March 8, 2010


WAYNESBORO, Tenn. – Wayne Medical Center Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was presented with the 2010 Bob Thomas Advanced Life Support (ALS) Service Award by the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association (TASA) at its annual awards banquet and conference. This award recognizes the EMS system that exemplifies outstanding professionalism and service to the community, according to EMS Director Greg Eaton.

“I could not be more proud of our EMS team. It is their commitment to excellence and dedication to the people of our community that have made this recognition possible,” said Eaton. “We are also blessed to have a wonderful staff at Wayne Medical Center with whom we work on a daily basis to help improve patient care.”

Criteria for the award includes qualifications of personnel, programs implemented by the organization which reflects a direct commitment to improve the level and quality of care provided, involvement of the medical community in the organization, population served, assistance with state and local EMS programs, and participation in development of local and state EMS-related protocols, standards, curriculum, training programs, research and/or community projects.

“The outstanding service and success of Wayne Medical Center EMS stood out among the other nominations TASA received this year. Their commitment to providing exceptional life-saving care makes them very deserving of this prestigious award.” said John Fitzsimmons, chairman of the 2010 TASA Awards Committee.

This award is presented to outstanding EMS services in honor of Mr. Bob Thomas, because of his dedicated service to both his community and to TASA. Thomas became director of the Maury County Ambulance Service in 1967. Because of his early years of managing a county ambulance service and other leadership abilities, he was elected the first president of TASA, a position in which he served for 18 months. In 1974, Thomas became the secretary/treasurer for the organization and held the position until his retirement from Maury County EMS in 1991. He has been affectionately referred to as the father of TASA.

“Wayne County is blessed with a dedicated and highly skilled group of professionals who are the first to respond in a medical crisis. Their continued professionalism and compassion is to be commended,” said Wayne Medical Center Board of Directors President Larry Haggard.

Wayne Medical Center EMS has an A-rated department consisting of paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who are state certified to provide the highest quality emergency medical care. The EMS department in Waynesboro utilizes five ambulances, three that are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.