NEW YORK, N.Y. — William Bailey believes in answering the call to help.
The 26-year paramedic has been a dedicated emergency medical service (EMS) employee with Lenox Hill Hospital since 2000. He is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and was one of the brave first responders on Sept. 11, 2001. This week, he was honored in Washington, D.C. as one of the 2017 Stars of Life by the American Ambulance Association.
"William was selected by a nomination process from his peers," said Craig Smith, regional director, Emergency Medical Services for Northwell Health. "All of the employees within EMS vote and William won overwhelmingly."
The Stars of Life program recognizes outstanding ambulance services professionals throughout the country. The 108 award recipients this year include emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics as well as dispatchers, educators, fleet technicians and other devoted professionals who bring excellence to the EMS industry.
The AAA celebrated William and the other awardees at their annual banquet held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event was held June 12 and June 13.
"Bill was selected as a Star of Life nominee by his peers for his patience and kindness towards both his patients and co-workers," the AAA wrote on their website. "Thinking not only about his own career progression, Bill has served as an invaluable mentor to countless new medics."
In addition to William, three other Northwell employees were named Stars of Life: Benjamin Cohen, EMT, North Shore University Hospital (NSUH); Danielle Cohen, communications specialist, NSUH; and Robert Mazzo, EMT, Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH).
In May, Lenox Hill Hospital's EMS crew received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Level Recognition Award.