June 9, 2014

(GLOUCESTER, Va.) The Peninsulas Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council, Inc. presented its 2014 Regional EMS Awards May 24 during the EMS Day celebration at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The council recognized those who were nominated by their peers and awarded for their exceptional level of dedication.

“While many of the events they respond to are newsworthy, the prehospital EMS providers, telecommunicators, emergency nurses and physicians providing emergency medical care routinely stay beneath the radar of public notice.It is important we take the time to recognize excellence amongst the truly outstanding practitioners of EMS within our communities,” said Michael Player, executive director of the Peninsulas EMS Council. “We also recognize the strong supporting partners that educate and provide for the health and safety of our providers, our communities and our families.Our 2014 Peninsulas Regional EMS Awards winners epitomize the excellence of the EMS system they serve and are role models for us all.”

Recipients of this year’s regional awards will have the chance to compete for the prestigious 2014 Governor’s EMS Awards, which will be announced at the Virginia EMS Symposium’s Annual Awards Ceremony, Nov. 8 in Norfolk. Winners will be presented with a trophy and a certificate signed by the Governor.

“It’s an honor to celebrate the high level of excellence demonstrated by those within the Virginia EMS System. Their dedication and commitment to serve at a moment’s notice, often times putting their own lives on the line, is greatly valued and worthy of recognition,” said Gary Brown, director of the Virginia Office of EMS.

The 2014 Peninsulas EMS Council Regional Award Recipients:

  • Excellence in EMS – Kimberly A. Harper, RN, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital
  • Outstanding EMS Administrator – Doreen McAndrews, James City County Volunteer Rescue Squad
  • Outstanding EMS Agency – Life Evac 3
  • Outstanding EMS Provider – Robert B. Byrd, York County Department of Fire and Life Safety
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a Physician – Chad B. Dunn, MD, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, Williamsburg Fire Department and James City County Fire Department
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a Nurse – Jane R. Laverne, RN, Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital
  • Outstanding Prehospital Educator – Ellen G. Vest, Rappahannock Community College
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children – Michael B. Stinson, York County Department of Fire and Life Safety
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety – PEMS Critical Incident Stress Management Team
  • Outstanding EMS Telecommunications Officer – Brenda Robbins, Mathews County Sheriff’s Office
  • Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior ($1,000 Scholarship) – Taylor R. Corbitt, Poquoson Volunteer Rescue Squad, Poquoson High School
  • Call of the Year (Regional Award only) – Lancaster County Emergency Services