PEMS Welcomes Gregory Bever to Staff as EMS Systems – Information Technology Specialist

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The Peninsulas EMS Council is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Gregory Bever to the staff as the Council’s EMS Systems – Information Technology (IT) Specialist.  In this new role, Mr. Bever will oversee a variety of information technology systems and specialized information sharing platforms used for regional infrastructure, resource and information sharing, medical direction, planning, and performance improvement.  He will work with Council staff, committees and volunteers to design and manage the Council website, social media and communications technology, act as a regional resource and advocate for technology solutions, and provide first level installation and maintenance of software and hardware systems requiring continuous availability.

Mr. Bever is extremely well qualified for his position at PEMS.  He is a small business owner and a retired IT Manager with over 30 years of local government IT product experience. Mr. Bever has always enjoyed helping his co-workers by utilizing technology solutions in making their jobs easier.  He is most proud of his role implementing cutting edge solutions for the Newport News Fire Department in the last 5 years of his local government service for which he and his IT team were recognized by the city. 

Greg moved to Hampton Roads in 1984 from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, located northeast of Pittsburgh (which is why he is a big fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams).  He and his wife Karen have three children, Alan, Sara and Emily.  Greg is very excited about the opportunity to help PEMS implement solutions that broaden its communications reach, increase its efficiency and maximize its effectiveness.  He will begin his new duties on April 19, 2021.

The Board of Directors and staff are excited to add Greg’s vast practical IT experience to the Peninsulas EMS Council.  His long experience leveraging proven and emerging information technologies to develop solutions and improve work process efficiencies, system performance, and effectiveness will help us ensure that the patients served by the region’s EMS systems have the best outcomes possible regardless of where they live, work, or play in the Virginia Peninsulas, Middle Peninsula or Northern Neck.

Greg will begin his new duties on April 19, 2021.  You will be able to contact him at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone 804-693-6234.

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Debbie Thomas Returns to PEMS as the EMS Field Coordinator - Clinical Programs

Debbie Thomas 

The Peninsulas Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. is pleased to announce that Debbie Thomas has returned to the PEMS staff in her former position as EMS Field Coordinator – Clinical Programs.  She held this position from its origination in 2014 through 2019.   In the Clinical Programs position, Debbie works with the region’s hospitals, EMS agencies, and EMS providers to coordinate the clinical programs for trauma, heart attacks and strokes.

Mrs. Thomas is a Virginia Certified Paramedic and EMS Education Coordinator, with twenty-four years of Emergency Medical Services experience, including a twenty-year career with the James City County Fire Department from which she retired as an EMS Field Supervisor. She is also an experienced EMS Education Coordinator and was responsible for coordination of the Peninsulas Paramedic Program as part of the Riverside Health System-School of Health Occupations.  Later, as Regional EMS Education Coordinator, she managed all EMS programs affiliated with the Peninsulas Center for Regional EMS Education.  

She is a resident of Gloucester, where she lives with her husband Chris.

The Board of Directors and staff are excited to once again add Debbie’s experience and passion for clinical excellence to the Peninsulas EMS Council.  Her down to earth communications style and collaborative approach to problem solving and program management will help us ensure that patients impacted by trauma, heart attacks or strokes have the best possible outcomes regardless of where they live, work or play in the Virginia Peninsula, Middle Peninsula or Northern Neck. 

You can contact Debbie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone 804-693-6234. Ext. 105

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EMS Providers and Organizations Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Virginia’s EMS System

On Saturday, March 20, the 2020 Governor’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Award winners were announced during a virtual presentation of the Governor’s EMS Awards. 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.

Here are the links to view the awards presentation:

PEMS would like to congratulate each of the winners! 


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