Special Event Medical Management (SEMM) provides a variety of medical staffing needs across the Charlottesville/Albemarle and Shenandoah Valley regions.

“Our goal is to provide excellence in emergency medical care and transport to participants, officials, and attendees of various events, free of charge to the patient,” says Daniel Lanphier, an EMT-Intermediate with SEMM.

SEMM provides staffing needs for a wide variety of events, such as:

  • UVA and JMU football and basketball
  • musical performances at John Paul Jones Arena and musical festivals (such as Lock’n)
  • polo events
  • UVA and JMU graduations
  • various conventions
  • UTEAM farmer’s markets and luncheons

Special Events Medical Management’s Pre-hospital Care Providers

The organization’s staffing model provides for coverage of events of many sizes and types, ranging from one trained EMS provider at smaller venues (meetings, career fairs, training events) to large events utilizing 40-50 EMS providers, nurses, and physicians at one time (UVA/JMU football for example).

Each event presents a variety of concerns that require the attention of highly skilled and intelligent providers. For this reason, the team has one full-time manager and roughly 80 part-time wage employees that represent each level of service (EMT, AEMT, EMT-Intermediate, Paramedic, and Critical Care Paramedic). The providers come from across the state with most residing within 60 miles of Charlottesville.

“Every employee is very dedicated to the EMS profession, and I would say that we have the best collection of pre-hospital care providers in the state,” says Daniel.

According to Program Director, Melanie Welcher, Special Event Medical Management’s primary goal is to provide emergency medical care to patrons and staff of the events.  With SEMM physicians on site or by connecting to the patient via UVA Telemedicine, SEMM also aims to reduce the demand on local EMS and emergency departments when such events occur in the community.

SEMM is supported by the UVA Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. William Brady, MD, serves as the Operational Medical Director for SEMMWilliam Brady, MD, of UVA Department of Emergency Medicine has served as the Operational Medical Director for SEMM since 1996. He continues to oversee many patient care and community wellbeing initiatives.

A long-time leader in his field, Dr. Brady serves clinically in the UVA Emergency Department as well as a faculty member with the University. As a professor, he has received many awards, including the American College of Emergency Physicians National Faculty Teaching Award, the UVA School of Medicine (SOM) Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the UVA SOM David A. Harrison Distinguished Educator Award.

In addition to Dr. Brady’s teaching and clinical responsibilities with the Department of Emergency Medicine, he is the Medical Director for UVA’s Life Support Learning Center. He also serves as the Operational Medical Director for several local EMS agencies, including Albemarle County Fire Rescue and Special Event Medical Management.

Dr. Brady says that “assisting people in need,” motivates him in his day-to-day work. He has been doing just that for the past 25 years with UVA Department of Emergency Medicine.

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