Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance finalizes 9 Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) sites

FAA-designated air space allows life-saving flights in bad weather


Nine sites in Eastern Virginia and northeast North Carolina are fully operational for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) landings by the Sentara Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance. The FAA approval creates designated air space, allowing flights in cloudy, rainy weather which had to be turned down under current Visual Flight Rules (VFR) limitations. IFR allows Nightingale to meet ground ambulances at designated safe sites in poor weather rather than remote scenes.  

IFR development was funded by a grant from the Sentara Foundation Hampton Roads, which included targeted gifts from donors in host communities. These gifts included $40,000 from private donors on the Eastern Shore. Also, Currituck County, North Carolina, appropriated $25,000 from its tourism fund to support two IFR sites at the Corolla and Carova EMS stations.

The IFR sites include:

  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (Nightingale’s base)
  • Sentara Obici Hospital (Suffolk)
  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
  • Isle of Wight County Rescue Squad (Smithfield, VA)
  • Campbell Field (Northampton County, Eastern Shore)
  • Sentara Albemarle Medicine Center (Elizabeth City, NC)
  • Outer Banks Hospital (Nags Head, NC)
  • Corolla Fire Station (Corolla, NC)
  • Carova Beach Volunteer Fire & Rescue Station (Carova, NC)

Contact: Nightingale Manager/Flight Nurse Denise Baylous.  757-388-2572  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2019 PEMS Regional Patient Care Protocols, Policies & Procedures and Protocol Training Schedule

Each year when changes are adopted to the regional protocols, rollout training sessions are provided to educate providers, trainers and agency management on the changes.  

Dates and venues for the Protocol Rollouts this year are:

  • 16 January, 2019     08:00 pm     Gloucester Vol. Fire & Rescue Station 1, 6595 Main Street, Gloucester
  • 23 January, 2019     07:00 pm     Lancaster-Kilmarnock Vol. Rescue Squad, 61 Harris Road, Kilmarnock
  • 05 February, 2019    07:00 pm     PEMS Office, 6876 Main Street, Gloucester
  • 07 February, 2019   10:00 am      Newport News Fire Training Center, 17300 Warwick Blvd, Newport News
  • 14 February, 2019   11:00 am      PEMS Office, 6876 Main Street, Gloucester
  • 20 February, 2019   06:00 pm      Northumberland County Rescue Squad, 400 Reed Avenue, Reedville

The 2019 Protocol Tests will be available after March 1st.  Each agency OMD must have a Protocol Test Request form on file with PEMS.

Thank you for your assistance and support!

Nasal Naloxone for EMS Agencies - Fall 2018 Cycle - GRANT OPPORTUNITY

Virginia Department of Health, Office of Communications sent this bulletin at 11/26/2018 04:21 PM EST

The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) is announcing a NO COST grant opportunity for licensed EMS agencies to receive nasal naloxone from November 26, 2018 to March 29, 2019. All licensed EMS agencies are eligible to apply for nasal naloxone regardless of prior funding status.

Eligible applicants must have either a Controlled Substance Registration (CSR) or written authorization for the shipment of naloxone from their Operational Medical Director (OMD). Applicants must also submit an address to ship the naloxone, and a phone number for their drug enforcement agency (DEA). Regional project applications must include a list of each EMS agency involved in the grant application.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please check our website:

OR contact Luke Parker, Grants Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (804) 888-9106.

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Riverside Tappahannock Hospital- Carepoint Scheduled Maintenance 10-30-18

Riverside Tappahannock Hospital -the Carepoint vendor has scheduled an update on 10/30/18 from approximately 0830-0900 at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.  The Estimated down time is 30 minutes.  EMS should call the main Emergency Department number at 804-443-6297 to give any incoming patient reports during this update.   

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