MedicAlert Foundation Honors Alameda County AMR Paramedic With Extraordinary Meritorious Service (EMS) Award

TURLOCK, California (December 23, 2010) - MedicAlert Foundation honored Paramedic Nathan Hausel with the MedicAlert® Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award at a special ceremony which took place last week at Alameda County AMR Headquarters. Nathan was responsible for caring for a MedicAlert member, and Oakland resident, during an emergency that left the member unable to speak. Nathan’s recognition and response to the member’s MedicAlert ID enabled Nathan to instantly access the member’s full medical history, providing for faster and safer treatment.

“The MedicAlert ID and information from the MedicAlert 24-hour emergency response center really put me at ease,” said the honoree Nathan Hausel, a 27 year-old San Francisco resident, “I was able to get valuable information from MedicAlert in the time of need.” Nathan, who has served as a Paramedic with AMR for the past 3.5 years, utilized the member’s MedicAlert wallet card for information and received assistance from MedicAlert’s 24/7 emergency response center to get in touch with the member’s family to inform them of the medical incident.

“I am most honored that MedicAlert Foundation is recognizing Alameda County AMR and Nathan Hausel. This MedicAlert award is a national award and I am most excited to see that Nathan is among one of the first to be honored,” said Mike Taigman, General Manager of Alameda County AMR. Taigman further discussed the critical alliance first responders have with MedicAlert Foundation, “90% of good medical treatment is good diagnosis. 90% of diagnosis is good history. For people who cannot communicate, MedicAlert provides that 90% history, which is often lifesaving.”

The MedicAlert National Emergency Responder EMS award program recognizes Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement and Medical professionals who utilize MedicAlert’s emergency medical information and identification service to aid MedicAlert members during emergency situations. “On behalf of the MedicAlert Foundation, I am proud to be presenting this award as part of our national recognition program for first responders who demonstrate exemplary service. Every day in communities across the country, emergency responders are there for all of us in times of need. I am equally proud that every day the MedicAlert Foundation is helping them to protect all of us too” said Ramesh Srinivasan, Senior Vice President of MedicAlert Foundation.

About MedicAlert Foundation

More than 50 years ago, MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and systems to relay vital medical information on behalf of its members to emergency responders so they receive faster and safer treatment. MedicAlert medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions, medications, or implanted devices. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. MedicAlert services are available around the world through a network of international nonprofit affiliated organizations licensed by the Foundation. Visit www.medicalert.org for more information.

Thursday, December 23, 2010