May 24, 2018






Sally and Derek Smart of Wareham, MA and Kennard Poulin of Hudson, NH named among Massachusetts’ exceptional EMS providers at Steward Health Care’s award ceremony.


NORWOOD, MA – In celebration of National Emergency Medical Service (EMS) week, Steward Health Care hosted the 2nd annual “EMS Stewards of the Community” Award Ceremony on May 22 at the Tirrell Room in Quincy, MA. Boston-based Steward, which operates nine hospitals across Massachusetts, recognized 22 EMS providers including Fallon Ambulance Services’ Sally Smart, Derek Smart and Kennard Poulin for going “above and beyond” in their interactions with patients at Norwood Hospital.


“EMS providers are unsung heroes on the front lines in the battle against illness and injury,” said Kim Bassett, president of Norwood Hospital, who presented the award. “We are immensely proud to honor their hard work and commitment to quality care with these annual awards.”


The “EMS Stewards of the Community” awards show appreciation for emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians and 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. An internal committee of physicians and EMS Directors selected recipients among current providers in communities served by Steward.


Mike Timlin, former Red Sox relief pitcher and four-time World Series Champion, delivered the “Stewards of the Community” keynote address, sharing his first-hand account of being present at the open air concert in Las Vegas last October where a gunman fired 1,100 rounds from his hotel window into the crowd, killing 58 people and wounding 851. Timlin recounted the heroic efforts of the EMS responders and how seamlessly they worked together to save lives in a moment of crisis.


“If it weren’t for first responders like those being honored tonight, many more people would have lost their lives that night,” said Timlin, “These courageous men and women willingly rush into dangerous situations every day – they are truly heroes.”



Pictured in Photo (from left to right):

Kim Bassett (President Norwood Hospital), Greg David (Fallon Ambulance), Derek Smart, Kennard Poulin, Sally Smart, Brenden Hayden (VP of EMS Steward Healthcare), Mike DeCosta (Fallon Ambulance), Mike Valkanas (EMS Medical Director Norwood Hospital)


About Norwood Hospital

Norwood Hospital is a full-service, 215-bed community hospital for adults and children with a focus on delivering world-class health care along with the latest advances in technology and treatment options. Norwood Hospital is part of the Steward Health Care System LLC, who owns and operates 38 community hospitals across the United States and Internationally, employing more than 40,000 team members. The Steward network includes several thousand physicians who care for approximately 2 million patients annually. Additional information is available at



About Steward Health Care

Steward Health Care, the largest private, for-profit hospital operator in the United States, is a physician-led health care services organization committed to providing the highest quality of care in the communities where patients live. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Steward operates 38 community 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 more than 25 urgent care centers, 42 preferred skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,300 beds under management, and approximately 1.5 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services. The total number of paneled lives within Steward's integrated care network is projected to reach 3 million in 2018.


Steward's unique health care service delivery model leverages technology, innovation, and care coordination to keep patients healthier. With a culture that prioritizes agility, resourcefulness, and continuous improvement, Steward is recognized as one of the world’s leading accountable care organizations. The Steward Health Care Network includes thousands of physicians who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than 4 million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and states across the U.S. including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.