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First Responders Receive Award from Botsford Hospital

Farmington Hills, MI (March 8, 2007)--- Botsford Hospital honored 16 police officers, firefighters and paramedics at a special award ceremony on March 8. The individuals were honored for their contribution in a cardiac rescue event.

The ceremony was held as part of National Patient Safety Awareness Week to formally recognize and applaud the important contributions made by police, firefighters and paramedics. Paul LaCasse, D.O., President and CEO of Botsford Hospital says, “Strong working relationships and communication between first responders and hospitals have always been an important component of the successful treatment of trauma and sudden illness. Recent advances in medicine- drugs that must be administered within a narrow time frame and the introduction of emergency angioplasty to limit damage to heart muscle during a heart attack- have made these relationships more vital than ever before for the individuals who live and work in the community we serve.”

The winners of the award include:

Farmington Hills Police and Fire Responders:
Bruce Belsky, Battalion Chief/Paramedic; Jeremy Dougherty, Fire Fighter/Paramedic; Christopher Engel, Sergeant/EMT; James Etzin, Fire Fighter/Paramedic; Andre Gardenhire, Inspector/Paramedic; Matthew Green, Lieutenant/Paramedic; Nicholas Hippler, Fire Fighter/Paramedic; Christopher Kapla, Fire Fighter/Paramedic; Lynn McDaniel, Inspector/Paramedic; David Newcombe, Police Officer; Jason Olszewski, Fire Fighter/Paramedic; and Joseph Smith, Fire Fighter/Paramedic.

Novi Police:
Steve Balog, Police Officer, and Scott Woodley, Police Officer.

Community Emergency Medical Service (CEMS):
Cari Czarnecki, Paramedic and Dave Hanshaw, Paramedic

Botsford Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital and Emergency Department Settings. Botsford’s Web address is

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