News about Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic

Closing Out a Classic With Some of Our Own

Cromley, Moroff enjoy a LLWS reunion.

Emergency medical personnel, reporting for duty at Howard J. Lamade Stadium

Before we shelve the PCToday scrapbook from this year’s Little League Baseball World Series, let’s thumb through a few more pages featuring members of the Penn College family. Among the ex-Little Leaguers on hand when the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals met at BB&T Ballpark on Aug. 20 was Bucs infielder Max Moroff. And among those happiest to see him was Marlin R. Cromley, a campus employee who was the team’s host when Moroff’s Maitland, Florida, team faced Newtown in the U.S. semifinal at the 2005 series. “Always a wonderful time to meet up with a former player,” said Cromley, a cashier/customer service associate in The College Store, who this year was “uncle” to the Asia-Pacific team representing Seoul, South Korea. “Not to mention meeting a former player that makes it to the majors!” Cromley is one of two team hosts who work at the college; Bruce A. Sechrist, a General Services horticulturist at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, this year was assigned to the Midwest team from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As noted earlier, the series’ health care team was at the ready for players and fans alike – including scores of students from Penn College’s School of Health Sciences. Representing the college on Sunday’s championship day are (from left) emergency medical services major Keith M. Ray, Montoursville; Bambi A. Hawkins, interim director of paramedic technology programs; and EMS students Michelle K. Waughen, Montgomery; James A. Babinetz, Doylestown; and Abdullah F. Qindil, Houston.
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Newswatch 16 on Hand for Students’ Rescue-Training Finale

Along the shore of the Susquehanna, WNEP’s Kristina Papa interviews emergency medical services student James A. Babinetz.

Students receive a pre-activity overview from Williamsport Bureau of Fire’s Ken Smith.

A full slate of hands-on learning: Two Williamsport Bureau of Fire boats take students out to practice pulling their classmates out of the water, while students on the dock practice throwing lines to their classroom colleagues.

A paramedic student perfects her pitch, throwing a line to a waiting classmate.

Under watch by Williamsport Bureau of Fire personnel, a student pulls a classmate toward the boat.

WNEP’s Kristina Papa visited Penn College’s paramedic program on Wednesday as first-year students completed their final day of Rescue Awareness and Operations training. Under the lead of the Williamsport Bureau of Fire and the Central Area Fire Chiefs’ Association, the students dove into the Susquehanna River for a hands-on lesson in boat-based water rescue operations at Susquehanna State Park, using equipment lent by the Williamsport Bureau of Fire. During the morning, the students practiced shore-based water rescue along Lycoming Creek near Bowman Field. The four-day Rescue Awareness and Operations activities also included field trips to the CAFCA facility for training in vehicle rescues and rope rescues and to Frito-Lay for confined-space operations, along with lessons in handling carbon monoxide incidents and gas leaks. The events are the finale of a summer course in Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic, which entailed emergency vehicle driver training, a visit to the Life Flight hangar, training for hazardous materials and crime scene incidents, and a tactical emergency casualty course. Throughout the summer, the students were taught not only by Penn College faculty, but by area professionals that included the Penn College Police, Lycoming County coroner, UPMC Susquehanna emergency department, Geisinger Life Flight, CAFCA and the local fire bureau. Papa interviewed Bambi Hawkins, interim director of paramedic technology programs, students Ali T. Alnasir, of Williamsport, James A. Babinetz, of Doylestown, and Michelle K. Waughen, of Montgomery, and Assistant Fire Chief Mark Killian. The story aired during Wednesday evening’s newscasts.

LLWS Medical Team to Include Nearly 50 Penn College Students

A large group of Pennsylvania College of Technology students is set to join the medical team at the 2017 Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport this August.

The students are pursuing careers as physician assistants and paramedics. During the 11-day tournament, they will serve both participants and spectators of the series, which draws 16 teams from around the world, and tens of thousands of fans each day.

“Our paramedic and physician assistant programs deeply appreciate the clinical practice our students gain from such an exciting annual international event as the Little League World Series just across the river from campus,” said Edward A. Henninger, dean of health sciences.

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Life Flight Maintenance Doesn’t Pre-Empt Learning Opportunity

Health Sciences students traveled to Williamsport Regional Airport, where one of Geisinger's Life Flight helicopters was being serviced.

Students in the paramedic technician and emergency medical services majors visited the hangar for Geisinger’s Life Flight helicopter on Wednesday, where the three-person crew gave them an overview of its services and talked about safety protocols when on the scene of a Life Flight landing. Each year, as part of a summer Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic course, students learn about crime scene awareness, medical incident command and emergency vehicle operations, including a landing by Life Flight and hands-on Emergency Vehicle Driver Training. On Wednesday, because the helicopter was undergoing a parts replacement, the Penn College students visited the helicopter at its hangar at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville. There, flight medic Kevin Niedzwiecki, a part-time instructor at Penn College, and other crew members provided insight and a hands-on demonstration. The photo was provided by Andrew L. Mattocks, a part-time Penn College instructor and Life Flight employee (and full-time ICU nurse) who received Penn College degrees in paramedic technology (’06), applied health studies (’11) and nursing (’17) and provided an on-campus lecture in fight operations earlier this summer.

Paramedic Director Receives DeWire Lifetime Achievement Award

Mark A. Trueman

The Lycoming Tioga Sullivan Emergency Medical Services Council recently presented its 2017 Kline A. DeWire Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s director of paramedic technology programs.

The award is the most prestigious honor that the council presents, said Wendy S. Hastings, director of the LTS EMS Council, as she introduced its recipient, Mark A. Trueman, at a recent awards ceremony. It was established to recognize an EMS provider who has exhibited an ongoing and extraordinary dedication to the community and whose significant contributions to emergency medical services and the community personify the selfless giving, compassion and commitment that are DeWire’s legacy.

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Emergency Scenarios Translate to Real-Life Benefit for Students

Occupational therapy assistant student Rachel N. Zimmerman, of Pine Grove, shows physician assistant student Zachary S. Kimble, of Bellefonte (acting as a hip-replacement patient who later in the simulation would have a stroke) and other students watching how to use a “reacher” to help with dressing. Observing is Christine A. Tilburg, clinical director of physical therapist assistant.

Emergency medical services student Ian P. McClure, of Littlestown, and paramedic technician student Megan E. Bobby, of Dysart, explain the actions they would take when called to the Dental Hygiene Clinic to help a patient experiencing an allergic reaction to Novocain.

Surgical technology students simulate a laparoscopic gall bladder removal.

Around 250 students in the School of Health Sciences – an academic division that spans 11 distinct health care and allied health fields – are participating this week in a series of hands-on emergency health simulations. The school’s fourth annual Interdisciplinary Professional Event involves 24 student teams, each made up of a cross section of health disciplines, discussing and observing one another’s role in their assigned case. Students in the physician assistant major played roles of patients, whose health problems ranged from an allergic reaction to Novocain in the Dental Hygiene Clinic to a loss of consciousness in the Keystone Dining Room, and surgeries to replace hips and remove gallbladders. As “patients” moved through the health care system, they moved, with their observers, from lab to lab in the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. The purpose of the experience is to prepare the students to deliberatively work together as patients interact with each of them during their health care experience, with an ultimate goal to improve patient care. Also involved were 23 staff and faculty from the school, who planned and managed the event and led groups through their simulations on Tuesday and Thursday.

Scholarship Memorializing EMS Trailblazer Fully Endowed

From left, Mark A. Trueman, director of the Paramedic Technology Program; Linda Patrick, daughter of the late William E. Henry; Kelle Johnson, his fiancée; Molly J. Durland, recipient of the William E. Henry Memorial Scholarship; Heather, Matthew and Lilly Henry, William’s daughter-in-law, son and granddaughter; and Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

The family of William E. Henry gathered on campus Thursday to deliver a check that brings the scholarship fund established in his name to fully endowed status. Henry was a pioneer in Lycoming County’s emergency medical services. He was in the first graduating class from the Williamsport Hospital School of Paramedic Training – the Penn College emergency medical services program’s predecessor – and served many vital roles as a leader, instructor and paramedic. The William E. Henry Memorial Scholarship is open to students in the college’s emergency medical services associate-degree major or paramedic technician certificate major who are residents of Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, Sullivan Tioga and Union counties and who have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Molly J. Durland, an emergency medical services student from Dushore, is the 2016-17 recipient and joined the family for a photo. The family gathered later Thursday evening to celebrate the scholarship becoming fully endowed and to remember the life and contributions of Henry.

WBRE Spotlights Health Sciences Students at LLWS

Eyewitness News on campus

WBRE’s Cody Butler made a visit to Penn College students who are lending their skills at the Little League Baseball World Series. Forty-four students from the college’s physician assistant, paramedic and emergency medical services majors are stationed at the South Williamsport complex throughout the Series, which ends Aug. 28. Paramedic students, enrolled in the Intermediate Clinical Practicum course, are stationed in the stadiums to help meet emergency needs of spectators at the games. Physician assistant students are helping to staff the infirmary inside International Grove, where the teams reside during the Series. Both are under the direction of staff from Susquehanna Health and Susquehanna Regional Emergency Medical Services. Butler’s report – which featured emergency medical services major Molly J. Durland, of Dushore, and physician assistant student Macie N. Lucas, of Reedsville – aired during Tuesday evening newscasts.

Students to Work Behind the Scenes at Little League World Series

When the Little League World Series begins Aug. 18, students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Health Sciences will once again help to provide urgent and emergency health care.

Forty-four students pursuing careers as paramedics and physician assistants will lend a hand and gain valuable experience during the 11-day championship that draws thousands of spectators.

“The Little League World Series welcomes diverse players and guests from around the world, and we are so fortunate to be able to provide such a wonderful opportunity for our PA and paramedic students so close to campus,” said Edward A. Henninger, dean of the college’s School of Health Sciences.

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Air-Transport Crew Briefs EMS Students From Ground Up

A Life Flight crew – always made up of a pilot, flight registered nurse and paramedic, introduce students to Life Flight operations.

Paramedic Gregg Martuccio straps a student volunteer in for transport.

A crew from Geisinger Medical Center’s Life Flight medical transport fleet made its annual landing on the Madigan Library lawn on Thursday. The crew walked students in the Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic course through safety procedures around the helicopter – one of seven in the Life Flight fleet. Students learned how to prepare for a Life Flight landing at an emergency scene and protocol for transferring a patient from on-ground care to the flight crew. Several Penn College graduates have become Life Flight medics.

Summer Camps Provide Practical Mix of Education, Enjoyment

Invoking the hands-on hallmark of a Penn College education

A series of academic-based camps at Pennsylvania College of Technology included enough information to satisfy minds hungry for challenge, while not forgetting that it IS summer. A wrap-up photo gallery reflects the unique career opportunities represented at Architecture Odyssey Camp, Designing a Digital Future Camp, Future Restaurateurs Career Camp, Advanced Restaurateurs Career Camp, Graphic Design Summer Studio, Health Careers Camp, SMART Girls Summer Camp, Creative Art Camp and Youth Training for Athletic Development Camp.

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Health Sciences Students Learn From One Another in Simulations

During a three-day set of emergency simulations that involved 320 Penn College students, Timothy F. Schwartzer (in hat), an emergency medical services student from Bensalem, explains to students in other health sciences majors how paramedics would begin treatment for a patient – played by a volunteer actor – who had fallen from a second-floor balcony.

Because a patient experiencing a health emergency will likely be cared for by many health care professionals with differing specialties, Pennsylvania College of Technology has taken an active approach to ensure that students understand the roles and collaboration necessary on a health care team.

The college’s School of Health Sciences took part in two recent events that involved more than 400 students in mock patient cases on its campus.

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College Volunteers in Behind-the-Scenes Report on LLB Series

Trueman (left) and Finkelstein-Diaz in WNEP report

Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa incorporated volunteers from Penn College’s School of Health Sciences in her Tuesday report on preparations for the Little League Baseball World Series. The WNEP multimedia journalist recently interviewed Mark A. Trueman, director of paramedic technology programs; and emergency medical services and paramedic technician students Louis J. Mazzante IV, of Montoursville, and Adam N. Finkelstein-Diaz, of Stroudsburg. Series play begins in South Williamsport on Thursday, the day after the college hosts a cookout for the 16 bracketed teams before the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street.

Student Speaker Shares Message of Pride, Perseverance

Kyle G. Stavinski

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s meaningful tradition of choosing graduating students to speak at commencement exercises continued Saturday, as Kyle G. Stavinski delivered remarks that blended humor, humility, history and gratitude – both for the family and friends in his corner and for the alma mater that will inform his tomorrows. “Today, we say goodbye to everything that was familiar to us. We’re moving on, but just because we’re leaving … and that hurts,” said the Elysburg resident, who was awarded an associate degree in emergency medical services. “Our Penn College education and family will be with us no matter where we roam. Penn College has become our foundation of growth, our north star and the small, clear voice inside our head that makes the uncertainty we will encounter through life our friend – the voice giving us hope for the future so we can make a difference.”

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Students to Stand Ready to Help at International Athletics Event

A large contingent of Pennsylvania College of Technology students is set to assist the Little League Baseball World Series medical team when sports fans around the world focus on Williamsport in late August.

Students studying to become dental hygienists, paramedics and physician assistants will lend their hands and gain valuable experience during the 11-day championship that draws 16 teams and thousands of fans to the Little League Baseball World Series Complex, just a few miles from Penn College’s main campus.

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