Awards & Recognition

Cobb County Small Business of the Year 2013 – Atlanta – The Cobb Chamber of Commerce awarded Puckett EMS the 2013 Small Business of the year award Monday, June 2, 2013 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. The Cobb Chamber established the Small Business of the Year award to honor the important role that small businesses play in the Cobb community that make Cobb County a great place to live, work and play.

Puckett EMS has been recognized seven previous times as a top 25 business in Cobb County. This year the Cobb Chamber awarded Puckett EMS as the top small business in Cobb County. Businesses are nominated giving the community a chance to recognize its great small businesses. After being nominated, each company completes a thorough application based on the Small Business Administration standards. The application covers company information, growth, community involvement, employee benefits and adversity among other criteria. An independent panel of judges composed of business and community leaders reviews the applications and the Top 25 are selected. The Small Business of the Year winner is selected from among the Top 25, and participates in the state small business of the year competition.

“Puckett EMS is very honored to have received this award. The success of Puckett EMS is because of the incredible employees we have. We feel very fortunate to be a part of this great county and community and to be a part of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.” Steve Puckett, President of Puckett EMS

Puckett EMS provides 911 emergency and critical care ambulance services to the citizens of South/West Cobb County and Dade County located in North Georgia. In addition to operations in Georgia, Puckett EMS provides 911 emergency services to Marion County, Tennessee and is the contracted ground transport provider for Erlanger Health Systems in Chattanooga, Tennessee area. Puckett EMS is partnered with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) to increase the efficiency of their transport operations. Puckett EMS is also partnered with Wellstar Health System to enhance cardiac and stoke care through early recognition. Puckett EMS is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), which signifies that the service has met the gold standard by the ambulance industry as an emergency services provider. Puckett EMS is one of only five EMS services in the State of Georgia accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. In addition, Puckett EMS is one of only 160 services accredited nationwide by The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. In May of 2013, Steve Puckett, President of Puckett EMS was awarded Pioneer of The Year by Georgia EMS Region III.

Region III EMS Pioneer of the Year Award – Lawrenceville – The Georgia Region III Emergency Medical Services awarded Puckett EMS President Steve Puckett the Dennis Lockridge EMS Pioneer of the Year award during the Georgia EMS Region III Awards banquet held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Gwinnett Medical Center Resource Center in Lawrenceville. This award is given each year to recognize and honor an individual in Georgia for his/her unselfish contributions to the development and enhancement of Georgia’s Emergency Medical Services system and the continued efforts to support and enhance the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical care to the citizens of Georgia.

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Steve Puckett is an established and recognized pioneer in Georgia EMS, and has been acknowledged as an industry leader. Steve’s career began over 39 years ago starting his first ambulance service in Power Springs, Georgia in 1984. Steve’s interest in EMS began while working for a local funeral home in Power Springs, Georgia, which also provided ambulance service to the area at the time. Through his commitment to providing quality care and compassion coupled with excellent customer service; his diligence resulted in successfully acquiring a portion of the 9-1-1 zone in South Cobb County.  After serving the South Cobb area for many years, Puckett EMS acquired an expanded 9-1-1 zone to include a larger area in South Cobb as well as West Cobb County.

Puckett EMS has been the site for several EMT and Paramedic training courses and community healthcare education at the state of the art training facility located in Austell, Georgia. Puckett EMS is dedicated to the ongoing education and training of its employees and the communities that it serves. Upgrades and enhancements to the operations are continuous with the implementation of innovative solutions across all Puckett EMS operations. The dedication to doing it right – every time has made Puckett EMS an example for other agencies and established Steve as an employer with very high standards, low turnover and exceptionally happy internal and external customers.  In 2010, Puckett EMS partnered with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) to increase the efficiency of CHOA transport operations. Puckett EMS provides 911 emergency and critical care ambulance services to the citizens of South/West Cobb County and Dade County located in North Georgia. In addition to operations in Georgia, Puckett EMS provides 911 emergency services to Marion County, Tennessee and is the contracted ground transport provider for Erlanger Health Systems in Chattanooga, Tennessee area. Puckett EMS is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), which signifies that the service has met the gold standard by the ambulance industry as an emergency services provider. Puckett EMS is one of only five EMS services in the State of Georgia accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. In addition, Puckett EMS is one of only 160 services accredited nationwide by The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.

“I was both honored and humbled to receive the Dennis Lockridge Pioneer Award.  To have had the career I’ve had for the past 39 years in EMS has truly been a blessing.  There is no way I could have done what I have done without the dedicated employees that I have had and the support of my family.  It has been amazing to watch what has happened in EMS over the past 39 years and I’m very grateful to have been a part of it and hope to continue to be a part of it for many more years.”

-Steve Puckett, President of Puckett EMS.

CAAS Accreditation – DRIVEN TO A HIGHER STANDARD

The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America’s medical transportation system. Based initially on the efforts of the American Ambulance Association, the independent Commission established a comprehensive series of standards for the ambulance service industry.

Accreditation signifies that your service has met the “gold standard” determined by the ambulance industry to be essential in a modern emergency medical services provider. These standards often exceed those established by state or local regulation.  The CAAS standards are designed to help increase operational efficiency and decrease risk and liability across the entire spectrum of the organization.

The process includes a comprehensive self-assessment and an independent external review of the EMS organization. This independent process provides verification to your Board of Directors, city council, medical community and others that quality care is provided to the community.

All ambulance systems are eligible for the three-year accreditation including private, public, fire department and hospital-based.