Inspira Health is proud to announce two members of its Emergency Medical Services team received recognition on November 12 during the 2021 National Conference on EMS in Atlantic City. Mark Chapman was named 2021 Administrator of the Year, and Larry Sooy Jr. was named 2021 Paramedic of the Year as part of the 2021 EMS Awards.
The Administrator of the Year award honors a mobile health care administrator who has served and made a positive contribution to mobile health care in the areas of patient care, public access to EMS, disaster preparedness, and public education and/or training. Since joining Inspira, Chapman has transformed the three-county advanced life support system into a multi-county basic life support, advanced life support, specialty care transport, mobility assisted vehicle, and dispatch system. In July 2020, Chapman took over the Inspira Health EMS Ground Transport operation, and has since expanded the operation into Atlantic and Cape May counties, where Inspira Health established BLS 911 contracts in Linwood, Northfield, and Lower Township. He has also led the EMS Ground Transport Education Department through a Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) accreditation.
Chapman has also served as the Emergency Operations Center co-chair for Inspira’s COVID-19 response. His clinical and logistics expertise have helped the organization navigate the onslaught of challenges brought about by the pandemic.
“Emergency medical services are a critical component to the health care ecosystem and can provide life-saving treatment to patients,” said Amy Mansue, CEO and President of Inspira Health. “I want to congratulate Mark and Larry for their tireless efforts and achievements to continuously make a positive impact on the community through their leadership and care. It’s an honor and privilege to work alongside such inspiring individuals.”
The Paramedic of the Year award honors a currently licensed paramedic who has assumed a leadership role in EMS or the inter-facility environment by achievement in areas of patient care, public access to EMS, disaster preparedness, and public education and/or training. Sooy has served Inspira for over two decades in various leadership roles including department supervisor, as well as Field Training Officer mentoring new employees and students.
Most recently, Larry was appointed Team Leader of Inspira’s Special Operations Team. Since his appointment, he has worked to develop a strong team to respond to a range of events from pre-planned to large scale disasters. He is currently working to expand this team to include bike capabilities to reach patients in confined areas without vehicle access.
“Mark and Larry are highly respected professionals and we’re grateful to have them at Inspira Health,” said Warren Moore, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Inspira Health. “This award underscores our team’s continued commitment to patient safety and care. On behalf of the entire organization, congratulations to Mark and Larry for your outstanding work, and thank you for your continued efforts to enhance care and the patient experience for the greater community.”