Bethlehem Press

Sunday, December 9, 2018
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBDr. John Patterson, who served Bethlehem’s EMS for 36 years as service medical director, was joined by the Bethlehem paramedics in attendance for a group photo. PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBDr. John Patterson, who served Bethlehem’s EMS for 36 years as service medical director, was joined by the Bethlehem paramedics in attendance for a group photo.
Mayor Bob Donchez congratulates St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Dr. John Patterson for his 36 years as service medical director for the City of Bethlehem’s EMS operations. Mayor Bob Donchez congratulates St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Dr. John Patterson for his 36 years as service medical director for the City of Bethlehem’s EMS operations.
Burn trauma survivor Eugene Novak, former deputy fire commissioner for the City of Bethlehem, is recognized by the Bethlehem paramedics, Matthew Kronmuller and Edwin Hillegass Jr., who responded and transported Novak to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s burn center after a lawn mowing accident in which he suffered severe burns to his body. Burn trauma survivor Eugene Novak, former deputy fire commissioner for the City of Bethlehem, is recognized by the Bethlehem paramedics, Matthew Kronmuller and Edwin Hillegass Jr., who responded and transported Novak to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s burn center after a lawn mowing accident in which he suffered severe burns to his body.
Janice Concilio, vice president of patient care services at St. Luke’s University Health Network, unveils a memorial plaque that honors former Bethlehem paramedic William “Billy” Guth. Guth’s widow, Mary, receives the honor in his memory. The plaque will be installed in the hospital’s main campus emergency room. Guth passed away in 2015. Janice Concilio, vice president of patient care services at St. Luke’s University Health Network, unveils a memorial plaque that honors former Bethlehem paramedic William “Billy” Guth. Guth’s widow, Mary, receives the honor in his memory. The plaque will be installed in the hospital’s main campus emergency room. Guth passed away in 2015.
Paramedic Benjamin Perry models the brand new soft body armor that each Bethlehem paramedic is receiving. Mayor Bob Donchez gives an approving smile and said that he included funds in the City’s 2018 budget because of the importance of keeping paramedics safe when they arrive at an emergency situation. Paramedic Benjamin Perry models the brand new soft body armor that each Bethlehem paramedic is receiving. Mayor Bob Donchez gives an approving smile and said that he included funds in the City’s 2018 budget because of the importance of keeping paramedics safe when they arrive at an emergency situation.

Event notes service, professionalism

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by DANA GRUBB Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

“I am very proud of your high level of service and professionalism,” said Mayor Bob Donchez as he kicked off an EMS week celebration May 21 by reading a proclamation declaring it EMS week in Bethlehem. The ceremony was held at the Bethlehem EMS facility on Dewberry Avenue, with paramedics, St. Luke’s and Lehigh Valley hospitals officials in attendance.

Former Deputy Fire Commissioner Eugene Novak was also recognized after having survived a lawn mowing accident that left him with severe burns over his body. The paramedics who responded and transported him to the Lehigh Valley Health Network Burn Center presented him with a special pin. Brian Joho, burn program coordinator at Lehigh Valley Hospital, said, “He’s here today because first responders did an excellent job.”

Dr. John Patterson was also recognized for his 36 years serving as medical adviser to Bethlehem’s EMS service. Patterson began serving in that capacity in 1982. Although he’s retiring from the St. Luke’s University Health Network’s emergency room, he said he will continue to teach medicine.

St. Luke’s vice president of patient care services, Janice Concilio, unveiled a plaque commemorating long-time Bethlehem paramedic William “Billy” Guth’s service to the City. Guth’s widow Mary was present to witness the reveal of the plaque. “We at St. Luke’s remember Billy with a fondness,” Concilio said.

EMS Director Tom Decker had paramedic Benjamin Perry model the new soft armor that Bethlehem paramedics will begin wearing for their personal protection when responding to calls.

Receiving service pins were paramedics Shannon Pressley (five years); Matthew Bielinski, Edward Coleman, Douglas Deutsch, Steven Dutt, Jeffrey Fritz and Michael Maguire (10 years); Barri-Jami Arnold, Joshua Daniels, IV and Edwin Hillegass, Jr. (15 years); and, Daniel Burnside (20 years).

The City of Bethlehem’s EMS has 24 full-time and 27 part-time paramedics who handle over 11,500 calls yearly.