The EVE Award recognizes women with the initiative to accomplish their vision for benefiting the community. All have a history of service, passion and commitment. There are the 12 finalists for the EVE Awards. The Times-Union created the awards in 1969 to honor the achievements of women during the prior year. Judges drawn from former winners select the three recipients, who will be announced at the 50th awards luncheon at noon Friday, June 21, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, 225 E. Coastline Drive.
It has been an honor to both work with Marsha Morrell and nominate her for the EVE Award. Marsha has played an essential role at Century Ambulance from the beginning, providing the company’s first transport on May 5, 1981, from a residence to a hospital emergency department. In years since, Marsha transitioned from hands-on patient care to utilizing operational and relationship management skills which have been hugely beneficial to the growth of Century Ambulance. Her EMS and business development experience as well as leadership skills helped make Century Ambulance what it is today.
Marsha Morrell served Century Ambulance Service for 37 years. Although she officially retired in October, she wanted to ensure a smooth transition for the company’s new leadership. So she delayed her retirement by going to part time over the past year to assist in recruiting and training the new team. She retired from part-time status in March. When the company opened in 1981, the owner tapped Morrell, Century’s first female EMT, to lead it.
In 1982, Morrell became a paramedic and in 1993, the general manager. But it wasn’t until she became vice president in 1998 that she stopped “riding” the ambulance.
Century began with two basic life saving units and four full-time employees, including Morrell, working on a 24-hour truck and a day truck. Today, the company has more than 70 ambulances and 421 employees.