Virginia Beach Receives 2017 Mission: Lifeline Gold EMS Award

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

VIRGINIA BEACH – May 31, 2017 – On May 19, 2017, the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) received the American Heart Association 2017 Mission: Lifeline GOLD EMS Recognition Award at the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition (VHAC) State Meeting in Lynchburg, Va. 

Mission: Lifeline recognizes EMS systems for their role in providing timely treatment for heart attack patients. Agencies must track various achievement measures, such as obtaining 12 lead EKGs, performing assessments and transporting in a timely manner, and working with the hospitals to make the time from first medical contact to opening the blocked heart artery even faster.  

Virginia Beach EMS remains very active with local hospitals, Tidewater Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) regional EMS council, and the Eastern Region of Virginia Heart Attack Coalition (VHAC) to work together to improve heart attack patient outcomes.  "Saving lives is a team effort," said EMS Director Ed Brazle. "The achievement of this award was made possible by the combined hard work and dedication of our VBEMS members, volunteers and the Virginia Beach Fire Department." 

For more information contact Jennifer Babiak at (757) 385-5008 or 

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EMS1 Photo: Left to right:  Peter O'Brien, MD (founding member and co-chair, VHAC), Forrest Winslow, RN, NRP (Eastern Region Leader, VHAC), Christi Budy, RN, NRP (Captain, VBEMS)

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