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  • Our Awards and Recognition

    Because of the remarkable dedication of our employee-owners, Acadian and its subsidiaries have won the highest honors in our industry. Our growth, diversification, and commitment to excellence has garnered our company international acclaim and recognition by the American Ambulance Association, the U.S. Senate, Microsoft founder and author Bill Gates, Inc. magazine, and even the Smithsonian Institution.


    2014

    • Newborn baby transported from out-of-state, Acadian honored
      Acadian Ambulance was honored with the “Making a Difference” award by David Callecod, president and CEO of Lafayette General Health System. An employee of Lafayette General Medical Center went into early labor and her baby was delivered while vacationing in Florida. Naturally, she wanted to get her and her baby home to Louisiana as soon as possible. Thanks to the flawless teamwork between our Hub City team and the staff of Lafayette General, the new family of three was transported back to Lafayette, healthy and happy.

    • Safety Management Systems recognized as 2014 LSU 100 business for second year in a row
      Safety Management Systems, a division of Acadian, has again been named to the prestigious Louisiana State University’s LSU 100 list, which recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest-growing LSU-owned or LSU-led businesses in the world.
    • ESOP Association honors Acadian as Company of the Year
      The southwest chapter of the ESOP Association selected Acadian as its Company of the Year. Acadian was first chosen for the award in 2007 and then again in 2012.
    • Acadian Monitoring Services was chosen as top three Central Station of the Year
      Acadian Monitoring Services was selected as one of the top three Central Stations of the Year during the ninth annual Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Excellence Awards Breakfast.

    • Acadian Medics honored at Stars of Life Celebration in Washington, D.C.
      The annual Stars of Life Celebration honors medics from around the U.S. for their heroic actions and dedication to the communities they serve. Paramedics of the Year Alex Durio and Stan Caballero, and EMTs of the Year Callie Callais and Eldrina Coleman, attended and also met with congressional staffers to discuss legislation important to the emergency medical services community.

    • Acadian honored at annual Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation Luncheon
      The luncheon celebrates active businesses who have contributed to the revitalization and development of Upper Lafayette. The award was accepted by Richard Zuschlag, Acadian CEO and chairman.

    • The Louisiana State Police awarded Acadian Ambulance and Air Med with their elite Distinguished Service Award The award is bestowed upon entities that are friends and comrades of the LSP and go above and beyond in serving their communities.

    • Acadian Ambulance's President's Cup Heads to Houma
      Acadian Ambulance Service's Bayou Region was honored for its commitment to safety during a ceremony in Houma, La.

    2013

    • Acadian Makes the Inc. 500|5000 List
      Inc. magazine ranked Acadian number 4541 on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy-America's independent entrepreneurs. 

    • Acadian Ambulance Service acquires Care Ambulance
      Acadian Ambulance Service expands its New Orleans operations with the acquisition of Care Ambulance. Based in Harvey, Care Ambulance provides emergency and non-emergency medical transportation in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.

    • Safety Management Systems enters public-private partnership with UL Lafayette
      Safety Management Systems (SMS), a division of Acadian, has entered a public-private partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies (NIMSAT), to provide training and services for all-hazards emergency preparedness.
    • National EMS Academy celebrates 10 years of service
      A decade of education and growth was celebrated at the tenth anniversary of the National EMS Academy. Each year, NEMSA continues to exceed the national average pass rate for EMTs and paramedics. In 2012, NEMSA's pass rate surpassed the national average for EMTs, 88 percent to 81 percent and paramedics 89 percent to 84 percent. With seven campuses in Louisiana and two in Texas, the Academy has trained almost 2 percent of all newly nationally registered paramedics in the nation and has produced 3,428 EMTs and 1,490 paramedics since 2003.

    • Acadian CFO and Executive Vice President Elected to Chair ESOP Association
      David L. Kelly, Acadian's executive vice president and chief financial officer, has been elected to serve as chair of The ESOP Association, which is a national trade association for companies with Employee Stock Ownership Plans and the leading voice in America for employee ownership.

    • Acadian Ambulance's President's Cup Heads to Austin
      Acadian Ambulance Service's Central Texas region was honored for its commitment to safety during a ceremony in Austin, Texas.

    • Safety Management Systems Honored as LSU 100 Business
      Safety Management Systems, a division of Acadian, has been named to the prestigious Louisiana State University's LSU 100 list. The list recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest growing LSU-owned or LSU-led businesses in the world. SMS is one of the largest providers of health, safety, medical, and security services for the energy industry.

    • Acadian Medics honored at Stars of Life Celebration in Washington, D.C.
      The annual Stars of Life Celebration honors medics from around the U.S. for their heroic actions and dedication to the communities they serve. Paramedic of the Year Paul O' Bannon and EMT of the Year David Melancon attended and also met with congressional staffers to discuss legislation important to the emergency medical services community.
    • Acadian Ambulance holds Inaugural Medic of the Year Banquet in Texas
      Seven years of growth and expansion - and the state's first Paramedic and EMT of the Year - were celebrated and honored at the inaugural Texas Medic Banquet on Saturday, May 11 in Houston.

    • National EMS Academy One of Four Accredited Programs
      The National EMS Academy is one out of only four schools in Louisiana to have their paramedic program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.CAAHEP accredits a program based on the quality of the institution and its services, and by measuring them against agreed upon standards.

    2012

    • Acadian featured in The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Force Multiplier campaign
      Acadian was recognized as one of the Foundation's best and brightest initiatives that have helped revolutionize the healthcare industry. RWJF is the nation's largest philanthrophy devoted solely to the public's health.

    • Acadian honored by Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center
      Acadian was recognized as a partner for aiding and benefiting Our Lady of Lourdes Ministries to the sick.
    • Acadian wins Inc. Magazine's Hire Power Award
      Inc. Magazine ranked Acadian number 18 on its inaugural list of Hire Power Awards.  Acadian was also ranked number 1 in Louisiana companies and number 4 in the healthcare industry for their substantial job creation over the past few years.
    • Acadian wins two AACE Awards
      The Annual Award for SW Chapter ESOP Company of the Year and runner-up in the Video category.

    • Medina County added to Acadian Ambulance service area
      Acadian Ambulance Service was unanimously selected by the county board to provide EMS service in Medina County, Texas. 

    • People's Choice Award for Best Ambulance Service
      Acadian Ambulance won the People's Choice Award for Best Ambulance Service in The Hardin County News, a paper in Lumberton, Texas. Readers vote on their favorite local businesses in this annual readership poll.

    • Acadian Medics honored at Stars of Life Celebration in Washington, D.C.
      The annual Stars of Life Celebration honors medics from around the U.S. for their heroic actions and dedication to the communities they serve. Paramedic of the Year Garrett LeBoeuf and EMT of the Year Demetrius Terrick attended and also met with congressional staffers to discuss legislation important to the emergency medical services community.

    • Live Oak County added to Acadian Ambulance service area
      Acadian Ambulance Service was awarded a contract to provide 911 service in Live Oak County, Texas. 

    • Bexar County contract extended
      The University Health System unanimously extended Acadian’s Bexar County 911 for two years. UHS oversees EMS services for the unincorporated areas of the 800-square-mile county.

    • North Texas operations honored by Sandy Lake Rehab for excellent service
      The facility, located in Coppell, noted Acadian’s willingness to participate in events, offer in-service training for employees, and provide a dedicated wheelchair van branded with the facility’s logo.
    2011
    • Acadian Ambulance Service honored with EGSR Seven Seals Award
      Acadian Ambulance Service received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Seven Seals Award, which recognizes individuals, employers or organizations that have demonstrated leadership and initiative in their support of the men and women who serve our nation in the National Guard and Reserve. The Seven Seals award is the second-highest given by the state ESGR committee.

    • Private-Sector Leadership Award bestowed upon Acadian Ambulance Service
      The company’s use of the fuel-efficient Sprinter ambulance earned the award in a "Going Green" competition sponsored by the San Antonio Business Journal.

    • Acadian employees Lacie Huter and Maisha Drexler win the 2011 National Employee Ownership Poster Award The ladies received the national award from Michael Keeling during Acadian’s annual ESOP Meeting in May and their winning design was distributed nationwide to ESOP companies as the representative ESOP month poster for 2011.

    • Five Acadian Ambulance management staff members receive the prestigious Patriot Award
      Colonel Roy "Ike" Nomey of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented Patriot Awards and pinned Operations Managers Orlando Rolon and Joe Szush, Operations Supervisors Beau Andrepont and Justin Cox, and Coding and Department Center Manager Natalie Roberts.  The award recognizes their extraordinary support of the National Guard and Reserves. All were nominated by their employees who are currently activated with the 256th Infantry Brigade.

    • Acadiana Economic Development Council honors Acadian
      Bestowed annually by the Acadiana Economic Development Council, the award recognizes a company that exemplifies entrepreneurship, innovation, great corporate culture and a strong regional spirit. The award itself is an original piece of art created by renowned local artist Kelly Guidry and was presented to Acadian Companies’ chairman and CEO Richard Zuschlag by Gregg Gothreaux on behalf of LEDA.

    • Former U.S. President George W. Bush delivers keynote address at Annual Paramedic Luncheon
      President Bush reflected on the importance of freedom and values when he spoke to more than 2,200 people at Acadian Ambulance Service's annual Paramedic Luncheon. Noting that Acadian is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the president called the company a "testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of America."

    • Acadian Medics honored in Washington, D.C.
      Sponsored by the American Ambulance Association, the 65th annual Stars of Life Celebration honors medics from around the U.S. for their heroic actions and dedication to the communities they serve. Paramedic of the Year Steven Simon and EMT of the Year Todd Weir attended to represent Acadian.

    • Acadian Monitoring Services wins runner-up for the CSAA Central Station of the Year
      The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Central Station Excellence Awards recognize any UL-listed central station (CSAA members and non-members) and outstanding personnel who perform in the highest professional manner, thereby making a significant contribution to the betterment of the alarm industry and the alarm profession while demonstrating exceptional service to their customers and community.

    • Acadian honored for environmental leadership
      Acadian Ambulance Service received the Private Sector Leadership award in the San Antonio Business Journal’s "Going Green" competition for its use of the environmentally-friendly Sprinter ambulances.
    2010
    • Acadian wins two AACE Awards
      The Annual Award for Communications Excellence (AACE) was awarded to Acadian in the category of Special Events and Promotions for last year's annual ESOP meeting themed Wednesday Night Live. In addition, we were a runner-up in the category of Total Communications.

    • Acadian receives Top Workplace awards
      The company’s Austin and Bexar County operations were honored as Top Workplaces in competitions sponsored by the Austin American Statesman and the San Antonio Express-News.

    2009

    • Acadian makes the Inc. 5000 List
      Inc.magazine ranked Acadian Ambulance Service as one of 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the nation, marking the third consecutive year the company has been included in the exclusive list.

    • Bexar County added to service area
      Following a highly-competitive bid process, Acadian Ambulance Service was selected as the contracted 911 ambulance provider for the unincorporated areas of Bexar County, Texas. 

    • ESOP Association honors Acadian
      For the third consecutive year, Acadian Ambulance was honored with Best Communications for services and accomplishments with emphasis on how ownership enhances their quality of service, and for the second time was awarded Most Effective ESOP Committee.
    2008
    • Acadian honored by Austin Chamber of Commerce
      Acadian was named as a finalist to receive top honors in the category of customer service  at the 2008 Austin Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Gala.

    • Louisiana Department of Education honors Acadian Ambulance
      Acadian Ambulance Service received  the first annual 2008 Outstanding Secondary Business Champion Award from the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

    • Acadian Medics honored in Washington, D.C.
      Sponsored by the American Ambulance Association, the 65th annual Stars of Life Celebration honors medics from around the U.S. for their heroic actions and dedication to the communities they serve. Paramedic of the Year Glenn Naquin and EMT of the Year John Trahan also visited their congressmen to discuss health care issues.

    2007

    • Bob Woodruff of ABC News keynote speaker at Annual Acadian Paramedic Luncheon
      Bob Woodruff, recognized as one the world’s leading broadcast journalists, gave a dramatic eyewitness account of activity in Iraq to a New Orleans audience of more than 1400. Woodruff was guest speaker at the Acadian Ambulance Service Paramedic Luncheon, held for the first time in the Crescent City. 

    • United Way of Acadiana recognizes Acadian Ambulance
      Acadian Ambulance received United Way’s Torian Award for going above and beyond the call to give.   
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