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Backus physician receives CT EMS award

January 7, 2012

NORWICH – The William W. Backus Hospital announces that Emergency Medical Services Medical Director Kyle B. McClaine, MD, FACEP, received a statewide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) award today at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

The award, in honor of Dr. Mark E. Quigley, is given during National Trauma Month and National EMS Week, celebrated May 20-26.  Dr. Quigley was a driving force in emergency medical services in north central Connecticut and throughout the entire state.  Dr. Quigley’s unwavering commitment to assisting his fellow man ultimately cost him his own life.

Fred Potter, Paramedic, EMSI, Backus EMS Coordinator nominated Dr. McClaine for this award.  Each year one physician in the state is honored for his or her work, commitment and dedication to pre-hospital emergency medical care.

“Dr. McClaine is committed to ensuring that the EMS providers from each of our 29 sponsored EMS services provide excellence in pre-hospital care – whether a basic life support (BLS) provider of a paramedic responder,” wrote Mr. Potter in his nomination letter.

Dr. McClaine has worked to make local paramedic guidelines as progressive as possible while recognizing the limitations of pre-hospital care and the often short transport times.  A former New York State Emergency Medical Technician, Dr. McClaine recognizes the impact that BLS care has on patients and integrates EMS technicians into the patient care team, Potter added.

“Dr. McClaine demonstrates the highest level of commitment to ensure Backus sponsored pre-hospital providers give excellent and timely care,” said Robert Sidman, MD, Backus Chief of Emergency Services.  “He takes his responsibility very seriously, and holds pre-hospital providers to the same high standards. In addition to his other pre-hospital care responsibilities, he and his team meet weekly with individual providers to assure they provide the right care, at the right time.”

“I am honored to be recognized for this EMS award,” said Dr. McClaine. “Backus Hospital provides medical control for the Fire and EMS services that ensure the highest quality pre-hospital care to over 120,000 people in southeastern Connecticut. I have tremendous respect for, and extend my gratitude to all of our providers that answer the call for help 24 hours a day. The dedication of our providers, and their commitment to quality care and ongoing education makes this position very rewarding.”

As the EMS Medical Director, Dr. McClaine provides medical oversight for all of the patient care provided by the 29 Backus-sponsored EMS services including 15 first responders, 12 basic ambulances, and two paramedic level services – an estimated 700 EMS providers.  These providers include 54 paramedics and represent volunteer, career, combination, municipal, commercial and tribal agencies.