In The News
November 18, 2010 -
United Ambulance is Expanding Education Services
On Thursday, November 18, 2010 United Ambulance Service celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Education Training Center located at 338 East Avenue in Lewiston.
The new facility houses two large classrooms and a computerized simulation lab. The lab is equipped with adult, child and infant manikins who have automated functions that bring a higher level of realism when teaching patient assessment skills. The manikins were obtained through a private grant and can be used in the classroom or the back of an ambulance. Liz Delano, Education Manager for United says, “These manikins will help to develop the practical skills needed to assess and care for patients”.
“We are very excited about the opening of our new center. Our hope is to promote regular education courses for allied health professionals and community members” stated Liz. Some of the courses taught at United include: American Heart Association CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Pre-Hospital Pediatric Provider Programs (PEPP), Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) and other continuing education programs for EMS providers as well as other health care fields. Over the next nine months United will be continuing to expand the arsenal of courses. United’s first Paramedic Program is slated to begin in September 2011. This is a “bridge course” for EMT-Intermediates to advance to the Paramedic level.
As with any expansion project, quality remains a top priority. United Ambulance is Maine’s only nationally accredited ground ambulance service. As the education program continues to develop, United is working on education training center accreditation through Maine Emergency Medical Services. The designation would allow United to work independently on managing education programs rather then contracting with other organizations to obtain approvals for education programs. “Our mission is to continue to work collaboratively with other training centers in Maine. Becoming our own accredited training center simply allows us internal control over our education program while participating in external reviews from Maine EMS”, states Ms. Delano.
If you would like more information about United’s Education Division, visit them online: www.unitedambulance.com/education or call 784-8214 for more information.
Sim Lab-Adult Manikin
Pictured from Left to Right:
Stephanie Cordwell, Education Coordinator and Liz Delano, Education Manager