Mark Podgwaite tragically passed away after a procedure at UVMMC on Friday afternoon, October 14, 2022.
Vermont EMS lost a legend, colleague, and friend. For all of us, the shock is still settling in and it is difficult for us to comprehend the loss. All of our hearts are broken by his departure.
Mark was the Head of Service for Waterbury Ambulance, a longtime member of Northfield Ambulance, chair of Vermont EMS District Six, and held many local positions throughout our community. He had significant impacts within EMS throughout the State of Vermont and was a vital leader for the pandemic testing and vaccination response for the past few years.
Mark’s family is grieving his loss and will need some time before making plans for this upcoming week. Lawton Rutter, Acting Chair for Vermont EMS District Six, will be keeping everyone informed as this all develops. Please reach out to him this coming week to assist in arrangements and condolences.
Vermont EMS District Six Board
.December 14, 1961 - October 14, 2022
We are so sad to announce the unexpected passing of Mark Podgwaite Sr. on October 14, 2022.
Born in Connecticut to parents Dr. George and Beverly Podgwaite on December 14, 1961, he grew up in Woodbridge and North Haven, Connecticut. Mark moved to Island Pond, Vermont in 1991 with his first wife and two children.
Early in his professional career, Mark enjoyed being a chef in Connecticut and upon moving to Vermont held different positions where he was a chef in school systems. As an adult Mark was always devoted to the community members he served which included being on the Northfield Fire Department and then on the Northfield Ambulance where he and his second wife Betty served for many years. Mark later became assistant chief at Northfield Ambulance.
Mark was always expanding his knowledge and devotion to helping others which led him to obtain his Advanced Emergency Medical Technician license. After realizing his passion of helping others, he became the full-time director at Lyndon Rescue.
In March 2017, Mark joined Waterbury Ambulance as the executive director where he improved the station with up-to-date equipment, trucks, and his latest project – plans for a new building.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mark jumped in with both feet to administer tests and later vaccines. He also set up static sites across various communities in Vermont while continuing outreach and going as far as to vaccinate people in their own homes.
Mark’s dedication to Waterbury and the entire EMS community will be greatly missed. His most recent achievement was being a recipient of the EMS Lifetime Award in 2022.
Since his teenage years, Mark had a passion for poultry and showing of birds at various fairs throughout New England. This continued into his adulthood and limited free time and led him to be elected president of the American Poultry Association in 2020, a position he currently held.
Survivors include: his wife and best friend, Lisa Podgwaite of Northfield; sister Joanne Covino and her husband Paul; two beautiful nieces Kyla and Olivia; daughter Desiree Larkin, son-in-law Travis; son Mark Jr. and daughter-in-law Danielle; his mother Beverly Colrus. His greatest love was his grandchildren: Travis, Savanna, Luke, Adley, Celsey, Kaelynn, Kyle and Karter. Additionally he is survived by his stepchildren Alex and Miranda Clark as well as his cousins Bobby, Donna, Ivan, Wolff and Josh of Connecticut and other extended family. Mark was predeceased by his father Dr. George Podgwaite and his stepfather William Colrus.
Services will be held on Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. at Plumley Armory at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. An ambulance procession will begin at Farr’s Field on U.S. Route 2 in Waterbury at 9 a.m. traveling down Main Street, continuing to Northfield and concluding at the service. A private gathering will immediately follow.
Please consider donating on behalf of Mark to complete the Station Creation Project for Waterbury Ambulance Service. Donations can be made online at waterburyambulance.org/station-creation/or by mail to Waterbury Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 95, Waterbury Center, VT 05677.
At the June VAD #6 Board meeting Bob Bower of Mad River Volunteer Ambulance Service and previously First Responder with Middlesex FAST squad for outstanding EMS service and training in VT EMS District 6
UPDATE NOTES from Beth, EMS data manager VDH
After significant review, it was discovered that in order to best support providers in accurate documentation of patient care reports, the Type of Call should be a manually selection. In doing this, providers will be able to choose the correct value this as they navigate the form. This change will be live in the NEMSIS 3.5 form only. You will see this change go live on Monday 11/14.
Patient Name/Date of Birth Missing When Record Imported to Billing Software
Current Reason or Status: Software Company Treating as Priority Issue, Reported by 1 Service Out of 37
For some incident records, the patient-specific information (such as the patient’s name) is not transmitting to the billing software. So far, only one service has reported this, and the ImageTrend Support team is treating this concern as a priority. Initial statements from Support indicate that the issue is software-based, and that the code in the background will need to be corrected by the Developers.
If you, any member of your team, or your billing people encounter any issues at all, please let me know! If the person who encounters the concern is able to take a screenshot of the problem, this would be enormously helpful for myself and the Support team.
To the hard working and dedicated members of Vermont EMS District Six,
1) Thanks for being in EMS .. it's not easy at times
2) If you are willing to share your training requests/ideas please do
3) PLEASE help me make sure you have the support you need when you or others are stressed out.
Reach out to me at ANY time
Dr. Ellen Stein
District Medical Advisor
Vermont EMS District Six
Completed a unified PCS for interfacility transports. See PCS_Orders_D6_2019, (link below)
Requested - If possible, call from the field to advise ED that you sent an EKG strip from the field and they will look for it. See protocol: listed below in Recent downloads.
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