ODEMSA Recognizes the 2023 Regional EMS Award Recipients

Virtual Event Highlights 13 Outstanding Contributors Across the ODEMSA Region

November 14, 2023

Henrico, VA — The Old Dominion EMS Alliance (ODEMSA) celebrated the exemplary dedication and service of 13 individuals and organizations at the 2023 Regional EMS Awards held virtually last night. The event, which showcased clips and interviews of each winner, brought together the EMS community to honor those who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to emergency medical services.

The virtual awards ceremony featured inspiring stories and testimonials from the award winners, illustrating their significant contributions to the field. From exceptional prehospital educators to innovative EMS agencies, the range of categories underscored the various roles and responsibilities within the EMS community.

“We are thrilled to recognize and applaud the exceptional individuals and organizations that make up the backbone of our regional emergency medical services,” said Heidi Hooker, Executive Director for ODEMSA. “Their unwavering commitment, especially during challenging times, is a testament to the strength and resilience of our EMS community.”

The full live stream of the event is available for viewing odemsa.net/2023awards, allowing the public to witness the heartfelt moments and inspiring stories shared by the award winners.

Excellence in Emergency Medical Services
Gregory Neiman, VCU Health

Outstanding Contribution by a High School Senior or GED Recipient (Scholarship)
Shreyas Arcot, Holly Grove Volunteer Rescue Squad

Outstanding EMS Prehospital Provider
Andrew Modrall, VCU LifeEvac

Outstanding EMS Agency
HCA Air Care Eagle

Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety
William Aiken, VCU LifeEvac

Innovation in EMS
Amit Patel, Richmond Ambulance Authority

Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS
Matthew Jensen, VCU LifeEvac

Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children
Jennifer Farmer, Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad

Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS
Dr. Benjamin Nicholson, VCU Health and VCU LifeEvac

Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response
Chad Greedan, Richmond Ambulance Authority

Outstanding EMS Leadership
Beverly Harris, VCU LifeEvac

Outstanding EMS Telecommunicator
Ethan Loy Whaley, Farmville Emergency Communications

Outstanding EMS Prehospital Educator
Damien Coy, Brightpoint Community College

For more information about ODEMSA and the 2023 Regional EMS Awards, please contact Ryan Scarbrough at by email or call (804) 560-3300 x104.


About Old Dominion EMS Alliance (ODEMSA):

Established in 1978, the Old Dominion EMS Alliance (ODEMSA) is a nonprofit charged by state law to assist in developing and implementing an efficient and effective EMS delivery system. There are a total of 11 Regional EMS Councils across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Old Dominion EMS Alliance is one of the largest and most diverse regional EMS councils in Virginia and is defined as the 9,000-square-mile region made up of Virginia Health Planning Districts 13, 14, 15, and 19.  The region involves 26 hospitals, nearly 100 EMS agencies, over 6,200 EMS providers, and serves 1.48 million residents.

Our service area includes the counties of:  Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charles City, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland, Greensville, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Nottoway, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Surry, Sussex; the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg, Richmond, and South Boston; and the towns of Ashland, Farmville, and South Hill.

Standing Committees within the ODEMSA structure include Air Medical, Peer Support/CISM, Hospital Diversion, Medical Direction, Mass Casualty Incident (MCI), Pharmacy, Performance Improvement, Training and Education, STEMI Steering, and Stroke Steering.

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