The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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July 14, 2013

Conneaut’s hospital celebrates 30 years of paramedic training

CONNEAUT — Ten students who received “diplomas” last month marked the 30th anniversary of a paramedic training program at UH Conneaut Medical Center, according to a release from the hospital.

The program is on track to log its third consecutive 100 percent pass rate year, a margin well above the 80 percent required by the state of Ohio, according to the statement.

CMC holds classes on Saturdays and some Sundays between late August and May, a timeframe that best suits most students, officials said.

The 900-hour training program follows national EMS education standards, and includes 500 hours of classroom and laboratory work at CMC, 160 hours of in-hospital clinical work and another 240 hours of field internship work, where the student rides with ambulance squads and is exposed to real-world situations, according to the statement.

“Our paramedic program is unique because it includes five special courses for certification,” Mike Smith of Conneaut, lead instructor, said in the statement. “We believe it is in our paramedics’ and our communities’ best interests to provide this advanced, comprehensive EMS training so our graduates are fully prepared for any emergency situation.”

Thanks to the CMC program, departments that once sent ambulances out to calls without any paramedics on board now are staffed by one or two of the specialists, according to the statement.

Many of the graduates are members of area fire and rescue departments and use the program to advance their training. Others use their education to land jobs at local departments and services.

“All of our instructors from the UH EMS Institute are outstanding and we have kids who really want to learn and work hard — that makes all the difference,” said Samuel Namey, medical director of the CMC paramedic program. “We train and graduate exceptional paramedics for the Ashtabula and Lake counties communities. The people who live here can feel confident they have access to the best possible EMS professionals to help them in their time of need.”

The hospital is accepting applications for its 2013-2014 training year, which begins Aug. 24.

Registration for the nine-month program continues through Aug. 16.

For more information, call the hospital at 593-0190 or visit www.uhems.org.

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