Two Sunstar Paramedics employees, Jeremy Tinter and Nicholas Eberhardt, have received the American Ambulance Association’s Stars of Life award, which recognizes ambulance service professionals for outstanding service and dedication. Eberhardt and Tinter were among 103 emergency services personnel recognized during the Stars of Life Celebration in Washington, D.C. on April 11-13.
“Nick and Jeremy are extraordinary EMS professionals who are dedicated to quality patient care and exceptional service,” said Mark Postma, chief operating officer of Sunstar Paramedics. “We’re thrilled that Stars of Life has recognized their service to Pinellas County, and proud to have them working as part of the Sunstar Paramedics team.”
Tinter is a paramedic and clinical services coordinator who oversees Sunstar Paramedics’ field training officer and employee orientation programs. Nominated for the award for his innovative work in clinical excellence, he is part of the clinical services team that has overhauled Sunstar Paramedics’ orientation process to increase the capstone testing rates and onboard new paramedics quickly. The capstone testing scores have significantly improved to nearly 100 percent passing rate and the time spent in the onboarding process has decreased by 30 percent.
Eberhardt is an emergency medical technician (EMT) with Sunstar Paramedics. He was nominated for the award for his leadership and mentorship of new employees and his skill in proving outstanding patient care. In 2015, he was part of a core team from Sunstar Paramedics who went to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to assist in starting Paramedics Plus’ newest operation. In Sioux Falls, Eberhardt was instrumental in leading and mentoring new employees and preparing them to serve the community as Paramedics Plus. He has been honored several times with Sunstar Paramedics’ Care Plus award and recognized through its STAR program for providing excellent patient care.