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EMS providers honoured with Coronation Medals

Health Care 17 Jun, 2024 Follow News

Members of the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) team – James Brewer, Tracy Gibbs, Kendal Connor, Julian Schoefer, Nicholas Elliott, Chris Brandson, and Hallan Ebanks - display their Coronation Medals at a function to celebrate EMS Week. Sharing the moment are (from left) Ms. Nellie Pouchie, Chief Off

Members of the Sister Islands EMS Team – Shane Brown, Jennifer Gayle, David Hurlston, Charmaine Coore, Jack Charnley, and Ralston Dilbert, display their Coronation Medals and Certificates of Appreciat

In celebration of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Week, 29 Health Services Authority (HSA) first responders across all three islands were awarded Coronation Medals by His Majesty King Charles III, recognising the contribution of those who have served for a minimum of five full calendar years as of May 2023.

The week, which was celebrated under the theme ‘Honouring Our Past, Forging Our Future’ was observed from 19th-25th May, and recognises the commitment of EMS providers in increasing the probabilities of positive outcomes for patients needing urgent and immediate healthcare.

Minister of Health & Wellness Honourable Sabrina Turner in thanking the team for their service stated, “we deeply appreciate and honour the dedication and courage of our emergency medical staff who continue to bridge the gap in providing critical care for the people of the Cayman Islands under immense pressure. Their ability to save lives demonstrates extraordinary skill and provides reassurance”.   

Speaking at events held for EMS staff, Ms. Lizzette Yearwood, HSA CEO noted, “this year is particularly significant as we celebrate EMS Week, a milestone that emphasises the incredible journey of emergency medical services over the years. The past holds immense lessons whether it’s the wisdom of those who trained us or the pioneering efforts of the early days of EMS. These experiences and struggles have shaped the profession into what it is today.”

She further highlighted the inherent demand of the job, underscoring that the “work is often defined by the moment - focused on the patient before you, the urgency of the call, and the immediate demands of saving lives. Thank you for being here, and more importantly, thank you for everything you do. You are the heart and soul of EMS, and we are profoundly grateful for your steadfast devotion to saving lives.”

Last year, the EMS team received 12,646 calls across the islands. 

EMS recipients of the Coronation Medal include:

1.            Krystal Arch

2.            Ernesto Artiaga-Bodden

3.            Hope Barnett

4.            Michael Blackburn

5.            Chris Brandson

6.            James Brewer

7.            Shane Andrew Brown

8.            Kendal Connor

9.            Charmaine Coore

10.          Brian Dilbert

11.          Ralston Dilbert

12.          Stephen Duval

13.          Hallan Ebanks

14.          Laura Ebanks

15.          Nicholas Elliott

16.          Jennifer Gayle

17.          Tracy Gibbs

18.          David Hurlston

19.          Arthur Isaacs

20.          Christopher Johnston

21.          Steven McLaughlin

22.          Sonja McLean

23.          Robert Michelin

24.          Sherman Myles

25.          Cameron Myrie

26.          Hervel Pusey

27.          Junier Rivero-Ferguson

28.          Kerriann Robinson

29.          Julian Schoefer

HSA’s Chairman Mr. Osbourne Bodden in offering remarks, urged members of the EMS team to “reflect on the incredible impact you all make every day. You are committed to saving lives, providing critical care, and being the first responders who rush toward danger when others flee. Your dedication is nothing short of heroic, and tonight, we recognise and appreciate each one of you.”

Given the critical role of the EMS in providing life-saving care, the HSA has expanded its outreach with the opening of a temporary station in Bodden Town, bolstering its emergency support to eastern districts. Currently, there are four EMS stations in Grand Cayman, allowing for quick dispatch of ambulances.

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