October 20, 2008

Lake Hospital System’s Carol Cunningham, MD, Selected To Chair National Council of State EMS Medical Directors

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Lake Hospital System today announced that emergency physician Carol Cunningham, MD, has been selected by the National Association of State EMS Officials to be the chair-elect for the National Council of State EMS Medical Directors, a two-year term she will serve before becoming the chair of the Council for a two-year term beginning in the fall of 2010. Cunningham is the first woman, African-American, Ohioan, and physician from a community hospital system selected for this prestigious appointment.

Cunningham, who was appointed State Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services in July 2004, has been an active participant in many national-level EMS activities serving as a contributing editor for the EMS Insider and a columnist for jems.com, both of which are publications of the Journal of EMS (JEMS).

"Carol epitomizes what it means to be a doctor. Her expertise and selfless approach to medicine is well respected and admired by her colleagues and patients alike," said Cynthia Moore-Hardy, Lake Hospital System President & CEO. "She's very deserving of this honor, which will enable her to positively impact the lives of patients at the local, state and federal level."

The National Council of State EMS Medical Directors is a council of the National Association of the State EMS Officials (NASEMSO). The council, composed of physicians, formulates recommendations on policies and positions specific to EMS medical direction and oversight.

Beginning in 2010, Cunningham will also serve as the lead spokesperson for the Council, which provides medical expertise and leadership to promote and advance the provision of the highest quality EMS care.

"Dr. Cunningham's appointment is a great example of Ohio continuing to take the lead in helping to improve the level of care for patients," said Richard Rucker, executive director of the Ohio Department of Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services.

Cunningham is well respected for her work as a colleague in the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, and she serves as an examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. During her 13-year tenure as Lake Hospital System's EMS medical director, Cunningham has taken a system of thirteen municipal fire departments and cultivated it into a current system of thirteen municipal fire departments, two industrial, one private, one tactical, and two first responder EMS agencies as well as a county-wide layperson AED program. Additionally, she has served as the medical officer for the Lake County Emergency Operations Center disaster team since 1991. She also has seven years of air medical experience as a flight physician.

Cunningham, who resides in Kirtland, received her doctor of medicine degree in 1986 from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a bachelor's degree in 1982 from Case Western Reserve, where she majored in chemistry and natural sciences.

About Lake Hospital System

For seven consecutive years NorthCoast 99 has named Lake Hospital System one of the 99 Best Places to work in Northeast Ohio. Thomson also recently named Lake Hospital System one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. for cardiovascular care. A leader in community-based health care in Northeast Ohio, Lake Hospital System provides high-quality, accessible health services for all stages of life. Lake Hospital System delivers progressive, compassionate health care through eight state-of-the-art facilities staffed by more than 500 physicians and 2,600 health care professionals. For more information, visit http://www.lhs.net/ .

   Contacts:   Julie Strogin, Lake Hospital System   440.354.1940   [email protected]    Kristin Wilson, Brokaw Inc.   330.701.3371   [email protected]  

Lake Hospital System

CONTACT: Julie Strogin, Lake Hospital System, +1-440-354-1940,[email protected]; or Kristin Wilson, Brokaw Inc., +1-330-701-3371,[email protected], for Lake Hospital System

Web site: http://www.lhs.net/