Thursday, 15 November 2018

During a beautiful evening at Harbor Park in Norfolk on June 14, 2018, the Tidewater EMS Council presented eleven regional EMS awards and a special lifetime achievement award. The awards presentation was part of the council's annual EMS family day at the ballpark attended by some 600 responders, dispatchers, emergency department staff and their families.

The council's highest award, the R. C. Dailey Award for Excellence in EMS, was awarded to James "Jim" Chandler, long server Executive Director of the Tidewater EMS Council. He also served as the lead Administrative and Finance Section Chief for the Virginia-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, also known as VA-1 DMAT as well as a mentor to many and a friend to every person he met and a friend to every person he met. Unfortunately, this year’s recipient died suddenly and left a large hole not only in Tidewater but in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s EMS system. We recognize his passion and drive to make our EMS system better and stronger in every provider, agency, and organization. 

Other award recipients were:

Bruce W. Edwards Outstanding EMS Administrator Award – Daniel Norville, Norfolk Fire-Rescue

Outstanding EMS Agency Award – Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad

Outstanding Pre-Hospital EMS Provider Award – Cheryl King, Chesapeake Fire Department

Frank M. Yeiser, Jr., MD Award – Paul Roszko, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services

Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award – Caren Herring, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital

James M. Wagenbach Outstanding Pre-Hospital Educator Award – Frank Signorelli, Tidewater Community College

Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children – Kelli England Will MD., EVMS

Outstanding Public Safety Telecommunications Dispatcher Award - Randy Green, Eastern Shore of Virginia 911 Commission

Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety Award - Gregory Noel, Chesapeake Fire Department

Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response – Hampton Roads MMRS

Lifetime Achievement Award – James “Jim” Chandler, Tidewater EMS Council

 

All of the regional EMS award winners (not including the lifetime achievement award) will become nominees in similar categories for the Governors EMS Awards program. Winners of the Governor's awards will be announced November 10, 2018, during the Virginia EMS Symposium in Norfolk.

The council thanks it's Platinum Partner, Sentara Southside Hospitals and the Kent J. Weber family as well as the Virginia Office of EMS, the Norfolk Tides Baseball Club and Norfolk Fire-Rescue for its sponsorship and support of this year's EMS family day at the ballpark and awards presentation.

The TEMS 2018 awards presentations listing all nominees with a brief description of the award recipients:

TIDEWATER EMS AWARDS PRESENTATION 2018

Every day, emergency medical services providers help save lives by responding to persons suffering heart attack, difficulty breathing, a fall or an accident, drowning, cardiac arrest, stroke, drug overdose or acute illness.  Our annual awards recognize those who are not only everyday heroes, but who go above and beyond expectations and have been nominated by their peers for outstanding service.  

Today, we welcome many of the region’s emergency medical providers, dispatchers, nurses, physicians and their families to Harbor Park as we thank them and recognize outstanding individuals and agencies who have been selected to receive an annual Tidewater EMS award.

This year the Tidewater EMS Council received 35 nominations of deserving individuals for regional awards. These individuals have been nominated by their peers for 11 different categories of Regional EMS awards.

Before announcing award nominees and recipients, we would like to thank the Tidewater EMS Council’s platinum partners: Sentara Health Systems and the Kent J. Weber family for helping make this event possible today and for supporting all of the council’s educational programs. We’d also like to thank contributors including the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services, and of course the Tidewater EMS Council and the Norfolk Tides Baseball Club.

A special ‘thank you’ goes out to Norfolk Fire Rescue Chief Jeff Wise and Battalion Chief Dan Norville for helping arrange and support the EMS picnic and awards program here today.

We would also like to recognize and thank the members of the Tidewater EMS Council’s Awards Committee who selected this year’s recipients: Kathryn Funk, Jeffrey Meyer, Brian McIntosh, Wayne Marshall, and Larry Daniels.

Finally, we would like to thank the families and friends of our EMS providers, first responders, dispatchers, emergency department nurses, emergency department physicians, staff, police and firefighters.  Your support, caring and understanding is and always will be vital to the success of our EMS system.

At this time I have the honor of announcing the nominees and recipients of the 2018 Tidewater Regional Emergency Medical Services Awards. 

These individuals and agencies have been nominated by their peers for outstanding achievement in emergency medical services. Congratulations to all of our nominees!   On the field, along the third base line, our nominees will receive a certificate of recognition and our award recipients will receive a laser engraved trophy presented by Dr. Stewart Martin, President of the Tidewater EMS Council Board of Directors and Norfolk Fire Rescue Chief Jeff Wise, a member of the Tidewater EMS Council Board of Directors.

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HEALTH & SAFETY

Our first award is the Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety award. This award is presented to an individual, program, business or licensed EMS agency within the region that has demonstrated comprehensive and significant accomplishments or contributions to EMS provider health, safety andwelfare.

This year’s recipient has been with the City of Chesapeake Fire Department for over 30 years. Over the past five years he has been instrumental in initiating several major programs that have greatly enhanced service delivery, increased provider and patient safety, and saved the agency considerable amounts of money. He spearheaded multiple projects that focused on provider efficiency and safety including the transition of all ambulances from manual stretchers to power stretchers and load systems, which has drastically reduced provider back and shoulder injuries as compared to the five years prior providing a significant cost savings to the city and minimizing lost man hours.

Another project was the installation of EMS supply vending systems for each battalion to increase supply availability, reduce waste, increase provider accountability, and to allow units to return to service faster. In addition to these projects, he identified defective equipment that was received from manufacturers. Through his thorough research, tenacity and relationships that he has built with vendors allowed the department to get entire product lines replaced with new and improved products at no cost to the agency.

Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety Award, Captain Gregory Noel of the Chesapeake Fire Department.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Our next award recognizes excellence in EMS dispatching – The Outstanding Public Safety Telecommunications Dispatcher Award.

This person supports and utilizes emergency medical dispatch techniques, clearly communicates with responders, and works above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the patient receives the best care possible in the quickest means possible.

Nominees for this category are: Randy Green with the Eastern Shore of Virginia 911 Commission, Jodi Holliman with the City of Suffolk, and Annette Ricks with the City of Chesapeake.

This year’s recipient of the Outstanding EMS Telecommunications Officer began his career in the spring of 2016 and quickly became one of the lead 911 dispatchers for Northampton and Accomack counties. While in training, he showed his passion of wanting to help people and was eager to get behind the console. During a large flooding incident in the Parksley area, he began assisting other dispatchers with the numerous calls pouring into the center while still in a trainee position. 

Once he finished his training, he continues to dedicate himself to his community through working extra shifts and assisting when the dispatch center became overwhelmed. He has performed exemplary during a large commercial structure fire and the January blizzard of 2018. He is one of those dispatchers that you want on your shift when all hell breaks loose.

Congratulations to this year's Outstanding EMS Telecommunications Officer recipient Randy Green with the Eastern Shore of Virginia 911 Commission.

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EMS for Children

         Our next award is the Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children. This award is presented to an individual, organization, or program that exemplifies outstanding dedication and service to the contribution, development, and/or enhancement of EMS for children in Virginia.

         The nominees for this category are: Derek Fuller of Princess Anne Courthouse Volunteer Rescue Squad and Dr. Kelli England-Will of Eastern Virginia Medical School.

         This year’s recipient developed and produced a video focused on Child Safety Seat utilization and implementation. In the first month of posting to social media, the “Boost ‘em in the Back Seat” video reached over 9 million viewers not including additional distribution through The Today Show, Good Housekeeping, and local and national news outlets and in over 117 countries.

         The video produced through the cooperation of Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters, Portsmouth Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services, and Navy Regional Medical Center Portsmouth, demonstrates the risks and benefits of utilizing booster seats for children that have outgrown the standard child safety seat. The use of dramatized motor vehicle collisions, ambulance transport, and emergency room scenarios, this video helps to drive home the importance of proper seat belt usage and the impact it has on our children in the event of a motor vehicle collision.

         This video was produced through a grant from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles allowing this message to be professionally produced and distributed ensuring maximum impact to all involved at no cost to any of the involved partners. With the world-wide impact of such a simple change in behavior, the impact on our children’s safety in transportation accidents has been brought to the forefront of every parent’s conversation.

         Please join me in congratulating this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children, Dr. Kelly England-Will.

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PREPAREDNESS

Our next award is the Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response. This award is presented to any individual, EMS organization or EMS response group within the Commonwealth of Virginia that has demonstrated comprehensive and/or significant accomplishments for programs that provide preparedness, response and recovery from natural, man-made and preplanned events, which cause a significant impact on the agency and the community.

The nominees for this category are: Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, Jason Lombard with Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services, and Shawn Metzner with the Eastern Virginia Healthcare Coalition.

This year’s recipient plans for the medical consequences of all-hazards consistent with the regional Threat Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment. 11 Disaster Medical Support Units, 10 Mass Casualty Evacuation Transport Units, and 13 Shelter Support Units have been provided at no cost to all 17 jurisdictions of the Hampton Roads Planning District. These units ensure the region is better prepared and provides resources to the communities served enhancing the region’s resilience. Utilizing 213 members, this organization has provided support for the multi-alarm structure fire displacing 150 residents in Chesapeake requiring a physician-level medical shelter reducing the surge impact on the Chesapeake Fire Department and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. This organization has also deployed in support of the Shamrock Marathon providing direct care to a cardiac arrest victim resulting in a field resuscitation. Due to all of these actions, this organization has been recognized by the Virginia Emergency Management Association for Outstanding Emergency Response for 2018.

Please join me in congratulating the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System as this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response award.

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Pre-Hospital Educator

The James M. Wagenbach Outstanding Pre-Hospital Educator Award honors an emergency medical services instructor who exemplifies outstanding teaching and leadership qualities and who demonstrates a dedication to the education of pre-hospital providers.

Nominees for this category are: Frank Signorelli with Tidewater Community College and John Wanamaker of Isle of Wight County Emergency Services and the Nansemond-Suffolk Volunteer Rescue Squad.

This year’s recipient has been an educator with Tidewater Community College for over 5 years after serving with Norfolk Fire-Rescue and FEMA Virginia Task Force 2.  He excels as an educator always going the extra mile for his students. He conducts courses from the EMT through the Paramedic certification level with his students certifying at a near 100% pass rate for the National Registry certification examinations.

He has demonstrated continued excellence in his approach to education. He expects nothing but the best from his students and then empowers his students to meet those expectations. He also sits on several workgroups focused on improving the overall delivery with the EMS program at Tidewater Community College. Most notably, he developed and chaired the training workgroup charged with identifying and correcting needed areas for development of faculty and staff.

Congratulations to this year's Outstanding Pre-hospital Educator Award recipient Frank Signorelli with Tidewater Community College.

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NURSE

The Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS award recognizes outstanding dedication and service in the field of nursing, knowledge and performance of EMS nursing skills, and cooperative, positive interaction with other EMS personnel. Our nominees this year are: Caren Herring of Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, Chris Roberts with Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, and Sonya Woronowicz with Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

Over the last three years, the recipient of this award has built a comprehensive Hospital Emergency Response Team at Sentara Princess Anne by connecting pre-hospital, clinical, and medical staff. This program includes basic HAZMAT, highly infectious disease, pet decontamination, and emergency response.

However, her span of influence doesn’t stop at Sentara Princess Anne, she also works with Virginia Beach EMS and other agencies to promote coordinated mitigation that includes pre-hospital and in-hospital training and drills. She also assists with preparedness by supporting emergency management efforts at local races and events. Not only do these events provide support to the community, but they also serve as an opportunity to strengthen relationships through networking and exercise evaluation. She led the Sentara Princess Anne Hospital Emergency Response Team to assist with the large-scale senior citizen apartment fire in the City of Chesapeake. She has also aided in after-action planning for several local emergency management situations. She is always ready and willing to respond to any need that may arise in our community.

Please join me in congratulating this year's Outstanding Emergency Nurse Award recipient Caren Herring with Sentara Princess Anne Hospital.

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PHYSICIAN

The Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a Physician award recognizes a physician who exemplifies outstanding leadership and dedication in the exercise of pre-hospital care. Our nominees this year are: Dr. Denise Harrison with Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital and Dr. Paul Roszko with Naval Regional Medical Center Portsmouth.

This year’s recipient exemplifies outstanding leadership and dedication to improving the pre-hospital care of military and EMS agencies in the Northeast region and especially here in Tidewater. He currently serves as the Medical Director for Navy Fire and Emergency services supervising over 517 EMTs and 54 Paramedics in 9 states covering 21 military installations that respond to over 10,000 EMS incidents annually.

He also led education on the care of the STEMI and Stroke patients to improve the transport times of all the Navy Regional Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services. This has improved first medical contact to needle times for both stroke care and STEMI care. He assisted our STEMI team with all new protocols for the ED Pit stop and in 2016 and 2017 our first medical contact to restoration of circulation has been below 66 minutes for the past two years.

His involvement in EMS spans multiple communities, states, and nations. His leadership with the United States Navy, the Tidewater EMS region, and local hospitals has not gone unnoticed.

Please join me in congratulating this year's Outstanding Emergency Physician Award recipient Doctor Paul Roszko with Navy Regional Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services.

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PROVIDER

Next we would like to introduce you to Our Outstanding Pre-Hospital EMS Provider. This person is characterized as one who exemplifies outstanding dedication and service to their community as a field provider.

Nominees for this award are: Susan Bauman with the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Brian Bock with Portsmouth Fire Rescue and Emergency Services, Michael Brown with the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services, James Gray with Northampton County Department of Emergency Medical Services, Cheryl King with the Chesapeake Fire Department, Jason Kinlaw with Navy Regional Mid-Atlantic Fire and Emergency Services, Brandon Newins with the Chesapeake Fire Department, Corey Snyder with Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Clarence Williams with Norfolk Fire-Rescue.

This year’s recipient shares her knowledge and expertise by instructing, mentoring and serving as a role model. She conducts daily training on shift and through her efforts at company and department in-services and academy training is continually striving to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the members of our department.

She doesn’t limit her work to the field or her patients. She has taken on the task of researching and implementing the Pulse Point Response Program to improve the community utilization of bystander CPR and AEDs.  She uses her off-duty time to help document and log locations of AEDs in the city and teach CPR classes to church groups and other organizations. Her overall commitment to the community has resulted in better outcomes for sudden cardiac arrest victims. Her actions show dedication and commitment to the community and embody the mission of her department.

Join me in congratulating this year’s recipient for Outstanding Pre-Hospital Provider Award: ALS Technician Firefighter Cheryl King.

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AGENCY

The Outstanding EMS Agency award is presented to an agency which exemplifies outstanding professionalism and service to its community; whose high level of patient care is evident by training programs, community awareness programs, preventative health programs and participation in local, regional and statewide EMS systems.

Nominees for this category are: Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fast Track EMS.

The agency selected as this year’s Outstanding EMS Agency provides free pre-hospital emergency care to the citizens and tourists in Virginia Beach. The 175 dedicated volunteer operational and support members donate over 45,000 hours of community service each year.  The rescue squad has crews running out of two stations and responds to over 14,000 calls each year. The rescue squad provides 24/7 medical response within the City of Virginia Beach.  This organization provides crews for several large special events such as the Polar Plunge and numerous marathons as well as providing community EMS outreach through monthly community CPR classes, social media engagement, public safety education, and patient outreach.

Please join me in congratulating the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, our 2018 Outstanding EMS Agency.

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ADMINISTRATOR

The Bruce W. Edwards Outstanding EMS Administrator Award recognizes outstanding leadership and management qualities for EMS personnel who have supervisory or administrative duties.

Nominees for this award are: Hollye Carpenter of Northampton County Department of Emergency Medical Services, Daniel Norville of Norfolk Fire-Rescue, and James Stafford of Fast Track EMS.

This year’s recipient has over 40 years in EMS within the Commonwealth of Virginia as both a volunteer and a career provider. He started his EMS service in 1972 as an Explorer, later joining Davis Corner Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad in 1974. He rose through the ranks and obtained his paramedic certification in 1981. In 1990, he worked with several individuals in completing the merger with Paramedical Rescue Service and the Norfolk Fire Department. He now serves as the Chief Medical Officer and Battalion Chief with Norfolk Fire-Rescue.

He is a recognized leader in his field, having faithfully served the Commonwealth as a member of the Virginia Governmental EMS Administrators organization, the Financial Assistance Review Committee, and as a member of the planning team for the Virginia EMS Symposium for almost two decades. It is his logistical acumen that really helps to make that event such a success every year. He is a founding member of Virginia Task Force 2 – Urban Search and Rescue, Virginia-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, Tidewater Regional Technical Rescue Team, and the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Strike Team. He also serves as a member of the Tidewater EMS Council Board of Directors, volunteers his spare time with up and coming EMS providers, and serving with his local church.

Congratulations to this year's Outstanding EMS Administrator, Battalion Chief Daniel Norville of Norfolk Fire-Rescue.

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EXCELLENCE

Our final and most cherished category is the R.C. Dailey Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Services. This award was established in honor of longtime Tidewater EMS Council Associate Executive Director R.C. “Flash” Dailey to recognize an individual who exemplifies outstanding dedication and services to the local, regional or state EMS system and who has demonstrated a commitment to a comprehensive, integrated EMS system. 

The nominees for this prestigious award are: James Chandler, the Executive Director of the Tidewater EMS Council, Michael Soto with Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Tidewater Community College, and Maryann Fitchett formally with Northampton County Department of EMS.

This Year’s recipient began his involvement in Emergency Medical Services, volunteering as a teenager as a firefighter and rescue squadsman with the Onancock Volunteer Fire Department. His passion for EMS continued as he attended Virginia Tech, and served on their rescue squad becoming a Life Member and Past Captain of the squad. After his graduation, he served in various roles throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia serving for over 36 years in such places as the Eastern Shore Medical Services Council, the Blue Ridge EMS Council, and Tidewater EMS Council, where he served as the Training Coordinator and ultimately as the Executive Director. He also served as the lead Administrative and Finance Section Chief for the Virginia-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, also known as VA-1 DMAT.

This year’s recipient was an expert in his field, a mentor to many, and most of all a friend to every person he met. Unfortunately, this year’s recipient died suddenly and left a large hole not only in Tidewater but in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s EMS system. We recognize his passion and drive to make our EMS system better and stronger in every provider, agency, and organization. It is with great pleasure and profound sorrow that we recognize Jim Chandler, the Executive Director of the Tidewater EMS Council as this year’s recipient of the R. C. Dailey Award for Excellence in EMS award. Accepting on his behalf is his wife of 29 years, Mrs. Ramona Chandler and his family.

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LIFETIME

Last year the Tidewater EMS Council created a special award recognizing providers that had a great impact on the Tidewater EMS Region – The Lifetime Achievement Award.  Often understated and overlooked is the impact Jim has had while at the helm of the Tidewater Emergency Medical Service Council. Jim served in key roles such as Chair of the Virginia EMS Councils Director’s Group. He was also a visionary and expert collaborator; Jim partnered with the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and the Virginia HealthCare and Hospital Association to bring the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System and the Eastern Virginia Healthcare Coalition under his stewardship. Jim was a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team since its inception in 1986.  Jim was very passionate about CISM and remained extremely active recruiting members over the years. Lesser known, Jim played a key role in helping to establish the paramedic program at Tidewater Community College some 30 years ago. Think about how many paramedics have been trained in the region as a result of that initiative. It is with great honor that the Tidewater EMS Council now names the Lifetime Achievement Award after our Executive Director, Jim Chandler and recognize him and his family with the presentation of the James “Jim” Chandler TEMS Lifetime Achievement Award.

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 All of the Tidewater regional EMS award recipients will become nominees for the annual Governor’s EMS awards program for a chance to win statewide recognition in their respective categories. The Governor’s EMS award recipients will be announced in November here in Norfolk and we wish you all good luck!

On behalf of the Tidewater EMS Council, and those who sponsored and helped organize this EMS Day at the Ballpark and annual awards presentation, thank you for your service.  Let’s give our nominees, award recipients and all of our EMS guests a warm round of applause!

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