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 7 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, alongside 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 February 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 and 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 more than 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 cardiopulmonary resuscitation (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.