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The Fall 2020 Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant Cycle is now open.  The grant cycle and will close on September 15, 2020, at 5:00 pm. The period of performance for RSAF is 12 months, beginning July 01, 2020.  The RSAF Grant Program is a multi-million dollar grant program for Virginia non-profit EMS agencies and organizations which can be used to purchase EMS equipment and vehicles, computers, EMS management programs, courses/classes and projects benefiting the recruitment and retention of EMS providers.

Memorial LogoThe National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR), the National EMS Memorial Foundation (NEMSMF), and the National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS) announce the 2020 National EMS Moment of Silence and ask for broad participation. The National EMS Moment of Silence will be observed on Saturday, May 16, 2020. It will begin at 1800 (6:00 PM) Eastern Daylight Time with a live-streamed reading of the names of the 24 Honorees originally planned for the 2020 Service, followed by an acknowledgement of those continuing to serve today and will culminate in a national moment of silence in a salute to all.

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gen covid iconCOVID-19 Guidelines and Resources

The Southwest Virginia EMS Council has created this page to provide information related to the COVID-19 crisis to our regional EMS agencies and providers. We have just released guidance for EMS agencies as you respond in your communities to possible and confirmed COVID-19 cases. It is essential for EMS agencies and providers to be diligent in addressing patient care during this public health emergency. Understanding proper techniques for limiting exposure and spread of disease is vital. Resources linked below contain the latest available information. Refer to these sites frequently. Review guidelines for proper use of PPE, and pay attention to urgent communications being sent by various stakeholders. To assist our agencies and providers, new protocols and guidelines have been approved by the regional Medical Direction Committee for immediate implementation. Please discuss these with your operational medical direction.  These are available on our mobile app and attached here:

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As we move into the second half of our Kingsport market transition I wanted to provide you with some points for your review and distribution to your personnel:

·         Effective at midnight tonight/tomorrow morning (4/22), all OB/GYN services will transition from HV to IPCH.  This change will be permanent.

·         As I shared last week, the pause on medical and surgical admissions at IPCH remains temporary as we continue working through the pandemic event. 

·         All OB/GYN patients in the Kingsport market should be routed to IPCH, with the exception of your OB trauma patients, which will continue to have their destination determination according to your respective state trauma destination guidelines, and your departmental SOP’s.

·         The ED at IPCH remains open with no changes.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for any questions you have.  Rebecca Beck is the administrative sponsor for this transition and she, too, will be glad to assist you.

Sincerely,

Anita Perry

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