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Pagosa EMS Training Center first in state with special class

By Claire Bradshaw
Special to The SUN

The new EMS Training Center at Pagosa Springs Medical Center will conduct an Intermediate EMT to Paramedic Course for 15-17 Intermediate EMTs, February through June.

The skills and knowledge provided in the course will greatly enhance patient care in the prehospital setting in the community and region. Both local and regional Intermediate EMT students will attend this course, and a distance learning module will give EMTs who live outside of Archuleta County access to course content. Upon completion, students will become National and State Certified Paramedics.

Pagosa Springs Medical Center’s EMS Training Center is the first in the state to offer a distance learning Intermediate EMT to Paramedic course.

The course is being offered for those providers who have dedicated their time and effort to rural and frontier communities in which they live and serve.  Not all areas of Colorado have had the resources to send their providers to paramedic school in the past.  This program is geared toward bridging the gap between the abilities of urban systems across the country and the providers throughout Colorado who have the desire to perform at the Paramedic level.

The Pagosa Springs Medical Center’s EMS Training Center is partnering with Denver Health EMS Education Department and All Hazards Training Institute.

To kick off the Intermediate to Paramedic Distance Learning Course, representatives from Denver Health will come to Pagosa Springs to celebrate the launch of the course and the partnership with Pagosa Springs Medical Center CEO Brad Cochennet and Pagosa EMS Training Center Manager Jason Webb. The celebration will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Pagosa Room at the hospital entrance.

Background

Denver Health EMS Education Department is affiliated with Denver Health Hospital Authority in Denver.  Denver Health is the only Academic Level 1 Trauma Center in the State of Colorado. The Denver Paramedic Division is sole provider of 911 service for the City and County of Denver, running over 100,000 911 calls per year.

The Denver Health EMS Education Department instructs all levels of prehospital emergency medical education from CPR through Critical Care medicine. Denver Health EMS Education provides public education to all 50 states and provides primary and continuing education for the Denver Paramedic Division and the Denver Fire Department.

The paramedic school at Denver Health has been in operation since 2000. The program takes great pride in producing some of the best-prepared EMS providers in the country.  Denver Health Paramedic Program has successfully graduated over 95 percent of its students, who are the next generation of healthcare providers. Through the use of technology and community partnerships, Denver Health EMS Education is pleased to offer the first course of its kind in the 150-year history of Denver Health.

This story was posted on January 31, 2013.