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Jon R. Donnelly

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Jon Reed Donnelly
09-25-1942 – 01-05-2015
         With heavy heart, ODEMSA mourns the death of a true champion of EMS.  Jon R. Donnelly (ODEMSA Executive Director– Retired) passed from this life, surrounded by his family, at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015.  Few in EMS today have not felt the influence Jon imparted on our community.

          Humbly and enthusiastically answering his call to serve as a volunteer at Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad in Chesterfield County, Jon earned certification as an EMT and began what would be a life-long campaign to nurture and advance EMS, its providers, and its leaders.  Gaining perspective and wisdom through service, he had a clear and coherent message for any entering EMS: respect, professionalism, empathy, dignity and advocacy.  With his inherent distinction of character, others embraced Jon’s notion, unknowingly giving birth to a culture of authors who would continue to write the future of EMS from his influence.

          Following his ambition, Jon remained a visionary, focused on all that EMS could accomplish and become.  He accepted the position as Executive Director of the Old Dominion EMS Alliance, one of the state’s eleven Regional EMS Councils.  In this station, Jon amplified his integrity, engineering allegiant guardians that would uphold and safeguard an intricate architecture culminated from the triumphs, victories and failures of a unified and true alliance.

          A service for Jon will be performed at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Chesterfield, VA on Saturday, January 10 at 10 a.m.  Immediately following a celebration of his life, welcoming friends and family, will be held at Four Points by Sheraton, also in Chesterfield County.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to:

                               Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad, Chesterfield, VA
                               Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling WV

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things.  He is the one who gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan.

Ebola Resources

Ebola Resource Center- updated 10/29/14


          On August 6, 2014 members of the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared Ebola a public health emergency of international concern.  To date, the United States has only had isolated cases of the virus.   In response to the intensifying pandemic in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and due to the fact that we have had isolated cases in the United States, the Old Dominion EMS Alliance has established this Ebola Information Portal to quickly link EMS providers and agencies with information and tools to help care for potentially infected patients. 


Current ODEMSA Initiatives:

                      Ebola Memo from ODEMSA Executive Director 10-22-14

         (1)  A team led by our Regional Medical Director, Dr. Allen Yee, and the Metro-Richmond Fire Chiefs have prepared Ebola-specific regional guidelines.  The team is comprised of regional experts from the fields of EMS, Fire, hospital administration, Hazardous Materials, and education. They have worked very hard to provide a document that will accommodate the wide variety of challenges our region's providers may encounter, with the goal of keeping our providers SAFE.    ODEMSA - Ebola Response Guide - Approved 10-22-14

          (2)  ODEMSA is offering in-person PPE Donning and Doffing training sessions in each of its four Planning Districts.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice skills using glow technology.  CEU will be awarded to those who attend (ALS 89, BLS 06).  Registration is not required.  ODEMSA staff will also give a presentation on the newly released Regional Ebola Virus Disease (EBV) Response Guide.  Ebola Update - PPE Training 10-2014  ,   Ebola PPE Training - Powerpoint  10-2014  ,  Ebola - Donning and Doffing Checklists - ODEMSA 10-2014

          (3)  ODEMSA, in partnership with Chesterfield Fire and EMS, Chesterfield Police Department, Bon Secours Virginia and HCA of Virginia have produced a video with CDC recommended Donning and Doffing instruction.   To view the video Click Here

          (4)  The Office of EMS has requested each Regional Council reach out to the agencies in their respective region to determine agency PPE inventory, and potential areas of need.   ODEMSA will do this in the form of a survey.  Your agency's leadership should be prepared to answer these questions in the next few days.

          (5) Because this is a fluid situation, ODEMSA encourages you to visit this site frequently to make sure you have the most up-to-date documents and information.  The situation is dynamic and there may be frequent changes.


Please click on "read more" to monitor updated information and links.



Governor McAuliffe's FY2015 Saving Plan

Statement Issued by Gary Brown, Director Virginia Office of EMS

budget cuts


Gary Brown, Director of the VA Office of EMS released a statement clarifying the impact to Emergency Medical Services in the Commonwealth regarding the recent announcement of Governor McAuliffe's FY2015 Savings Plan.   Statement Regarding Governor's Savings Plan and EMS 10-16-14



EMS Linen

 NOTICE - EMS Linen is now PURPLE !!
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          That's Right !!  Most hospitals in the ODEMSA region are converting to PURPLE LINEN for EMS exchange.  Chippenham Medical Center has already converted.  Johnston-Willis will go purple beginning October 20th.  All Bon Secours Hospitals will transition by Dec 8th.  Hospital administrators are requesting EMS providers only use the purple linen, designated for EMS, during your one for one exchange.  They also ask that you return all linen, regardless of the condition.  You may return the purple linen to any facility.   Hospitals lose thousands of pounds of linen every month !!    As a service to our EMS agencies, ODEMSA has EMS Restocking and Medication Exchange Contracts with every hospital.  Per those agreements, EMS agrees to exchange one item recieved per one item used.  This includes linen.  For the many courtesies our hospital partners give, let's do our part to assist with this severe bleed of linen from their facilities.

SRMC New ER Line

Southside Regional Medical Center - New Phone Number for EMS Reports
A message from Jeff McPhearson, EMS Liaison, Southside Regional Medical Center


          Wanted to make EVERYONE aware of a change in communicating to SRMC ER from the field. We now have a dedicated telephone line to our ER for patient reports. The NEW number is 804-765-5625. If you use the HEAR radio, please continue to do that. You can start using this new number on Friday July 25, 2014. Please disregard any other numbers you may have for calling in reports after Friday July 25, 2014.

          The old number was going directly to the charge nurse. This process was creating issues where if the charge nurse was registering a patient and the charge nurse received a call from EMS, the charge nurse was not able to take a report at that time or may not have been able to answer the call.



Upcoming Events

CISM Committee
February 05, 2015 (18:00 - 20:00)
CEU Metro Richmond (PD15) North
February 10, 2015 (19:00 - 23:00)
CEU Metro Richmond (PD15) South
February 10, 2015 (19:00 - 23:00)
Southside EMS Sub-Council Meeting
February 10, 2015 (19:30 - 21:30)
CEU Crater (PD19) North
February 11, 2015 (19:00 - 23:00)
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General Information and Mission Statement

The Old Dominion EMS Alliance is one of 11 Regional EMS Councils established within the Code of Virginia, Section 32.1-111.11 to coordinate EMS. Created in 1980, ODEMSA is charged by law "with the development and implementation of an efficient and effective regional emergency medical services delivery system" to include the regional coordination of emergency medical disaster planning and response. It is a corporation under Virginia law and is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit group under IRS Code 501 (c) (3). Mission Statement: The Old Dominion Emergency Medical Services Alliance, an integral part of Virginia's Comprehensive Emergency Medical Services System, serves to assess, identify, coordinate, plan and implement an efficient and effective regional EMS delivery system within Planning Districts 13, 14, 15 and 19, in partnership with the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board.


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