June 10, 2016
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Virginia Department of Health
(Charlottesville, Va.) – The Thomas Jefferson Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council, Inc. recognized the superior level of dedication and commitment displayed by members of the regional EMS system at the council’s awards banquet held, May 11, at the Martha Jefferson Outpatient Care Center in Charlottesville.
“In an era where there are increasing demands on the personal time of volunteers and their families, it brings into stark reality how hard it is to simply maintain your volunteer memberships,” said Tom Joyce, executive director of the Thomas Jefferson EMS Council. “With this in mind, it is imperative that we as a council both see and recognize those who have gone above and beyond to achieve remarkable service. The awards are a small way for the council, and their peers, to say thank you to the individuals and those families that allow time away from them to make this happen.”
Recipients of this year’s regional awards will have the chance to compete for the prestigious 2016 Governor’s EMS Awards, which will be announced at the Virginia EMS Symposium’s Annual Awards Ceremony, Nov. 12 in Norfolk. Winners will be presented with a trophy and a certificate signed by the Governor.
“I am honored to acknowledge the remarkable level of service and dedication shown by these regional award winners,” said Gary Brown, director of the Virginia Office of EMS. “Their commitment to providing lifesaving patient care to citizens in their community make them worthy of such recognition.”
The 2016 Thomas Jefferson EMS Council Award Recipients:
- Excellence in Emergency Medical Services – George Stephens, North Garden Volunteer Fire Department
- Outstanding EMS Administrator – Thomas Harvey, Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire Department
- Outstanding EMS Agency – Western Albemarle Rescue Squad
- Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response – Wintergreen Rescue Squad
- Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children – University of Virginia Neonatal Emergency Transport Team
- Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety – Wintergreen Rescue Squad
- Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS – Donna M. Burns, R.N., University of Virginia Prehospital Program
- Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS – Debra Perina, M.D., University of Virginia Medical Center
- Outstanding Prehospital Educator – Nancy Burrows, Lake Monticello Volunteer Rescue Squad
- Outstanding Prehospital Provider – Sean Wood, Roseland Rescue Squad
- Outstanding EMS Telecomunications Dispatcher – Tonya Hovey, Louisa County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center
- Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior ($1,000 Scholarship) – Christine Cole, Western Albemarle Rescue Squad