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Sentara Cares Grant Recipient

THANK YOU SENTARA HEALTH! The Tidewater EMS Council (TEMS) is a proud recipient of a 2023 Sentara Cares grant award to further programming that supports the EMS system in southeastern Virginia. 

The mission of the Tidewater EMS Council is to facilitate regional cooperation, planning, and implementation of an integrated emergency medical services delivery system for the region. As one of the 84 organizations that received a Sentara Cares grant for Fall 2023, Tidewater EMS Council will use the additional funding for two of it’s cornerstone programs:

Whole Blood Initiative 

The Tidewater EMS Council’s Whole Blood Initiative Program enhances emergency medical care in the region by implementing the use of whole blood transfusions in the pre-hospital environment. 

Each year 1.9 million people die worldwide due to uncontrolled bleeding which has made blood-loss the leading cause of preventable death from injury. Administering Whole Blood before a patient arrives at a hospital interrupts the shock sequence and is an essential tool to give patients even better outcomes – a chance not just to survive but to thrive after a traumatic event.

As an organization with regional focus, TEMS was perfectly positioned to do the research, assemble the required community partnerships, establish the protocols and provide oversight for the launch and operation of this critical service. The Whole Blood Initiative began in Virginia Beach in 2022 and has expanded to Chesapeake and Portsmouth. In addition to treating those with traumatic injuries, the program has been extended to serve medical and pediatric patients. This TEMS lead program has already positively affected the lives of many citizens throughout the greater Hampton Roads area.

THANK YOU SENTARA for helping us change the outcome for our region!

Key Program Components Provided by Tidewater EMS Council:

  • Establishing Protocols for Transfusions by EMS in the Field covering aspects such as storage, compatibility, and the rapid response required for successful pre-hospital transfusions.
  • Developing and Conducting Comprehensive Training for EMS personnel on the proper procedures for handling and administering Whole Blood.
  • Securing a Steady Supply of Whole Blood through a partnership with The Blood Connection.
  • Coordinating with EMS agencies and Trauma Centers in the region to ensure a seamless implementation of the Whole Blood Initiative. 
  • Community Outreach and Awareness: TEMS promotes the importance of pre-hospital Whole Blood transfusions with social media campaigns, quarterly Blood Drives and collaboration with local media.

Tidewater EMS Council continues to act as the organizational lead for the Whole Blood Initiative. Please contact David Long/Executive Director to partner with TEMS or provide sponsorship for this program.

Tidewater Healthcare Expo

Serving southeastern Virginia by coordinating the Emergency Medical Services for the region since 1974, Tidewater EMS Council plays an important role in ensuring that the highest levels of care, training and support are provided. 

The annual Tidewater Healthcare Expo is held each May and is an opportunity for EMS personnel and Nurses to gain valuable advanced training, learn from nationally recognized presenters and network with other emergency medical services professionals.

Hands-on Training to Enhance Skill Proficiency

With more than 90 courses offered, providers can earn valuable Continuing Education credits at the Expo which also features medical service and equipment exhibitors, a social event and an Awards Dinner to recognize Excellence in EMS.

Networking for Professional and Career Development

Building and sustaining relationships with other healthcare partners and agencies in the area and around the state is integral to the contributions TEMS makes to the EMS system. The Expo is the ‘not to miss’ regional training opportunity that is only possible with support from partner organizations like Sentara.

THANK YOU SENTARA for supporting EMS and Nursing Education!

Learn more about the Expo and Register to Attend

Interested in sponsoring the 2024 Tidewater Healthcare Expo? Contact David Long/TEMS Executive Director

Sentara prioritizes funding for community partners and initiatives that align with the organization’s primary areas of focus: access to care and community engagement, behavioral health, food security, housing, and workforce training and career development.  Learn more about the Sentara Cares Grant Program

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Serving the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach and the counties of Accomack, Isle of Wight, Northampton and Southampton.

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