Calgary EMS wins ‘Excellence in EMS’ award

ZOLL Data Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ZOLL Medical Corporation, announced the annual ‘Excellence in EMS’ award winner at Summit 2007, their annual users conference. The 2007 award was given to The City of Calgary EMS, located in Alberta, Canada, the fastest growing province in the country.

The entries were judged by a panel of executives from fellow EMS services. The EMS organization entries were judged based on four core values:

  • Patient-focused excellence

  • Valuing staff

  • Social responsibility and community health

  • Managing for innovation

The award finalists were The City of Calgary EMS in Canada, Cypress Creek EMS in Texas, Leon County EMS in Florida, Montgomery County Hospital District in Texas, and Pinellas County in Florida.

Established as its own entity in 1984, The City of Calgary Emergency Medical Services is an Advanced Life Support, third emergency service of the municipal government. Serving the needs of a municipal population of just over 1 million, the service responds to an average of more than 113,000 calls annually.

“Calgary EMS is thrilled and honored to receive this award,” said Terry Abrams, ePCR Project Manager at The City of Calgary EMS. “This award is really a tribute to our staff, and the progressive environment in which we work,” he continued.

To demonstrate their ability to manage for innovation, Calgary EMS has produced a ten- year “view of the future” report anticipating changes and future trends such as aging in place, the graying of the baby boomers and its effect on call volumes, changes in technologies, the rate of staff growth versus the rate of employee attrition, changes in health care consumer attitudes, hospital capacities and construction trends, and utilization patterns for acute care and ambulances by community. To date, two forecasting reports have been created: Planning for EMS in 2010 and Planning for EMS in 2015.

“We are continually striving to improve service to our community with a focus on patient care. This award recognizes our efforts,” added Mr. Abrams.

ZOLL Data Systems believes it is important to recognize the EMS organizations that are using technology to maximize operational performance and improve patient care.

“We are very proud of our customers’ efforts to achieve excellence and hope that our technology solutions and services play a big role in this effort. We also strive to achieve excellence in all that we do at ZOLL Data Systems to help further our customers’ goals,” said David Brown, President of ZOLL Data Systems.

ZOLL Data Systems gives this award to the EMS organization that best achieves performance excellence each year at Summit.

About ZOLL Data Systems

ZOLL Data Systems, Inc. (ZDS), of Broomfield, Colorado develops, markets, and sells the RescueNet suite—computer-aided dispatch, billing, field data collection, crew scheduling, and mobile data software for the fire and emergency medical services (EMS) market. RescueNet is the only fully integrated information management system that allows fire and EMS organizations to manage critical information for maximum performance. ZDS is a wholly owned subsidiary of ZOLL Medical Corporation. For more information, visit

About ZOLL Medical Corporation

ZOLL Medical Corporation is committed to developing technologies that help advance the practice of resuscitation. With products for pacing, defibrillation, circulation, ventilation, and fluid resuscitation, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies that help clinicians, EMS professionals, and lay rescuers resuscitate sudden cardiac arrest or trauma victims. ZOLL also designs and markets software that automates the documentation and management of both clinical and non-clinical information.
ZOLL markets and sells its products in more than 140 countries. The Company has direct operations, distributor networks, and business partners throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. For more information, visit or call +1 (978) 421-9655.

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