Kathren Roark, general education coordinator at Bristol Regional Medical Center, has been named 2011 Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Services Pre-Hospital Educator of the Year.
This award is given to an emergency service provider who exemplifies outstanding teaching and leadership qualities while serving as an educator in an EMS program. Roark is now in the running to win at the state level.
Roark was recognized for her long-standing support of EMS education throughout the region. She has served as a liaison between Bristol Regional and the EMS community for many years and has been instrumental in the success of many EMS educational programs, including critical care transport and the annual Regional EMS and Fire Symposium.
In 2010, Roark was instrumental in helping to establish the Southwest Virginia EMS Council as an American Heart Association training site at Wellmont’s certified training center. That re-established an educational framework for American Heart Association coursework in a large portion of the region. Her work ensured that EMS providers can maintain the most current training necessary to provide quality patient care.