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January 28, 2015

Emergency doctor earns top award

RICHMOND, Ind. – Dr. Michael Smith, Reid emergency physician and Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services, was named the Medical Director of the Year at the recent Indiana Emergency Response Conference.

Dr. Smith was recognized by demonstrating “proficiency in oversight” and “an attitude of professionalism” to coworkers and the public. His citation recognized his efforts in serving as Wayne County’s EMS Medical Director for two years, using an emergency response vehicle to respond to calls at times, implementing Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support ambulances and developing other programs.

“The skills and training that Dr. Smith has shared with his teams have served our patients and families in immeasurable ways,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. “This recognition puts a bright light on the significant impact he has had in changing lives in eastern Indiana and western Ohio.”

Dr. Smith, of Oxford, has been at Reid for seven years and is also Medical Director for over 20 agencies in Wayne, Union, Randolph and Preble (Ohio) Counties. Dr. Smith provides medical oversight for these agencies and develops protocols for all responders to use when treating patients.

“I’m very grateful for the recognition,” he said. “More than anything, I’m grateful for the efforts of local EMTs, firefighters, and law enforcement officers to provide a quality emergency response system in our region. It is easy to look good when one is lucky enough to work with such outstanding first responders. This award reflects chiefly upon the professionalism and dedication of our system as a whole.”

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