NHS Paramedic and EMS Clinical Coordinator, Matthew Young, was recently recognized by the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce as the 2017 Medic of the Year. The award was given at the recent Chamber Banquet, which recognizes leaders in the community.
“I am honored to receive the award,” said Young. “I am very thankful to the people that nominated and selected me. I am humbled as well, because I work with some great medics that would be equally deserving of this award.”
Having learned to care for others from his mother, Young began his medic career, working in EMS in 1990 and later becoming a paramedic in 1993.
“I was literally raised in a nursing home, as my mother was the Director of Nursing at the same facility for nearly 40 years,” said Young. “I was raised to take care of people. In fact, the best part of my job is taking care of people. The Lord put us on Earth to take care of and help one another, and I actually have a job that pays me to do that!”
While Young always wanted to become a police officer, a dream later realized, he learned he was destined for the medical field.
“Both of my sisters have become nurses and my wife is a nurse practitioner,” said Young. “My mother encouraged me to go to EMT school as I was too young to apply to the police force. I went to EMT school and just kept moving along to the paramedic level.
“I love working at NHS and serving the Cherokee county and Tahlequah area. We are a group of people who enjoy helping and taking care of our friends and family. We do some phenomenal work here and have brought some amazing medical advancements to our community.”