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Distinguished Medical Director Award

The purpose of the Distinguished Medical Director Award is to reward an individual located in Region 4 for their outstanding contribution to the development and/or enhancement of the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical care through his or her work as an EMS Agency’s Medical Director The recipient should typify the high ideals, irreproachable character, and extreme unselfish dedication to EMS.

Describe in narrative form why you believe the nominated individual should receive the Distinguished Medical DirectorAward. Consideration should be given to the following criteria: * The recipient must be a licensed physician who has been designated as the official Medical Director for an EMS agency located in Region 4 and has provided consistent meritorious service in the science and art of Emergency Medicine clinical and administrative leadership.

* The recipient must have provided exemplary and exceptional service that benefits and supports the Emergency Medical Technicians, Physician Practitioners and those whom (he/she) has or is treating.

* The recipient must also have shown continuing dedication to the principles of medical ethics and made outstanding contributions to the community in citizenship and public service above and beyond the call of duty as a practicing physician.

Dr. Gary Solt of LaGrange, GA was chosen the Distinguished Medical Director of the Year in EMS Region 4. Region 4 EMS covers the following counties: Troup, Heard, Carroll, Meriwether, Coweta, Spalding, Fayette, Henry, Butts, Pike, Lamar, and Upson.

After graduating from the Medical College of Georgia, Gary Solt MD immediately began his Internship with the United States Army as a Surgeon at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, CO where he would also serve as an Active Duty Airborne Army Ranger. During this time Dr. Solt would obtain his passion for Emergency Medicine in which he would serve the 16 years in emergency rooms as a doctor and in some even serving as the medical director of the emergency department.

Dr. Solt’s passion did not stop in the hospital as he would agree to serve as the medical director for many Emergency Medical Service (EMS) programs throughout GA to include a period as medical director of the Georgia Public Training Center (GPSTC). Dr. Solt would return to La-Grange to serve as medical director for the LaGrange Police Department, Troup County Fire Department, West Point Fire Department and the West Point Fire Department EMS Training Program. A comment at the presentation about Dr. Solt was that he is more than a paper signer as he participates with the programs which he serves with the example: I have seen him dresses as a “Rambo character” wanting to hurt something or someone so he can help cure and heal them as well. A great asset to Dr. Solt’s time as noted by members of the accreditation team sent to survey the West Point Fire Department EMS Training Program in October 2016: “I wish our Medical Director would speak to our classes much less have each paramedic candidate spend 24 hours with him in his office.” Just ask any graduate of the program of the time spent with Dr. Solt at his office seeing patients.