Wright Named Administrator of the Year

Richard Wright of Lincoln Medical Center EMS has been named as Tennessee Ambulance Service Association’s (TASA) John Bond Administrator of the Year. Wright received this award at TASA’s Mid-Winter Conference recently held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Wright has been an employee of the Lincoln County Health System for thirty-nine years. He began work at Lincoln Medical Center as an orderly in the fall of 1975 and then transferred to the Lincoln Medical Center EMS in 1976. From 1976 to 1993 he worked as an EMT driver and then went on to be EMT-IV Shift Captain in the fall of 1993.
In January of 2005 Wright was named Director of Lincoln Medical Center EMS. Under his direction, in 2013 the service was awarded TASA’s Bob Thomas ALS Service of the Year Award. Since taking his new position he has upgraded the number of units available and established the First Responder program which utilizes city and county fire units to provide care until an ambulance arrives. In September 2009, Lincoln County opened their second outstation, which allows for quicker response times in one of the county’s higher call volume locations. Wright was also instrumental in procuring the systems 12 lead EKG capability in which paramedics can determine the most appropriate delivery of care to patients, by transmitting that reading back to the hospital.
“Richard takes great pride in his work and is always thinking of ways to improve our system and improve the quality of care given to our patients,” states Jamie Guin, Health System CEO. “Richard has been an asset to our hospital and a blessing to our community. He is a hard-worker, and a deserving member of our community and of Lincoln Medical Center EMS. I am grateful to him for the time and attention he has given to the service and on behalf of the employees, board of trustees, and medical staff we congratulate him on this honor.”
Lincoln Medical Center EMS has been in operation since 1972. They currently operate with 11 full-time paramedics, 9 full-time advanced EMT’s, 6 part-time paramedics, and 4 part-time advanced EMT’s. The service runs over 500 calls a month and operates with 5 ambulances. For more information, visit www.lchealthsystem.com.

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