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On June 11, 2021, during the Scott County Fiscal Court meeting Georgetown-Scott County EMS (GSCEMS) was presented with the Pediatric Excellence Award by the Kentucky EMS for Children Program (KYEMSC), a branch of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS). Morgan Skaggs, Project Director for KYEMSC, spoke during the fiscal court meeting to present the award to the GSCEMS administrative team who accepted the award on behalf of all the providers at our service. GSCEMS is one of 24 agencies recognized this year for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence in pediatric emergency care. In order to be considered for this award, EMS agencies are required to meet specific criteria. Each agency must have a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator, obtain additional education hours specific to pediatric-related courses, hands-on skill competencies for all pediatric equipment carried on the ambulances, and engage in pediatric-focused community outreach. Twenty-four agencies in the state of Kentucky have committed to this large amount of additional work and training to set themselves ahead in the areas of pediatric emergency care. Judge-Executive Joe Pat Covington, Scott County Fiscal Court Magistrates Chad Wallace, Alvin Lyons, Rick Hostetler, Kelly Corman, and Scott County Fiscal Court County Attorney Rand Marshall were all in attendance for the meeting and award presentation.

GSCEMS Director Chris Runyon stated, “This award recognition is a direct reflection of the diligent hard work and commitment to excellence of our EMS crews. I wish we were able to bring all of the EMS crews up there to accept the award as it was their zeal and persevering attitudes for better EMS care for not only pediatric emergencies, but for all patients, that allowed us to receive this award.”

Left-To-Right Front Row: Judge Executive Joe Pat Covington, EMS Director Chris Runyon, KYEMSC Project Director Morgan Skaggs, Education Coordinator Jon Oesterman, Assistant Director Uriah Tindle, Operations Supervisor Joe Mata, EMS Medical Director Dr. Patrick Yorba
Left-To-Right Back Row: Scott County Fiscal Court Magistrates Chad Wallace, Alvin Lyons, Rick Hostetler, Kelly Corman, and Scott County Fiscal Court County Attorney Rand Marshall

Does anyone else feel like Monday should be part of the weekend?! We could get so much more accomplished if the week started on Tuesday! Sadly, we don’t think that will ever happen. So grab your large espresso with those extra shots (we saw you in line at the coffee shop, don’t try to hide it) and buckle up for another Monday!

#MedicMonday is back and Paramedic Raymond Patrick is just the man for that job! Raymond has already had his first cup of coffee for the day, so he wanted you to get to know him!

Father of three boys, married to a nurse-paramedic, and have spent about 25 years experience in fire & EMS.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information Science.  I recently completed a Critical Care Paramedic course. I have way more home improvement projects to complete than I have time.

1) Where are you originally from?

Clay City, KY

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?

When I have time, I like to hunt, fish, hike, or any other outdoor recreation.

3) How did you become interested/get started in EMS?

 I was volunteering for the local fire department, and wanted my EMT-Basic certification so that I could be of more assistance on medical assistance calls, car wrecks, etc.  So I first obtained my first responder certification, followed by my EMT-B, then on to Paramedic licensure.

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

COVID had put my previous job on hold, so I had to find alternative employment opportunities.  Two months prior to starting here, I ran into long time friend Jen Ramey and she recommended that I look into working here.  It just so happened that the day I started looking for an EMS job, GSCEMS had one posted.

5) What is your position at GSCEMS?

Paramagic, I mean Paramedic

6) What is your favorite thing about EMS/your job?

  The camaraderie with my co-workers in the field is definitely the best part of the job.

7) What is one thing currently that you would change about EMS as a whole?

 If I could change one thing about EMS, it would be educating the public about the perils of abuse of the EMS system. EMS crews are more than just “ambulance drivers”, and ambulances are not taxi cabs.  We provide crucial specialized services for the general public as a whole.  Calling an ambulance unnecessarily could mean the difference between life and death of someone else.

8) What is one place in Scott County that you would take a visitor?

I’m not from Scott County.  I’m still learning my way around the places this county has to offer, so I’m still trying to figure that one out myself.

We are firm supporters that change is good! So today, we decided to change it up on you! We all know #MundaneMonday is a thing. Why do you think there are hundreds of different blends of coffee, duh!!! Instead of #MedicMonday we decided to do a special treat and do #MedicalDirectorMonday (you know, like when you get that special coffee drink with two extra shots of espresso just because you can!)

Dr. Patrick Cellarosi-Yorba made it through the drive-thru at the coffee shop pretty fast, so he decided to drop by and introduce himself! (Don’t worry, he got that special coffee today with the espresso!)

Patrick Cellarosi-Yorba grew up in Ventura, California.  He graduated from Georgetown University Medical School in Washington DC and completed residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  He has been the medical director at GSCEMS for the last five years and loves the people at the service.  He worked for 20 years at Georgetown Community Hospital in the emergency department and now works at the VA Hospital in Lexington. In his spare time, he likes to run and hang out with friends and family.

1) Where are you originally from? 

Originally from Ventura, CA.

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?

I like cooking, running, working in the ER, and hanging out with my kids and with my EMS buddies.

3) How did you become interested/get started in EMS?

While working at Georgetown Community Hospital I encountered crews from GSCEMS all the time.  They are/were great people doing an excellent job taking care of patients and I wanted to be part of what they were doing.

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

I moved with my wife from Virginia to live on a horse farm where she and my kids ride horses.

5) What is your position at GSCEMS?

I’m currently the Medical Director for GSCEMS.

6) Where did you go to Medical school?

I went to Georgetown University Medical School in Washington DC.

7) What is your favorite thing about EMS/your job?

I really enjoy watching the EMTs and Paramedics learn. I like to see them implement that learning while caring for patients.  I really enjoy seeing their sense of accomplishment when they know they’ve provided fantastic care to someone.

8) What is one thing currently that you would change about EMS as a whole?

I wish patients, people in the emergency department, and the community in general gave EMS personnel the respect that they deserve. These prehospital providers work long hours, study a lot when they’re not at work, and try very hard to give people the best care possible.

9) What is one place in Scott County that you would take a visitor?

I really like the tour at Toyota.  It’s a different world.  So fascinating to see their process.  I’ve been five times!