Three earn national recognition at EMS conference

Three people connected with the paramedic technology program at Pennsylvania College of Technology were honored at the Journal of Emergency Medical Services’ EMS Today national conference and expo, held March 59 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Gregory R. Frailey, medical director for Penn College’s paramedic technology and physician assistant programs, received the 2013 John P. Pryor, M.D., Street Medicine Society Award. The award is presented to a practicing physician who began his or her career as an emergency medical technician or paramedic and contributes to EMS in an exceptional way.

Frailey has served Penn College since 2000. He is recognized locally for his commitment to northcentral Pennsylvania as medical director for the Lycoming, Tioga and Sullivan County Regional EMS Council; as the Susquehanna Regional EMS/Susquehanna Health medical director; and as a board member for CoAEMSP (Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions).

Stephen R. Wirth, a member of the Penn College Paramedic Advisory Committee, received the 2013 James O. Page Leadership Award. The award honors an EMS leader who exhibits the drive and tenacious effort to resolve important EMS issues or bring about positive change in an EMS system, often at great personal or professional sacrifice.

On the college’s Paramedic Advisory Committee, Wirth represents the first class that graduated from the Williamsport Hospital Paramedic Training Institute – the predecessor of Penn College’s paramedic education program – in 1979. He is an attorney and founding partner of Page, Wolfberg and Wirth, a national EMS industry law firm.

Jessielyn L. Woolbright, who earned an associate degree in paramedic technology from Penn College in 2007, was a bronze medal recipient as a member of the Sussex County (Delaware) Emergency Medical Services team that competed in the JEMS Games.

The JEMS Games are a fun, challenging and educational experience for emergency medical personnel as they compete against teams from across the United States. After a preliminary competition, three teams are identified to be judged in front of a large audience of their peers as they manage multiple patients with varying illnesses or injuries.

“The entire faculty and administrative staff of the paramedic technology program congratulate Dr. Frailey, Mr. Wirth, and Ms. Woolbright for their recognition at a national level,” said Mark A. Trueman, director of the Penn College paramedic technology program. “It assures comfort to all of us in the paramedic technology program that we continue to produce a high-quality graduate, with recognized experts in the field validating our curriculum.”

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