Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service receives Service Award for Geriatric Excellence

Guelph, ON, May 27, 2015 – Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service (GWEMS) was honoured last Friday evening at the 12th annual Service Awards for Geriatric Excellence.

GWEMS took home a Service Award for Geriatric Excellence in the organization category for its Community Paramedicine Program and for demonstrating dedication, leadership and innovation towards care of seniors in the community. Jane McKinnon Wilson, of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington Dufferin branch, put forth the nomination and there were five other nominees.

“We are honoured to receive a SAGE in recognition of the Community Paramedicine Program. This award highlights our dedication, leadership and innovation in providing the highest quality pre-hospital patient care to our aging population through the integration of medical and social services across Guelph and Wellington County,” says Shawn Armstrong, general manager of Emergency Services at the City of Guelph.

The winner in the organization category had to meet the following criteria: highly responsive to the needs of seniors; provides a high-level and/or broad range of services to seniors and their families; demonstrates coordination and linkage with other services; demonstrates dedication, leadership and innovation; and uses best practices.

Leanne Swantko, deputy chief of GWEMS, accepted the award at the SAGE award ceremony in Stoney Creek on Friday, May 22. During her acceptance speech, Swantko thanked all paramedics for making a difference in their community.

About SAGE

SAGE, a joint initiative of the Regional Geriatric Program central and St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences, formally recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in positively influencing the health, independence, and quality of life of older adults. Nominations in six categories are typically received from Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand-Norfolk, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin and Halton.

About the Community Paramedicine Program

The Community Paramedicine Program, funded by the Ministry of Health Long-Term Care, was started by Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service last November. The program consists of two components—Paramedic Referrals to the Community Care Access Centre, and Community Health Awareness by Paramedics. The program is designed to reduce the number of repeat emergency medical calls and emergency department visits and hospital re-admissions among the senior population in Guelph and Wellington County.

For more information

Leanne Swantko
Deputy Chief
Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service
519-822-1260 extension 2105
leanne.swantko@guelph.ca