The Virginia Beach Department of EMS was named as an Agency of Excellence during the Governor’s EMS Awards Program last weekend. This status is the culmination of an inspection by the Virginia Office of EMS that assessed eight critical program areas, including Leadership/Management and Clinical Performance. Within these areas are over 120 details of optimal tasks, best practices, procedure and guidelines to successfully maintain the business of managing an EMS agency. In preparation for the external assessment, EMS staff took a hard look at their organization and prepared detailed evidence in support of all criteria.
The Virginia Standards of Excellence program is designed to recognize EMS agencies that strive to operate above the standards and requirements of statewide EMS regulations. Virginia Beach EMS is among the first six agencies in the Commonwealth to successfully achieve this status.