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Dr. joseph e. simon & Jeff Hackney pediatric award of excellence

Please submit your nomination using the online nomination form link on the bottom of this page.


The purpose of the Dr. Joseph E. Simon & Jeff Hackney Pediatric Award of Excellence is to recognize EMS professionals who consistently demonstrate commitment to a higher quality of care to the pediatric population in Georgia by serving as a role model for their colleagues, introducing and incorporating evidence based practices in their work, effectively mentoring all EMS practitioners so that they can give the best care to their patients, and to demonstrate exemplary dedication and compassion to the well-being of children.

This award is to honor an EMS professional who exemplifies how Jeff Hackney and Dr. Joseph E. Simon gave selflessly to others and worked continually to improve the care given to patients.  It is not a single call or day, but rather how the nominee daily gave of him/herself by learning, teaching, and providing excellent pediatric care.


To ensure that those who work in the prehospital environment are aware of the effects that their knowledge and skills have in the overall positive outcome of Georgia’s pediatric citizens.


Consideration for this award is open to any Georgia First Responder, EMT, EMT-I, AEMT, Cardiac Technician, and/or Paramedic.  Award criteria for consideration will be if the nominee demonstrates the desire to advance and improve delivery of care to the pediatric patients; promotes continuing education opportunities; willingly serves as a mentor to other EMS professionals; and continually goes above and beyond for every pediatric patient encounter.


This award will be given out in the name of Dr. Joseph E. Simon and in memory of Jeff Hackney.  All nominations submitted will be reviewed by the Hackney family for award selection.


The nomination statement should not exceed 1000 words. Please give 2-3 examples you have observed in this nominee that models a person who is dedicated with compassion and commitment to improving the care of pediatric patients.  These examples can be a particular call or general observation of the devotion this individual shows by going above and beyond all expectations and strives to improve care and educate others.

Any prehospital care provider, as defined above, may be nominated by anyone for this recognition by completing and submitting the nomination form.


The mission of the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Association is to advocate for the emergency medical provider, develop educational programs, liaison activities, provider benefit programs, and improvements to the Emergency Medical Service System in Georgia.

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