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Chesapeake Regional’s Emergency Management Coordinator Awarded Outstanding New Emergency Management Professional of the Year

CHESAPEAKE, Va. –  The Virginia Emergency Management Association (VEMA) recently recognized Chesapeake Regional Healthcare’s Matt Leicester, Emergency Management Coordinator, as the 2022 Outstanding New Emergency Management Professional of the Year. The announcement was made at VEMA’s annual symposium, held in March, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.

The award is selected by peers and recognizes a newcomer to the emergency management profession who has displayed enthusiasm, innovation, and commitment. Recipients have made significant contributions to the field.

As Emergency Management Coordinator, Matt works to ensure that Chesapeake Regional Healthcare is properly prepared and trained for any type of emergency. He partners with other departments to hold emergency preparedness training, has created escape rooms as a new way to train staff members and organized COVID-19 vaccine clinics for our community during the height of the pandemic.


About Chesapeake Regional Healthcare
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare is a health system laser focused on innovation, known for making medical history in the region and providing patients with truly personal care. It’s hospital, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, is the only independent, community-based hospital in Hampton Roads. With a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the best heart attack survival rates of the major systems in the region, and a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center, Chesapeake Regional’s cardiac program is expanding. The system has a state-of-the-art neurointerventional suite, comprehensive cancer care, the most preferred Labor & Delivery program in the area, nearly 40 practice locations and approximately 600 physicians on staff. Chesapeake Regional Healthcare’s technologically advanced health care saves lives every day. Learn more at

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