NGMC Barrow staff members awarded Paramedic, EMT of the Year

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2024

With more than 50 years of combined experience, two Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Barrow staff members were recognized at the recent Northeast Georgia Region 10 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director’s Association Awards Banquet for their work in the field.

Carli Cuendet was awarded Paramedic of the Year while Bob Fisher was awarded Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) of the Year.

“Having such tenured EMS providers on our team is a true benefit to this entire region,” said John Neidenbach, administrator for NGMC Barrow. “Both Carli and Bob demonstrate our core values and core competencies every day, so they’re very deserving of these awards.”

Cuendet has been a paramedic for 28 years, and is currently working out of Auburn, Georgia. She’s been with NGMC for three years and enjoys training new paramedics and EMTs who join her team. Fisher shares the same excitement for the job, as he’s been an EMT for 27 years. He’s working out of Statham, Georgia, right now and has also been with NGMC for three years.

“These two come to work with such great attitudes every day, and that carries over to the teams they work with,” said Erick Giraldo, director of EMS at NGMC. “I admire their dedication and service to the community and am pleased to see them recognized in this way.”

Shortly after NGMC Barrow joined Northeast Georgia Health System in 2017, the hospital reached an agreement with Barrow County to let the hospital handle all ambulance transports in the county. Since then, NGMC Barrow has continued to provide emergency care, surgery, orthopedics, heart care, imaging/radiology, laboratory services, pulmonary rehabilitation, wound healing, stroke care and more to the Barrow community. It was recently recognized as the state’s Small Hospital of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals.

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