Columbus area Health Department director honored by state EMS Council

West Central Health District Public Health Director Zsolt H. Koppanyi has been named the recipient of the Joe Lane Cox Excellence in EMS Award.

The award was presented at a Georgia EMS Awards banquet last week.

The purpose of the Cox Award, according to a health department press release, is to recognize a worthy individual who is not employed in emergency medical services, but who has, like Joe Lane Cox, unselfishly donated time and efforts to continue the improvement of EMS in the public health districts as well as on the state or national levels.

Also of importance is documentation of the nominee's efforts or involvement to strengthen public awareness and overall support of EMS.

The award is presented by the North Georgia Region 2 EMS Council which is centered in Gainesville, Ga.

Speaking of Koppanyi, Region 2 Director Earl McGrotha said, "Early in his career in Columbus, he realized that EMS is on the front lines of public health in detecting disease outbreaks, responding to terrorist incidents and, in many of his counties , serving as a safety net along with the health department for the citizens.

"Although as a health director he has many programs to oversee, it is amazing that he devotes the time he does to EMS," McGrotha said.