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Mount Union Students Gain Insight into Healthcare in the Air

October 23, 2006

Mount Union College athletic training students enrolled in emergency management had the opportunity to learn about the career responsibilities of a flight paramedic when a flight nurse and medic of Stat Medevac gave a presentation on campus Monday, October 23.

A crew from Stat Medevac landed their helicopter on the 23rd Street soccer field and continued their visit with a PowerPoint presentation of the duties of a flight paramedic and the training requirements necessary for a practitioner.

The company, which has 20 different bases in Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania provides critical care transportation specializing in flight.

'So many times we will load a head injury into an ambulance and have no idea what goes on when they leave the scene,' said Marci Grodhaus, clinical coordinator of athletic training at Mount Union. 'This experience allowed my students to see what happens when the patient's care is transferred.'

'It really reassured me that the care patients receive off the field in an emergency is adequate,' said Josh Barnes, a sophomore athletic training major at Mount Union. 'This helped to broaden my horizons of job opportunities for my future.'

'Stat Medevac never turns down an opportunity to educate the public on what we do,' said Matt Handley, a flight paramedic for Stat Medevac. 'Our employees are proud of our profession and we try our best to share it with the community.'

Because this event required careful planning on both Mount Union and Stat Medevac's behalf, Grodhaus said she hopes to make this event happen biannually.

'A classroom presentation like this provides an eye opening experience for students, showing them another aspect of critical trauma,' said Grodhaus.

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