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Local doctor named EMS medical director of the year

Dr. Stevan Vuckovic right is shown with his IndianEMS medical director year award Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point EMS director

Dr. Stevan Vuckovic, right, is shown with his Indiana EMS medical director of the year award and Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point EMS director Rob Dowling, outside their office. | Photo provided

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Updated: September 10, 2013 1:23PM



Dr. Stevan Vuckovic has been awarded the State of Indiana EMS medical director of the year award for 2013. Vuckovic is the medical director of the Franciscan St. Anthony Emergency Medical Services Training Academy in Crown Point.

The award was presented during the annual Indiana Fire Chiefs Association – Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Emergency Response Conference in Indianapolis.

Vuckovic has been medical director of the hospital’s Emergency Medical Services Training Academy for 15 years.

“My name may be on the award, but it is not about me,” Vuckovic said. “It is about all the people behind the scenes who made it possible. It is a testament to how robust our EMS program is and about our relationship with the pre-hospital providers who put it on the line every day to make sure our communities are taken care of.”

The EMS Training Academy at Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point trains emergency responders from 26 area communities. Since 2012 it has been under the direction of Rob Dowling, hospital director of emergency medical services.

Vuckovic said that Dowling has done “an unbelievable job and taken the department to a new level.”

In a press release from the EMS Training Academy, Vuckovic said that he was bitten by the desire to help people in distress while he was in high school. He was a lifeguard and a volunteer in a hospital emergency department in Illinois.

He finds the most satisfaction in seeing people survive deadly situations. He said, “Things like pulling drowning kids out of a lake, or out of a car wrapped around a tree — and then later watching them walk out of the hospital. Those are most rewarding.”

He added, “I also have an extraordinary dedication to the responders in the field, because I used to be one.”

Crown Point Fire Department Division Chief of training and safety Mike Parks said, “St. Anthony’s has a pretty progressive system. It is great to be part of something that got that recognition. All the fire departments are honored. In his role as medical director he establishes our protocol out in the field. We become an extension of the emergency department. It makes no difference where we transport, but we are all operating under his protocols. We do lots of things because the doctor allows us to do them.”

Rob Dowling, director of Emergency Services, said about Vuckovic, “He’s a great guy. He has been very pro-active and it is an asset to our hospital as displayed through this award. With Dr. Vuckovic there is no ego. He is what-you-see-is-what-you-get. We are lucky to have him and I am really proud of him.”



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