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Puckett EMS named top emergency medical service for 2016
March 18, 2017, 1:43 p.m.

March 18, 2017 – Puckett EMS has been recognized as an outstanding Emergency Medical Service for the third time in the past 10 years. On March 9 Puckett’s Tennessee division – headquartered in Chattanooga and serving a wide area, including Sequatchie County – was awarded the 2016 Southeastern Emergency Medical Service Directors Association’s (SEEMSDA) Emergency Medical Service of the Year Award.

The awards ceremony was held at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. According to a press release, “the SEEMSDA Emergency Medical Service of the Year Award is given annually to a licensed Tennessee emergency medical service which exemplifies outstanding professionalism on the local, regional, and state level, as well as exceptional service to the community it serves.”

"Puckett EMS is truly honored to have received this award,” said Steve Puckett, the president and CEO of Puckett EMS. “The men and women of Puckett EMS are passionate about caring for the communities that we serve. They are the ones that have earned this award. I am so proud of them. I must also recognize all of our public safety partners and hospital staff that we work with each and every day. Without their professionalism and support, we would not be able to do what we do. This award would not be possible if it wasn’t for them."

Puckett EMS is the 911 ambulance provider in Marion, Sequatchie, and Hamilton counties.

The selection committee chose Puckett EMS from a number of nominations that represented some of the best and well known emergency services from across the area, according to Amy Maxwell, the public information officer for SEEMSDA.

“We have some amazing EMS agencies in our area that are doing some great things,” she said, “and Puckett EMS is doing it right.”

In 2016, Puckett EMS opened a new training facility that not only provides a place for employees to advance their skills, but also serves as a conduit to provide community and church leaders valuable first aid, CPR, and AED training.

Puckett EMS began its Public Access Defibrillation Program in 2015, with a goal to provide over 30 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the gathering points in the community, and the necessary training to the community to ensure they are used properly in an emergency.

“One of the things that we believe at Puckett EMS is that we are dedicated to serving others,” said Shane Garrison, vice-president and co-owner of Puckett EMS. “It’s a part of our company’s culture. We have employees that see a need in the community, and they take action. We just stay out of their way and let them serve. From selling T-shirts to support cancer victims, to collecting transition bags for children in DFACS and foster care, they make it happen.

“It does start at the top,” Garrison explained. “Steve Puckett and his wife Elaine are two of the most caring people that I know. Their example of giving without an expectation of ever receiving anything in return has set the expectation of service for our company from day one. They would never tell you that, but it is absolutely the truth.”

Puckett EMS is the 911 provider for Marion, Sequatchie counties and the city of East Ridge as well as several other counties in north Georgia. In addition to the 911 service, Puckett EMS also provides emergency transport, non-emergency transport and special event medicine in 14 counties. Puckett EMS started in 2001 with one ambulance in a small station in Powder Springs, Ga., and now runs a multi-state operation consisting of over 350 employees and 60 ambulances and service vehicles.

Other awards Puckett EMS recently received include EMT of the Year, Paramedic of the Year, Pediatric Call of the Year, Director of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and the American Heart Association’s EMS STEMI Award.

Puckett EMS is the preferred transport partner for multiple hospital systems, including Erlanger Health System and Wellstar Health Systems, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and in Georgia.

Last Week's Feature
Children's hospitals to be recognized during week of March 20-27
March 18, 2017, 1:01 p.m.

Supporters will be wearing a bandage with the name of a child whose life was changed by a children's hospital during Children' Hospitals Week, March 20-27.

March 18, 2017 — To shine a light on the importance of children’s hospitals and how donations help children receive the best medical care when they need it, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is participating in the first #ChildrensHospitalsWeek, March 20-27. Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is one of 170 member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) across North America participating in the week-long initiative.

#ChildrensHospitalsWeek coincides with CMN Hospitals’ annual “Momentum” event, a gathering of 62 Champion kids from each state and Canada, along with CMN Hospitals’ hospital, corporate, radio and television partners near Orlando, Fla. The Champions program began in 1996, and is comprised of extraordinary children representing the 10 million children treated at member CMN Hospitals annually. The Champions program is presented by Delta Air Lines, Marriott International, Chico’s FAS, Inc. and Ace Hardware. These partners support travel arrangements and special ambassador experiences for Champions and their families.

Children’s Hospital at Erlanger has been extremely fortunate over the years to have multiple patients represent CMN Hospitals for the state of Tennessee,” said Rebecca Brinkley, director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.  “Their inspiring stories demonstrate both the advances made in pediatric healthcare and the strength of the human spirit in the face of illness or injury.”

By establishing #ChildrensHospitalsWeek in 2017, we’re taking the opportunity to honor not only our Champions and partners, but also the hundreds of children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada who impact the lives of millions of children annually,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “We’re reminded daily of the fact that contributions of all sizes add up to provide critical funding for pediatric medical equipment, services, research and charitable care, and that community donations are vital for local kids in need.”

The following activities encourage support for children’s hospitals March 20-27:

  • Participate in the “My Miracle Child” bandage campaign on social media: Sport a bandage and write on it the name of a child who has benefited from a children’s hospital, take a photo and share it with #ChildrensHospitalsWeek and @ChildrensatEHS.
  • To make a donation to our local children’s hospital, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, and help support a new children’s hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. visit www.webelieve.build.
  • Donate to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger at Rite Aid: make a $1 donation at the register and receive a coupon book good through May 6. Over the last 20 years, Rite Aid has raised more than $81 million for CMN Hospitals.
  • Tune in to a Facebook Live-athon hosted by Nick Cannon on Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. EST: The two-hour live event will feature appearances by Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, legendary NFL quarterback Steve Young, singer Alli Simpson and a “Champion” child from every state and Canada, similar to CMN Hospitals’ trademark telethons. Catch the action at Facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
  • Join the Twitch stream for Extra Life United from Thursday, March 23 – Saturday, March 25: Extra Life United is a gaming tournament where attendees experience the mission of CMN Hospitals, connect with other Extra Lifers from around the world, and compete in a gaming tournament to unlock a prize pool of at least $150,000 in funds for their local CMN Hospitals. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch. The Extra Life program has raised more than $30 million for CMN Hospitals since 2008.
  • Tune in for the Ace Hardware Celebrity Golf Shootout on Monday, March 27, at 5 p.m. ES on Golf Channel: A field of eight athletes competed in a series of golf challenges in early February 2017 in Hawaii. This year’s Ace Shootout raised more than $2 million for CMN Hospitals. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Ace Hardware Celebrity Golf Shootout has raised more than $20 million for kids treated at member CMN Hospitals.