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“Honorable but Broken: EMS in Crisis” is a documentary film exploring the world of EMTs and paramedics, the collapse of the EMS system, and what needs to be done to save it. Narrated by six-time Golden Globe and two-time Primetime Emmy award winning actress, Sarah Jessica Parker, “Honorable but Broken” raises awareness of the systemic collapse of EMS and advocates for change.
In this episode of the EMS One-Stop podcast, host Rob Lawrence chats with producer Bryony Gilbey about the documentary that is now completed and available for streaming. Gilbey hopes the impactful, hard-hitting documentary will serve as a briefing and education tool for our elected officials and members of the general public.
As Gilbey notes, “It’s no good any longer just throwing up your hands and saying that’s just the way EMS is; it’s no good saying it’s someone else’s problem; it’s something we all need to work on, as a civilized society we need to address this issue and we need to do it quickly.”
The 60-minute documentary is now available on demand, streamed by Prodigy EMS and it is hoped that it will be used at local, state and national levels to bring attention to the issues we are facing.
Top quotes from this episode
“I expected to tell a story; I did not think that it would have quite this reaction” — Bryony Gilbey
“We now all have not many degrees of separation to somebody who has had some sort of PTSD, who has had to leave the job because of the pressures of work and dare I say ultimately taken their lives and that is incredibly sad.” — Rob Lawrence
“It all comes down to three words – all in favor – if we don’t get the vote, we don’t get the money, we don’t get the change.” — Rob Lawrence
00:48 – Documentary teaser
01:18 – Introduction/Bryony Gilbey
02:16 – The “Honorable but Broken” back story
05:46 – How did Gilbey view EMS and its issues
08:15 – The finished product and how can we view it
10:24 – A federal screening on Capitol Hill
11:30 – Reaction from elected officials
13:16 – John Mondello/emotional trauma
14:00 – Eileen Mondello – John’s mother
15:25 – Reaction to Eileen Mondello – “It never gets easier’
17:00 – He wasn’t the first, he isn’t the only and sadly he won’t be the last
22:00 – Other featured speakers in the documentary and their powerful messages
22:30 – Recruitment, retention and retirement
24:35 – What is the cost of a human life to a politician?
26:25 – Educating the legislators and the public
28:00 – The cost of readiness
29:05 – Reimbursement doesn’t add up
31:00 – The hospital side of things – Beckers Review on Hospital closures and adding to ambulance and hospital deserts
31:30 – Call to action and the legislative agenda
35:30 – Sarah Jessica Parker
39:00 – How and where to view via Prodigy EMS
39:50 – Final thoughts
About our guest
With a prolific career spanning several decades, Bryony Gilbey is a seasoned director, producer and freelance writer/editor, distinguished for crafting compelling narratives across various media platforms. As the director/producer for the impactful EMS documentary, “Honorable but Broken: EMS in Crisis,” Gilbey has showcased an unparalleled ability to guide projects from inception to completion.
Gilbey previously worked with the Nexstar Media Group, Inc. as a freelance writer/editor. Here, she demonstrated versatility by producing feature pieces on health and lifestyle topics for Tribune Publishing and contributing to BestReviews.com.
Gilbey also served as an associate producer at Mary Murphy & Co. from 2005 to 2012. During this period, she played a pivotal role in the production of the PBS American Masters documentary “Hey Boo,” centered around Harper Lee. In the early 2000s, Bryony worked as a Producer/AP at ABC News Productions, where she produced documentaries on medical breakthroughs in neonatal care for Discovery Health.
The foundation of Bryony’s career was laid during her time as an associate producer at “60 Minutes,” CBS News, from 1995 to 2000. Working closely with producers and correspondents, she contributed to the creation of original news stories.
Throughout her extensive and diverse career, Bryony Gilbey has consistently demonstrated a passion for storytelling, a keen journalistic instinct, and an unwavering commitment to delivering content that informs and resonates with audiences worldwide.
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