May 16, 2021
On behalf of the leadership team here at LifeCare, we want to wish each of you a very happy EMS Week! I cannot think of a better theme that fits the overwhelming dynamic of our employees than, “This is EMS: Caring for out Communities.” Each and every day, you put the community first not only in your professional lives, but many times in your personal lives.
Many people think about how EMS stepped up for their communities during COVID-19. You certainly have done an admirable job doing that, but you have also stepped up numerous other times. Whether it be helping those in our local communities or stepping up on the national level when the call for assistance came in.
Many of you have participated in our deployments throughout the years. This truly has been a team effort. Those of you that deployed gave so much. Additionally those of you who stayed back also gave a lot as you had to not only cover your shifts, but fill in for the gaps that were created when the others deployed. Each of you are all truly exceptional.
We all know that EMS is very demanding, causing us to forgo things in our personal lives. However we should always remember, we are a family here at LifeCare. We need to support and take care of each other.
As you go about your daily activities this week, please know how grateful we are to have you as part of our family here at LifeCare. We pride ourselves in having some of the highest quality, compassionate and skilled providers in the nation. We are a great organization because of each of you!
Thank you for all that you do for the communities we serve. Wishing each of you a very safe and happy EMS week!
Kevin Dillard, President/CEO
March 2, 2021
Last night LifeCare was excited to kick off our Hybrid EMT Course with our Spring 2021 class! The 31 student class will meet virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then meet for hands on training at one of our three training sites on scheduled Saturdays.
We are excited to be able to provide this high quality educational experience to students all across Virginia. We wish each of them the very best and look forward to working with each of them on their EMS journey!
Interested in joining LifeCare’s Hybrid EMT Fall 2021 Class? Email Morgan Szymczyk at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat today!
February 26, 2021
LifeCare has now been authorized to provide COVID-19 Antigen Testing for employees with symptomatic and/or exposures to COVID-19. We are proud to be able to provide this service to our employees and help keep them and our community safer during this pandemic!
January 27, 2021
Congratulations to Chief Wesley Melson (Chief Operations Officer) and Captain Richard Szymczyk (Director of Safety, Education & Compliance) on their acceptance into the Priority Ambulance Leadership Foundation Class of 2021!!
January 24, 2021
Congratulations to our very own Chief Melson and Lt. Rivenbark on their Life Membership with Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad!!
December 31, 2020
New Year’s Eve was a great day for LifeCare employees as they began the process of being vaccinated against COVID-19!!
December 20, 2020
LifeCare was honored to have a small roll in helping spread some Holiday magic! Special THANKS to UnMasked Uplifts for asking us to participate. Gifts and meals were delivered to hundreds of families and children in the Fredericksburg region in LifeCare ambulances along with our own special Santa!
December 6, 2020
LifeCare was excited to be able to hold their Drive Thru Christmas Celebration at their Corporate Offices on Sunday, December 6th. Employees were able to bring their family and friends and drive thru to see Santa and the Grinch.
Thank you to all of the wonderful LifeCare employees and friends that came out to make the event possible.
November 18, 2020
We are excited to announce Wayne Guffey has the joined the LifeCare Team as the Lieutenant/Operations Manager for LifeCare’s Southwest Virginia Region. As Operations Manager, Guffey will be responsible for the daily operations of LifeCare’s Salem, Martinsville, and Danville Stations.
Guffey joins LifeCare with an impressive EMS background. He brings with him 35 years of EMS experience, 16 accumulative years serving as Assistant Chief and Chief of a local Rescue Squad, and 15 years of Private Ambulance experience.
“We are excited to welcome Lt. Wayne Guffey into our LifeCare Team. His notable EMS experience and service to his community will make him a great asset to our team members in our Southwest Virginia Region. He has shown great leadership during his time as Assistant Chief and Chief of the Vinton First Aid Crew. While Chief, the Vinton First Aid Crew was awarded the Western Virginia EMS Council Award for Outstanding EMS Agency in 2018. Guffey was also awarded the Western Virginia EMS Council Award for Outstanding Administrator in 2016. We look forward to working with Lt. Guffey and supporting him,” Kevin Dillard, President/CEO.
November 16, 2020
We are excited to announce Richard Szymczyk has been promoted to Captain/Director of Workforce Health, Safety & Education. In addition, he will also be serving as the Chief Compliance Officer.
Szymczyk has been with LifeCare since 2014 and began his career in our Salem, VA office. Since then he has managed LifeCare’s 911 operations in Rockbridge County until he was transferred to our Corporate Offices Campus in the fall of 2018.
A Graduate of Liberty University’s Masters in Public Health program, Szymczyk has been involved in LifeCare’s COVID-19 response as well as the implementation of the High-Flow Ventilation System (AIRVO 2).
“We are very excited for Richard’s advancement in the company. He has shown great leadership and commitment to the company. We look forward to the continued growth in LifeCare’s safety culture and educational training under his supervision,” Kevin Dillard, President & CEO.
November 12, 2020
Thank you to our friends at Harmony at Falls Run for the amazing “Drive Thru” Breakfast this morning!!
We appreciate your team always being so wonderful to our team members!
November 10, 2020
LifeCare Leaders of EMS
We would like to recognize, Tasha Browne, Vice President of Finance & HR. During her over 14 years of service with LifeCare, Tasha has been an advocate for our Veterans and worked diligently to help ensure not only job opportunities for them, but for their families.
In addition to working so closely with our Veterans, Tasha also serves as Chairman of the Leadership Fredericksburg Advisory Board. Thank you Tasha for your continuous dedication to the community!
November 3, 2020
LifeCare was proud to recognize Chris Bergeron of Bound Tree Medical for his partnership with LifeCare. His long time partnership with LifeCare has ensured our providers are equipped with quality supplies and led the way to innovation with leading edge technology that has improved patient outcomes. We look forward to continuing to work with you Chris!
November 2, 2020
LifeCare Leaders of EMS
Congratulations to Chief Wesley Melson on his reelection as Vice President of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS)!! Chief Melson serves as our Chief Operations Officer for our Central and Northern Virginia Regions.
October 29, 2020
LifeCare Leaders of EMS
Congratulations to Senior Vice President, Dan Wildman on his continuation as President of Catalyst Insurance. Catalyst Insurance is a independent insurance group providing insurance to EMS Healthcare providers.
October 22, 2020
Congratulations to our Southwest Virginia Region Captain, Althea Kidd for her recent certification as a Certified Ambulance Coder!!
October 18, 2020
Lt. Richard Szymczyk of our Station 1 (Fredericksburg) location was recognized in the Free Lance-Star and fredericksburg.com this past weekend for his recognition from the National Safety Council as a Rising Star in Safety.
October 7, 2020
Congratulations to M. Johnson on his recent promotion to Lieutenant of our Hampton Roads region!!
October 7, 2020
Today, LifeCare was proud to be able to recognize two important partners. Mike Poulos with Approve RCM, Inc has been a great partner and collaborator with LifeCare. His dedication and work with LifeCare has enhanced their billing insight, support, security, compliance, and improved customer service to their patients.
Tim Socia has been a long time partner with LifeCare working on their Ventilation and High Flow Oxygenation operations. His work has helped ensure LifeCare’s full capabilities in patient care ventilation 24/7.
Thank you Mike and Tim for your continuous hard work and dedication to LifeCare!
October 7, 2020
We would like to welcome A. McQuistian to the LifeCare Team!! A. McQuistian will be serving as our Captain of our Hampton Roads region.
September 24, 2020
This year the National Safety Council recognized 32 men and women from 17 states and five nations as the 2020 Rising Stars of Safety. Each were chosen based off of their demonstrated enthusiasm, skill, and leadership that inspire future safety leaders and colleagues leading the way to help preventable deaths and injuries. We are elated to have one of our own chosen for this award. Congratulations Lt. Richard Szymczyk, Workforce Health & Safety Manager!!
September 22, 2020
Congratulations to M. Krug on his recent promotion to Lieutenant of our Northern Virginia Region!
September 4, 2020
We would like to thank the Thomas Jefferson EMS Council for naming us the winners of the 2020 Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety!! Captain Xavier Bates, Chief Kevin Dillard, and Lieutenant Chad Gregg accepted the award during TJEMS presentation on September 4, 2020.
August 25, 2020
Congratulations to Lt. Bobby Rivenbark and Lt. Thomas McGowan on their recent recognition at this year’s Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s First Responders Breakfast. Both Lt. Rivenbark and Lt. McGowan received the Heroism award for their service in New York City. Earlier this year, both Lt. Rivenbark and Lt. McGowan provided essential medical transport to help with decompressing hospitals and the overwhelmed 911 system due to COVID-19.
In addition to these two awards, LifeCare was also recognized for our AIRVO 2 and Emergency Stroke Transport protocols. Thank you to all of our employees who have made these two programs so successful. Both of these innovative programs have improved the quality of patient care we are able to provide our patients.
July 30, 2020
We want to congratulate all of this year’s winners of the 2020 Rappahannock EMS Council Regional Awards!!
Thank you to the Rappahannock EMS Council board for selecting LifeCare Medical Transports as the winner of this year’s Regional EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Agency and this year’s Regional EMS Award for Innovation Excellence in EMS!!
We would also like to give a huge shout out to Kim Melson for her Regional EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children!! Thank you for all that you do for our LifeCare Juniors!