Orange County’s Emergency Medical Services has honored UC Irvine Healthcare doctors and nurses for their commitment and leadership in improving the delivery of emergency care to county residents.

In an EMS Week ceremony May 19 at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, Dr. Steven C. Cramer, associate professor of neurology, received the Vision in EMS Award for spearheading the creation of a Stroke-Neurology Receiving Center system in Orange County, the first in Southern California. Paramedics and ambulances will be able to take patients in the early hours of a stroke to one of six designated receiving centers that offer high-level neurovascular care and have specialists available 24/7.

Dr. Samuel J. Stratton, Orange County EMS medical director, said that not long ago emergency services could only diagnose a stroke and tell the patient’s family “to hope for the best.”

“Now in Orange County medics recognize the signs of stroke … and take the patient to a Stroke-Neurology Receiving Center, where an entire team will provide care, like a trauma team,” Stratton said. “We owe Dr. Cramer an incredible amount of gratitude.”

Other EMS award categories and UCI nominees included:

Teamwork in EMS:

Dr. Christopher Kahn, assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine and director of the EMS base station at UC Irvine Medical Center

Exceptional Performance:

Patty Gleed, emergency department nurse and interim EMS base coordinator

Vision in EMS (in addition to Cramer):

Carerie Kozak, pre-hospital coordinator for trauma services at UC Irvine Medical center

Darlene Bradley, director of emergency services at UC Irvine Medical Center

Dr. Marianne Cinat, associate professor of clinical surgery and director of UC Irvine Regional Burn Center

Dana Stradling, UC Irvine Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center manager who helped develop the Orange County Stroke-Neurology Receiving Center program

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