambulance President and CEO Pete Quinones. “The work we do is critical to the citizens we serve and the addition of Mark Mathews to our government affairs team will enable us to stay on top of local, state and federal issues that may affect the delivery of services to our customers. Mark possesses the leadership skills, experience and relationships to help manage our government affairs activities and we are excited to have him onboard.”

Metro Atlanta Ambulance is a locally owned company that has gained national recognition for its delivery of quality ambulance services and philanthropic work in the community. Mathews stated, “This is a great opportunity to join a recognized industry leader and I’m excited to be part of this dedicated group of professionals. It allows me the opportunity to utilize my experiences to help the company grow and enhance services to citizens and local governments throughout Georgia. Metro Atlanta has had great success in finding cost saving solutions for local governments wanting to lower their costs of delivering 9-1-1 ambulance services. I’ve dedicated my life to trying to help make life a little better for those around me and that’s what this company does everyday so it’s a perfect fit for me.”

In less than eight years, MetroAtlanta Ambulance has grown from 10 employees and two ambulances to a company with more than 60 vehicles and over 300 employees. The company is one of only 113 ambulance companies in the world to received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services and has been recognized locally by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce for five consecutive years as one of the county’s top-five small businesses of the year. In 2006, MetroAtlanta Ambulance was named Cobb County’s Small Business of the Year and in 2008 was recognized as the Region III EMS Service of the Year by Georgia’s State Office of EMS.

City Honors MetroAtlanta Ambulance Company for Care of Citizens

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service was recognized by the Mayor and City Council and honored by the City of Marietta for their longstanding tradition of providing efficient and state of the art medical care to people injured in an accident in the city of Marietta.

Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn stated, "Not a week goes by that one of our officers is not saying something complimentary about the job MetroAtlanta Ambulance has done to help someone or protect someone in our community in times of crisis." Flynn said he received many letters from people in the community talking about the excellent medical care they received from the staff of MetroAtlanta Ambulance. He stated, " It tells me from many sources that MetroAtlanta Ambulance does a phenomenal job and takes great care of the citizens in our community."

Marietta Fire Chief Jackie Gibbs stated, "We are so proud to have the oportunity to work with a company as professional as MetroAtlanta Ambulance. When you call 9-1-1 in the city of Marietta you are going to be delived to the hospital with the finest of care".

Chief Flynn stated, " On behalf of our entire community, we appreciate the outstanding job, the care and the efficiency that yoiu bring to our community".

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service President/CEO Pete Quinones Receives the “Dr. John B. O’Neal, III, Emergency Medical Services Pioneer Award”

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Presdient/CEO, Pete Quinones was awarded the “Dr. John B. O’Neal, III, Emergency Medical Services Pioneer Award” at the State of Georgia’s EMS Banquet May 14, 2009. The award is given each year to recognize and honor an individual in Georgia for his/her unselfish contributions to the development and enhancement of Georgia’s Emergency Medical Services system and the continued efforts to support and enhance the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical care to the citizens of Georgia.

Pete Quinones established MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service, a locally owned and operated Georgia company, to restore accountability and responsiveness to the citizens of Cobb County. A service responsive to the desires and requirements of a fast growing community and one that would ensure no citizen was denied access to emergency care, rehabilitation or wellness services due to a lack of transportation. In light of heavy cuts in healthcare reimbursement and with a focus on providing excellence in customer service, Quinones worked hand in hand with local healthcare partners to develop a more efficient and cost effective way to move patients throughout the vast network of specialized facilities. The result was the development of a total transportation management system, which is now in place at some of the largest healthcare systems in the greater Atlanta area.

Under Quinones leadership MetroAtlanta Ambulance was the first EMS service in Georgia to provide web-based continuing education and training for his company’s professional medical staff. He continually works with state legislators to ensure and enhance the safety and quality of life for those living in Georgia. His ability to work with local public safety partners to find solutions to the increasing demand for EMS services while lowering cost has been a tremendous benefit to the community. Professionally Quinones serves as Chairman of the DHR Region III EMS Council and is a member of the Georgia Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC). He was recently appointed to Chair the Air Ambulance Rules Committee for EMSAC to develop legislative rules, which will provide standards under which Air Ambulance Services operate in Georgia.

He continues to keep himself and his employees actively involved in the local schools and in supporting local non-profit and social service organizations that are working to prevent and eradicate diseases and make our community a healthier and safer place to work and live. Quinones supports through philanthropy and volunteerism a number of local social service organizations including the Boys & Girls Club of Cobb County, the Strand Theatre, Kiwanis International, YMCA, YWCA, MUST Ministries, Cobb Partners in Education, Rotary International, Safe Kids of Cobb, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Crones and Colitis Foundation, March of Dimes, local Chambers of Commerce, Hospital Foundations, Technical College Foundations, Cobb Arts Foundation, the All American Soap Box Derby and various other athletic events in the area.

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