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EMS personnel are an integral part of our emergency department, serving as initial caregivers to those in need of emergency care. Because our good help begins with them we want to show our thanks by providing continuing education opportunities and recognition events throughout the year.

Happy EMS Week and thanks for all that you do for our community. We are proud to be partners with you to provide good help for a lifetime.

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EMS Week activities

Richmond Ambulance Authority and Chesterfield Fire and EMS Receive American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Recognition Award

The Richmond Ambulance Authority and Chesterfield Fire and EMS have received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency responders for their efforts in improving STEMI systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients. Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for the entire year, and treat at least eight STEMI patients for the year.

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center Earns Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center has received the elite Magnet designation as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.  The program recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. It is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. Only about seven percent of hospitals in the country achieve Magnet designation, which maintains rigorous standards and demands continuous improvement. Coupled with St. Francis’ previously awarded Pathway to Excellence® designation, the hospital is one of only three in the world to have received both designations.   

Congratulations to Henrico Division of Fire for receiving the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award.


RAA Medics and EMTs Honored at RFD Annual Awards Ceremony

RAA Medics and EMTs were honored at last week’s Richmond Fire Department (RFD) Annual Awards ceremony.

RAA crews of Medic Steve Faynor and EMT David Hilliard, and Medic Shawn Elliott and EMT Scott Cowdery were honored for their efforts. They were all presented life saving medals for RFD for their joint action alongside first responding fire crews in reviving or rescuing patients responded to by RFD’s first response units.

RFD fire fighters are all trained as EMTs and fire companies co-respond in the city, along side RAA paramedic crews to calls deemed to be life threatening in nature.

Congratulations again to Steve, David, Shawn and Scott for delivering World-Class EMS!

The 6th Annual Central Virginia EMS Expo

The 6th Annual Central Virginia EMS Expo was held on Feb 28 –March 1, 2015 at the Henrico Fire Training Center in western Henrico county. The EMS Expo kicked off on Saturday morning with comments from Henrico, Chesterfield counties and Bon Secours Health System officials. The keynote speech was given by Steve Wirth of Page, Wolfberg, and Wirth, LLC on EMS liabilities. Mr. Wirth, who is also a firefighter and paramedic, commented that this was the largest regionally held EMS training event that he had participated in. This year Expo had over 500 participants from 153 agencies across Virginia and provided 65 classes for recertification hours for EMS providers, Nurses, and Law Enforcement. Providers took classes in the latest medication administration techniques, hazardous materials incident management, safe vehicle operations, cutting edge techniques in CPR, advanced intervention skills, and case studies; just to name a few. Participants commented that this was a great opportunity to receive high quality training hours needed for recertification, without having to travel far, and at no cost to them.

Bon Secours Recongizes Local Hero

Bon Secours Richmond would like to recognize one of its own as a real-life hero. On the afternoon of Monday February 16, 2015, Dr. Matthew Bartholomew, St. Francis Medical Center ED doctor, wasted no time and didn’t think of his own consequences, when he came upon an automobile accident in Chesterfield County. A car had spun out of control on the snow covered roads and crashed through a fence into a partially frozen pond. The car was partially submerged, but sinking. Dr. Bartholomew stopped his car, got out and ran towards the pond. Seeing what was happening and that the driver was making no effort to get out of the vehicle, Dr. Bartholomew removed his shirt and shoes and plunged into the icy waters to help the driver. After much effort, he was able to open the submerged driver’s door, but there was no driver in the seat. He could see that she had moved to an air pocket in the back seat. He went back to shore where others handed him a rock to smash the back window. As he hit the window with the rock, it didn’t break and he lost his grip on the rock. It was lost in the water. He returned to shore where Chesterfield Police Office John Parris had just arrived and handed him his baton. Dr. Bartholomew then returned to the car where he successfully broke the rear window as the car fully submerged in the water. The driver then “popped out”. Officer Parris then threw Dr. Bartholomew a rescue rope which he used to pull them to shore. She was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Dr. Bartholomew self-evaluated himself with mild hypothermia, a few cuts and the newest member of the Polar Bear Club. Although he is very humble and doesn’t consider himself a hero, Dr. Bartholomew risk his life to save a fellow human. We echo the words of the rescued driver, “thank you” Dr. Bartholomew.  

Richmond Times Dispatch Article
WTVR News Story/Video


David Cottingham, Jr. wins National Award

Bon Secours would like to congratulate Chesterfield Fire and EMS's David Cottingham, Jr. for being selected as Firehouse Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year for 2014. This is the 11th year of the award which is sponsored by C.E. Niehoff and Company and presented by Firehouse Magazine. It is a national award given to the Emergency Vehicle Technician who demonstrates outstanding leadership, professional development, integrity and commitment to the safe operation of vehicles for the responders and community. David certainly meets all of the criteria and it is a well-earned and deserved award. David received his award January 19, 2015 at the Maintenance Symposium in Orlando, Florida. See the January 2015 issue of Firehouse Magazine for the award announcement or click here for an interview by Firehouse Magazine with David.





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