Steward Health Care Honors Christopher Baker, Brian Ackerman, Brandon Kahl With ‘EMS Stewards of the Community’ Awards

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Recipients hail from BCFR, Cocoa Fire, IRFR

Sheriff Wayne Ivey, the keynote speaker for the event, spoke about the critical partnership between law enforcement, EMS and the hospitals. He is pictured with the award recipients, Brian Ackerman, Christopher Baker and Brandon Kahl. (Image by Steward Health Care)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – In celebration of National Emergency Medical Service (EMS) week, Steward Health Care System held the “EMS Stewards of the Community” Award Ceremony on May 23 at the Hilton Rialto in Melbourne, Florida. 

Boston-based Steward, operates three hospitals in Florida, Melbourne Regional Medical Center, Rockledge Regional Medical Center and Sebastian River Medical Center. Each hospital recognized an EMS provider for going “above and beyond” in their interactions with their patients.

The awards were presented to Brevard County Fire Rescue, Christopher Baker; Cocoa Fire Department, Brian Ackerman; and Indian River County Fire and Rescue, Brandon Kahl.

“EMS providers are unsung heroes on the front lines in the battle against illness and injury,” said Brendan Hayden, System Vice President for EMS at Steward Health Care, who attended the ceremony. “We are immensely proud to honor their hard work and commitment to quality care with these annual awards.”

Brevard County Fire Rescue’s Christopher Baker receives his award as an EMS Steward of the Community from Ron Giccca, President of the Melbourne Regional Medical Center. (Image by BCFR)
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The “EMS Stewards of the Community” awards, showed appreciation for emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, and paramedics who not only carry out the noble work of caring for others, but do so with a high degree of expertise, professionalism, and compassion.

An internal committee of physicians and EMS Directors selected the award recipients among current providers in communities served by Steward.

As part of National EMS Week, the hospitals also hosted on-site celebrations for the local EMS providers.