The Erlanger Regional Operations Center (EROC) was dedicated in memory of the late Dr. James Creel during an event in conjunction with national EMS week earlier this week. Dr. Creel's wife, Linda, and daughters, Alison Creel Harris and Laura Creel Wilkinson, were on hand to witness the dedication ceremony.
Dr. Creel will always be remembered as a pioneering physician and visionary leader in the Emergency Medicine community. He impacted thousands of lives as a leader, teacher and medical professional. Dr. Creel was ABEM certified for more than 30 years and certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric medicine. He was instrumental in designing and developing both an Emergency Medicine Residency and EMS Fellowship training and was the Medical Director of Pre Hospital and Disaster Medicine, EROC and Tennessee’s Region 3 Regional Medical Control Center at Erlanger. He held many leadership positions at Erlanger and within the community. From 2010 to 2012, he served as Medical Director of Puckett EMS and has served as Medical Director of Hamilton County EMS for the past 28 years. He laid the foundation for our current EMS system through vigilant training and support for local EMS personnel.
EMS Week, May 21-27, honors the first responders, EMS workers and Emergency Medicine personnel in the nation.