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Whatcom Medic One medical director honored as emergency medicine "hero"

Posted: April 2, 2008 12:59:59 PM PDT

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recently recognized Bellingham emergency physician Marvin A. Wayne, MD, FACEP, as a "Hero of Emergency Medicine." Dr. Wayne is the medical director of Whatcom Medic One, an attending physician in St. Joseph Hospital's emergency department, and an associate clinical professor at the University of Washington.

"Emergency physicians are on the front lines of America's health care system, providing the essential community service of emergency care," says ACEP President Linda L. Lawrence, MD. "The dedication, passion and commitment Dr. Wayne has shown embodies the vision of ACEP's founders and the ideals of our specialty."

Bellingham Fire Chief Bill Boyd, who oversees Whatcom Medic One, said Dr. Wayne has been the local EMS system's medical director since its inception in 1974 and has been instrumental in stewarding it into one of the most successful and innovative community EMS systems in the country.

Boyd said Dr. Wayne's long list of achievements and ground-breaking research efforts have brought innovative medicine to our community and to the nation.  Wayne is an internationally recognized expert in emergency medicine and pre-hospital EMS care, and has conducted extensive research in measuring carbon dioxide in cardiac arrest patients in the field to help determine patient outcome.

"As the result of Dr. Wayne's work, Whatcom Medic One has been the recepient of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, donated by companies that want us to test their products - many of them prototypes that eventually make it into the mainstream market," Boyd said.

He said an example of Dr. Wayne's leadership includes promoting Whatcom Medic One as among the first users of a defibrillator in the field, outside of a hospital emergency room.  This resulted in a long-term relationship with one of the leading manufacturers of defibrillators, and the opportunity for Dr. Wayne, Bellingham paramedics and other local experts to have direct input into the design of subsequent portable defibrillator equipment over the years.

"Tens of thousands of lives are saved each year by emergency physicians, and Dr. Wayne represents the best of the best in his field," Boyd said.  "Recognition by his peers is well-earned and well-deserved."

The American College of Emergency Physicians is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine, with more than 25,000 members.


Media Contacts:
Bellingham Fire Chief Bill Boyd
Bellingham Fire Department

Marvin A. Wayne, MD, FACEP
Medical Program Director, Emergency Medical Services for Bellingham and Whatcom County

Elaine Salter
American College of Emergency Physicians
800-320-0610, ext. 3007


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