Thursday, 22 March 2018

VoteOn March 9, 2017 the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council Board of Directors held biennial elections for all directors, officers and executive committee members. While many incumbents were reelected, four new directors join the board effective April 1.

Stewart W. Martin, MD was re-elected board president. Dr. Martin, representing the city of Virginia Beach, has served on the TEMS board since 1993 including ten terms as president. Martin is board certified in emergency medicine and hyperbaric and undersea medicine. He also serves as medical director for the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services and all of its volunteer rescue squads.

Richard A. Craven, MD was re-elected vice president. Representing the community as an at-large director, Dr. Craven is board certified in emergency medicine and preventative medicine. He has served on the board for 17 years and begins his second term as vice president.

Wayne E. Shank was re-elected treasurer for his first full term. Shank was originally elected treasurer in November, succeeding long time treasurer and the council’s founding executive director, Kent J. Weber, who resigned due to illness. Shank represents the city of Virginia Beach and has served on the board since 2007.

The Tidewater EMS Council board consists of twenty-four representatives designated by the ten cities and counties in Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and several specialty organizations. Most of the incumbent directors were reelected, but four new directors were elected: Frances Emerson representing the city of Norfolk, Vincent Holt representing the city of Franklin, Paul Kea representing Southampton County, and Darren Padilla representing the city of Chesapeake.  Directors elected to the board were:

Charles R. Pruitt, representing Accomack County

John W. McNulty, III, Darren Padilla, and Thomas E. Schwalenberg, representing the city of Chesapeake

Vincent P. Holt, representing the city of Franklin

Jeffrey T. Terwilliger, representing Isle of Wight County

Frances Emerson, Daniel A. Norville and Jeffrey F. Wise and representing the city of Norfolk

Hollye B. Carpenter, representing Northampton County

Jeffrey J. Meyer, representing the city of Portsmouth

Paul S. Kea, representing Southampton County

James B. Spicer, representing the city of Suffolk

Edward M. Brazle, Christopher I. Jacobs, JD, Donna Marchant-Roof, LCSW, Stewart W. Martin, MD, and Wayne E. Shank representing the city of Virginia Beach

Lewis H. Siegel, MD, representing the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians

Janice E. McKay, RN, representing the Tidewater Emergency Nurses Association

W. Travis Kirby, PA-C, representing the Eastern Virginia Medical School

Genemarie W. McGee, RN, representing the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

Dennis J. Keane, representing the region’s special operations (technical rescue, hazardous materials, marine rescue)

Richard A. Craven, MD, at-large director

The board recognized and thanked retiring directors Terry A. Bolton (Franklin), Paul S. Holota, MD (Norfolk) and Brian L. Steelman (Southampton Co.). Each was awarded an engraved plaque. The board previously recognized Kent J. Weber (Virginia Beach) with its most prestigious crystal obelisk award for over four decades of service.

The term of office begins April 1, 2017 and extends through March 31, 2019. The number of directors representing a locality is based on population: one director for each jurisdiction then an additional director for each population increment of 100,000.

The mission of the Tidewater EMS Council is to reduce death and disability by facilitating regional cooperation, planning and implementation of an integrated emergency medical services delivery system. The Council is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1974. The council is designated by the Virginia Board of Health under the authority of the Code of Virginia §32.1-111.4:2.

In addition to EMS system planning and coordination, the council manages the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Response System, the Tidewater Center for Life Support Training and the Eastern Virginia Hospital Preparedness Program and Healthcare Coalition. More information is available on the council’s website

Upcoming Events

Cardiac Grand Rounds
Tue Mar 27 @ 7:00AM - 08:00AM
Audit and Finance Committee - TEMS
Thu Mar 29 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
EMS Medical Operations Committee - TEMS
Wed Apr 11 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
CISM Team Meeting
Mon May 07 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
OMD Committee Meeting
Tue Jun 05 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
EMS Medical Operations Committee - TEMS
Wed Jun 13 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
TEMS Quarterly Drug/IV Box Inventory
Wed Jun 20 @ 4:30PM - 04:31PM
CISM Team Meeting
Tue Aug 07 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
EMS Medical Operations Committee - TEMS
Wed Aug 08 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
OMD Committee Meeting
Wed Sep 05 @12:00PM - 02:00PM

Upcoming Classes

Mass Casualty Incident Management - Module I
Sat Mar 24 @ 9:00AM - 02:00PM
Cardiac Grand Rounds
Tue Mar 27 @ 7:00AM - 08:00AM
Consolidated Testing @EVMS 03/31/2018
Sat Mar 31 @ 6:00PM -
Basic Life Support
Tue Apr 10 @ 9:00AM - 01:00PM
Wed Apr 11 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Thu Apr 12 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Basic Life Support
Wed Apr 18 @ 9:30AM - 01:30PM
Train-the-Trainer: OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens. Airborne & Droplet Diseases Course April 19, 2018, 8 am - 5 pm, $75.00
Thu Apr 19 @ 8:30AM - 05:00PM
ACLS Provider Course (2 Day)
Thu Apr 19 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Annual Infection Control Designated Officer Update, April 19, 2018, 7 pm - 10 pm, $25.00
Thu Apr 19 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM
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