By Ginger Livingston
Friday, May 10, 2013
Two leaders in Pitt County health care were honored with resolutions of appreciation from the Board of Commissioners.
Dr. Juan March, chief of the division of emergency medical services at the Brody School of Medicine, was honored for his 15 years of service as the county’s EMS medical director. March stepped down from that position earlier this year.
“You have a passion for our citizens, a passion to help them,” Commissioner Jimmy Garris, board chairman, said.
“If you look at EMS, it’s progressed a lot in the last 20 years,” March said.
When March took over the medical director’s position, only one Pitt County EMS squad had certified paramedics. Today, all 10 squads are paramedic-certified.
March gave credit to the squads’ captains, employees and the county commissioners.
The resolution honored March for his efforts to educate the public about the importance of quick intervention for cardiac patients. That included producing a public-service announcement for “Hands Only” CPR.
Retired Vidant Medical CEO Dave McRae also was recognized.
“I’m very, very grateful for the opportunity you gave me those many years ago,” McRae said.
When McRae joined Pitt County Memorial Hospital, it still was located in the structure that serves as the county office building.
McRae first was appointed chief executive officer in 1989 and under his leadership the hospital grew from a 205-bed facility to a health system with 10 hospitals that employ 11,000, including 7,000 in Pitt County alone.
Along with the hospital’s growth, McRae has served with numerous community organization’s including the Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce and United Way.
McRae said the hospital’s growth was because of the vision held by the trustees appointed by the county commissioners.
“Without the appointments you made as commissioners … I wouldn’t have had the opportunity, the ability to be here today,” he said.
Following the presentations to March and McRae, the commissioners presented service awards to more than 30 employees who have worked with the county for five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.
“Their tenure shows a dedication of service to the citizens of PItt County,” County Manager Scott Elliott said.
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via The Daily Reflector.