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.”