On March 19, 2015 the Tidewater EMS Council Board of Directors held board, officer and executive committee elections for a two year term. Stewart W. Martin, MD of Virginia Beach was reelected president of the board. Dr. Martin is an attending physician with Emergency Physicians of Tidewater and medical director for the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services and all of the volunteer rescue squads in Virginia Beach. He is board certified in emergency medicine and hyperbaric and undersea medicine.
Richard A. Craven, MD of Virginia Beach was elected Vice President. Dr. Craven is an at-large director, board certified in emergency medicine and preventative medicine, and practices in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.
Kent J. Weber of Suffolk was reelected treasurer. Weber was the organization’s first executive director and held that position from 1974 until 1986 when he retired. He continues to serve as a director of the board and is an active Rotarian.
Directors elected to the board were:
Charles Ray Pruitt, representing Accomack County
Donna Marchant-Roof, LCSW, John W. McNulty, III and Thomas E. Schwalenberg, representing the city of Chesapeake
Terry A. Bolton, representing the city of Franklin
Jeffrey T. Terwilliger, representing Isle of Wight County
Paul S. Holota, MD, 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
Brian L. Steelman, representing Southampton County
John C. Hoffler, representing the city of Suffolk
Bruce W. Edwards, Christopher I. Jacobs, JD, Stewart W. Martin, MD, Wayne E. Shank, and Kent J. Weber 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
Teresa W. Babineau, MD, representing the Eastern Virginia Medical School
Genemarie W. McGee, RN, representing the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association
T. J. McAndrews, representing the region’s special operations (technical rescue, hazardous materials, marine rescue)
Richard A. Craven, MD, at-large director
In addition to the officers, the board elected four members of the executive committee: Bruce W. Edwards, John C. Hoffler, Genemarie W. McGee and Daniel A. Norville.
While many of the directors were reelected, four new persons joined the board. They are Charles “C Ray” Pruitt with the Accomack County Department of Public Safety; Terri Babineau, MD, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the Eastern Virginia Medical School; Donna Marchant-Roof, LCSW, Director of Comfort Care, Home Health and Hospice at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center; and, Thom Schwalenberg, Chief Medical Officer for the Chesapeake Fire Department.
The board recognized and thanked retiring directors Dan Fermil, Geoff Miller, Chris Smith and George Yacus.
The term of office began April 1, 2015 and extends through March 31, 2017. 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) non-profit organization chartered in 1974. The Tidewater EMS region, designated by the Virginia Board of Health under the authority of the Code of Virginia §32.1-111.4:2, consists of ten cities and counties in southeastern Virginia represented by the board.
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.