CHA News Article

Scripps CEO Receives Distinguished Service Medal From Cal EMSA

Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder was honored this week with a distinguished service medal at the 2013 California Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Awards, hosted by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA). Launched in 2007, the annual awards honor and recognize exceptional acts and service by individuals working or volunteering in California’s emergency medical system.

Van Gorder was given the medal for his statewide leadership as a member of the California Commission on EMS and for exceptional achievement and exemplary leadership in disaster medical response. Van Gorder and the Scripps Health disaster preparedness team developed the premier specialized California Medical Assistance Team and Hospital Administrative Support Unit, which serve as the model for California and national health systems and provide the cornerstone for the state’s Mobile Medical Assets Program. Van Gorder was also a part of the development team of the Hospital Incident Command System, which is used both nationally and internationally.

“Disaster preparedness and response, and strengthening the state’s emergency medical system, are vital for hospitals and the communities they serve,” said CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner. “CHA congratulates Chris Van Gorder and Scripps Health on this important achievement.”