The Virginia Department of Health released the 2014 Governor's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Award winners on Tuesday.
At the awards ceremony, Gov. Terry McAuliffe commended EMS providers and organizations throughout the state for excellence and dedication to the system and citizens.
The awards are presented with the Department of Health's Office of Emergency Medical Services in their annual week-long symposium. Throughout the forum, providers all across the commonwealth were invited to obtain educational credits to boost their services.
“The health and safety of all Virginians is a top priority for the Virginia Department of Health, and our EMS providers are dedicated to meeting that need around the clock,” State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, said. “EMS providers are on the front line every day, protecting and promoting the health of our citizens, and we welcome the opportunity to recognize their outstanding accomplishments and commitment to their communities.”
This is the 35th time that the symposium has opened to providers across the commonwealth. According to Gary Brown, director of the EMS Office, the forum has helped make Virginia's system among the top in the country.
“This incredible feat would not be possible without the hard work and talent of the providers recognized during the Governor’s EMS Awards ceremony. Their remarkable efforts to serve the citizens of Virginia and better the EMS system are exceptional, and we’re proud to honor them with the highest award given at the state level. Congratulations to this year’s Governor’s EMS Award winners. You have set the bar high for excellence in EMS,” Brown said.
Winners included; Michael Moran, M.D., from Lewis Gale Hospital for outstanding physician in regard to EMS; Steven Dove, of Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue for outstanding contributions to EMS for children; and Amy Ward, Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services for outstanding pre-hospital educator.