Hall Earns Accolades from CAA

Hall Ambulance’s founder and two Company programs received statewide recognition by the California Ambulance Association (CAA) during its 70th Annual Convention this week at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Resort.

On behalf of the CAA’s Board of Directors, Ross Elliott, executive director, posthumously conferred Emeritus Recognition upon Harvey L. Hall for his distinctive service to the science & art of ambulance services.   Considered a pioneer of modern EMS in California, Hall dedicated 58 of his 77 years of life to professionalizing the ambulance industry, in part, through his involvement in the CAA, which represents providers of emergency and non-emergency medically necessary transportation services throughout the State of California.

Accepting the honor was his widow, Lavonne C. Hall who serves as President & CEO of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc.  During her remarks, she expressed her appreciation to the numerous CAA member companies who drove hundreds of miles to be a part of the honorary procession that was held as part of the Community Celebration to Honor the Life of Harvey L. Hall on June 2 in Bakersfield, and to those ambulance services who provided mutual aid coverage so that Hall Paramedics and EMTs could attend the service.

Hall Ambulance was also the beneficiary of two awards for the CAA’s inaugural California Ambulance Association Service Excellence (CAASE) Awards.  The program recognizes excellence, resourcefulness, and ground-breaking ideas being implemented by California ambulance operators and showcase the best practices of the ambulance business in the state.

A panel of independent judges reviewed all of the submissions and scored the programs.

Hall Ambulance was honored in the Community Impact category for its Siren the Rescue Dog program.  Patterned after the Hall family’s pet St. Bernard’s, “Siren” and “Rescue” the mascot has become a local celebrity of sorts at community events such as the CSUB Basketball Mascot Dance-Off.  The program was expanded with the creation of a smaller plush version of Siren which the paramedics, EMTs, and RNs give to the children they transport as a means of bringing comfort during a difficult time.

The CAA recognized Hall Ambulance with a second CAASE Award in the Employee Programs category for its Annual Employee Recognition Awards.  Such recognition is a hallmark of the culture at Hall Ambulance established early on by its founder, Harvey L. Hall.  The purpose of the program is to honor those employees who achieve performance excellence in their respective division.  Secondarily, the celebration helps to inspire other employees who can see firsthand what their coworkers have achieved.  Over the course of two days, 114 awards across 34 categories are bestowed and over $12,000 in monetary gifts are awarded.

Established in 1971, Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. is the 9-1-1 paramedic provider serving 88% of Kern County, California’s population.

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