Local EMS organization presents award at annual meeting.
Covenant Children’s emergency department doctor, Samuel Herrera,
MD, was recently named Physician of the Year by the South Plains Emergency
Medical Services (SPEMS) organization. Herrera was among 14 people and organizations honored for
outstanding support and service to emergency medicine in the South Plains
area at the SPEMS annual conference and awards luncheon Feb. 4 at the
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Herrera has been with Covenant Children’s since 2004, joining its
team shortly after graduating from his residency program at Texas Tech
University Health Sciences Center Department of Pediatrics. Certified
in advanced trauma life support, advanced cardiovascular life support,
and pediatric advanced life support, he was awarded the Emergency Resident
of the Month in 2004.
Among the many nomination letters SPEMS received for Herrera, themes of
compassion and dedication were common.
“He has a passion for treating children and for emergency medicine,”
said Laura Navarrette, Covenant Children’s trauma services, in her
nomination of Herrera.
Another nominator, Jacqueline Starkey, RN, wrote, “Dr. Herrera is
an advocate not only for our staff and for EMS, but for our patients and
families as well. I can think of many instances where I voiced concern
about something ‘not being right’ and Dr. Herrera was willing
Several nominations included the fact that Herrera assigned a break room
in the pediatric ER, with refreshments including sandwiches, chips and
other snacks, for all EMS for late-night calls and other high-stress times.
SPEMS is a non-profit organization with the goal to reduce mortality and
morbidity by addressing and solving medical and trauma related needs through
effective regional coordination of emergency medical services, and in
the process, increase the accessibility, consistency and quality of emergency
health care provided to the residents of the Texas South Plains.