Fla. physician honored

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 15, 2004

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Florida Dept. of Health Secretary John O. Agwunobi, MD, MPH, recognized Rick Slevinski, MD, for receiving the 2004 Richard Ferneau EMS Medical Director of the Year award.

The National Assn. of Emergency Medical Technicians presents the annual award to a medical director for leadership skills, dedication to improving the quality of emergency medical care and innovation in system development and clinical care.

Dr. Slevinski is credited with developing the concept of EMS medical direction in Florida and is active in long-term EMS planning at the state level. He co-authored the 2010 plan, which helps identify the issues related to the development of a statewide EMS system.

He wrote the first law and training course on the use of automated external defibrillators in Florida.

Dr. Slevinski served as state EMS medical director for 18 years and is an emergency physician at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. He is medical director for the Florida Disaster Medical Assistance Team 1 and is president of the Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation.

"Dr. Slevinski has dedicated his career to improving Florida's EMS system with innovative ideas and a passion for excellence," Dr. Agwunobi said in a statement.

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