Off to Florida! - A Personal Note from Jeffrey Bendit:

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Friends and Colleagues,

As many of you are already aware, my family and I moved to Florida.  While we are excited about this move and the new challenges that come with it, I also find myself at a loss of a great job and the awesome people with whom I have worked over the past 7 years.

Michael Player, you are the example that I strive to achieve each day.  You supported me professionally and personally, providing guidance, and advice.  I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor.  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to work in this professional organization that it is.

Virginia Office of EMS Announces Special Initiative Grant for ESO Transition Hardware

The Virginia Department of Health - Office of Emergency Medical Services announced  a Special Initiative Grant for Eligible Applicants. This 100% funded Grant is for Licensed EMS Agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia to apply for Information Technology (IT) hardware necessary to transition to ESO. This Grant is only for agencies who currently use the State funded version of ImageTrend and intend to transition to ESO. This Grant Opportunity is not an opportunity to apply for general IT hardware unrelated to the conversion from ImageTrend to ESO. Deadline to apply is May 7, 2021 at 5pm.

  Click Here to download the memo from OEMS. 

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PEMS Welcomes Gregory Bever to Staff as EMS Systems – Information Technology Specialist

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The Peninsulas EMS Council is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Gregory Bever to the staff as the Council’s EMS Systems – Information Technology (IT) Specialist.  In this new role, Mr. Bever will oversee a variety of information technology systems and specialized information sharing platforms used for regional infrastructure, resource and information sharing, medical direction, planning, and performance improvement.  He will work with Council staff, committees and volunteers to design and manage the Council website, social media and communications technology, act as a regional resource and advocate for technology solutions, and provide first level installation and maintenance of software and hardware systems requiring continuous availability.

PEMS Welcomes Travis Veach as EMS Field Coordinator – Operations to work EMS Agencies and Area Hospitals


The Peninsulas EMS Council is pleased to welcome Mr. Travis Veach of Newport News as our new EMS Field Coordinator – Operations to fill the position being vacated by Mr. Jeffrey Bendit.  Working with EMS agencies and area hospitals, Mr. Veach will oversee a variety of operational programs and functions to include the Regional Medication Box Program, Regional Restocking Program, and Regional Hospital Diversion Plan.  He will staff the PEMS Intra-facility Cooperation Organization and the PEMS Pharmacy Committee and manage the Council’s Controlled Substance Registration and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) Waiver programs.

EMS Providers and Organizations Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Virginia’s EMS System

On Saturday, March 20, the 2020 Governor’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Award winners were announced during a virtual presentation of the Governor’s EMS Awards. These awards, given in Governor Ralph Northam’s name, recognize outstanding EMS providers and organizations from across the Commonwealth for their demonstrated level of excellence and dedication to the EMS system.

Here are the links to view the awards presentation:

PEMS would like to congratulate each of the winners! 


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