2020 Northern VA Regional Award Winners Announced

With great pleasure, the Northern Virginia EMS Council announces the recipients of the 2020 Regional EMS Awards.  The award recipients were selected by their Northern Virginia peers for their performance in emergency medical services.  Congratulations to all nominees and award winners for being recognized for your continued contributions to Northern Virginia EMS!


View our Virtual Awards Ceremony here.


Kate Kramer, PC-C, Assistant Operational Medical Director, Arlington County Fire Department receives the 2020 Northern Virginia Regional Award for Excellence in EMS. 

This award is bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies outstanding dedication to EMS across Northern Virginia and demonstrates a commitment to a comprehensive, integrated EMS system throughout the Commonwealth. Kate Kramer, PA-C has been serving as the Assistant Operational Medical Director in Arlington County for the past five years, specifically concentrating on both the development and maintenance of the Arlington Advanced Practice Officer program and the Frequent Users program, but with significant input, time, and effort on all of the OMD proposals and programs. She is a constant presence in EMS leadership in Arlington, more often than not leading up and pushing the senior leadership of Arlington EMS to improve programs and services.  In addition to innovative public campaigns such as “Make the Right Call”, intended to help the Arlington County Citizens and Community Medical Facilities understand appropriate utilization of EMS resources, one of her many accomplishments that should be emphasized is her work helping to develop innovative approaches to addressing the issue of frequent users of EMS that has had a profound positive effect on the delivery of EMS in Arlington. Given the task of building out a collaborative program of all County public safety agencies and medical partners to decrease identified high-frequency users of EMS, Kate developed and now maintains a monthly program where County citizens who frequently access EMS for non-emergent issues are identified and addressed with a collaborative plan including partners from law enforcement, social work, healthcare facilities, behavioral health, and substance abuse treatment.  

Kate has also been a leader nationally in her work promoting and developing the role of Physician Assistants in prehospital medicine. Most recently, she lobbied successfully to have the National Association of EMS Physicians develop a Committee around the role of prehospital Physician Assistants that will hopefully lead to guidance for the development of formalized operational training for the underutilized medical providers in the field. She is the co-fellowship director for the first Physician Assistant EMS Fellowship. This is a partnership with The George Washington University, where she is an adjunct faculty member and provides a framework for PAs who are interesting in entering EMS and helps to open doors in this emerging field. This program graduated its first fellow in May 2020 who has recently accepted a position in Minnesota working in a trauma center and with its hospital-based EMS program. Because of her tireless commitment to successful and progressive EMS systems locally, regionally, and nationally, Kate Kramer is the recipient of the 2020 Northern Virginia Regional Award for Excellence in EMS.


EMS awards for outstanding contributions to their community and Northern Virginia’s EMS system include:

  • Award for Excellence in EMS – Kate Kramer, PA-C, Assistant Operational Medical Director, Arlington County Fire Department 


  • Award for Outstanding Innovation Excellence in EMS (New 2020 Category)– EMS Supervisors of the Loudoun County Combined Fire & Rescue System


  • Award for Outstanding EMS Leadership (Formerly EMS Administrator) – Captain Brian Orndoff, City of Fairfax Fire Department 


  • Award for Outstanding Pre-Hospital Educator – Lieutenant Ryan Kirk, Prince William County Fire & Rescue


  • Award for Outstanding Pre-Hospital Provider – Lieutenant Samuel Neglia, Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad 


  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health & Safety - FireMedic Chris Myer, City of Fairfax Fire Department 


  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Telecommunication – John Korman, Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications


  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response – FireMedic Josh McCuin, City of Fairfax Fire Department


Remember, #EMSExcellence looks back at you in the mirror every morning. Thank you all for everything you do!


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