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.
- Acadian earns United Way of Acadiana Torian Award for Overall Campaign Excellence
Hundreds of businesses and thousands of individuals pledged their support in 2016 despite a challenging economy and the added stress of a record-breaking flood. Acadian conducts an annual support campaign where hundreds of employees generously donate time and effort to their local United Way.
- Acadian Ambulance acquires Ameristat Ambulance in Central Texas
Acadian Ambulance Service of Texas, LLC, has acquired Ameristat Ambulance in Central Texas. The purchase marks Acadian’s fourth acquisition in Texas this year. Ameristat was established in 2014 and provides emergency and non-emergency medical transportation.
- Acadian Ambulance acquires Odyssey EMS in Houston
Acadian Ambulance Service of Texas, LLC, has acquired Odyssey EMS in Houston. Odyssey, which was established in 2003, provides Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, critical care, pediatric and bariatric transports.
Vice President of Governmental Relations Asbel Montes receives the American Ambulance Association President's Award
These awards are given by the AAA president to volunteer leaders who have shown commitment to the advancement of the AAA above and beyond the call of duty. Asbel Montes has worked tirelessly as co-chair of the payment reform committee.
Acadian honored as Leaders in Philanthropy by Community Foundation of Acadiana
Acadian Companies received the Leaders in Philanthropy Corporate Award for its outstanding generosity and commitment to Acadiana. The company’s mission is Knowing Life Matters, and this is practiced through the services it provides every day and through Acadian’s community involvement. The company’s philanthropy primarily supports causes that are focused on life and health.
Richard Zuschlag Receives the 2016 Jewell P. Lowe Humanitarian Award from 232-HELP
Richard Zuschlag has been selected as as the 2016 recipient of the Jewell P. Lowe Humanitarian Award. This award recognizes those individuals of substantial humanitarian accomplishment who exhibit a deep compassion for those less fortunate, a desire to improve the lives of the people of Acadiana, and whose life’s work has positively advanced these ideas.
- Air Med Services lands on cover of prestigious flight magazine
Professional Pilot Magazine’s September Air Medical Transport Conference issue cover and story featured our air operations, Air Med Services. We were very honored to host article author and pilot Brent Bundy.
- Acadian Ambulance ranks No. 1
Acadian Ambulance Service took the No. 1 spot as ABiz's Top 50 Companies of 2016. The annual luncheon honors ABiz's Top 50 Private Companies and publicly traded companies.
- Acadian CEO honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Acadian Ambulance Service CEO and founder Richard Zuschlag was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pinnacle conference in San Antonio on Thursday, July 21, marking only the second time that the award has been presented.
- Acadian Ambulance and Air Med celebrate decades of excellence and service
Celebrating a year of milestones, Acadian Ambulance is marking its 45th anniversary and Air Med Services its 35th year in operation.
- City of Gautier, Mississippi, names Acadian amongest the best
The First Responder Award was presented to Acadian on behalf of their long-standing service and loyalty to the nearly 20,000 residents of Gautier, Mississippi. An appreciation dinner was also held for our staff and crew members.
- Paramedic Named Among Mississippi’s Elite
Acadian Paramedic Mike Martin was honored at the second annual First Responders Appreciation Dinner in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
- Louisiana Association of Nationally Registered EMTs honors Acadian
Four Acadian employees were honored during the Louisiana Association of Nationally Registered EMTs 2016 awards program in June. Vice President of Operations Clay Henry earned the Administrator of the Year Award; Paramedic Jamie Bergeron earned the Outstanding Achievement Award; EMT Kim Richard won EMT of the Year honors; and Paramedic Kelly Grayson won the award for Paramedic of the Year.
- Acadian celebrates 10 years in Texas
A decade ago, Acadian became the 911 provider in Orange County as the result of a competitive bid. That was our first service area in Texas; since then, we have added 37 Texas counties and serve the Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin metro areas.
- Texas earns a perfect score
The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) reviewed our Texas operations earlier this year, and we earned a perfect score. The reviewers’ assessment of our company was exceptional, and we are proud to continue our history of CAAS accreditation in the Lone Star State.
- Acadian acquires Bay Star and East Texas Medical Center
Acadian expands its service area in Texas with the acquisitions of Bay Star Ambulance and East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) EMS’ Pasadena operations. Serving the greater Houston metro area, Bay Star has provided outstanding emergency medical care to residents for more than 13 years. ETMC, the former 911 provider for the city of Pasadena, was the largest rural not-for-profit ambulance service in the state. These acquisitions have added more than 120 employees to our Houston operations.
Acadian Ambulance acquires TLC Ambulance
With service beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, the acquisition process for TLC Ambulance was complete. TLC, which is based in Dallas, provided medical transportation throughout Dallas County and was the EMS provider for Seagoville, which makes this our first 911 contract in North Texas. The purchase added 26 patients a day, 45 full-time employees and seven ambulances to our Texas operations.
- Acadian Total Security introduced
Acadian Total Security was introduced to local business people and chamber members at the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Sept. 23, 2014. President Blane Comeaux spoke about Acadian’s rich 40-year history in the Houma/Terrebonne area through ambulance and monitoring services.
- 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.
National EMS Academy exceeds the National Average Pass Rates for fourth consecutive year
NEMSA has exceeded the National Average Pass Rate for EMT and paramedic graduates for the fourth consecutive year. Results released by the National Registry of EMTs revealed our EMT graduates earned 87 percent, while the national average was 79. Our paramedic graduates earned an 89 percent pass rating while the national average was 86. Through continuous refinement of our training curriculum and examination processes, NEMSA remains a leader in EMS education industry.
- Safety Management Systems partners with Excelerant to create Energy Leadership Academy
Safety Management Systems joined forces with Excelerant, one of the nation’s top leadership development companies, to create the Energy Leadership Academy, a new leadership development program designed exclusively for those currently employed in the energy industry.
- 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, Louisiana.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.