Crete, NE (9/26/2011) – Each year, the Nebraska Rural Health Association (NeRHA) honors people who have contributed to rural health care through leadership at its annual conference. These awards recognize individuals and organizations who take on leadership roles in healthcare and their communities.
This year, Award Dr. Amy Vertin with Crete Area Medical Center was awarded the Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner Award. This award recognizes Vertin as a provider that exhibits outstanding leadership in bringing and/or improving health services in rural Nebraska.
She was recognized for providing outstanding care; collaborating and demonstrating multi-disciplinary teamwork; being involved in the community; and sharing lasting contribution to the rural health care system.
Since her appointment as the Emergency Department Medical Director in 2010, Dr. Vertin has aggressively pursued excellence in emergency management for CAMC as well as EMS in the Crete area.
During her first year at the medical center, she worked diligently to assemble a high quality emergency services team dedicated solely to improving services and providing exceptional care for every patient entering the emergency room.
A Doane College and University of Nebraska Medical Center graduate, Dr. Vertin has implemented the most current best practices into the care provided in all areas at CAMC. She has coordinated many community wide efforts to improve patient care in the pre-hospital arena. She has also developed multi-disciplinary teams to provide a forum for case review, sharing of best practices, and competency training.
“Dr. Vertin has the ability and desire to look at the big picture of the work environment, showing concern for how medical providers and nurses alike are impacted by change and working collaboratively to find the best solutions for all entities,” stated Ruth Stephens, Chief Nursing Officer at CAMC.
This collaborative approach to leadership extends beyond the walls of CAMC. She currently serves as the medical director of the Crete, Dewitt, Dorchester and Wilber EMS squads. Her leadership has resulted in improved communication between the squads and the medical center, streamlined processes and the development of squad member skills.
This year, she worked in conjunction with local EMS squads, law enforcement, public school administrators, area college students and CAMC medical staff to conduct a community wide disaster drill. The purpose of the drill was to create a scenario where all community entities would come together and learn how to better communicate and fine tune existing processes.
This led to a multi-day EMS skills fair designed to provide EMS squad members advanced life-saving and service training from CAMC medical staff.
Perhaps one of the most notable outcomes in her short tenure at CAMC is the successful completion of a nine-month process to earn the designation of CAMC as a Basic Level Trauma Center. This Certification places Crete Area Medical Center as an integral and elite member of the Statewide Trauma System.
“Dr. Vertin’s ability to lead and inspire others makes her a truly effective leader,” stated Carol Friesen, CEO at CAMC. “She brings together people from different walks of life to aspire to a common goal of providing exceptional care for our communities. We are proud of her and her accomplishments.”