GHAS Donates Ambulance to Sandburg for Paramedic Program

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Galesburg Hospitals’ Ambulance Service recently donated an ambulance to Carl Sandburg College to be used as a training facility for the College’s emergency medical system program and its new paramedic program, which will begin in the fall semester.

“The generosity of GHAS to donate an ambulance to the College as a lab training facility for both the EMTs and the paramedic students is greatly appreciated,” said Lauri White, dean of career, technical and health education. “Providing our students exposure to an ambulance in an educational setting under the supervision of licensed paramedics will go a long way in preparing them for the experiences they need to complete the program.”

Sandburg’s paramedic program includes 11 newly developed EMS courses along with one existing EMS course. Graduates of the program will be eligible for state and national examinations needed for licensure.

The paramedic program was developed in cooperation with GHAS and the local Emergency Medical Services systems at OSF St. Mary Medical Center and Galesburg Cottage Hospital, utilizing their knowledge of the profession and licensure requirements to assure the content of the curriculum meets standards established by the profession.

“The cooperative effort with these institutions and the College is going to provide a quality educational program for students interested in becoming a paramedic,” White said. “Cooperative efforts like these are what makes Sandburg. Our partners help make it possible for us to provide this level of quality career education.”