St. Joseph Medical Center Announces First “EMS Stewards of the Community” Awards Nominations Due by April 15

HOUSTON (March 25, 2019) – In preparation for National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 19-24th,  St. Joseph Medical Center (SJMC) is proud to introduce the Houston “EMS Stewards of the Community” Awards and is now accepting nominations for EMS providers who go above and beyond in their interactions with St. Joseph patients.


SJMC, a Steward family hospital, will accept nominations of EMS providers through April 15 in two categories: Community/Patient nominations and Peer nominations. The hospital will host an awards ceremony on May 23 to honor selected nominees and announce the winners. To nominate an EMS provider in Houston for an “EMS Stewards of the Community” award, visit


“The men and women of EMS display their courage and commitment to patient safety and care every day,” said Kim Bassett, President of SJMC. “This awards ceremony will become an annual celebration at St. Joseph. Hospital staff, community members and their peers will honor their brave work and show our gratitude for being partners in keeping families and communities healthy and safe.”


The “EMS Stewards of the Community” awards express appreciation for emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, and paramedics who not only carry out the noble work of caring for others, but do so with a high degree of expertise, professionalism and compassion. Award recipients will be selected by an internal committee of physicians and EMS directors in communities served by Steward.


“Once again, we have the opportunity to recognize the outstanding efforts of the brave men and women of EMS,” said Brenden Hayden, Vice President of EMS at Steward Health Care. “We encourage all members of the Steward family to nominate outstanding EMS providers in their community to thank them for their lifesaving work.”




About St. Joseph Medical Center 

St. Joseph Medical Center (SJMC), in partnership with physician owners and part of Steward Health Care Network, is a full service, general acute care hospital with its main campus in downtown Houston and a second hospital in the Houston Heights. Celebrated as Houston’s first hospital and the only one downtown, SJMC has been providing a wide range of services to greater Houston area residents for more than 130 years. Services include a 24-hour Level III Emergency Center, behavioral medicine, cardiovascular surgery, cancer care, bariatric and general surgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, women’s health services and more. St. Joseph Medical Center in the Heights offers a 24-hour Level II

emergency center, an intensive care unit, outpatient cardiac clinic, diagnostic imaging, inpatient care and a wide range of surgical services. For information about SJMC’s programs and services, visit



About Steward Health Care

Steward Health Care is the largest private, tax paying physician-led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 36 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that

regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 40,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.


The Steward Health Care Network includes five thousand physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.


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