Awards

2020 Family Night & Awards Presentation

Virginia Beach EMS held their first indoors, in-person event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic on July 31, 2021 at the Virginia Aquarium. It was the first time that the awards presentation was combined with another historic VBEMS family event.

Members and their immediate families enjoyed a night experiencing the beautiful and informative exhibits at the Virginia Aquarium. Oh, and there was ice cream too!

Here are some of our members who received awards for their work in 2020…

  • Medals of Merit: Ed Brazle, John Bianco, Lani de Forest, Christopher West
  • EMS Achievement Medals — Cathan Breen, Jay Kerr, David Keeler, Kevin Lipscomb, Michael McCracken, Matt Owens, Karin Pettinger, Lyndee Trip, Cathileen Watson
  • Acts of Service: Ed Britt, Taylor Cook, Eric de Forest, Karin Pettinger, Mike Pettinger, Katie Snell
  • ALS Provider of the Year: Matthew Armey
  • BLS Provider of the Year: Alex Cohn-White
  • Support Member of the Year: Tom Reading

In addition to the individual awards presented, VBEMS also celebrated the department’s 2021 TEMS Regional Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response. The award was given to VBEMS for the department’s vital role in vaccinating citizens of Virginia Beach against COVID-19.

You can view the full photo album from the event here.


2019 Virtual Awards Ceremony

Since our annual awards ceremony was cancelled due to COVID-19, we still wanted to recognize our recipients. Our awards ceremony recognizes members’ achievements from the previous calendar year, therefore these recipients are being recognized for what they achieved in 2019. This year, we worked with VBTV to bring the awards ceremony to you: https://youtu.be/IaYp4W0ua4c

We hope you enjoy!


Mission: Lifeline 2020

The Virginia Beach Department of EMS received the American Heart Association 2020, Silver Mission Lifeline Award

Agencies earn Silver recognition with a minimum patient volume of at least eight STEMI patients transported directly to a STEMI Receiving Center for Primary PCI and/or STEMI Referring Hospital for fibrinolytic administration and for achieving 75% or higher adherence over at least one consecutive 12-month interval all Mission: Lifeline® EMS quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.


Mission: Lifeline 2019

The Virginia Beach Department of EMS received the American Heart Association 2019, Bronze Mission Lifeline Award.

Agencies earn Bronze recognition with a minimum of at least 4 STEMI patients transported directly to a STEMI Receiving Center for Primary PCI and/or STEMI Referring Hospital for fibrinolytic administration and for achieving 75% or higher adherence for at least one consecutive 90-day interval on all Mission: Lifeline® EMS quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.


Mission: Lifeline 2018

Virginia Beach Department of EMS received the American Heart Association 2018,Gold Plus Mission Lifeline Award.

Agencies earn Gold recognition with a minimum patient volume of at least 8 STEMI patients transported directly to a STEMI Receiving Center for Primary PCI and/or STEMI Referring Hospital for fibrinolytic administration and for achieving 75% or higher adherence over at least one consecutive 24 month interval.

In addition to meeting the above requirements, Virginia Beach EMS also achieved at least 75% on the 2018 Plus Measure (The Measure is the Percent of adult Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest patients resuscitated on scene with sustained ROSC of at least 20 minutes, maintained to arrival at the emergency department, who has a 12 lead ECG performed in the field).


Mission: Lifeline 2017

The Virginia Beach Department of EMS received the American Heart Association 2017, Gold Mission Lifeline Award.

Agencies earn Gold recognition with a minimum patient volume of at least 8 STEMI patients transported directly to a STEMI Receiving Center for Primary PCI and/or STEMI Referring Hospital for fibrinolytic administration and for achieving 75% or higher adherence over at least one consecutive 24 month interval.

Our participation in Get With The Guidelines®/Mission: Lifeline® demonstrates our commitment to quality care. We are proud to be a part of the American Heart Association’s® efforts to turn guidelines into lifelines.

Virginia Beach is dedicated to helping our patients achieve the best possible outcomes, and implementing the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s® Get With The Guidelines®/Mission: Lifeline® program will help us accomplish that by making it easier for our providers to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis.


Mission: Lifeline 2015

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The Virginia Beach Department of EMS received the American Heart Association 2015, Bronze Mission Lifeline Award.

This award recognizes first responder performance when caring for STEMI patients and is the first time that Virginia Beach EMS has achieved such status.

Virginia Beach is one of 16 agencies in Virginia to be recognized.

The criteria to achieve the Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze award is based on meeting the achievement measures for at least one and up to three calendar quarters with no single measure scoring below 75%. The individual measures are as follows:

  • Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain > 35 years of age, treated and transported by EMS who receives a pre-hospital 12 lead ECG.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital First Medical Contact to Device (PCI) < 90 Minutes.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Referring Center with Arrival (to Referring Center) to Fibrinolytic Therapy administration in <30 Minutes.