On March 9, 2017 the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council Board of Directors held biennial elections for all directors, officers and executive committee members. While many incumbents were reelected, four new directors join the board effective April 1.
Stewart W. Martin, MD was re-elected board president. Dr. Martin, representing the city of Virginia Beach, has served on the TEMS board since 1993 including ten terms as president. Martin is board certified in emergency medicine and hyperbaric and undersea medicine. He also serves as medical director for the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services and all of its volunteer rescue squads.
Richard A. Craven, MD was re-elected vice president. Representing the community as an at-large director, Dr. Craven is board certified in emergency medicine and preventative medicine. He has served on the board for 17 years and begins his second term as vice president.
Wayne E. Shank was re-elected treasurer for his first full term. Shank was originally elected treasurer in November, succeeding long time treasurer and the council’s founding executive director, Kent J. Weber, who resigned due to illness. Shank represents the city of Virginia Beach and has served on the board since 2007.
The Tidewater EMS Council board consists of twenty-four representatives designated by the ten cities and counties in Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and several specialty organizations. Most of the incumbent directors were reelected, but four new directors were elected: Frances Emerson representing the city of Norfolk, Vincent Holt representing the city of Franklin, Paul Kea representing Southampton County, and Darren Padilla representing the city of Chesapeake. Directors elected to the board were:
Charles R. Pruitt, representing Accomack County
John W. McNulty, III, Darren Padilla, and Thomas E. Schwalenberg, representing the city of Chesapeake
Vincent P. Holt, representing the city of Franklin
Jeffrey T. Terwilliger, representing Isle of Wight County
Frances Emerson, Daniel A. Norville and Jeffrey F. Wise and representing the city of Norfolk
Hollye B. Carpenter, representing Northampton County
Jeffrey J. Meyer, representing the city of Portsmouth
Paul S. Kea, representing Southampton County
James B. Spicer, representing the city of Suffolk
Edward M. Brazle, Christopher I. Jacobs, JD, Donna Marchant-Roof, LCSW, Stewart W. Martin, MD, and Wayne E. Shank representing the city of Virginia Beach
Lewis H. Siegel, MD, representing the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians
Janice E. McKay, RN, representing the Tidewater Emergency Nurses Association
W. Travis Kirby, PA-C, representing the Eastern Virginia Medical School
Genemarie W. McGee, RN, representing the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association
Dennis J. Keane, representing the region’s special operations (technical rescue, hazardous materials, marine rescue)
Richard A. Craven, MD, at-large director
The board recognized and thanked retiring directors Terry A. Bolton (Franklin), Paul S. Holota, MD (Norfolk) and Brian L. Steelman (Southampton Co.). Each was awarded an engraved plaque. The board previously recognized Kent J. Weber (Virginia Beach) with its most prestigious crystal obelisk award for over four decades of service.
The term of office begins April 1, 2017 and extends through March 31, 2019. The number of directors representing a locality is based on population: one director for each jurisdiction then an additional director for each population increment of 100,000.
The mission of the Tidewater EMS Council is to reduce death and disability by facilitating regional cooperation, planning and implementation of an integrated emergency medical services delivery system. The Council is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1974. The council is designated by the Virginia Board of Health under the authority of the Code of Virginia §32.1-111.4:2.
In addition to EMS system planning and coordination, the council manages the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Response System, the Tidewater Center for Life Support Training and the Eastern Virginia Hospital Preparedness Program and Healthcare Coalition. More information is available on the council’s website www.tidewaterems.org.