Cornell Emergency Medical Service earns national honor

Cornell University Emergency Medical Service (CUEMS) received the 2014 Collegiate EMS Week Celebration of the Year Award at the 22nd annual conference of the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation, Feb. 28 in Baltimore. More than 1,100 representatives from 103 colleges and universities attended.

The award was given to CUEMS for the Cornell campus program they presented during National Collegiate EMS Week last November and for CUEMS’s production and distribution of a hands-only CPR instructional video. The program consisted of three free CPR classes around campus, a display of emergency vehicles on Ho Plaza, “Got Soap” flu prevention campaign activities in three community centers, the CUEMS and Cornell Rugby Club Blood Drive, and safety campaigns to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and respond to alcohol emergencies.

“I am proud of our dedicated EMS team,” said Christine Stallmann, associate vice president for environmental health and safety. “The November National Collegiate EMS Week gives them the opportunity to share their expertise with the campus community, helping others learn how to respond to emergencies.”

This is Cornell’s second year to receive this award, having won it in 2011. In 2003, Cornell received the Collegiate EMS website of the year; in 2012 Cornell was named an annual skills classic winner; in 2009 and 2013 Cornell received the Striving for Excellence in Campus EMS designation; and in 2013 Cornell’s Daniel Maas was named Collegiate EMS Advisor of the Year.

National Collegiate CPR Day kicks off Collegiate EMS Week each year and is designed to educating college students in the basic principles of CPR. Submissions to the foundation for the week’s programs are judged on creativity, appropriateness and positive exposure generated.