Robert Hyman, Regional Emergency Medical Services System (EMS) coordinator, EMS instructor and employee at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, was recently recognized with multiple distinguished awards. The presentation was held at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center’s Emergency Department to recognize and present Hyman with the awards and to congratulate him for being appointed to the State Trauma Advisory Committee.
Hyman’s awards included the Governor’s Year 2014 Emergency Medical Service Award, an Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Emergency Management Services Instructor’s award, an IDPH EMS for Children Recognition Award, and IDPH Licensed Paramedic 20 year certificate, an IDPA Licensed EMS Instructor 10 year certificate and he was appointed as the IDPH Region Five representative to the State Trauma Advisory Committee.
The Illinois Regional State Trauma Advisory Committee is made up of only eight members and they are appointed by Governor Pat Quinn. During Hyman’s three year term, among others, he will work with an EMS Medical Director, a trauma center medical director, a trauma surgeon, a State EMS Advisory Council member and a neurosurgeon. The Advisory Committee is responsible for advising the Department of Public Health on matters related to trauma care and trauma centers.
Hyman states “I am very flattered and since one of the awards is an instructor’s award I am honored.” Hyman continued, “I take a lot of pride in being an instructor and also in my paramedic students”. Many of those in attendance were past students of Hyman. “I was incredibly surprised and incredibly humbled.”
Mike Willis, a previous student of Hyman and a paramedic for Life Star Ambulance Service nominated Hyman for the EMS Governor’s Award. Several of Hyman’s colleagues, area emergency medical service teams and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center staff were in attendance for the presentation.
Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Emergency Department Director, Jan Becherer, comments, “Robert has been a great asset to our health care team and his coordination with area emergency services is invaluable to our community.” Becherer continues, “Governor Quinn’s recognition of Robert’s knowledge, skills and commitment is well deserved and we are honored to have Robert work with us”.
Hyman has been in the medical profession since 1994. It takes a lot of dedication to be an EMS professional because of the large amount of time away from home and family. “In this profession people really don’t get into EMS for money, they get into it because they want to help their community,” Hyman said. “I am honored to serve the public for so many years.”