Sentara Leigh Hospital Nurse Receives National Emergency Medical Services for Children Recognition Award

May 24, 2012

EMS Week, May 20-26, Recognizes the Dedication of EMS Practitioners across Virginia

Norfolk, Va. — Catherine C. Fox, RN, CEN, CPEN, emergency department nurse and educational consultant at Sentara Leigh Hospital, recently received the National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Children Recognition Award for her efforts in pediatric health. This annual award is presented to 10 remarkable individuals selected from across the nation, recognizing their efforts to provide advice, inspiration and leadership in the field of emergency medical services for children.

Fox received this award as a result of her continuous efforts to educate emergency personnel about the specific needs of pediatric patients. She is recognized for her work to raise awareness of the “choking game.” A dangerous activity that occurs among children and teens in an attempt to get high, the “choking game” has led to the death of at least 82 children and adolescents nationwide since 1995.

“I’m truly humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award,” Fox says, “It takes just one person to spread the word about this deadly activity. If I save the life of a child then I’ve done my job.”

“Cathy Fox saves lives by helping health care providers understand the specific needs of pediatric patients,” said State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, MD, MBA, FAAP. “Through education and community partnerships she has raised awareness among medical providers and parents of the signs and behaviors of a deadly activity, enabling them to intervene and prevent tragedy.”

“Cathy is an advocate for safety at Sentara Leigh Hospital and is passionate about educating the community we serve. She has been instrumental in improving awareness around safety in the local community, state and national arenas. Her energy is contagious and we are excited to see her recognized for her efforts,” says Jennifer Kreiser, RN, associate nurse executive at Sentara Leigh Hospital.

“EMS is more than a job, it’s a calling,” said Gary Brown, director of the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services. “National EMS Week honors and spotlights the dedication of those who provide day-to-day lifesaving services. Cathy’s support in this field broadens EMS responders’ knowledge base to the benefit of children in crisis.”

Fox was also appointed by the Governor to the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board last August and she serves on the Emergency Nurses Association nominations committee.