(October 19, 2012) Dallas, Texas - EmCare founder Leonard Riggs, M.D., was honored on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Each Moment Matters Award Luncheon. The event is hosted by Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation and benefits Faith Presbyterian Hospice.
The Each Moment Matters Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the following attributes:
• Compassion and excellence in daily living;
• Faith in serving others with joy, gratitude, respect, kindness and love;
• Courage in empowering, educating, and giving hope to others;
• Integrity in maintaining high level of ethics, reliability, trust and decency.
Dr. Riggs is among 49 recipients who embody the mission of Presbyterian Communities and Services – to make each moment matter. Each will be presented with a commemorative book that includes the stories and pictures of each honoree.
In Dr. Riggs’ case, those stories and pictures will document his devotion to health care and to his country. He interned at the University of Tennessee and then served in the US Navy as a Flight Surgeon for the First Marine Air Wing in Vietnam. After returning from the military in 1972, he began his career as an Emergency Physician at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where he eventually became Chief of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Riggs was recognized nationally through his involvement with Emergency Medicine at all levels, including a stint as President of the American College of Emergency Physicians and serving on the American Board of Emergency Medicine as well as numerous other medical societies.
In 1972, he founded EmCare, a company specializing in managing emergency departments for U.S. Hospitals. Today it is part of Emergency Medical Services and serves hundreds of hospitals with more than 7,000 physicians who encounter more than 15 million patients a year – that’s about one patient for every second of every day!
Dr Riggs retired to become a private investor managing family interests through a firm known as Riggs Management, Inc. He is also an affiliate of two private equity funds, CIC in Dallas and Lindsay Goldberg Bessemer in New York.
Dr. Riggs has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization and now belongs to the World Presidents Organization. He also serves or has served on the boards of Southwestern Medical Foundation, Dallas Citizens Council, Centenary College, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, and is a Past- President of the board of St. Marks School of Texas. He is now the Chairman of the Baylor Healthcare System Foundation Board of Trustees and of the North Dallas Shared Ministries.