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2016 Hooley™ Awards Recipients Announced at ImageTrend Connect

LAKEVILLE, MINN. [July 25, 2016] - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the recipients of the 2016 Hooley™ Awards. Nominees were narrowed to a field of 15 finalists – five in each of three categories – from which three award recipients were selected by a panel of third-party judges. During the awards ceremony, held in conjunction with ImageTrend’s Connect Conference, the recipients were presented with their award before an audience of hundreds of industry peers.

Innovation Award To recognize those using ImageTrend solutions in a new or innovative way to meet the needs of their service, department, state or hospital.

Winner: Donnie Woodyard – Louisiana State Bureau of EMS 

Working closely with ImageTrend and a national licensing registry, Louisiana was one of the first states to fully integrate a robust electronic National Registry check and eLicensing Portal. Donnie Woodyard built the workflows to encompass an audit process that deters fraudulent applications and ensures each license is 100 percent verified before issuance or renewal. Louisiana’s license issuance time shrank from upwards of 40 days to an average of less than four hours – all while reducing costs and building public trust. The combination of Woodyard’s skills, coupled with ImageTrend’s dynamic and scalable system, have garnered measurable results for Louisiana.


  • Donnie Woodyard – Louisiana State Bureau of EMS
  • Cari Gerlicher – Minnesota Department of Corrections
  • Mark Miller, Ron Quinsey, Todd McDowell – State of Alaska EMS
  • Cherie Cecci, Jessica Rose – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
  • Chip Cooper – State of New Hampshire

New Frontier Award To recognize services, departments, states and hospitals that are going above and beyond the call of duty, and breaking new ground or serving in a humanitarian way.

Winner: Michael Gonzalez – Houston Fire Department 

The Houston Fire Department launched an innovated, technology-based program called ETHAN (Emergency Telehealth And Navigation) which uses advanced telehealth technologies and community-based resources to provide appropriate care in the appropriate setting for individuals who call 911 with low acuity complaints. After an EMS crew assessment, video conferencing can connect the patient with a physician for additional assessments and determination of appropriate transport or referral to other care. The project has served more than 5,700 patients, avoiding ambulance transport for 82% and saving an estimated five to eight million dollars in 14 months of operation.


  • Michael Gonzalez – Houston Fire Department
  • Sergio Nardi – Newport News Fire Department
  • Mikele Wissing – Children’s Hospital Critical Care
  • Anne Vossbrink, Vatsal Chikani, Robyn Blust – Arizona Department of Health
  • Donald Hughes – Satellite Beach Fire Department

Service Award Considers how agencies are using data to further the safety of their community or reach community goals, and acknowledges the fact that data is boundless and can be used in any number of ways for the benefit of society.

Winner: Don Rice – State of Nebraska 

Using ImageTrend’s reporting and statewide STEMI (ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction) system, the State of Nebraska studied cardiac arrest incidents and mapped them out within the state. After presenting the information and the potential impact automated chest compression devices could have in rural areas, the state was awarded with a six million dollar grant to deploy these devices to rural services with limited resources. The result is a lower mortality rate, faster recoveries and fewer cases of heart damage or neurological defect. Using data from ImageTrend’s system, the department has saved countless lives and has been able to apply for grants to help rescue services.


  • Greg Postlewait - Virginia Beach Department of EMS
  • Adreanna Early - Colorado Department of Health
  • Don Rice - State of Nebraska
  • Paul Beamon – Spaulding Regional Hospital
  • Patrick Sennett – Advocate Good Samaritan EMS System

Hooley Award Judges Judges were chosen as subject matter experts who are well-versed in the fields represented by nominees. This five-person panel voted for the winner in each category.

  • Greg Friese, MS, NRP – Editor-in-Chief –
  • A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P – Editor-in-Chief – JEMS
  • Rick Markley – Editor-in-Chief – FireRescue1
  • Nancy Perry – Editorial Director – EMS World
  • Dr. Michael Wilcox – Medical Director, EMS and CP – ImageTrend

ImageTrend extends congratulations to the nominees, finalists and winners of the Second Annual Hooley Awards. The Third Annual Hooley Awards will be presented during ImageTrend Connect in 2017. For more details, visit

About ImageTrend, Inc.

ImageTrend, Inc. is dedicated to connecting life’s most important data in the healthcare and emergency response community. ImageTrend delivers software solutions, data analytics and services for EMS, hospitals, community paramedicine (CP), critical care, fire, and preparedness to enable fully integrated patient-centric healthcare and public safety. ImageTrend’s commitment to innovation, its clients, and providing world-class implementation and support is unsurpassed. Based in Lakeville, Minn., ImageTrend combines business analysis, creative design and database driven architecture to offer scalable solutions and strategies for today and the future.

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