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BUFFALO, NEW YORK; June 14, 2010-On June 3, 2010, the Board of Directors of the New York American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) informed Dietrich Jehle, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., Board of Directors Member and Associate Medical Director for ECMC Corporation; and Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo (UB) that he has been selected to receive the prestigious Advancing Emergency Care Award for 2010. 

Dr. Jehle joins a distinguished list of past award recipients.  This year, this award will recognize Dr. Jehle and two other New York ACEP members for significant contributions in advancing emergency care in New York State.  Contributions include; Patient Care (improved delivery modes, quality care improvement, cost containment); EMS (organization, service, public education, disaster plan); Education (new or improved teaching methods, publication(s), education programs, evaluation mechanisms); Research or major contribution to a New York ACEP priority objective. 

"On behalf of the membership and the Board of Directors, I want to congratulate you (Dr. Dietrich Jehle) on being chosen as a 2010 recipient," stated Gerard X. Brogan Jr., MD, FACEP, President, New York A.C.E.P. 

The awards will be announced to the membership and presented at the New York ACEP Annual Meeting Wednesday, July 7, at the Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing, New York. 

Dr. Jehle earned a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia (1975), an M.D. from the University of Virginia, School of Medicine (1979), and his Post Doctorate degree from the Graduate School of Public Health-Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh (1989).  He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospitals of the University Health Center of Pittsburgh, Presbyterian-University Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1979-1982). 

Dr. Jehle is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine (since 1988, recertified 1997) and Internal Medicine (since 1982).  He is a dedicated clinical service provider, superior teacher, and an administrative leader.  He has been instrumental in the development of Emergency Medicine at ECMC, having served as the Emergency Department Director for 17 years (1990-2007).  ECMC's Emergency Department is now the busiest in the region and a preferred clinical site for medical students and residents training in the field of emergency medicine. 

Dr. Jehle is both a researcher, having conducted extensive research on a variety of topics reflecting the broad clinical range of patient conditions seen in emergency medicine, and a reviewer for national journals in emergency medicine.  In addition to pioneering ultrasound research, he has performed a number of studies in resuscitation, investigated motor vehicle crashes, and brought new technologies to emergency medicine.  By mid-2009, he had published five books/book sections, 15 book chapters, 47 peer reviewed publications and 36 abstracts in medical literature.  Dr. Jehle has been successful in obtaining significant government and non-governmental funding from 15 research grants totaling in excess of $12 million.  He has also earned numerous national and local teaching awards. 

In October 2009, the ECMC Corporation Board of Directors honored Dr. Jehle by presenting him with the "Extraordinary HERO Award," stating, "Dr. Jehle represents the very best at ECMC and he exemplifies the expert care delivered at the Medical Center every day."  On September 3rd, 2009, Dr. Jehle was traveling to a Buffalo Bills football game where he provides medical care to fans and support medical care to players.  While in route on the southbound Niagara Thruway, Dr. Jehle observed a multi-vehicle crash that occurred immediately ahead of him.  At the scene of the accident, Dr. Jehle directed, triaged and administered emergency care to treat crash victims.  As part of his response, he also put his life at risk directing/assisting in the rescue of a driver and two young passengers from a burning and severely damaged car.  Dr. Jehle has also been recognized as a hero by Western New York news media for this lifesaving rescue. 

The ECMC Lifeline Foundation recognized Dr. Jehle as the Springfest 2008 Distinguished Physician Honoree for outstanding dedication and service to ECMC and the community.  In 2007, Buffalo Business First recognized him with the "Health Care 50" award for his level of involvement in medical care in the Buffalo community. 

For the last 16 years, Dr. Jehle has provided supervision of medical care given to Buffalo Bills fans on game day at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. Over a five year period, he was a 24 hour-a-day volunteer medical consultant for the Western New York Poison Control Center, and for the last 15 years has been an Associate Medical Director for ten volunteer ambulance companies.  The Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART) that provides physician support in pre-hospital care at accident/injury scenes was co-founded with Dr. Jehle's assistance.  He helped to establish a child safety seat program and founded Camp 911, an introduction to emergency medical services, safety, injury prevention, and bystander care for children.  He instituted a rear seat belt use awareness program and has also worked with the Buffalo Bills on a bicycle helmet safety program.  Dr. Jehle served on the Emergency Services Task Force created by Erie County Executive Chris Collins to make recommendations to the county for improving the quality of emergency services provided to Erie County residents. 

NEWS CONTACT: Joe Cirillo: 716-898-4300 -or- jcirillo@ecmc.edu           


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