The Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. honored all areas of emergency medical services during its annual regional EMS awards held June 15, 2014 at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. Awards were given to those nominated by their peers for their exceptional level of service to the region's EMS system.
The 2014 Tidewater EMS Council Regional Award Recipients:
- R. C. Dailey Award for Excellence in EMS – Lorna J. Ramsey, Tidewater Community College
- Bruce W. Edwards Outstanding EMS Administrator – Joseph "Rusty" Chase, Isle of Wight Department of Emergency Services (retired)
- Outstanding EMS Agency – Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services
- Outstanding EMS Provider – Amy L. Ward, Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services
- Frank M. Yeiser, Jr., MD Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a Physician – Calin V. Maniu, MD, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center
- Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a Nurse – Anne B. Mach, RN, Sentara Virginia Beach General Emergency Department and Tidewater Community College
- James M. Wagenbach Outstanding Prehospital Educator – Kevin T. Holloway, Chincoteague EMS, Accomack Co. Dept. of Public Safety, Eastern Shore EMS Council
- Outstanding EMS Telecommunications Officer – Tracy Dove, Virginia Beach Emergency Communications
- Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior ($1,000 Scholarship) – Samantha White, Hunterdale Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin Fire and Rescue, Southampton High School
"I'm always proud of our emergency medical personnel and our award winners this year are great examples of the excellence and dedication to high quality prehospital patient care that we see every day," said Jim Chandler, executive director of the Tidewater EMS Council.
Recipients of the regional awards will compete for the prestigious 2014 Governor's EMS Awards, which will be announced at the Virginia EMS Symposium's Annual Awards Ceremony, November 8 in Norfolk. Winners will be presented with a trophy and a certificate signed by the Governor and the winning high school senior receives a $5000 scholarship.
"It's an honor to celebrate the high level of excellence demonstrated by those within the Virginia EMS System. Their dedication and commitment to serve at a moment's notice, often times putting their own lives on the line, is greatly valued and worthy of recognition," said Gary Brown, director of the Virginia Office of EMS.
The awards were presented as part of an annual EMS family picnic hosted by the Tidewater EMS Council. This year's picnic at the Virginia Zoo has a record attendance of more than 1600 EMS providers, firefighters, first responders, dispatchers, nurses, physicians and other hospital staff and their families. Picnic sponsorship was provided by Bon Secours Virginia Emergency Services, the Eastern Virginia Healthcare Coalition, Medical Transport, LLC, Penn Care, Tidewater Emergency Nurses Association, the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation and the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.
Door prizes contributed by local businesses were awarded during the event and recognitions were given for winners of the various games including potato sack and three-legged races and tug of war. The grand prize, a 50-person BBQ party donated by Mike's Mobile Pig-Nic valued at $1250, was won by Steven Willoughby of the Nansemond-Suffolk Rescue Squad. A dunk tank contributed by Medical Transport raised $157 towards the high school scholarship award as EMS leaders volunteered themselves to numerous dunkings!
"Thank you" to all our sponsors, contributors, event staff and volunteers especially including Dan Norville, Norfolk Fire Rescue, the Virginia Zoo, the Norfolk and Virginia Beach EMS and Police Explorers, Medical Transport, the TEMS awards committee, our dunkees, those who brought vehicles for display, our vendors and most importantly those who participated and enjoyed this year's picnic and awards presentation. Also "thank you" to those who took the time to submit award nominations and "congratulations" to our award nominees and 2014 award winners.