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Dr. Ron Stewart Receives National Award for Work in Emergency Medicine – First International Physician to be Honoured

Cape Breton University (CBU) is pleased to announce that Dr. Ron Stewart, an Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Emergency Management at CBU, has been awarded the James O. Page / JEMS Award. The award recognizes individuals or agencies, who have exhibited the drive and tenacious effort necessary to develop improved Emergency Medical Services systems, resolve important EMS issues and bring about positive EMS system changes.

Recognized for his achievement as Director of the EMS system in both Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, he was cited as well for his extensive work on how to think, act and perform in the out-of-hospital environment. Stewart has truly enhanced the care of millions of people.  Notably, he is the first physician outside of the United States to receive this prestigious honour.

In 2013, Stewart was appointed to lead MedLink, a joint initiative of Cape Breton University, Dalhousie University and the Cape Breton District Health Authority. The brainchild of Dr. Stewart, , this collaborative effort pursues enhanced coordination and post-secondary health education and training availability in Cape Breton.

“Working with the DAL Medical School and CBU to expand health programs is very near and dear to me. The chance to work jointly with the medical school and CBU – an innovative and major force in my home community, and the Cape Breton District Health Authority is a dream job for me. I think this award demonstrates the importance of this initiative,” says Stewart.

The award was presented last week at the 33rd annual EMS Today Conference & Exposition in Baltimore, Md.