MUSCLE SHOALS, ALA. — Helen Keller Hospital donated a 2007 Ford ambulance to the Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program this week. The ambulance will be used to train students on simulating emergency calls.
According to Rose Jones, NWSCC Associate Dean of Workforce Development, receiving the ambulance is a direct result of the partnership between the College and hospital. “We have such a strong relationship with Helen Keller Hospital and our other area hospitals,” said Jones. “This addition of the new ambulance will help the College’s EMS program train students in all aspects of mobile emergency services.”
The EMS program at NWSCC is designed to prepare students in basic and advanced emergency care in clinical and in field environments. Graduates of the program often work for local fire and rescue departments, ambulance services, and emergency departments within medical facilities.
“We have a great partnership,” said Bruce Carson, Helen Keller Hospital EMS Director. “Most of our employees are graduates of the EMS program at NWSCC. This is a great way for us to give back to the school and invest in our community by doing what we can to help them produce great EMTs and paramedics.”
NWSCC President, Dr. Glenda Colagross, expressed her gratitude to Helen Keller Hospital on behalf of NWSCC. “The College is very appreciative of our friends at Helen Keller Hospital and the opportunities the new ambulance will give our students,” said Colagross. “We are always trying to provide our students with the resources they need to be successful in the workforce.”
Pictured from Left to Right: NWSCC EMS students; Bruce Carson, Helen Keller Hospital EMS Director; Dr. Chris DeMorse, NWSCC EMS Program Director; Todd Oyen, NWSCC EMS Instructor; NWSCC EMS students