Two Teton County physicians share the honor of being named EMS Medical
Directors of the Year for the state of Wyoming. Governor Matt Mead presented
Dr. Will Smith and Dr. A.J. Wheeler with the award at the annual WY Trauma
Conference held in Cheyenne. Drs. Smith and Wheeler are Emergency Medicine
physicians at St. John's Medical Center and provide co-medical direction
for Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, Grand Teton National Park, Teton County Search
and Rescue, as well as Bridger Teton National Forest. "Dr. Wheeler
and Dr. Smith exemplify the spirit of community service in the St. John's
Emergency Department," said Emergency Department medical director
Jeff Greenbaum, MD. "This award -- to recognize their expertise and
significant contributions -- is well-deserved."
Mike Moyer, EMS Battalion Chief for Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, nominated Drs.
Smith and Wheeler as co-directors of the year, noted the duo has been
critical to the development and advancement of emergency services in the
region. "Their desire for quality patient care, innovation, and evidence-based
medicine has gone far to energize and develop emergency services in western
Wyoming," said Moyer. "Their active involvement in design, oversight,
and day-to-day operations ensure that members and visitors of the community
get the best care and services possible."
In their EMS director role, Drs. Smith and Wheeler provide direct medical
oversight, protocol development and review, quality improvement, and instruction
to emergency response professional staff and volunteers. Both men are
actively involved in regional, state, and national organizations, which
bring outside perspective and insight into local operations. They participate
in teaching and instruction at national conferences. This helps to ensure
that local standards of care are consistent and reflective of the most
current science. Dr. Smith recently returned from a deployment in Kuwait
where he served as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. Dr. Smith
has deployed multiple times to areas such as Iraq, Egypt, and Central
America. "This experience provides me with the opportunity to bring
ideas from the military setting that are often applicable to wilderness
medicine emergency response," said Smith.
"On behalf of St. John's Medical Center, I thank Dr. Smith and
Dr. Wheeler for all they do at St. John's Medical Center and for the
time and energy they dedicate to addressing the health and safety of those
who become sick or injured in the field," said CEO Lou Hochheiser, MD.
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