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Learning Opportunities, From the Air and On the Ground

Area health care providers and emergency responders, part-time Penn College faculty, and alumni shared their insights with students and others during Thursday visits to main campus. The day began at around 8:30 a.m., when pilot Eric Smith landed Geisinger Health System’s Life Flight 4 helicopter on the Madigan Library lawn. With two of the college’s adjunct instructors on board, the aircraft’s arrival clearly gave School of Health Sciences students (and curious guests from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center) something to talk about. During the afternoon, on a makeshift course on a parking lot west of the Klump Academic Center, students in the Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic class navigated the Emergency Vehicle Driver Training course. Citizens Hose Co. in Jersey Shore provides the ambulances for the skills tests, and Susquehanna Regional EMS brought its bariatric vehicle (equipped with a winch and a ramp for ease in transporting extremely large patients).

– Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer; Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday;
Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator for the college’s paramedic program;
and Tony A. Bixby, Life Flight medic and part-time member of the paramedic faculty

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