Special Photo ---- Dr. Stephen Boyle, third from left, was recently honored for his service as an EMS medical director. Shown with Boyle are, from left, Courtney Terwilliger, chair of the Georgia Association of EMS; Ethel Boyle, Stephen Boyle's wife; and Keith Wages, director of the Georgia Office of EMS and Trauma.
Dr. Stephen Boyle of Conyers was recently recognized as the Distinguished Emergency Medical Services Medical Director for both the state of Georgia and for Metro Atlanta Region III EMS for his 30 years of service to Georgia's EMS System and to his community.
The annual prestigious EMS Medical Director Awards were presented at the state and region banquets, held during EMS Week at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center and at Gwinnett Medical Center respectively, to honor EMS workers from around the state and recognize them for their achievements.
The longest-serving EMS medical director in Georgia, Boyle has been the medical director since 1983 for National EMS, which has expanded from providing EMS to only one county to currently serving several counties in two of Georgia's EMS regions. During the three decades, Boyle has also served as the medical director for Rockdale County Fire Department, which provides first response to EMS calls.
National EMS Chief Operating Officer Benny Atkins praised Boyle for providing valuable medical leadership for National EMS.
"He has been actively involved with developing protocols and policies during each of the accreditation processes, and has helped National EMS remain one of only six EMS providers in the United States which have maintained accreditation for over 20 consecutive years," Atkins said, in a press release.
"He has served as an excellent EMS liaison with the medical staffs and emergency departments of the two hospitals in the Rockdale area, where he had privileges and provided continuous surgical care for 26 years until his retirement."
Boyle is active in the Rockdale community, where he served three consecutive terms as coroner before retiring in 2012. He was also a member of the Conyers Rotary Club, which received the "Best Club" in the District during his tenure as president. Boyle and his wife, Ethel, have helped with numerous community events, including the Kimberly C. Atkins Foundation for education and treatment of breast cancer.
In presenting the award, Dr. Jill Mabley, deputy director for the Office of EMS and Trauma, said, "Dr. Boyle's dedication to EMS and to his community makes him very deserving to receive this annual prestigious award."