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Honorees include Waterbury’s Hatzalah Ambulance and Longtime Leader of Southbury Ambulance

Waterbury, CT – May 21, 2024 – Waterbury Hospital honored dozens emergency medical service during its Annual EMS Awards Banquet on Wednesday at Waterbury Hospital including Waterbury’s newest service Hatzalah Ambulance and Geralyn Hoyt, Southbury Ambulance Association Chief and longtime leader.

The annual awards banquet held during EMS Week recognized the outstanding contributions of our local emergency medical professionals. The event underscores the essential and dynamic relationship between our area EMS providers and Waterbury Hospital, which plays a critical role in ensuring the health and safety of our community.

EMS professionals are often the first point of contact in emergencies, providing critical care and swift transportation to our facilities. This seamless partnership is vital for delivering timely and effective medical interventions, ultimately saving lives and improving patient outcomes.

May 19 - 25 is National EMS Week. As part of the week’s celebrations, we are proud to acknowledge the following award winners for their exceptional service and commitment:

  • EMT of the Year: Sara Mulligan – Naugatuck EMS, Prospect FD
  • Paramedic of the Year: John Racloz, Naugatuck EMS, AMR
  • Educator of the Year: Madeleine Frew, AMR
  • Telecommunicator of the Year: Peter Fegley, Northwest CT Public Safety Communication Center
  • EMS Leader of the Year: Geralyn Hoyt, Southbury Ambulance Association
  • EMS Agency of the Year: Hatzalah EMS of Waterbury
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards: John "Jay" Lengyel, Dennis Posila
  • Unit Citations: AMR, Beacon Hose Company #1, Naugatuck Ambulance, Hatzalah EMS, Northwest CT Public Safety, Seymour Ambulance Association, Bethany Fire Department

These individuals and organizations have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their roles, going above and beyond to provide outstanding care and support to our community. Their hard work, resilience, and leadership set a standard of excellence that inspires us all.


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Waterbury HEALTH, which includes Waterbury Hospital, Alliance Medical Group, Cardiology Associates of Greater Waterbury, VNA Health at Home and Access Rehab Centers, Greater Waterbury Imaging Center, offers comprehensive healthcare services including primary care, emergency and acute care, and home healthcare. Serving Waterbury and 11 surrounding communities in Western Connecticut, Waterbury HEALTH is a member of Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc., a national family of hospitals and healthcare networks.