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2018 Hooley Awards Winners Announced at ImageTrend Connect

LAKEVILLE, MINN. [July 19, 2018] - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the winners of the 2018 Hooley™ Awards at the 10th annual ImageTrend Connect Conference. Nominees were narrowed down to a field of nine finalists – three in each of three categories – from which the winners were selected by a panel of third-party judges. Judges cast votes via secret ballot for each category. ImageTrend extends congratulations to the nominees, finalists and winners of the Fourth Annual Hooley Awards.

Innovation Award Finalists To recognize those who are serving in a new or innovative way to meet the needs of their organization, including developing programs or solutions to benefit providers, administrators, or the community.

Winner: Kevin Spratlin, Memphis Fire Department

The Memphis Fire Department has been truly revolutionary in developing programs to benefit the community beyond 911 response. Recently, the department has focused on developing the Healthcare Navigator Program – an initiative that pairs a physician with a medic on calls routed through dispatch that likely do not need an ambulance response. The duo responds to the call and, after assessing the patient and situation, provides relevant care options.

  • Brenden Espie, Surprise Fire-Medical Department, Arizona
  • Kevin Spratlin, Memphis Fire Department, Tennessee
  • Allen Blaine, Robin Miller and Jessica Westmiller, Chandler Fire Department, Arizona

Service Award Finalists Considers how data is being used 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: Douglas Butler Jr., Coastal Valleys EMS Agency

Northern California experienced fast-moving wildfires during the fall of 2017. Doug Butler and his team effectively used preparedness solutions they had in place to aid the wildfire response and maintain open lines of communication. His team used Resource Bridge™ to gather bed counts at available hospitals to determine where patients could be sent, keep responders alert of changing conditions, and send public health notifications and updated information to users. Additionally, the team utilized ImageTrend Patient Tracking to aid evacuations and manage assistance for displaced residents.

  • Douglas Butler Jr., Coastal Valleys EMS Agency, California
  • Keith Finch, AMGH, South Jordan, Utah
  • Megan Sorensen, Children’s Hospital of Omaha, Nebraska

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

Winner: Tim Seplaki, New Jersey Department of Health

Tim Seplaki has been a vital resource in tackling the opioid crisis through establishing relationships and data sharing initiatives. Tim established and heads the NASEMSO DMC Opioid Workgroup, which brings states together to discuss and share information about the opioid epidemic. Tim also created an initiative to share EMS overdose data with the New Jersey State Police and National Guard counterdrug task force. Additionally, he works with the local CDC to provide opioid data so county response agencies can have resources and funding in place.

  • Christopher Newsome, Orange County Fire Rescue Department, Florida
  • Tim Seplaki, New Jersey Department of Health
  • BJ Jungmann, Burnsville Fire Department, Minnesota

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.

  • AJ Heightman - JEMS Editor-in-Chief, EMS Today Conference Chair
  • Hilary Gates - EMS World Senior Editorial and Program Director
  • Dr. Michael Wilcox - Medical Director
  • Greg Friese - EMS1/FireRescue1 Editor-in-Chief
  • Noah Smith - Program Manager, Health Information Technology & Exchange

The Fifth Annual Hooley Awards will be presented during Connect 2019. 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 data driven architecture to offer scalable solutions and strategies for today and the future.

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