Roy M. Baker, MD Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Provision of Emergency Medical Services by a Physician or Layperson: Carl Schultz, DO; Catherine Law, MD; Jeffrey Halsell, DO; Tyler Spradling, DO; Krista Zivkovic, DO; Amber Jandik, MD, Julie Ramirez, Angela Smith, and Megan Widman
Hurricane Ian left Sanibel Island in wreckage and without a medical care team last September — but not for long. Carl Schultz, DO, a retired Fort Myers emergency medicine physician, contacted Lee County’s Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and asked how volunteer clinicians could begin seeing Sanibel residents and workers. With an air-conditioned mobile trailer set up by EMS and supplies from FEMA, Dr. Schultz and Lee County Medical Society Executive Director Julie Ramirez started recruiting physician volunteers to staff a makeshift clinic. The county health department granted the volunteers sovereign immunity, effectively resurrecting the Lee County Medical Reserve Corps, and the clinic was open by Nov. 1. For about seven weeks, Dr. Schultz, Catherine Law, MD; Jeffrey Halsell, DO; Tyler Spradling, DO; Krista Zivkovic, DO; and Amber Jandik, MD, served patients at the clinic without pay.