2019 Jermyn Lecture:
Joseph Zalkin: Cussed, kicked, punched and it’s not even noon
Dr. Jermyn was the state’s first EMS Medical Director through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and well-kown as a staunch patient advocate. He worked tirelessly with stakeholders in the EMS community to create a seamless emergency medical system for the citizens of Missouri. A longtime members of ACEP, he was nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in EMS systems development.
After graduating from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, he began his 33-year career in emergency medicine at the former Normandy Hospital in St. Louis. He then served as the director of the emergency departments at Community Hospital in Grand unction, Colorado, and the Moberly Regional Medical Center in Moberly, Missouri.
Dr. Jermyn returned to academic practice as an assistant professor clinical surgery at the University of Missouri at Columbia and as a clinical instruct at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
He was a fellow of the College (ACEP) and served as a chairman of both the EMS committee and EMS/Pre-hospital section and was a Councilor for the Missouri chapter of ACEP (MoCEP).
He also performed multiple national liaison duties for the College and served on the Trauma Care/Injury Prevention and Council Steering Committees.
Dr. Jermyn was past president of MoCEP and had been re-elected to their Board of Directors. He also had served as the Chair of the Missouri State Advisory Council on EMS, was a member of the EMS Gathering of Eagles coalition, American Medical Association, National Association of EMS Physicians, Missouri Assocation of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and the Missouri EMS Association, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. He also co-chaired the National Association of EMS PHysician’s/American College of Emergency Physicians Task Force for Out-of-Hospital Specialty Board Certification.
In 2008, Bill was beginning his third term as ACEP representative to the Board of Directors of the Commission on Accreditation for Ambulance Services when he also helped write House Bill 1790 that would make Missouri the first state in the nation to legislatively create stroke and STEMI centers similar to trauma center certification. The law was passed by the Missouri legislature on May 16 of that year exactly one day after his untimely death from sudden cardiac arrest. Governor Blunt recognized his efforts to improve EMS care for Missouri citizens.