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Nominations sought for 2011 Great First Responders Awards

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CareFlite and the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council are once again planning to recognize some of the Metroplex’s most dedicated men and women. CareFlite is seeking nominations for the Great First Responders Awards. The prestigious awards, which will be presented at the 2011 Emergency Care Update Conference inArlingtonon May 23, recognize first responders who go above and beyond in serving others on the front lines of emergency care.

CareFlite President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Swartz said great first responders are worthy of Texans’ thanks and praise. “Great first responders constantly sacrifice their own safety and comfort for others. These EMTs, firefighters and other emergency medical responders work long hours in all kinds of conditions and constantly put others’ needs before their own. They are trueTexasheroes in every sense of the word.”

Great First Responder honorees are selected by their peers. CareFlite and the DFWHC encourage emergency medical services, first responder agencies and others involved in emergency response to nominate first responders who demonstrate a commitment to patients, service and their fellow man. Nomination forms can be found online at www.careflite.org. The deadline for nominations is May 6.

CareFlite, the oldest joint use air medical program in the United States, was founded in 1979. From that vision came a non-profit air and ground ambulance service that serves the region and its citizens. CareFlite supports and provides education to First Responders across the region. Today CareFlite is sponsored by the Baylor Health Care System, JPS Health Network, Methodist Health System, Parkland Health and Hospital System and Texas Health Resources.

The mission of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council is to continually improve patient safety and quality of healthcare. DFWHC creates innovative solutions through collaboration and coordination of efforts, serving as advocates for day-to-day issues that affect hospitals. DFWHC is comprised of hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout the North Texas region spanning over a 100-mile radius from its headquarters in Irving, Texas.

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