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.
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Bon Secours would like to congratulate Richmond Ambulance Authority Director of Operations Dempsey Whitt who was recognized this week as one of the 50 honorees in the 2014 Allen and Allen Hometown Heroes awards. Dempsey’s award was made for service to the Commonwealth of Virginia in two uniforms – that of an EMS provider as both a flight and ground medic, and in his other role as a Sergeant Major in the Virginia National Guard, where he served on active duty in Afghanistan.
Garrett Adams, Chester
Garrett has served as a volunteer firefighter with the Enon Volunteer Fire Department 6 for 16 years. In fact, Garrett is the first one his fellow firefighters call when they have a question, and he’ll drop everything to go and help in person. This hard-working firefighter has taught his young son that there is nothing more rewarding than helping those in need, inspiring him to want to be a firefighter when he grows up. Says his wife, who nominated him, “We have spent many nights alone so that our hero can continue to do what he loves and we would not change it for anything in the world."
Beth Addington, Locust Grove
Beth has dedicated her career to EMS and pre-hospital education and is a life member of both Fredericksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue (CVFR) for which she currently serves as President. She is also a past recipient of the Governor’s EMS Provider of the Year Award. Each year, Beth spearheads the CVFR’s 9-1-1 for Kids program, which educates local second graders on the proper use of the 9-1-1 system. One of the “go-to” people for Spotsylvania County’s volunteer efforts, this tireless volunteer is an American Heart Association instructor, teaches CPR to all department members on a volunteer basis, and spends almost every Saturday helping with local EMT classes.
Eric Albert, Colonial Heights
After 11 years with Colonial Heights Fire, EMS and Emergency Management, Eric assumed the supervision of the Emergency Communications Center in 2011. Despite limited funding, it has been this fire lieutenant’s mission to ensure that his personnel have the best training and equipment available as well as the recognition they deserve. Eric was instrumental in obtaining the City’s first rescue boat, a donation from the U.S. Army. He also designed and built a Mayday firefighter training tower to assist with firefighter safety and survival training.
Tommy Carter, Maidens
Although Tommy retired from his full-time job several years ago, he has continued to serve as a volunteer firefighter with Goochland County Fire-Rescue, where he’s worked since he was a teenager. During this 50-year tenure, he has held leadership positions at both the company and department level, including the position of Chief from 1993 to 2001. Still one of the most active volunteer members of the department, Tommy is a mentor to all members of the department, both career and volunteer, thanks to his half-century of knowledge and experience.
Todd Williams, Mechanicsville
Todd was selected as the Honor Graduate in his fire academy where he was known for always helping and mentoring fellow students. Today he is an inspiring emergency responder with Hanover County Fire Station 7/Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Dept. He is currently taking additional EMT classes to better serve Hanover’s citizens. “His values, ethics, level headedness and good will make him someone any agency or entity would be fortunate to have among their workforce,” writes one of his nominators.
Incident Management Training at Memorial Regional Medical Center
Memorial Regional Medical Center Administration and Key Staff personnel received two-days of Incident Management Training. The training was provided by Hanover Fire and EMS Battalion Chief Henri Moore and Captain Corey Beazley. The course covered the National Incident Management System, Incident Command and Hospital Disaster Preparedness. We would like to thank Hanover Fire and EMS, Chief Moore and Capt. Beazley for their time and expertise.
Thank You Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad
The staff of St. Francis Medical Center Emergency Department would like to thank the Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad for their generous donation of an EMS Stretcher to the ED. The EMS Stretcher will be used to respond to emergencies within the hospital, where the patient needs to be transported to the ED for evaluation and treatment. It will also be used to assist Medevac crews with patient transfers.
In Photo (Left to Right): Cam Crittenden, RN, Director of Emergency Department Operations and EMS Outreach. John Hilliard, President, Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad. Savannah Hartbarger, EMT-P, ED Tech SFMC. Michele Mclasky, RN BSN CEN CPEN, Nurse Manager SFMC ED Molly Parker, EMT-P, ED Tech SFMC Corrie Hughes, RN, SFMC ED Dave Johnston, Operations Chief, Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad
2014 Old Dominion EMS Alliance Regional Awards
Bon Secours Richmond is pleased to announce that Amy Howard, our EMS Coordinator, is the 2014 ODEMSA Regional Award winner for Outstanding EMS Prehospital Educator. Amy was recognized for teaching numerous EMT classes, mentoring EMT students, and coordinating the Central Virginia EMS Education Expo. Amy will now represent ODEMSA in the Virginia Office of EMS State Awards.
St. Francis Medical Center Recognition Award
Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center has received the Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiologist National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR). The Platinum Performance Achievement Award recognizes ACTION Registry-GWTG Premier participating hospitals that have sustained performance measure score composites of 90% or better in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction patients for eight consecutive quarters, ending quarter four 2013.
We would like to thank our EMS Partners for helping us achieve this award. This award was achieved by the dedication and commitment of everyone. We could not have done it without you!
2014 Tidewater EMS Council Regional Awards
The Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. (TEMS) 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 local or regional EMS system. 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.
The 2014 Tidewater EMS Council Regional Award Recipients:
Frank M. Yeiser, Jr., MD Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a Physician
Calin V. Maniu, MD, Bon Secours Hampton Roads, Maryview Medical Center
5th Annual EMS Education Expo
The Fifth Annual Central Virginia EMS Education Expo was held on March 1-2, 2014, at the Henrico Fire Training Center. It was a cooperative venture of the Henrico County Division of Fire, Chesterfield Fire and EMS, and Bon Secours Richmond Health System to provide free health care continuing education. Four hundred forty-three health care providers for 122 different agencies registered to participate in 63 different classes with over 120 hours of Nursing or EMS Continuing Education being provided. Dr. Rich Kamin began the EMS Education Expo on Saturday morning as the keynote speaker. He spoke on EMS Response to Critical Incidents, which included EMS, and his response to the tragic Sandy Hook Active Shooter Incident. Classes ranged from BLS Skills Stations to Advanced Airway Management and included other classes on Search and Rescue, Incident Command System, EMS Safety and an Emergency Vehicle Operators Course.
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Chesterfield Fire and EMS Awards Ceremony
Bon Secours Richmond would like to recognize and congratulate all of this year's Chesterfield Fire and EMS award winners. The winners were recognized for their many accomplishments and acts of heroism at the annual awards ceremony held at the Victory Tabernacle Church of God. Numerous public safety members, civilians, and Fire and EMS stations were presented with Unit Citations and Lifesave Awards.
Fire Company of the Year - Station 10 Wagstaff Circle Volunteer Fire Department
Rescue Squad of the Year - Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad
Career Fire Officer of the Year - Lt. Greg Jones, Chief Flight Paramedic, EMS Med-Flight I
Career Firefighter of the Year - FFS Chip Johnson, Truck 3, A Shift
Volunteer Fire Officer of the Year - District Chief Howard Canada, Station 5, Midlothian Volunteer Fire Department
Volunteer Firefighter of the Year - FF Justin Pennington, Station 5, Midlothian Volunteer Fire Department
Rescue Squad Officer of the Year - Deputy Chief Matt Webster
Rescue Squad Member of the Year - Squad Member Thomas Totty
Civilian Employee of the Year - Bob Oblinsky, Fire Planning Research Analyst, Budget and Planning Division
Emergency Communications Officer of the Year - Stephanie Munksgard, Emergency Communications Officer