Crozer-Keystone EMS Professional, Scott Dunbar, Receives Statewide Award - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on November 12, 2013

Crozer-Keystone EMS Professional, Scott Dunbar, Receives Statewide Award

Scott Dunbar, EMS Professional, Wins Statewide Award

Scott Dunbar

DREXEL HILL, Pa. — Scott Dunbar, who works as a paramedic, deputy chief and senior manager of Emergency Medical Services for Crozer-Keystone Health System’s North Division, was recently named the 2013 recipient of the Dr. George Moerkirk Memorial Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award.

When asked why he initially wanted to be in his line of work as a paramedic, Dunbar jokingly responded, “Because I didn’t need a medical degree. It was something that I was interested in; you get to practice a fair amount of medicine with a fair amount of autonomy without having to go through years of medical school.” This may be true but it is apparent from his constant involvement in education and care for patients that it is so much more than that.

“Medicine is my passion,” Dunbar explains. His favorite parts of the job are “treating patients and teaching new medics.” As stated on the official application, the Moerkirk award “honors an individual or organization who has provided a significant contribution to Pennsylvania’s EMS system in any of the following areas: statewide, regional, or local-level system development or administration, EMS agency development or administration, advancement in clinical care, education/professional development, medical direction, research, advancement in safety or illness/injury prevention and vehicle and/or technical rescue.” 

The award is presented in memory of George E. Moerkirk, M.D., who was the past president of the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council (PEHSC). PEHSC is the official EMS advisory body to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Dr. Moerkirk was very influential and involved in the development and growth of Pennsylvania’s EMS system. He educated emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and was involved in clinical care as a medical command physician and facility director.  He was known throughout Pennsylvania as the “father of EMS.”

Dunbar was extremely surprised to be chosen as recipient of this prestigious award. He was nominated by his supervisor, EMS North Chief, Tim Mengel, and a team of others who sent in testimonials of the great work and dedication that Dunbar constantly shows in his everyday work. “He is deserving of this award,” Mengel says, “He goes above and beyond what is necessary to do his job. He tries to be at the forefront of all new things in the medical field and has a way of persuading people to get on board with new protocols.”

Dunbar has been a paramedic for 19 years and has been with Crozer-Keystone Health System and Delaware County Memorial Hospital for 12 years. He explains his responsibilities as both clinical and administrative.

Dunbar goes above and beyond his required and expected duties. He enjoys focusing on the clinical aspect of care. He is the EMS representative on stroke committees at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Taylor Hospital, and sits on the system-wide myocardial infarction (MI) task force. Dunbar is prominently involved in the treatment of clinical stroke and ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) – a type of heart attack. “I think the big focus for the award was the work we’ve done in stroke and STEMI care,” Dunbar says. “I’ve been heavily involved in the building of systems to immediately get stroke and STEMI patients the specialized care they need,” he says.

Dunbar is proud of what he does, and his dedication to research and the improvement of medical care is important to him. He is most proud of the work that Crozer-Keystone has done with stroke care. “We developed an EMS stroke alert process,” he says. “We’ve cut in half the time it takes to get results for a CT scan from 32 minutes to 16 minutes, which is unprecedented.”  He also has worked on getting over 90 percent of patients who come in to the DCMH Emergency Department with heart attacks to a cardiac catheterization lab in 90 minutes or less. “These are just two things that I’m really proud of,” he says. 

Dunbar will officially receive the Moerkirk Award at a presentation on Nov. 23, 2013, at the Annual Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute dinner in Camp Hill, Pa.

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