Ada County paramedic Mark Babson has been named 2016 EMS Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. The national award recognizes EMS professionals whose volunteer efforts advance EMS through educating and engaging elected government leaders, the EMS community, the wider healthcare community, and the public.
Babson has worked for Ada County Paramedics since 2005 and received his paramedic certificate in 2006. He worked closely with his colleagues in Ada to present House Bill 153 to establish Community Health EMS within Idaho. Passage of this legislation recognized the role of community paramedic as a provider. Babson engaged legislators, community leaders, the Idaho EMS bureau chief, hospital administrators and heads of various other entities.
Babson was honored with Leroy Garcia of Colorado at the EMS On The Hill Day Briefing April 19 in Arlington, Va. The NAEMT is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners, including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics, and mobile integrated healthcare practitioners.