Lake EMS stroke work gets notice

Lake EMS’ diagnostic protocols highlighted at Chicago conference – Orlando Sentinel article

For the past three years Lake County’s emergency medical service has provided a revolutionary way to more quickly assess stroke patients to dramatically increase survival rates. Dr. Paul Banerjee, Lake EMS medical director, and clinical training officer Scott Temple were invited to present the agency’s effective and advanced diagnostic stroke protocols at a recent stroke conference in Chicago. [Click here to read the complete Orlando Sentinel article]

Dr. Banerjee named EMS Medical Director of the Year

Dr. Paul Banerjee, Lake EMS Medical Director

The Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services is recognizing the recipients of the 2012 Excellence in EMS Awards. This marks the twenty-second year that DOH’s Bureau of EMS is honoring outstanding Florida EMS organizations and individuals who make a positive impact on local EMS and communities throughout the state. The 2012 statewide EMS awards are sponsored by the Emergency Medicine Learning & Resource Center.

Dr. Paul Banerjee of Lake Emergency Medical Services will receive the Raymond H. Alexander, MD, EMS Medical Director of the Year Award. This award honors a physician who serves as a medical director for a Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support or Air Service. The winner must demonstrate excellence in the areas of quality assurance/improvement and medical control, in addition to the promotion and utilization of new medical trends and technologies.

Dr. Banerjee has worked in the field of emergency medicine for over 14 years and has gained recognition for implementing innovative protocols, ensuring that quality standards of excellence are maintained in the field, and promoting new medical trends and technologies.


Lake EMS Staff to Present Stroke Protocols

Lake EMS medical director, Dr. Paul Banerjee, and clinical training officer, Capt. Scott Temple, have been invited to present the agency’s cutting edge stroke protocols at the Stroke Business Summit in Chicago, Illinois June 7-8, 2012.

Dr. Banerjee explained, “The Lake EMS system has revolutionized the pre hospital care of severe acute stroke patients. Our highly trained paramedics and EMTs are able to diagnose and accurately triage acute stroke patients to the most appropriate facility for definitive care.”

Presenting at the Stroke Business Summit is a very prestigious opportunity and signifies that Lake EMS’ work in stroke care in the pre-hospital environment has been recognized nationally as a best practice. Lake EMS is the only emergency medical service invited to present a session at the national conference which will include speakers from renowned facilities such as Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute, Holy Cross Hospital, St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Banerjee and Capt. Temple will present an interactive session titled “Advance Prehospital Stroke Triage” focusing on stroke care in the pre-hospital setting. Lake EMS has created a stroke triage form that allows its crews to determine the most appropriate facility for their patients. Banerjee and Temple will explain how their program works in Lake County including the creation and training of their triage tool. They will also provide Lake EMS’ impressive stroke outcome results for the previous year and demonstrate how participants can implement the Lake EMS model in their areas and optimize stroke care.

More information on the Stroke Business Summit is available at InfoSource Events 312.224.9800.

Lake EMS Communications Center Earns Re-Accreditation

Lake Emergency Medical Services received notification today from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) that its Communications Center has been awarded Re-Accreditation as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence. The letter from the IAED Board of Accreditation stated that the Board “voted unanimously to approve Lake Emergency Medical Services for this important recognition.”

Lake Emergency Medical Services is the 125th center in the world to be awarded this highest distinction for their comprehensive implementation and compliance with the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS) and associated “20 Points of Excellence.”


Lake EMS hosts Leadership Lake County

Lake EMS director Jim Judge presents to Leadership Lake County – 11 Jan 2012


Lake Emergency Medical Services is hosting the January meeting of Leadership Lake County. The focus of this meeting is health and human services.

Leadership Lake County provides a forum for participants to increase their awareness and commitment to the development of the Lake County community. The program provides a greater understanding of the complex social and economic issues that are shaping the future of Lake County and it’s residents. By raising the levels of awareness, knowledge, and active participation in the county as a whole, class members are better prepared to lead the county in the future.