Central EMS announced today that Doug Norton has joined Priority Ambulance as Vice President of Operations managing Central EMS’ Central Georgia region.
“With a long history as a respected member of the Georgia EMS community, Doug is well-positioned to lead and grow our Central Georgia operations,” said Robby Atkins, Southeast Regional President. “Doug was one of the first employees of Puckett EMS, a Priority company, and we are glad to be welcoming him back to the family.”
Norton has nearly 35 years of EMS experience with a significant portion spent in EMS leadership in Georgia. He began his career as an EMT and paramedic in Cherokee County, Georgia in 1986. Throughout his time in the field as an EMT, critical care paramedic and supervisor, he received multiple awards, including being recognized as Paramedic of the Year from the State of Georgia for his response following the first domestic U.S. bombing in Sandy Springs in 1990 and three Georgia Star of Life Awards.
In 2001, Norton was one of the first employees hired by Steve Puckett when he started Puckett EMS providing 911 ambulance service to Southwest Cobb County. Norton was an integral part of the Puckett EMS leadership team from 2001 to 2012, first as director of operations and later vice president of operations.
He was instrumental in expanding the business from three to 180 employees in his 11 years with the company. He oversaw the national accreditation process by the Commission on the Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), and the company received a perfect score on its evaluation during his tenure. In 2010, he supported the company’s largest expansion when it doubled in size to serve 911 and facility customers in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia.
Norton joins Central EMS most recently from American Medical Response (AMR) serving as regional operations manager in Dekalb County.
“Joining Priority Ambulance will allow me to return to my startup roots as a part of one of the fastest-growing national companies in the country,” said Norton. “I look forward to joining with Central EMS’ Atlanta team to continue to serve its current customers with excellence and grow the company’s service and footprint.”
Central EMS has been the 911 ambulance service provider to Forsyth County since 2016 and also holds multiple contract with medical facilities in the greater Atlanta area.
In addition to its Central Georgia footprint, Central EMS operates a growing base of operations in the South Georgia area of Macon, Dublin, Savannah and Statesboro. These operations will continue under the leadership of Corey Thomas, Vice President of South Georgia Operations.
Norton will begin his role on January 20, 2020.
About Central EMS
Based in Roswell, Georgia, Central EMS transports approximately 50,000 patients annually with more than 100 ambulances and other support vehicles. The company specializes in ambulance transport services between hospitals and other health care facilities, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and long-distance transports, as well as contracts for 911 services and special event coverage for Georgia Tech athletic facilities and other venues. The Central EMS team includes more than 420 EMTs, Paramedics, communication and billing specialists. For more information go to www.centralems.com.
About Priority Ambulance
Priority Ambulance serves more than 400,000 patients annually with approximately 3,000 highly trained paramedics and EMTs staffing a fleet of approximately 500 state-of-the-art vehicles with the latest medical equipment and technology. Priority Ambulance operates in 10 states under trusted local brands that provide emergency and non-emergency medical transport services.
The Priority Ambulance family of companies includes Shoals Ambulance in Alabama; Maricopa Ambulance in Arizona; Puckett EMS in Georgia and Southeast Tennessee; Central EMS in Georgia; National EMS in Georgia; Seals Ambulance in Indiana; Kunkel Ambulance in upstate New York; Trans Am Ambulance in western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania; Medshore Ambulance in South Carolina; and Priority Ambulance in east Tennessee. Priority Ambulance also serves Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities in west Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas under the Baptist brand. For more information, go to www.priorityambulance.com.