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VoteOn 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.

Upcoming Events

Office Closed - Labor Day
Mon Sep 02 @12:00AM
Board Of Directors Meeting
Thu Sep 05 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
OMD Committee Meeting
Tue Sep 10 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Patient & Provider Safety PI Meeting
Thu Sep 12 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
Trauma/Triage PI Meeting
Thu Sep 12 @ 2:30PM - 03:30PM
Education and Training Committee Meeting
Wed Sep 18 @ 9:30AM - 11:30AM
TEMS Quarterly Drug/IV Box Inventory
Wed Sep 18 @ 4:30PM - 04:31PM
Commercial EMS Agencies Committee
Thu Sep 19 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
EMS Medical Operations Committee - TEMS
Wed Oct 09 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
STEMI PI Meeting
Thu Oct 10 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM

Upcoming Classes

NIMS ICS 400
Wed Aug 28 @ 8:30AM - 05:30PM
NIMS ICS 400
Thu Aug 29 @ 8:30AM - 05:30PM
Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
Fri Sep 06 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Consolidated Test at Norfolk Fire-Rescue Training Center
Wed Sep 25 @ 6:00PM - 10:00PM
NIMS ICS-300 TRAINING: WHO MUST TAKE IT, WHAT IT COVERS
Wed Oct 30 @ 8:30AM - 05:30PM
NIMS ICS-300 TRAINING: WHO MUST TAKE IT, WHAT IT COVERS
Thu Oct 31 @ 8:30AM - 05:30PM
Consolidated Testing at Norfolk Fire-Rescue Training Center
Wed Nov 20 @ 6:00PM - 10:00PM
NIMS ICS 400
Mon Dec 09 @ 8:30AM - 05:30PM
NIMS ICS 400
Tue Dec 10 @ 8:30AM - 05:30PM
Consolidated Testing at Norfolk Fire-Rescue Training Center
Wed Jan 22 @ 6:00PM - 10:00PM

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