PARKSLEY — The Eastern Shore of Virginia lost a mainstay of the volunteer firefighting and EMS community. Orris James "Jimmy" Rowley, III, a 44-year member of Parksley Volunteer Fire Company who served in many different roles in the volunteer and first responder community over the decades in a humble, understated manner, died Wednesday December 4 after an illness.
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The Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk is working to obtain pediatric trauma center status in expectation of being able to receive and manage severely injured pediatric patients. The preparation has been underway for over a year but several barriers have delayed formal trauma center designation. Planning and preparation continues but an original January 1, 2014 implementation date has been postponed. "Our current trauma triage plan has not changed," says trauma program director Ann Kuhn, MD, "and when we are ready to receive trauma via our EMS partners we will work through the TEMS structure to ensure an organized changeover."