Naperville Fire Department Receives Edward Hospital EMS “Run of the Year” Award

A swift and skilled response to an uncommon call for Emergency Medical Services has now resulted in both a positive outcome for the patients and an award for the first responders involved.

Members of Naperville Fire Department’s Red Shift recently were awarded Edward Hospital’s 2016 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) “Run of the Year” in recognition of their exemplary work on a December 30 EMS call in which a mother had delivered her baby prematurely with the amniotic sac still intact. The delivery, called an “en caul” birth, is an extremely rare occurrence that happens about once in every 80,000 births and that has never been documented in Naperville Fire Department history. One of the crews on the call immediately began treating the baby and transported her to Edward Hospital, while another crew continued to care for the mother, who was later also taken to Edward. Both the newborn and mother were ultimately stabilized.

“This was an extraordinary call, and I am thrilled that these men are receiving due recognition for the phenomenal work that led to the survival of a neonate that weighed only grams when she was delivered while still in the amniotic sac,” said Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis. “It’s an amazing story with a very happy ending.”

Members of Red Shift Engine 7, Medic 7 and Medic 9 accepted the “Run of the Year” award at Edward Hospital on March 21, 2017. Recipients of the award included Lt. Jim Harding and Firefighter/Paramedics Doug Erwin, Mike Polizzi, Brad Sarna, Dave Stevenson, Henry Van Bogaert and Tom Wiese.

The event capped off the year-long “Run of the Quarter” program in which area paramedics are honored for exceptional ambulance runs. In the “Run of the Quarter” program, the Edward EMS Team reviews ambulance runs by pre-hospital providers and selects one to be recognized every three months based on the following criteria:

  • Excellent communication from the field that resulted in the timely delivery of pertinent clinical information to the Edward Emergency Department staff
  • Clear and thorough documentation
  • Superior clinical assessment skills that resulted in accurate recognition of a clinical situation
  • Behavior exceeding the call of duty in the field
  • Superior partnership and teamwork with Edward Hospital

This call was selected from over 10,000 possible submissions throughout all of 2016.

 Run of the Year Award Photo

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Dr. Daryl Wilson, Edward Hospital; Doug Skotnicki, Edward Hospital; Lt. Jim Harding, Naperville Fire Department (NFD); Firefighter/Paramedic (FP) Dave Stevenson, NFD; FP Doug Erwin, NFD; FP Mike Polizzi, NFD and Bureau Chief Jim Kubinski, NFD. Not pictured: FP Tom Wiese, NFD; FP Henry Van Bogaert, NFD; and FP Brad Sarna, NFD.

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