Lake EMS Supports Local Causes

Pictured left to right: Jerry Smith, Lake EMS Executive Director; Rebecca Teston, Assistant Executive Director of Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties; and Lake EMS District Chief Amer Kassas.

Pictured left to right: Jerry Smith, Lake EMS Executive Director; Rebecca Teston, Assistant Executive Director of Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties; and Lake EMS District Chief Amer Kassas.

Lake EMS employees are in the business of saving lives and caring for people in crisis. Every day they respond to calls for medical assistance. Their commitment to helping people goes beyond their work shift. Recently, Lake EMS employees raised over $2600 for two important causes – Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence—who share awareness month designations in October.

This week Lake EMS Executive Director Jerry Smith presented a check for $1325 to Rebecca Teston, Assistant Executive Director of Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties, to support their Domestic Violence programs. Lake EMS District Chief Amer Kassas, who spearheaded the employee fundraising project, was also on hand to assist in the presentation.

As Jerry Smith explained, “Lake EMS has supported Breast Cancer Awareness for a number of years with employees designing, selling, and wearing t-shirts during the month of October that draw attention to this widespread form of cancer. This year, employees broadened their focus to include another serious epidemic—domestic violence. Both of these life-impacting conditions affect women and families in Lake County every day.”

Mr. Smith lauded Lake EMS employees for identifying these two very important causes and then raising funds to help alleviate the effects of domestic violence and breast cancer locally. He emphasized, “We were emphatic that the funds raised would stay in our community and benefit local families.”

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Lake EMS director Jerry Smith receives high evaluations for second year

Lake EMS executive director Jerry Smith is photographed at the Lake EMS station in Leesburg by Amber Riccinto / Daily Commercial

Lake EMS executive director Jerry Smith is photographed at the Lake EMS station in Leesburg by Amber Riccinto / Daily Commercial

For the second year in a row, Lake Emergency Medical Services Executive Director Jerry Smith received glowing evaluations from the Lake EMS Board of Directors.

The board praised Smith for his leadership and the performance of the organization.

“I have to say that the public seems to be very satisfied and supportive of Lake EMS and I think that our overall quality of service is outstanding,” said Commission Chairman Jimmy Conner. “Smith works well with the EMS board. He keeps us apprised of everything. There is usually no surprises.” Commissioner Welton Cadwell wrote Smith “maintains a top-notch ambulance service.”

Since 2014, Smith said he has made changes in the organization to continue to improve service. With a 7.3 percent increase in call volume and an 11 percent increase in transports, Smith has asked and received approval from the board to add two ambulances, one in the Grand Island area and the other in Clermont, at the beginning of 2016 to meet the demand for services. At the request of board, Smith will add an ambulance back in Astor in the spring of 2016.

Smith said the challenges facing EMS in the future include anticipating the level of growth in call volume and patient transports while being able to determine the financial resources to enhance the deployment model.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to service the cities and our community,” he said. “I am very proud of our staff and how they continue to perform at such high levels with increased call volumes.”

[Read the full article at Daily Commercial]