FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 23, 2021
EDIT: This is now an article in the Las Cruces Sun-News: DACC EMS director receives state award
Medical Director Dr. Benjamin Diven, Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program, has been recognized by the New Mexico Department of Health for his dedication and exemplary service to the community.
Dr. Diven was awarded the Tim Fleming Medical Director of the Year award during the New Mexico EMS ceremonies held Thursday, April 8th This award recognizes a physician who serves the EMS system through meritoriously executing their duties as an EMS medical director.
Dr. Diven not only serves as DACC EMS Program medical director, he is also the medical director for the Las Cruces Fire Department, Doña Ana County Fire and Rescue Department, New Mexico State University Fire Department, NMSU Police Department and Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority.
Dr. Diven was recognized for being an incredible representative and leader of the EMS community through teaching, providing medical direction and serving on the state Medical Director Committee. Dr. Diven is a former paramedic and graduate of the UNM School of Medicine. He was an emergency room physician with Memorial Medical Center, started the first occupational medicine practice in Las Cruces, served as the EMS medical director for the City-County ambulance service, medical director for the NMSU Campus Health Center, and started his service as DACC’s medical director of the EMS program in 1990.
“I’m very pleased to have been able to be a part of the DACC EMS programs all these years and through many outstanding directors,” says Dr. Diven. “I think it is one of the best training programs in the state and there are many good ones.”
Dr. Diven is married with three children and six grandchildren. He has also published an autobiography on his experience with severe bipolar disorder.
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