Dr. Douglas Lieuallen of Madras was named the 2012 Emergency Medical Services Medical Director of the Year, at the Oregon State EMS Conference, Oct. 6, in Bend.
Since Lieuallen was away on vacation during the awards ceremony, it was presented to him Nov. 5, during a board meeting at the Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services hall.
In accepting the award, Lieuallen told the group, "You don't get this without people doing the job, and that's you folks."
"The onus is upon you to be perfect all the time and damn if you don't come awfully close to that. I think Jefferson County is incredibly fortunate that you folks and all the other volunteers in Culver, Fossil and Big Muddy, provide incredible care," he said.
Mike Lepin, assistant chief for Jefferson County EMS, noted competition for the award was stiff this year.
"He was going up against several prominent medical directors from the Valley, including one from Oregon Health Sciences University," Lepin said.
Dr. Lieuallen has served as the medical director for Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services District for over 16 years, longer than that for Jefferson County Fire District No. 1, and in the past few years added South Sherman County Fire, Bug Muddy Ranch and the Three Rivers Fire District to his work load.
Lieuallen has firsthand ambulance experience. He actually staffed the ambulance and responded to calls early in his career as a physician with Indian Health Services in Warm Springs.
That experience gave him insight into the complexity and difficulties ambulance personnel face, and he understands and supports the EMS providers he supervises, JCEMS noted in information they submitted nominating him for the award.
Lieuallen keeps abreast of concerns facing emergency medical technicians and paramedics he supervises, is present at case reviews and special meetings and gives needed councel when needed.
"When issues like drug shortages occur, Dr. Lieuallen is quick to address the issue and provide direction and the means to correct problems and operate efficiently," said Lepin.
Lieuallen works as a liaison between Mountain View Hospital staff and those at surrounding medical facilities, and shares recommendations from emergency room staff with ambulance personnel.
"When needed, Dr. Lieuallen delivers appropriate, yet just counsel or corrective measures," Lepin said.
In addition to professional interests in cardiovascular care, intensive care, diabetes and emergency medical services, Lieuallen finds time to volunteer in the community with groups such as Madras Kiwanis, Boy Scouts and Habitat for Humanity.