Partnership Leads to Needed Health Care Training

July 8, 2015

Topeka, Kan. – More training opportunities will soon be available in Topeka for people wanting to deliver emergency medical services. Washburn Tech is partnering with Topeka Fire Department and American Medical Response (AMR) to provide an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program on the Washburn Tech campus. Stormont-Vail Health Care also has agreed to serve as a clinical site. In addition, AMR is donating two older ambulances to the program which will facilitate hands-on training.

Currently, EMT training is provided in Shawnee County by an individual instructor or coordinator on an as-needed basis. This new partnership not only will provide locally-based training, but offer additional training in field emergency medical services (EMS). With guidance and support from Topeka Fire Department and AMR, Shawnee County residents will have greater access to high-quality health services in emergency situations.

“American Medical Response is happy to support this program at Washburn Tech.  It is always our goal to partner with our local educational institutions to create a pipeline of quality individuals for our workforce,” said Ken Keller, AMR. “Along with our donation, we will support the program by allowing the students to do their ride-along experience with our staff during the course of their program. We are confident this partnership will be valuable to all the citizens of Shawnee County.”

“Field EMS is uniquely positioned to support health care and improve value, outcomes, patient experience and reduce the per capita cost of health care,” said Wayne Hollis, Washburn Tech instructor, EMT program. “EMS is capable of highly reliable patient assessment and intervention at any hour of any day in response to urgent or unscheduled episodes of illness or injury.”