Goodbye and Good Luck to Yvette!

yvette 5The Peninsulas EMS Council is sad to announce that Yvette King, our Business Manager for over five years will be leaving the Council and the area for greater Atlanta.  During her tenure, which has seen the PEMS Council grow and expand services to the region’s Emergency Medical Services Community, Yvette’s fiscal conservatism, absolute financial transparency, her focus on process and attention to detail have all worked to ensure that the Council remains a trusted change agent for the regional EMS System.  Her all-business Marine Corps bearing and sensibilities, warm smile and easy conversation will be missed by all who visit or transact with the PEMS Office. The staff and 200 plus board, committee, task-force and work group volunteers of the PEMS Council invite you to call or stop by and wish Yvette and her family well in their next adventure.  Her last day at the Council is Friday, December 15, 2017.

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Two Of PEMS Brightest Stars Receive Governor's EMS Awards

PEMS is proud to announce that two of our our 2017 PEMS Regional Award recipients were selected as 2017 Governor's Awards winners.  Donna Galganski-Pabst (James City County Fire Department) was selected as the  2017 Governor's Award recipient for Outstanding Prehospital Educator and Ellen G. Vest (Rappahannock Community College) was selected as the 2017 Governor's Award recipient for Outstanding Contributions to EMS Health & Safety.  Both awards were announced at the Annual EMS Awards Banquet in Norfolk, VA on 11 November, 2017.

rsz donna galganski pabstDonna Galganski-Pabst is the primary EMS educator for James City County Fire Department, and volunteers for York County Department of Fire and Life Safety.  She also works with Tidewater Community College EMS Program, and teaches for the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue and Newport News Fire Department.  On the state level, Donna is involved in the Virginia EMS Symposium Planning Committee.

Donna is a tireless and consummate educator, in tune with her student’s needs and their well-being. She does whatever is necessary to ensure students get everything they need to be successful. Few providers on the Virginia Peninsula and surrounding areas have not been touched by Donna in her work as an educator and advocate for EMS students and educators alike.  Please join us in recognizing and congratulating Donna for her outstanding work on behalf of our EMS sytem!

Ellen VestEllen Vest has served as the Administrative Coordinator for the Peninsulas Regional Critical Incident Stress Management Team since 2009.  Well known and respected by providers, peers, agency leaders and mental health professionals throughout the region, Ellen ensures that the team is always ready to provide immediate, high quality service to emergency services personnel in the region, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and beyond. 

Whether providing for the numerous adminstrative requirements and functions of the CISM Team or providing peer support to those in crisis, Ellen's calm and reassuring manner continues to be an exceptional resource for us all. 

Please join all of us at PEMS in recognizing and congratulating Donna and Ellen for their continuing outstanding work on behalf of our EMS system!

“We are PEMS”

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Amy Ashe Joins PEMS Team!

Amy Ashe PEMSThe Peninsulas EMS Council is pleased to announce the hiring of Amy Ashe, NRP, BS, for the new position of EMS Field Coordinator – Community Health.  Amy is a fifteen year veteran of the James City County and New Kent County Fire Departments where she quickly excelled, rising to the rank of Captain.  She is a graduate of Tidewater Regional Fire Academy, Hampton Roads Fire Officer Command School,  Tidewater Community College and Eastern Kentucky University.  She teaches in the Thomas Nelson Community College EMS program and holds many instructor credentials.  For years she was active with the Peninsulas EMS Council’s Protocols, Policies and Procedures Committee and was recognized by the Council for that work with a Special Recognition Award in 2012. Concerned about behavioral health issues, she represented the Virginia Association of Governmental EMS Administrators on the Virginia Association of Fire Chief’s Behavioral Health Task Force.  The Council is excited to add Amy’s clinical expertise, EMS experience, energy and passion to its staff.

 

As EMS Field Coordinator – Community Health, it will be Amy’s job to oversee a number of special programs designed to ensure regional EMS system relevance within the changing dynamics and increasing service demands of community health, and to maintain the EMS “Safety Net” for the underserved populations in our communities.  These programs include EMS Behavioral Health, Critical Incident Stress Management and regional Crisis Intervention resources, layperson and law-enforcement Naloxone training, mobile Integrated healthcare/community paramedic initiatives and serving as liaison with Virginia Department of Health Districts and their community health initiatives in the region.  She will be attending the 38th Annual Virginia EMS Symposium in Norfolk this week and will begin work in the office next Monday. 

 

Please help us to welcome Amy to the PEMS staff! 

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