Bennington Rescue Squad hires medical director

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BENNINGTON — Dr. Don Doynow has been hired as the Bennington Rescue Squad's associate medical director.

Rescue Squad Executive Director Forest Weyen said that the part-time position has been budgeted for several years, but the organization hadn't been able to find someone to fill the role. Weyen said Doynow would spend about four hours in the Bennington office every other week.

In his new role, Weyen said Doynow would provide medical oversight to clinical operations and for the EMS providers; provide audit, review and feedback on cases; and be a part of the organization's quality assurance program, working to identify any areas that are in need of improvement. He will also assist in the development and oversight of annual competencies, training programs, onboarding, and continuing education.

"The benchmark EMS systems nationwide have an active, involved Medical Director," said Weyen. "When we go to national meetings or conferences, we learn great things from all over the country and the world. The one thing that seems to be a constant, are those agencies are typically ones that have a Medical Director that believes in and is involved in that agency's mission and vision."

"I was excited when approached by Bennington Rescue about their Associate Medical Director position," said Doynow. "They are doing things that you do not normally see in a rural environment, but this agency is really leading the way with Emergency Medical Care in Vermont. I am excited to assist in their continued growth and development and to see what other advances we can make."

"For years, our focus has been on doing the absolute best for our patients," said Brian Peat, chairman of the Bennington Rescue Board of Directors. "Adding someone like Dr. Doynow to our team shows that we have not lost that vision and are actually continually working to improve so that the patients we serve are getting the best care by the best providers."

Doynow is a graduate of the University of South Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship at Albany Medical Center and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medical Services. He currently holds license to practice medicine in Vermont, New York, Maine, and Florida. Doynow has been involved in Emergency Medical Services since the 1970's, and still possesses an active Paramedic Certification. He is the medical director for multiple EMS agencies in the Albany area and is active in EMS Education at Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) and SUNY Cobleskill Paramedic Programs. He will remain in those positions in addition to taking on his new role in Bennington.

"We are excited to add Dr. Doynow to our leadership team at Bennington Rescue," said Weyen. "He brings knowledge, skill, and experience that will continue to drive our agency forward and continue to increase our quality of care."

Reach staff writer Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122 or @DerekCarsonBB

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