Medical Center Hospital Foundation recognizes deputy chief with award
“Advocate,” “mentor,” “true leader.” These are just a few of the qualities noted in more 20 letters nominating East Fork Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson for the Carson Valley Medical Center Hospital Foundation’s Healthcare Excellence Award.
“We are thrilled to announce Deputy Chief Fogerson as our 2016 Healthcare Excellence Award recipient,” CVMC Hospital Foundation Chairperson Linda Birdwell said. “Dave has been instrumental in leading numerous healthcare and emergency response initiatives at local and regional levels that directly impact the lives of our Carson Valley residents. He is a true advocate for the health and safety of our community.”
Since starting his career in public safety 22 years ago, Fogerson has been a catalyst — building community partnerships and establishing programs that save lives. The lengthy list of initiatives includes the development of the Douglas County Healthcare Coalition, helping Douglas County achieve the HEARTSafe Community designation, assisting the 9-1-1 center with becoming the first all-risk agency in Nevada to reach accreditation with the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch, the Stroke Awareness Campaign, and implementation of special task forces including the Adult Multi-Disciplinary Team for vulnerable adults, and the Mobile Outreach Services Team.
Having worked with Fogerson on a variety of projects, CVMC Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. Kandra Yee said in her nomination, “[Dave] is a quintessential collaborator, and has a gift for bringing people from different sides of an issue together for the greater good.”
Fogerson said he has always had a desire to make a difference. He credits the culture and vision of the East Fork Fire Protection District’s leadership with setting a stage where his belief system, and that of the agency, aligned.
“We have the best firefighter paramedics in Northern Nevada,” he said. “It’s hard not to try to excel to keep up with where they are.”
When asked what program or initiative he is the most proud to have been a part of, without hesitation Fogerson noted the Heart Safe Community designation. Having lost his father to a heart attack, when he was 15, helping achieve the Heart Safe designation strikes a personal chord. Heart Safe Communities is a nationwide program that promotes survival from cardiac arrest by offering community-wide CPR trainings and assessing all aspects of life and health care within an established community.
Currently the fire protection district is on the edge of becoming one of the first agencies to be licensed as a community-based paramedic service provider and is already participating in MOST.
“The opportunity for today’s fire service organizations to expand into other non-traditional areas is very enticing and provide for a value-driven service model,” CVMC marketing manager Becky Hanson said. “In the wake of today’s potential for public safety organizations being criticized for overtime and benefit costs, the fire agencies that are stepping off into public health disciplines negates many of those arguments as they are now providing additional value-driven services, but more importantly providing critical social and preventative services necessary without additional taxpayer cost. East Fork is one of those agencies.”
Deputy Chief Fogerson’s current assignment is the supervision and oversight of the district’s Operations Division. The Operations Division is the largest division in the district and is responsible for Emergency Medical Service throughout the district as well as fire and rescue response.
District Chief Tod Carlini, a 2012 recipient of the same award, said, “Dave applies his skills, abilities and knowledge to his profession in ways that are simply amazing. He has been able to forge both functional and strategic relationships, all necessary to enable us to focus on total community and integrated health care. I am sincerely proud of his efforts and the high standards that he sets for himself and the organization.”
Carlini thanked the foundation for all that they do to promote quality health care and to recognize people who “go the extra mile” to make a difference.
Fogerson and his wife Anjanette have been residents of the Carson Valley for over 15 years.
As the operations chief for East Fork Fire Protection District, he works to ensure that the agency is coordinated and prepared to meet the changing needs of the community.
“[Dave] works hard to ensure that citizens receive the best in coordinated care services when they need it,” County Health Officer Dr. Susan Pintar said.
The Healthcare Excellence Award honors and recognizes those who have made extraordinary contributions to CVMC, local healthcare initiatives, or to the improvement of the health and well-being of the Carson Valley. Selection criteria include the nominee’s leadership qualities, the extent to which he or she has made a lasting impact on the community’s health and wellbeing, made significant contributions to local healthcare initiatives, and served as a role model or mentor to others in the healthcare industry.
For more information about the Carson Valley Medical Center Hospital Foundation or the Healthcare Excellence Award, visit http://www.cvmchospital.org/give or call 782-1697.