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LifeFlight’s Bell named state’s Paramedic of the Year by TASA

Mar. 1, 2018, 9:04 AM

by Jerry Jones

The Tennessee Ambulance Service Association (TASA) has named Vanderbilt LifeFlight’s Tim Bell the Larry Griffin Paramedic of the Year.

Tim Bell

Bell, a critical care flight paramedic and respiratory therapist, has worked for Vanderbilt LifeFlight since 2005 and was one of the first paramedics hired to work in the flight division. He received his award at the annual Tennessee Ambulance Service Association’s Mid-Winter Conference.

“We are so proud of Tim for this great accomplishment,” said Jeanne Yeatman, MBA, RN, EMT, associate nursing officer, Emergency Services/-LifeFlight. “TASA has echoed what we’ve known at Vanderbilt for many years. Tim is a great asset to our team and a leader for all of Tennessee EMS. He’s one of those unique individuals who brings out the best in everyone around him.”

Kevin Nooner, MSN, RN, EMT-P, director of Air Medical Transport for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said he admires Bell not only for his clinical skills, but also for his kind and insightful bedside manner with patients and their families.

“Tim is an excellent clinician, but routinely goes beyond the technical aspect of the job and demonstrates a personal care to his patients. He is known to spend an extra moment making sure patients are comfortable, ensuring families understand the transport progression, and collecting contact information so they remain informed on the care of their family member,” Nooner said.

Jeremy Brywczynski, MD, associate professor of Emergency Medicine, medical director of Vanderbilt LifeFlight and associate medical director of the Nashville Fire Department, echoed Nooner’s comments.

“I can honestly say that he is one of the most compassionate people that I have had the honor of knowing. When Tim enters a room, his infectious smile and positive attitude cannot be avoided. I frequently receive feedback from patients who have been transported or treated by LifeFlight, and I always am filled with pride when there is a mention of Tim Bell.”

Bell obtained his paramedic licensure in 1995 and completed critical care paramedic training at The University of Tennessee. He has an additional license as a Certified Respiratory Therapist.

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