GOVERNOR’S EMS AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE 40th ANNUAL VIRGINIA EMS SYMPOSIUM

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GOVERNOR’S EMS AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE 40th ANNUAL VIRGINIA EMS SYMPOSIUM

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The 2019 Governor’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Award winners were announced at the 40th Annual Governor’s EMS Awards Ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia. These awards, given in Governor Ralph Northam’s name, recognize outstanding EMS providers and organizations from across the Commonwealth for their demonstrated level of excellence and dedication to the EMS system.

Presented in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Emergency Medical Services’ Annual EMS Symposium, the awards ceremony caps off the week-long training event. The largest EMS training event in the Commonwealth and one of the largest in the nation, this year’s symposium welcomed more than 1,700 participants. The symposium offers each participant the opportunity to earn up to 26 hours of continuing education credits for recertification as an EMS provider via more than 400 class sessions.

“We celebrated our 40th anniversary of the Virginia EMS Symposium this year, which marked a monumental milestone for this event! It highlighted the reason why we continue to bring this training opportunity to our providers year after year. It is because of their commitment to the EMS profession, their conscientiousness to maintaining their education and their dedication to saving lives,” said Gary Brown, director, Virginia Office of EMS. “I am honored to recognize all of the 2019 Governor’s EMS Award nominees and winners for their excellence in the field and thank them for their tireless efforts!”

The VDH Chief Deputy Commissioner for Public Health and Preparedness Dr. Parham Jaberi, who also attended the Governor’s EMS Awards ceremony said, “I feel privileged to be in the presence of such an outstanding group of individuals, who selflessly devote their lives to protecting the health and well-being of all people in Virginia. Congratulations to this year’s award winners and thank you for your continued service to Virginia’s EMS System." 

The 2019 Governor’s EMS Award winners are:

  • The Governor’s EMS Award for Excellence in EMS – Byron Andrews, III, Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Alexandria Fire Department  

Byron Andrews Governors Award    For the past 40 years, Byron Andrews has demonstrated a high level of commitment to EMS in his community of Loudoun County, the northern Virginia region and the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as nationally and internationally. In all of his roles and capacities, he has consistently demonstrated excellence in organization, conduct, management and furthering the performance of the EMS system. Byron joined the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1978 while still in high school. He obtained his EMT certification in 1979. Even today, Byron is still an active member of the rescue squad; recently stepping down from a nearly 30-year tenure as Chief of the department. Aside from his career with Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, Byron has also been employed by the Alexandria Fire Department for over 36 years. In addition, he is an instructor on topics ranging from EMT to firefighting, and he educates hundreds of system providers. His willingness to train others is a real passion of his. Byron has served on numerous committees including, serving as a board member of the Northern Virginia EMS Council for more than 30 years. In 1999, he was appointed to the Financial Assistance Review Committee, where he served for six years. In 2002, he was appointed to serve on the State EMS Advisory Board, where he served a total of 12 years. Byron also is actively involved with several national organizations and stakeholder groups.  Byron Andrews’ contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

 

  • The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Administrator (The Kent J. Weber Trophy) – Anne Marsh, Arlington County Fire Department

Anne Marsh Governors Award

    Anne Marsh has been instrumental in the daily operations of the Arlington County Fire Department and is invested in the success and quality of care provided to those in her community. Since 1998, Anne has worked to improve the EMS System in Arlington by building community trust with open and transparent leadership, along with a commitment to public service. A few of her responsibilities include providing technical and medical guidance to Advanced Life Support certified personnel, identifying medical training needs for the agency and actively contributing to the Regional EMS Council.  In addition, Anne provides EMS representation on several intradepartmental committees, including the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office, police department and county fire department’s monthly workgroup. She also provides community support by participating on the Community Board. Anne Marsh’s significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

 

 

  • The Governor’s EMS Award for Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS (The Frank M. Yeiser Trophy) – Dan Avstreih, MD, FACEP, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

Dan Avstreih Governors Award

     Dr. Dan Avstreih has made significant contributions to EMS at the local, state and national level. As a part of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, he is a tireless advocate for high-quality patient care. He contributes to provider education, development of educational content as well as EMS policy and protocol. Dr. Avstreih supports and leads the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Inova Campus’ fourth-year medical student Foundational Elective in EMS, and the EMS Introduction course during third-year medical school orientation. Nationally, Dr. Avstreih is an active member of the National Association of EMS Physicians and is among the pioneer physicians achieving board certification in EMS. Dr. Avstreih’s significant contributions to Virginia’s local, regional and state EMS system are exceptional and greatly valued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

 

 

 

  • The Governor’s EMS Award for Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS – Janet McCoig, BSN, RN, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
  • The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Prehospital Educator – Brian McIntosh, Chesapeake Fire Department, Tidewater Community College and Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services
  • The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Prehospital Provider – Christopher Adams, Lynchburg Fire Department
  • The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety – Rappahannock EMS Council’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team - Therapy Dogs and Clergy Volunteers
  • The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children Samuel Bartle, MD, VCU Health
  • The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Agency – York County Department of Fire and Life Safety
  • The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Telecommunication – Virgil “JR” Powell, Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center
  • Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response (The James A. Nogle, Jr. Trophy) – Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System

An additional award is presented at the ceremony to recognize the outstanding contributions to EMS by a high school senior. This is a scholarship award provided by the Virginia Office of EMS in conjunction with the State EMS Advisory Board. This year, two extraordinary high school seniors were selected:

  • The Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior (The Dr. Carol Gilbert $5,000 Scholarship) – Colton Allison, Harrisonburg Rescue Squad and Zoie Sadler, Mid-County Volunteer Rescue Squad in Northumberland County

We are both thankful and grateful to have such a wonderful representation of Northern Virginia EMS! 

Congratulations to all of the award winners and thank you for your commitment to #EMSExcellence in Virginia! 

 

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