Our various EMS committees and workgroups, along with our regional stakeholders, agencies and providers, work very hard to improve our regional EMS system.  This page provides a forum for getting information from all of these folks back to the providers regarding notable performances by our providers, changes to standards of care and areas we need to continue to work on.

If you have an article you would like to submit, please submit it here with your phone and email contact information.

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When Things Go Right

Riverside Regional Medical Center – EMS Brain Saver Awards

In September, Sara Geiss, RN – Stroke Program Coordinator, implemented a new initiative to recognize EMS providers in their efforts to provide fast recognition, excellent care and expedite transport of Stroke patients. Use and reporting of the RACE score, obtaining the patient’s last known well time and early hospital notification of a potential stroke patient are all factors considered when determining the Brain Saver Award each month. Certificates will be issued to personally recognize the winning crew each month and then RRMC will host a very special celebration for the winners in July, 2019.

September 2018 Brain Saver Award

Congratulations to Sean Norton and Ryan Austin with Hampton Fire Department. Their dispatch to arrival was 28 minutes- they were essential in providing us a clear last known well and family contact information. This allowed us to have a door to needle of 28 minutes!! The patient was discharged home with minimal residual deficit and a NIHSS stroke scale of 1!

October 2018 Brain Saver Award

Congrats to Gordon Mayer and Kevin Dierstein of Hampton Fire Department for winning Riverside’s October Brain Saver award!! They participated in the care of a stroke patient with a door to needle time of 34 minutes! They were essential in providing the patients last known well and let us know the location of her husband.

Honorable Mention for October: James City County Fire Dept. – Brian Keckler, Jonny Carroll & Chris Judkins – for a GREAT job on October 11th in utilizing your RACE score (Race of 7/NIHSS 15) and recognizing that patient had an extremely high probability of an LVO. Your assessment skills were SPOT ON! The patient had a complete recovery with NIHSS of 0.


The PEMS Council offers are heartiest congratulations to all team members, both EMS and hospital, for the exciting impacts you are all having on stroke management within the region. To have patients calling EMS with severe neurological deficits, then be able to leave the hospital with minimal or no impact from their stroke, is truly amazing. Kudos to you all!

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