Saint Joseph’s East Georgia and Greene County EMS are partnering to teach new emergency medical technicians the basic operation of emergency medicine as ‘hands-on’ preparation for their role with the ambulance services.

“It’s vital for our first responders to have had firsthand experience with emergency situations so they develop the skills they need in any emergency,” says Byron Lombard, county manager and Emergency Management director for Greene County. “Each also will complete a total of 60 hours of training on the ambulance at the country facilities under the guidance of Glen Henry.”

Students recently rotated through Saint Joseph’s East Georgia’s emergency department for a total of 24 hours of training observing triage skills, physician-nurse interaction and the basic emergency medicine operations.

“The training prepares students to advance to the next level as intermediate EMTs,” said Lombard. “As our patient numbers increase with the growing population, it’s important that there are sufficient EMTs available to respond.”

The Greene County EMT currently operates three advanced life support ambulances available 24/7, with three ambulance units in reserve.

“With the additional pool of trained EMTs, we’ll be able to provide staffed units nearly upon demand,” said Lombard. “We appreciate Saint Joseph’s willingness to partner with us and provide the training at not charge. The counties are growing so rapidly and we need to remain a head of the curve.”

A community philanthropy campaign is underway to raise $15 million to provide furnishings, equipment, and fund indigent care and clinical research programs for a new, state-of-the-art hospital that Saint Joseph’s, Atlanta plans to build in the Lake Oconee area. Campaign volunteers are working in partnership with Saint Joseph’s to support the new hospital which will offer the latest diagnostic, surgical and outpatient services. Without everyone’s participation, it will not be financially feasible for Saint Joseph’s, a non-profit hospital, to go forward with this much needed project. Please help make this dream a reality for our communities. Donations are tax-deductible and pledges may be made over five years. To make a pledge, or if you have any questions, please call Saint Joseph’s Mercy Foundation at (706) 999-9920.

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