MedicAlert Foundation Honors New York City EMT with Extraordinary Meritorious Service (EMS) Award

TURLOCK, California (March 31, 2011) - MedicAlert Foundation honored New York City EMT Sofya Kravchik with the MedicAlert® Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award at a ceremony last week. Ms. Kravchik was responsible for caring for a MedicAlert member in the moments following an incident which left the member unable to speak. Ms. Kravchik’s recognition and response to the member’s MedicAlert ID enabled her to instantly access the member’s full medical history to provide faster and safer treatment.

MedicAlert Foundation Board Member Calvin Bland presented Ms. Kravchik with the award during a ceremony at Beth Israel Medical Center on March 21st. Mr. Bland serves as the program director of the New Jersey Health Initiatives, a statewide grant-making program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a volunteer member of the MedicAlert Foundation Board. Additionally, Ms. Janie Cloin, Administrator of Beth Israel’s EMS Service and Chief Physician’s Assistant in the Department of Emergency Medicine, spoke at the ceremony, echoing MedicAlert’s sentiments for Ms. Kravchik and applauding her recognition and knowledge of MedicAlert’s emergency medical information and identification service.

For further information about the event and/or award program, please contact MedicAlert Foundation’s marketing department at rsrinivasan@medicalert.org or call (209) 669-2407.

About the Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award

The MedicAlert Foundation Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award honors first responders who recognized the MedicAlert medical ID and contacted the MedicAlert 24/7 Live Emergency Response Service Center to access vital medical and identification information in an effort to help and care for members of MedicAlert Foundation.

About MedicAlert Foundation

MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the first emergency medical information and identification service in 1956 to provide people with a simple but effective method for communicating their medical conditions. Since the organization’s founding, the Foundation has provided services and products that help to protect and save lives for its 4 million members worldwide. For more than 50 years, the nonprofit has relayed vital medical information on behalf of its members to emergency responders so they receive faster and safer treatment. MedicAlert IDs alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions. 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 families. Visit www.medicalert.org for more information.

Thursday, March 31, 2011